Skip to content

Korean Air set to restore Las Vegas flights dropped during pandemic

June 19, 2022
3 min read
Korean Airlines 777 at PRG Airport
Korean Air set to restore Las Vegas flights dropped during pandemic
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

As South Korea opens up -- quarantine-free to all travelers regardless of their vaccination status -- the country’s flagship airline is taking steps to ramp up its international service by restoring more of the long-haul routes it suspended during the pandemic.

Starting in July, Korean Air will resume nonstop service to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS). It’s part of a broader expansion of long-haul service that will also include flights to Milan and Vienna for the first time since early 2020.

While travelers from South Korea will undoubtedly celebrate this nonstop service as an easier link to all Las Vegas has to offer, resuming this route also means more options for getting to Seoul, particularly from a U.S. airport that is ranked among America’s busiest. It also means Delta SkyMiles members have additional options to book award flights to Seoul through the SkyTeam Alliance partnership.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

View from Inwangsan Mountain in Seoul South Korea. (Photo by Patrick Foto/Getty Images)

Korean Air’s service between Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Las Vegas will run three times a week and will supplement the destinations the carrier already serves in the U.S. including Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Washington-Dulles (IAD), New York-John F. Kennedy (JFK), Atlanta (ATL) and Boston (BOS).

The airline will operate flights between Incheon and Vegas on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays beginning July 10 aboard its fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The flight to Seoul will depart at 12:10 p.m. PT, arriving at 5:40 p.m. in South Korea the following day. On the way back to the U.S., travelers will depart at 2:10 p.m. local time, arriving in Las Vegas at 10:10 a.m. PT.

Related: 5 things to know about Korean Air SkyPass

As far as pricing, you’re certainly not going to find a huge bargain if you’re looking to get a seat on board one of these nonstop flights soon after the service resumes. Plugging in a round trip between Las Vegas and Seoul for late July, I found an economy ticket for $2,705.

(Screenshot courtesy of Korean Air)

South Korea’s COVID-19 restrictions

According to the latest changes from Visit Korea, the country lifted its quarantine requirement even for unvaccinated visitors. This comes a couple of months after TPG reported the quarantine requirement ended for travelers who are vaccinated.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

South Korea has not done away with its testing, though. If you book one of these flights, you’ll have to undergo a COVID-19 test before you travel and get a PCR test within three days of your arrival in the country.

Of course, thanks to the U.S. eliminating its testing requirement for international travelers, you’ll no longer have to undergo a test before you travel back home.

Related: How to get to South Korea on points and miles

Bottom line

As international travel picks up this summer airlines are continuing to restore flights. In the case of Korean Air, officials say this will be a gradual process, with the expectation of restoring more international service over time.

Featured image by (Photo by Senohrabek/Shutterstock)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023