Emirates: San Francisco – Seoul, South Korea (with free Dubai stopover). $750. Roundtrip, including all Taxes and Fees.

We always like a free trip somewhere. This is going the long way to Seoul, but if you have the time and want to go to both locations, this is an inexpensive way to do both. On a comparative basis, the fare from San Francisco to Seoul is about $700. So basically, for an extra $50, you can go to Dubai.  Think of it as a mini-Round the World trip.

View of Seoul from Seoul Tower Photo: zukunftsalick, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • November 2nd – 9th. Valid for travel until February 2012. Use http://matrix.itasoftware.com and flexible month search to see availability. Enable advance routing code and input “ek+” on both outbound and inbound to see availability. Once you see date availability, go to Emirates.com to book. Instructions for adding Dubai as a free STOPOVER are on the bottom.


  • SFO – DXB (Dubai) – ICN (Seoul) – DXB – SFO


  • 24,584 miles or 3.0 cents per mile



  • Use dates found on matrix.itasoftware.com and book on emirates.com

  • The Dubai stopover must be for when you are coming back to the US and you must use the Multiple Destinations / Stopovers option to add it.

Background Information:

South Korea:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required
  • Currency: Won (KRW) –  $1USD = 1,147 KRW

United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required
  • Currency: Emirati Dirham (AED) – $1USD = 3.7 AED

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:


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