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Effective immediately, members of Hawaiian Airlines' HawaiianMiles program can earn and redeem miles on Korean Air flights, and members of Korean Air's Skypass program can earn and redeem miles for flights on Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian already had frequent flyer relationships in place with Continental (limited routes), Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and Island Air. What was missing was a partner with strong Asia-Pacific coverage, to complement Hawaiian's expansion in that region. Korean, with its extensive network of flights within Asia, fits that bill nicely.
Normally, the launch of new reciprocal frequent flyer program links is promoted with bonuses of some sort—double miles for the first three months, for example. This, however, is a no-bonus launch.
The frequent flyer tie-up builds on the existing code-share agreements between the two carriers, which will be expanded to include additional routes.
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.