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Can I mix SkyTeam legs with stopovers on a Korean Air award booking?

Can I mix SkyTeam legs with stopovers on a Korean Air award booking?

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Old Feb 5, 17, 11:32 pm
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Can I mix SkyTeam legs with stopovers on a Korean Air award booking?

I'm looking to fly from LAX-HKG and then HKG-PEK and then returning on PVG-LAX on one Korean Air award booking on Prestige class (Biz). It wasn't very clear to me on their rules but am I allowed to do something like this on an entire Korean Air award booking?

3/15: LAX-HKG @ Korean Air (Stopover)
3/23: HKG-PEK @ China Southern Air, SkyTeam
4/13: PVG-LAX @ Korean Air

Beijing would be my final destination on my outbound. There would be no stopover on my inbound. I believe the total should be 125k Korean Air miles.
Is this a valid booking? Thanks!
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Old Feb 6, 17, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by axsuul1 View Post
I'm looking to fly from LAX-HKG and then HKG-PEK and then returning on PVG-LAX on one Korean Air award booking on Prestige class (Biz). It wasn't very clear to me on their rules but am I allowed to do something like this on an entire Korean Air award booking?

3/15: LAX-HKG @ Korean Air (Stopover)
3/23: HKG-PEK @ China Southern Air, SkyTeam
4/13: PVG-LAX @ Korean Air

Beijing would be my final destination on my outbound. There would be no stopover on my inbound. I believe the total should be 125k Korean Air miles.
Is this a valid booking? Thanks!
You should be able to. KE allows one stopover and one open-jaw in the same country on an international RT. However, you'd need 155k KE miles, though, since it's a partner award. Since KE charges significant YQ for flights into mainland China, you may be better off buying tickets between mainland and HKG separately (YQ to HKG is low).
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Old Feb 6, 17, 10:30 am
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I remember trying to book a HKG stopover on my award ticket to PVG, but was unsuccessful. KE only allows the extra stopover to be in a different region (except when Seoul is one of the stopovers). I think they consider PVG and HKG to be in the same region.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 4:17 pm
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So would this be allowed?

JFK-SVO (Open-Jaw)
SVO-CDG (Stop)
CDG-JFK
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Old Jul 29, 17, 11:18 pm
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Advice appreciated on whether this is possible (and how many Skypass points it would cost in J). There's an open jaw in SE Asia and a stopover.

Outbound:
JAX-ATL-ICN-HKG

Inbound
DPS-NRT(stopover)-ATL-JAX
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Old Jul 30, 17, 11:40 am
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Should be 155K in J. Your open jaw is entirely within Asia 2 for the SkyTeam chart, so that appears to be kosher. I wish you luck in finding trans-oceanic DL award inventory that's available to KE. (Even when available to AF/KL.) I haven't had any luck TATL, but perhaps there's something there TPAC?
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Old Jul 30, 17, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by mtkeller View Post
Should be 155K in J. Your open jaw is entirely within Asia 2 for the SkyTeam chart, so that appears to be kosher. I wish you luck in finding trans-oceanic DL award inventory that's available to KE. (Even when available to AF/KL.) I haven't had any luck TATL, but perhaps there's something there TPAC?
Hmmm. the NRT-ATL flights goes north over the pole, no? But anyway, in my searches on KE, I am indeed having trouble finding the NRT-ATL route on KE. I'm wondering if I could route inbound as follows (allowing for KE metal for NRT-ICN-LAX):

DPS-NRT(stopover)-ICN-LAX-MCO

Can't remember if there is a limit to segments and if this routing would automatically eliminate NRT stopover.

So actually, I could do a dummy itinerary for LAX-ICN-HKG and DPS-NRT-ICN-LAX and it priced out at the 155k and $350 charges. What I can't do is add the MC0-LAX segment on either end. I think it tries to route via ATL. Is forced routing MCO-LAX-ICN-HKG something KE could do over phone?

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Old Jul 31, 17, 8:46 am
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IIRC, you're limited to two transfers (three segments) in each direction. Thus, that makes a problem on DPS-NRT(stopover)-ICN-LAX-MCO. (Although you could conceivably have your ticket do a stopover at ICN on DPS-ICN-LAX-MCO and just hop back and forth to NRT on a separate ticket.)

If space exists on MCO-LAX, a phone agent should conceivably be able to book MCO-LAX-ICN-HKG.
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Old Jul 31, 17, 9:57 am
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IIRC, you're limited to two transfers (three segments) in each direction. Thus, that makes a problem on DPS-NRT(stopover)-ICN-LAX-MCO. (Although you could conceivably have your ticket do a stopover at ICN on DPS-ICN-LAX-MCO and just hop back and forth to NRT on a separate ticket.)

If space exists on MCO-LAX, a phone agent should conceivably be able to book MCO-LAX-ICN-HKG.
Thanks, yeah, I see that now. Remarkably I actually can find NRT-ATL on DL metal on the KE website, so that would fix the problem of so many segments. I'd have DPS-NRT-ATL-MCO or JAX. But one question:

1. Why is there not a single domestic leg ATL-MCO/JAX showing up on KE for weeks and weeks? Can't find ANY domestic leg on various routes and dates. Weird.
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