Amazing Deal Alert: Round-trip to Moscow $314, Istanbul $408
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Delta is offering some amazing fares to Russia and Turkey from several U.S. locations. Delta.com is currently showing plenty of heavily discounted availability this winter and spring for flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg from $314, and to Istanbul from $408.
As reported by The Flight Deal, you can find discounted fares to Istanbul from from San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Houston, while the Russian destinations can also be reached at a discount from Cleveland and Denver. These fares are available January 12-March 12, 2015, or April 20-May 14, 2015, though dates are subject to change, so I recommend playing with them in Delta's flexible dates calendar to see what else pops up!
Update: The Flight Deal is now also reporting deals from the same U.S. cities to various destinations in Europe, including Dublin, Stockholm, Oslo, Brussels, Warsaw, Lisbon, Prague, and Copenhagen. The fares aren't quite as amazing as those to Russia and Istanbul, but impressive nonetheless. Dates are similar to those discussed above.
San Francisco (SFO) - Moscow (SVO) $314!
Washington Dulles (IAD) - Dublin (DUB) $428!
Chicago (ORD) - St. Petersburg (LED) $358!
Washington (WAS) - Istanbul (IST) $421!
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The last few weeks had some exciting fare sales, including the Emirates Christmas fares between New York and Abu Dhabi, and last week's fares to Tel Aviv and Beijing on Transaero Airlines. The present deals are great because they're accessible from a greater number of U.S. cities. These are sure to go fast, so book now!