We're heading to Boracay for a wedding in December and after lots of planning, New York – Seoul – Manila on Korean Air looks to be our best bet. The initial plan was to transfer Chase points to my Korean Air account and fly on their A380 service to JFK.
UPDATE 4/2016: My miles posted a few days after my first statement closed and I paid my bill!
But then, literally as I writing about how these days I'm really only considering targeted, high bonus credit card offers, I received one in the mail for Korean Air and I decided to go for it (the targeted offer was 40,000 bonus miles versus the normal 15,000). The card arrived about 10 days later.
The card only earns one mile per dollar on purchases (except those with Korean Air where it earns 2), so I'd prefer to hit the $2500 spending minimum in categories where I couldn't earn a bonus on my other cards. Considering all of the bonus categories my Amex and Sapphire cards cover (dining, airfare, travel, gas, groceries....), that doesn't leave a whole lot. My usual trick is to buy electronics parts for my business (which don't fall into any bonus categories) and then reimburse myself, but we don't have any upcoming production runs so it's going to be tough. For now I think it's just going to be my go to card until I hit the threshold. I did add it to my United Mileage Dining plan so restaurant charges wouldn't be a total loss.
We're leaving for our big Tokyo adventure soon, so it's a good thing this card doesn't have any foreign transaction fees.
The card comes with two Korean Air lounge passes, but I don't think we'll have much chance to use them unless we can somehow use them in conjunction with a Delta domestic flight.
They also advertise that the cards has a chip, but all cards do now... and I confirmed with their staff that this one doesn't do Chip + PIN, it only does Chip + Signature.
So once these 40,000 points show up in my Korean Air account, I'll top the account off with some Chase points and book the tickets.