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Turkish Airlines is running an unadvertised sale between Seattle and select cities in Europe and the Middle East. As flagged by Thrifty Traveler Premium, you can book award flights from Seattle to these destinations for as little as 21,000 miles in economy or just 31,500 miles in business class.
You're going to need Turkish Miles & Smiles to take advantage of this promotion. Don't worry if you don't already have Turkish Miles & Smiles; you can transfer from Citi ThankYou Points, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards at 1:1 transfer rates.
Turkish Airways Miles & Smiles Flash Sale
In February-April 2023, you can book a one-way flight from Seattle through Istanbul to destinations in Europe or the Middle East on Turkish Airways for as little as 21,000 miles in economy or 31,500 miles in business class. This seems to be an unadvertised addition to the Miles & Smiles 30% off promotion currently being offered by the airline — although the discount varies by route.
Seattle to Rome
For example, fly economy class from Seattle to Rome via Istanbul for 21,000 miles, plus just $114.50 in taxes and fees:
Or fly business class from Seattle to Rome for 31,500 miles each way, plus $282.50 taxes and fees:
Seattle to Tel Aviv
Another appealing route currently on sale is from Seattle to Tel Aviv, Israel via Istanbul. This route currently costs 22,400 miles in economy or 32,900 miles each way in business class:
Seattle to Muscat, Oman
The longest route that we could find (without backtracking) is from Seattle through Istanbul to Muscat, Oman. You can book this route for 22,400 miles each way in economy or 32,900 miles in business class.
Other Eligible Routes
As compiled by Thrifty Traveler Premium, discounted awards are also available to the following destinations:
- Amman (AMM) – 33k
- Bahrain (BAH) – 33k
- Beirut (BEY) – 33k
- Bologna (BLQ) – 32k
- Bucharest (OTP) – 32k
- Budapest (BUD) – 32k
- Cologne (CGN) – 32k
- Doha (DOH) – 33k
- Frankfurt (FRA) – 32k
- Ljubljana (LJU) – 32k
- Madrid (MAD) – 32k
- Malta (MLA) – 32k
- Naples (NAP) – 32k
- Podgorica (TGD) – 32k
- Pristina (PRN) – 32k
- Riyadh (RUH) – 33k
- Sarajevo (SJJ) – 32k
- Sofia (SOF) – 32k
- Stuttgart (STR) – 32k
- Tblisi (TBS) – 32k
- Thessaloniki (SKG) – 32k
- Vienna (VIE) – 32k
- Vilnius (VNO) – 32k
- Zagreb (ZAG) – 32k
- Zurich (ZRH) – 32k
How to Take Advantage of This Offer
To find these deals, log in with your Miles and Smiles account and select “Award ticket – buy a ticket with miles” when searching. You can get the same deal flying back from these select destinations to the US, except the taxes and fees are a bit higher.
Turkish Airways has operated their direct Seattle to Istanbul flight 4 times a week starting on May 27, 2022. The aircraft is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner — one of my favorite airlines in the skies.
AwardWallet Editor JT Genter recently got a chance to fly in just this product and found it to be excellent:
Transfer from Citi and Capital One to Turkish Miles and Smiles
If you don't already have Miles and Smiles, you can transfer points from your Citi, Capital One, or Bilt:
- Citi ThankYou Points transfer to Turkish Miles at a 1:1 transfer ratio and take one day to process. You can buy 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points for $25.
- Capital One Venture Miles now transfer to Turkish Airways Miles and Smiles at a 1:1 transfer ratio (instant transfer).
- Bilt Rewards also transfer to Turkish Miles & Smiles at a 1:1 transfer rate.
Just make sure to create a new Turkish Airways account if you don't already have one. If you have more than enough miles, don't forget you can use Miles & Smiles to book inexpensive award flights with any Star Alliance airline.
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