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Wide Open Turkish Airlines Business Class Award Space


Find Flights For Me flags great award availability between the U.S. and Istanbul on Turkish Airways that can be booked using United miles, and with miles in other Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. You can use this to get to much of the world, since Turkish flies to more countries than any other airline.

This availability is best from East Coast and Central U.S. gateways (more so than West Coast) and is focused on winter – from January and running into the beginning of April.

The United Airlines MileagePlus award calendar shows that every day in January has at least two business class awards between New York and Istanbul, and in some cases more seats than that. The current calendar includes dates where connecting flights are availability, not just non-stop (taxes reveal that all but two days below do have non-stop space):

You will see availability also out of Atlanta; Boston; Denver; Dallas; Detroit; Washington Dulles; Houston; Miami; Chicago; and even some more limited space out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seatle and Canadian airports.

Booking options:

  • Turkish Airlines itself charges 65,000 miles and is a Citi and Capital One transfer partner.
  • Avianca LifeMiles charges 63,000 miles each way, and is a Capital One, Citi and Amex transfer partner – but doesn’t seem to be showing as much space.
  • United costs 88,000 miles each way and points transfer from Chase and Bilt.
  • Air Canada Aeroplan charges 70,000 miles or more (depending on total distance flown) and points transfer from Amrican Express, Capital One, Chase and Bilt but may not have as much space as United.

Since United doesn’t charge change and cancel fees on awards, those of you with MileagePlus miles have a great opportunity to lock in a trip option somewhere in the world now for early next year.

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