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Ever wanted to see the Hagia Sophia? Well, you can currently book award flights from Seattle to Istanbul — or beyond — on Turkish Airways for as little as 22,500 miles in economy or just 33,750 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' Seattle to Turkey Promotion
Now through December 24, 2022, you can book a one-way flight from Seattle to Istanbul — or beyond — on Turkish Airways using as little as 22,500 points. The airlines are advertising discounts on all their flights to Turkey from Seattle. For most travelers, the biggest deal will be on the nonstop Seattle to Istanbul flight.
Fly economy class direct from Seattle to Istanbul for 22,500 miles, plus just $77.80 in taxes and fees:
Or fly business class direct from Seattle to Istanbul for 33,750 miles each way, plus $171.30 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.
Round-trip flights are priced starting at $1,166 and $3,467 for economy and business classes respectively. That means you'd get over 4.5 cents per mile in value for a round-trip business class award. That's the $3,467 cash cost less the ~$370 in taxes and fees divided by the 67,500 miles needed for the round-trip.
Turkish Airways has operated their direct Seattle to Istanbul flight 4 times a week starting back 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.
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 still temporarily closed for renovations.
A direct flight flying business class from Seattle to Turkey for just 33,750 miles is an awesome deal!
Is this a deal you would take advantage of?
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