Last updated on September 6th, 2023
U.S. Bank has made recent changes to its SKYPASS Visa® credit card program. The popular credit cards from Korean Air received a fresh coat of paint, additional ways to earn miles, Korean Air discounts, and more. Here’s what you need to know about the updated Korean Air credit card portfolio from U.S. Bank.
Major Changes to Korean Air SKYPASS Credit Cards
Banking giant U.S. Bank has long enjoyed its relationship with Korean Air and its loyalty program, SKYPASS. The decades-old partnership crossed another milestone this week by announcing a refresh for the SKYPASS Visa® airline credit card lineup.
Announced in a press release on the 25th of July, The enhanced SKYPASS Visa® program will include additional ways to earn miles, such as more rewards on purchases for dining, rideshare and streaming services, cell phones, and office supplies. Additionally, to expand the value and make rewards even more immediate, cardholders for three of the SKYPASS Visa® cards will receive Korean Air ticket discounts for themselves and a companion.
Here’s how the new and improved SKYPASS consumer credit cards from U.S. Bank look:
SKYPASS SkyBlue Visa
SKYPASS Visa Signature®
SKYPASS Select Visa Signature®
|Miles||2X miles per $1 on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify, plus rideshares; 1X on all other purchases||2X miles per $1 on eligible Korean Air, hotels, and dining purchases, including takeout and restaurant delivery; 1X on all other purchases||3X miles per $1 on Korean Air ticket purchases; 2X on all other flights, hotels, car rentals, and dining purchases, including takeout and restaurant delivery; 1X on all other purchases|
|Korean Air savings||–||Save 5% on Korean Air flights for you and a companion 1X annually||Save 5% on Korean Air flights for you and a companion 2X annually|
|Lounge access||–||2 KAL Lounge coupons each year||2 KAL Lounge coupons each year|
The business credit card, the SKYPASS Visa Signature® Business Card, also received a facelift. The updated SMB card earns 2X miles per dollar on Korean Air ticket purchases, gas and EV charging stations, office supplies, cell phone plans, and dining – including takeout and delivery. All other purchases will earn 1X miles per dollar. Additionally, cardholders receive 2 KAL Lounge coupons each year, 5% off Korean Air tickets each year, and there are no foreign transaction fees for those shopping internationally.
“Great Experiences and Enhanced Rewards”
“The SKYPASS Visa program has created amazing value for Korean Air passengers, awarding more than 28 billion miles to cardholders since the U.S. Bank-Korean Air partnership started more than two decades ago,” said Jin Ho Lee, senior vice president and director of Korean Air Americas Regional Headquarters. “The new benefits will help Korean Air cardholders utilize notable ticket discounts and accrue rewards faster than ever before.”
Steve Mattics, head of Retail Payment Solutions for U.S. Bank, added, “U.S. Bank is proud of its long-standing relationship with Korean Air. Together, we’re providing our cardholders with a great experience and enhanced rewards. We’re pleased to join with Korean Air to increase benefits as an additional way of rewarding members of the Korean Air SKYPASS program.”
About Korean Air
Serving the world for more than 50 years, Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, serving more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 120 cities in 43 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 157 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
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