Deal Alert: US to Turkey From $489 Round-Trip

Sep 19, 2018

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Istanbul or Constantinople? From this fall into the winter, the answer is most definitely Istanbul. You can fly from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD), Seattle (SEA), Atlanta (ATL) or Detroit (DTW) to Istanbul (IST) starting from $489 round-trip.

While enjoying your time in Istanbul, keep in mind that a new airport is about to open, and flights might change times and destinations. It also should be noted that some flights below include multiple layovers.

However, don’t let the airport switch dampen your time. Istanbul is a great city with plenty to offer. To see the most while paying the least, perhaps check out one of their free city walking tours.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airlines: KLM, Delta, Air France
Cost: $489+ round-trip in economy and basic economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 to March 2019, depending on the route
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline),  Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve,  or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Istanbul (IST) for $486 round-trip on KLM:

Washington D.C. (IAD) to Istanbul (IST) for $498 round-trip on KLM:

Boston (BOS) to Istanbul (IST) for $499 round-trip on KLM/Air France:

Houston (IAH) to Istanbul (IST) for $499 round-trip on KLM:

San Fransisco (SFO) to Istanbul (IST) for $507 round-trip on KLM:

Atlanta (ATL) to Istanbul (IST) for $516 round-trip on KLM:

Chicago (ORD) to Istanbul (IST) for $518 round-trip on KLM:

Seattle (SEA) to Istanbul (IST) for $531 round-trip on Delta:

Detroit (DTW) to Istanbul (IST) for $539 round-trip on KLM:

Minneapolis (MSP) to Istanbul (IST) for $540 round-trip on KLM:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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