U.S. Bank Korean Airline SkyPass Select Credit Card

Thanks to reader James that suggested to include the U.S. Bank Korean Airline SkyPass Select Credit Card in my optimal perpetual preferred card portfolio. I had sadly never heard of this card because U.S. Bank is not really know for their premium products, nor for their MLA annual fee waivers. The card was launched May 2018 and was dubbed the “Worst Premium Credit Card” by the people at one mile at a time, and this is when they were offering 30K points for $3k spend (now only 15k for $1.5k spend).

I have never flown Korean Airlines, but enjoyed their lounges when flying to Seoul from Okinawa. Since U.S. Bank waives the $450 fee per the MLA, I just see the following benefits of the card as free perpetual benefits:

  • 15,000 Skypass miles after spending $1,500 in 90 days
  • $200 on travel purchases, resets on card anniversary
  • A TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry fee credit every four years
  • 2 Korean Air Lounge passes every year
  • 2 Korean Air in-flight duty free vouchers of $25 each on $50 spend
  • $100 discount on a Korean Air ticket, valid for 90 days

The 15k initial sign up bonus is pretty useless according to their redemption chart below. However the Korean Airlines considers Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to be part of North America.

I am thinking of hitting all their 30k point cards and then pooling the points, that’s 75k, which is good for first class to Hawaii! They have so very many obscure U.S. Bank products:

The two current offers for 30K are for these cards:

One good thing is you can use MR, UR to transfer to Marriott Points, then transfer again to Korean Airlines Skypass at a 3:1 ratio to book a flight. Although that would be a terrible use of points in my opinion. The $200 travel credit and the two free lounge passes are the only thing that appeals to me. Keep in mind they consider travel to be: airlines, hotels, or car rental companies.

Valid lounges can be found at these locations:

  • Seoul (Incheon, Gimpo)
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Honolulu?? (Korean Air considers HI to be part of North America for the purpose of SkyTeam awards)

The Chicago Lounge closed in 2018, but mainline KAL metal flight to Seoul still departs out of Terminal 5:

4 digit flight codes indicate codeshare with Alaska and Delta, KE 284 is Cargo

The card can be referred! Please post a referral code or link so we can all get in on this action. I am planning on doing it for the sake of the yearly $200 credit to use on the Minibar on my points stays!


5 thoughts on “U.S. Bank Korean Airline SkyPass Select Credit Card

  1. Jason says:

    Sorry for an irrelevant comment but I currently have 3 amex plat cards. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to use my uber credits and I have $45 waiting to expire. There are no uber eats in the city that I am at so any help would be greatly appreciated! Any way that I can carry these bad boys over?

    • uiucderp2011 says:

      Just book a near 45$ and cancel, it should refund as Uber credit

      • Jason says:

        Ah.. Unfortunately, that did not work and I lost my $45 credit. So sad. It did refund as uber credit but those credits were gone when I checked this morning and I only got a new batch of the $15 credit

        • uiucderp2011 says:

          Sorry to hear that, but that’s at least a datapoint! Just send food to some one who lives in an Uber eats area. We should start a charity where we can just send random food to homeless shelters at the end of each month!

  2. […] The only U.S. Bank that is worthwhile is the U.S. Bank altitude which requires a prior relationship with the bank. The MLA does waive the $400 annual fee, and it offers a $325 travel credit that renews with every card anniversary. The card is hard to get and several readers have been denied because of too many open accounts at other banks. Not sure the actual numbers or rules have been established. The only other card with annual benefits is the Skypass Korean Airlines Select which comes with $200 travel credit and two lounge passes for North A…. […]

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