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Ever wanted to see the Hagia Sophia? Well, you can currently book award flights from Dallas to Istanbul with Turkish Airways 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. But, 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' Dallas to Istanbul Promotion
Now through May 13, 2022, you can book a one-way flight from Dallas to Istanbul with Turkish Airways using as little as 21,000 points. The airlines are advertising discounts on all their flights from Dallas, but the biggest deal seems to be on the forthcoming Dallas to Istanbul flight.
Fly economy class direct from Dallas to Istanbul for 21,000 miles, plus just $170 taxes and fees:
Or fly business class direct from Dallas to Istanbul for 31,500 miles each way, plus $170 taxes and fees:
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 Istanbul to the US, except the taxes and fees are a bit higher (about $200).
Round-trip flights are priced starting at $1,058 and $3,531 for economy and business classes respectively. That means you'd get over 5 cents per mile in value for a round-trip business class award. That's the $3,531 cash cost less the ~$370 in taxes and fees divided by the 63,000 miles needed for the round-trip.
Turkish Airways has operated their direct Dallas to Istanbul flight 4 times a week starting back on September 24, 2021. 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 Brex.
- 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.
My cousin recently spent a week in Turkey and can attest that the city is definitely open for business…and pleasure. The Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are open, although the Basilica Cistern is temporarily closed for renovations.
A direct flight flying business class from Dallas to Turkey for just 31,500 miles is an awesome deal!
Is this a deal you would take advantage of?
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