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What You Need to Know About Korean Air's 'Excellent Boarding Pass' Program

April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Last time we reported on Korean Air's "Excellent Boarding Pass" program, specific details were vague and travelers were unsure how to best take advantage of its still-developing perks. But the airline has improved the transparency of the program greatly over the past few years, and we now have a list of all the deals and discounts you can receive by flashing your Korean Air boarding pass.

First, the terms, direct from the horse's mouth:

• Perks are provided only to passengers who have original copies of their international boarding passes with KE flight number and their personal ID. Perks are only available to passengers arriving in Korea from an international destination.

• Program benefits do not apply to joint service boarding passes which do not have a Korean Air flight number.

• Benefits are only available within 7 days from the arrival date shown on the boarding pass to Korea.

• Some discounts and services provided may not be combined with others, so check the details of each offer before making assumptions.

Korean Air has been busy adding new partners since the program's launch at the end of 2012. They've also created two videos to help explain what to expect from it. The videos are inspirational, but to learn about all the partners and the exact offers, you should go to this website where there is a full list. The sections are broken down into lodging (price discounts), food and beverage (free dishes/discounts), tourist attractions (admission discounts), shopping (free gift cards), and transportation (rental discounts), among others. The biggest perk might be the discount on currency exchange, 35% at the airport and 50% at branch locations.

Korean Air recently announced a new non-stop route starting in May between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and Seoul-Incheon International Airport, and also one between Atlanta and Seoul. With the Excellent Boarding Pass program and these new routes in full effect, South Korea is shaping up to be a very attractive destination going forward.

[Photo: Travel Daily News]

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