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[Expired] [Award Alert] Wide-Open Business Class Availability to Istanbul for 51k Miles

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If Türkiye is on your bucket list, you’ll want to take a closer look at these business class deals we found to Istanbul.

There are currently up to 3 business class seats open per route on these Turkish Airlines flights available for booking. For a one-way trip, you can secure these flights for as low as 63,000 miles (or even 51,000 miles with a transfer bonus).

Let’s explore the details.

Award Deal — Details

Turkish Airlines has dumped a ton of business class seats to its hub in Istanbul this fall and winter, so you’ll want to act fast before award availability disappears. With your ticket, you’ll enjoy a world-class lounge, top-notch dining onboard, and lie-flat seats for the 10-plus-hour flight.

  • Class: Business
  • Route: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), and Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Istanbul (IST)
  • Cost: 63,000 points and $28.70 in taxes & fees
  • Travel Dates: September 2024 through March 2025
  • Award Seats: Up to 3 passengers per route

There seems to be the most award space between December and March, so you’ll want to play around with your travel dates to find these rates.

Furthermore, Turkish flies a variety of aircraft on long-haul service: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Airbus A350-900s, and Boeing 777-300ERs. 

Turkish Airlines 787 Business Class
Business class seat on Turkish’s 787 aircraft. Image Credit: Greg Stone

If you can, you’ll want to avoid Turkish’s older 777-300ERs (which are due for a cabin refresh), as seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration rather than a more comfortable 1-2-1 configuration on newer aircraft.

How To Book

Turkish is a member airline of the Star Alliance, which you can book flights via Air Canada AeroplanAvianca LifeMiles, and United Mileage Plus:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan: 70,000 miles and $56.51 in taxes & fees
  • Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles and $28.70 in taxes and fees
  • Turkish Miles&Smiles: 65,000 miles and $217.80 in taxes & fees
  • United MileagePlus: 88,000 miles and $5.60 in taxes and fees
Lifemiles Turkish Airlines award alert
Image Credit: Avianca

As you can see, LifeMiles offers the best deal here. Fortunately, Avianca LifeMiles are easy to earn as it’s a transfer partner of Amex Membership RewardsBrex Rewards, Capital One MilesCiti ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

Whether you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, the rewards earned on either travel card can transfer to LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio.

Hot Tip:

Book for as low as 51,000 points with a current 25% transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou Points through April 13, 2024.

Final Thoughts

Turkish Airlines offers nonstop service to the U.S. to more than a dozen cities, and booking business class for a fraction of the cost is now possible with this latest award deal. You’ll want to book before it’s too late!

The information regarding the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

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