Deal Alert: Istanbul Premium Economy from $527 R/T
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Air France is offering some amazing fares to Istanbul from several U.S. locations. AirFrance.us is currently showing heavily discounted availability this spring and fall for flights to Istanbul from Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and other cities. Flights appear to be available for as low as $527 round-trip in Premium Economy, which is an incredible deal for a trip that normally costs at least $2,000.
As reported by The Flight Deal, these fares are available from March 28 to May 15, or from August 24 to October 25, 2015. Here's an itinerary from the Air France website for a flight from Chicago to Istanbul in September:
Here's a flight from Washington, D.C. to Istanbul, also in September:
These fares are also bookable on Orbitz, Expedia, or other online travel agencies. Here's a flight on Delta from Chicago to Istanbul in August for around $558:
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While not all the rates are quite as low, there are plenty of options available for the moment. However, I don't expect these fares to last long, so I recommend playing with the dates and departure cities to see what else pops up, and book soon to make sure you get in on the deal!