Turkish Airlines is offering amazing award availability between several US cities and Istanbul. I’d act quickly because 8 or more award seats in business class per flight simply will not last.
Turkish flights are feast or famine for award space. They opened business awards every day when they launched their San Francisco route. Historically Chicago – Istanbul has been the easiest flight on which to secure space. I’ve always had a tough time with Washington Dulles – Istanbul.
In the US they serve Boston, Chicago, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, and Atlanta.
Here’s Houston – Istanbul for 8 passengers, green and blue dates show business class available:
And here’s New York – Istanbul for 8 passengers.
United’s award calendar is the quickest to search, you can see months at a time and you don’t even need to log in. But sometimes United.com is less than reliable. So I ran a search using Aeroplan’s website, which I find to be generally the most reliable, putting up a month-long calendar using Award Nexus.
Here’s Chicago – Istanbul for 8 passengers.
While there are dates with this many business class seats in the opposite direction, availability is much better for US-Istanbul than for Istanbul – US (although it is quite good for 8 passengers on Istanbul – Atlanta).
Turkish Airlines generally offers a good seat, good food, and a very good business class lounge in Istanbul. There’s billiards, golf, a race track, and a movie room with popcorn machine.
Turkish is also useful for European travel (connecting in Istanbul and flying Westward) as well as to the Mideast. They’re a great option for getting to Israel and to Athens. Turkish can also be good for travel to Asia and Africa.
Turkish serves more countries in the world than any other airline (and fourth most destinations and will provide a free hotel night in Istanbul if flight schedules force an overnight connection in Istanbul.
You can book Turkish Airlines US-Europe for:
- Aeroplan: 57,500 miles each way and no fuel surcharges. Aeroplan is an American Express Membership Rewards instant transfer partner.
- Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles each way and no fuel surcharges. LifeMiles has regularly sold miles very inexpensively for quite awhile.
- United Mileage Plus: 70,000 miles each way and no fuel surcharges. United is a Chase Ultimate Rewards instant transfer partner.
All three carriers allow connections within the US to the Turkish international gateway city, and beyond Istanbul to other cities in the region for no additional miles.
(HT: Don’t Call the Airline)