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Amazing Deal Alert: JFK to Istanbul Business Class Roundtrip on Delta for $1,288 Total Roundtrip!

by on January 25, 2013 · 23 comments

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I love Istanbul almost as much as I love a super cheap business class airfare, so I got pretty excited when I saw business class fares from JFK to Istanbul on Delta for only $1,288 total roundtrip for travel this spring/summer!

You need to stay for at least 10 days – so this fare isn’t for everyone and it’s probably not ideal for mileage-running purposes. These fares book into S class, which is discounted business, but you still accrue 150% award miles and 150% MQM’s. The Medallion program is changing so that you will eventually have to spend a certain amount of money on Delta in order to earn elite status, but that doesn’t happen until 2014.

To find these fares, you can go to Delta.com -> Book a trip -> More search options.

Deltacom JFK IST search

Then enter JFK to IST, click the Flexible Dates box and select 3 +/- days to search your dates, Business/First and you’ll get a calendar of days showing the cheapest in yellow.

deltacom jfk ist calendar

There are a lot of options with the low fare in April/May.

As you can see, the business class fares on this route are usually closer to $4,500, so you’re getting about a 70% discount.

deltacom jfk ist final price

The total price works out to just $1,288 including taxes and fees.

The one thing to note is that these flights are operated on Delta’s 767-300′s, so you won’t get their newest BusinessElite product, but rather the old-school recliner seats. However, I find them to be pretty comfortable and easy to sleep on.

Coach fares on the same flights around the same dates are going for between $714-$848, so in my opinion, it’s worth paying a few hundred dollars’ worth for the premium experience rather than the several thousand it would normally cost.

Coach fares on the same dates are between $700-$850.

Coach fares on the same dates are between $700-$850.

If April/May doesn’t work for you, I still found some business class fares as low as $1,711 in June, which is still a pretty good discount.

Fares in June are as low as $1,711.

Fares in June are as low as $1,711.

I personally love Istanbul and had a great trip there last year when I stayed at the Park Hyatt. It’s a fantastic city where there is plenty to see, do and eat – so if you want to plan an epic vacation, these could be great fares to get you to Turkey and from there you can explore the country or hop around to other adjacent countries like Greece.

Istanbul is an amazing city with tons to see and do.

Istanbul is an amazing city with tons to see and do.

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Hat tip: FlyerTalk “Good Deal Premium Fares” thread.

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  • Shena2

    sadly looks to be dead

  • thepointsguy

    No, it’s not at all. There are still plenty of dates in April and May. Are you using the flexible search options?

  • Shena2

    Yeah. Maybe a minimum length of stay requirement?

  • http://twitter.com/rubiety Ben Hughes

    Compared to the crazy economy fares to IST plastered all over the FT Mileage Run Deals forum, these business class fares look *relatively* expensive ;-)

  • thepointsguy

    Yes as the post mentions, 10 days.

  • thepointsguy

    As I mentioned, these aren’t really for mileage runs since they require 10+ days, but if you wanted to get away to Istanbul in business instead of economy, it’s a great deal.

  • Greg

    Brian, in the Flyertalk thread, lots of people are saying this is not really a good deal as availability is pretty scarce. I went to the delta website, and did not see any dates on any of the times I could fly.

  • thepointsguy

    As with a lot of deals like this, you have to be flexible with your dates. Again, it’s not for everyone, but if you’ve got some time this spring and have been looking to get to Istanbul, this could be a great way to do it in business class without spending a huge amount of money.

  • Greg

    Yes, looks like if you can do a 7-10 stay or more and fly weekdays maybe it can work.
    Two questions these are “S” fare which earn 150% qualifying miles or are they an upgraded economy fare?
    Do you have a picture of the 767-400 cradle seats? I though they are more like the domestic Delta seat with a little more leg room or are they more like United or American’s business class product that go into a flat surface for sleeping

  • thepointsguy

    As the post says, these are S fares, not economy fares, and these flights are on 767-300′s, not 400′s, so it’s the recliner style seats that have 160 degrees of recline. You can find more information here: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/airports-and-aircraft/Aircraft/boeing-767-300er-76l-ss.html

  • Michael

    There are several dates in May where this is still available.

  • Dennis Kwan

    Isn’t it fun when you have to repeat yourself over and over?

  • DCATraveler

    Q: I bought this flight for summer vacation for $765. It’s in a restricted fare class. If I upgrade to economy comfort (which I assume would change the fare class) can I think use miles to upgrade to business?

  • vortix

    I’m seeing availability on UA as well (in the $1300 – $1400 range). Typically connections appear to be in Munich or Frankfurt. Better chance of a MR opportunity with UA vs. DL?

  • vortix

    Ended up putting JFK-FRA-IST on Lufthansa on hold. This would be a honeymoon trip during the first week of May. We want to go somewhere and relax in one spot for a week or so (as opposed to having a tightly scheduled itinerary involving multiple hotel stays).

    Any thoughts on whether a relaxing vacation is possible in this part of the world? Perhaps find a resort on the Mediterranean to relax at? I could stay at Starwood, Hyatt, or Marriott using points. Have to decide by tomorrow before my reservation disappears! (Our other option is to relax on the beach in the Caribbean somewhere)

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  • XT600

    How stupid are you dude! Honeymon in Istanbul!? Wehh

  • Pricesquire

    I’d take a honeymoon in Istanbul. Fabulous hotels, great food, rest and relaxation.

  • Umut

    I would go to resorts in Marmaris, Manavgat or Kemer for honeymoon while in Turkey. Cappadocia might be another spot if u folks not looking for sun,beach and ocean. Wish u folks the Best.. Source : Native Turkish

  • meanchat

    I will excuse your ignorance due to the fact that you have probably never visited Istanbul. It is a very romantic city. JFK Jr and caroline honeymooned there, Jennifer Lopez recently bought a condo after falling in love with the city during her concert tour. Try having a romantic dinner at the Bosphorous Palace hotel or see the sunset on the Golden Horn. Many beautiful things to see. I would suggest staying at the newly restored Pera Palace hotel where Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie stayed. They currently are running a James Bond package at the hotel that looks quite interesting.

  • Ahmet

    Hey Brian,
    I booked a cheap economy fare no a direct flight on United from Newark to Istanbul for a 3 day jaunt during Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend. The fare was $522 and I chose to upgrade to Business First for $1,100 and 40k points. I thought the sleeper seats were worth it so that I could maximize my short amount of time there and be productive for a couple of business meetings (but mostly pleasure). This Delta fare is a great deal though, as I am Delta Gold but currently hold no status with United.
    I had paid $1600 for Economy Comfort class last summer on Turkish Airlines, which I thought was equivalent to business class on many other airlines (albeit, no fully reclining seats).

    Ahmet

  • vortix

    Thanks for the tips….I’ll consider my options!

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