Deal Alert: New York to Istanbul from $522 Round-trip

by on October 9, 2013 · 7 comments

in Air Canada, Delta, Mileage Runs, United

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Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some cheap fares if you’re planning to head to Istanbul early next year. I was able to find fares on Air Canada from New York JFK to Istanbul via Toronto Pearson starting as low as $522 for dates beginning in January 2014 through March 2014, and even further out, though there was less availability the further out I looked. The cheapest fares were on 4-7 night stays, so if you were hoping for a same-day turn back it doesn’t look like it would be possible.

You can book this fare on Air Canada's site

You can book this fare on Air Canada’s site

On Air Canada, you’re looking at 10,980 miles for $522 when crediting to United, meaning you’re looking at a cost of 4.75 cents per mile- not the best mileage run deal, but still a great deal for Europe where coach fares rarely dip beneath $700-$800 these days it seems.

Air Canada's L fares earn 100% mileage when crediting to United.

Air Canada’s Earning Chart when Crediting to United

The good thing about these fares is that Air Canada’s L class will earn 100% mileage when crediting to United, so just because these flights are not on United, don’t think you have to credit to them to Air Canada. In fact, these fares only earn 50% mileage when crediting to Air Canada, so it’s a much better deal to credit to United.

JFK to Istanbul for $522

JFK to Istanbul for $522

If you want to find which dates are available and different routings, I’d recommend you head over to the IATA Booking Matrix, where you’ll be able to play around with your dates. You can’t book via ITA, but it will help identify the dates with low fares and then you can book via your preferred online travel agency or airline website.

Although not quite matching, it looks like other airlines are also dropping their prices on this route.

You can also book on Delta for $588.20.

You can also book on Delta for $588.20.

On Delta, you’re looking at 10,047 miles for $588 for flights from New York to Istanbul with a stop in Amsterdam on the way out and Paris on the return, meaning you’re looking at a cost of 5.8 cents per mile – not the best mileage run deal either, but not horrible if you can make a trip out of it and if you need the Medallion Qualifying Miles.

Enjoying a relaxing moment speeding along the Bosphorus

Enjoying a relaxing moment speeding along the Bosphorus back in 2011.

I personally love Istanbul and had a great trip 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 easily get to other parts of the world using your miles and explore the country or hop around to other adjacent countries like Greece, or even India or the Maldives from there.

For more information on maximizing airfare purchases by choosing the best credit card and site, check out this post.

For hotel recommendations and things to do in Istanbul, be sure to check out my Destination of the Week: Istanbul as well as Istanbul Eats and Excursions. Please feel free to comment on other dates you’re able to find, or other routing ideas!

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  • Mean chat

    Too bad United has ceased its direct flights to IST from EWR. I got a great deal last year in the fall on that route. Considering heading to Turkey during Thanksgiving – how ironic :)

  • Michele

    Love your site, but sometimes I get frustrated as a Canadian traveller, and this is one of the instances.
    Unfortunately for Canadians wanting to depart directly from YYZ, we’re going to have to pay DOUBLE the price of the flight out from JFK. Might be worth a trip to NY for sightseeing and not getting on the connection on the way home!
    But come on Air Canada – how can a two leg trip be more expensive than a four leg trip using the exact same flights.

  • Jared S

    Does Delta allow stopovers when booking non-award travel? A couple days in Amsterdam or Paris as part of that trip would be awesome at that price

  • David

    The itinerary I’m looking at is Air Canada’s L class operated by LH. Do codeshares earn on United too?

  • Julie Pollard

    It’s not really a deal alert, tickets to Turkey ALWAYS go down during certain times of the year, particularly the winter. Finding fares below $600 is pretty easy. HOWEVER, during Bayrams, they are not cheap, so October 13-22 should be avoided. Also, the direct from EWR does not end until Oct 26. The Turkish Airlines from JFK are what I usually fly. The food is better than United and you have an arrivals lounge at IST that serves amazing pancakes, omlets and coffee, if you are Star Alliance Gold.

  • Julie Pollard

    I just flew it last week for $520 IST-EWR-IAD-EWR-IST. It does’t end until Oct 26, still time!

  • Jessica

    I”ve seen fares of around $400 roundtrip around March of last year from NY or DC to Istanbul on Turkish airlines and others when Turkish was having a promotional fare special because of inauguration of the DC to Istanbul service.

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