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Fly premium economy to Istanbul starting under $1,000

Oct. 01, 2022
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Istanbul, a melting pot of historic European and Asian influences, is home to sites like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The city straddling Europe and Asia is also home to the Grand Bazaar and vibrant nightlife.

Now you can experience the rich culture and history of Istanbul with premium economy fares to the Turkish city starting at $982. With premium economy seating, you also get the luxury of flying in comfort.


This deal applies to flights taking place from January to February 2023, but there is some availability in November. Delta and Air France are the two carriers offering premium discounted fares from a variety of cities across the U.S.

These low prices are only expected to last for the next one to two days, so if you’ve been thinking about making a trip to Istanbul, now is the time.

Deal Basics

Airlines: Delta Air Lines and Air France.
Routes: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Kansas City, Madison, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and many other U.S. cities.
How to book: Determine your availability through Google Flights, then book directly on the airline’s website.
Travel dates: Generally from January to February 2023, with some availability in November 2022.
Book by: Within the next two days.

Major thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for bookmarking this deal. Scott’s Cheap Flights’ Premium membership costs $49 a year and offers a 14-day trial, along with discounts of up to 90%. Or, sign up for the Elite Tier membership for deals on premium economy, business class and first class.

Sample Flights

Over 100 cities have flights to Istanbul Airport (IST) at a hefty discount, so this deal offers a lot of flexibility. In particular, many cities have these discounted flights, so, for example, if you live nearby Savannah, Georgia, or Reno, Nevada, then you’re in luck. Be aware though that almost all the flights include at least one layover.

Here are a few routes we’ve highlighted:

  • Delta and Air France: departing from Charleston, South Carolina, starting at $982 (includes multiple layovers).
  • Delta: departing from Boston, starting at $1,067 (includes a layover).
  • Delta and Air France: departing from New York City, starting at $1,067 (includes a layover).
  • Delta and Air France: departing from Atlanta starting at $1,122 (includes multiple layovers).

We recommend using Google Flights to find the best dates then booking your flights directly through the airline’s website. One of the best parts of this deal is that it’s a discount on premium economy seats — most of the deals we typically flag are for economy or basic economy, but in this case you can fly to Istanbul with some comfort and at a sizeable discount.

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The cheapest options for a Feb. 10 flight to Istanbul from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) are the Delta and Air France flights. One leaves New York City at 7:30 p.m., and the other at 9:30 p.m. Both include a layover in Paris, but the 7:30 flight has over a three-hour layover, so keep that in mind when booking.


For flying back to New York City on Feb. 17, you can depart Istanbul at 7:25 a.m., but one flight is two hours longer than the other due to a long layover in Paris.


Delta’s Premium Select fare gives passengers free seat selection, premium seats, free flight changes, a free carry-on and two free checked bags. Premium seats recline, along with having more legroom, an adjustable footrest and larger seatback screens.


Those who fly on Premium Select also can enjoy the perks of Delta’s Sky Priority travel experience faster check-in, expedited security at select airports, early boarding and expedited baggage service.


The Delta Premium Select seats are toward the front of the aircraft. When booking these seats, keep in mind that there is no floor storage, so Delta recommends that those who may need special assistance contact an agent.


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Bottom Line

Given that premium economy seats to Istanbul can typically cost at least $2,000, you should definitely check out these discounted fares before seats fill up. With this deal, you can fly to Istanbul in comfort without paying a slew of additional fees that are typically tacked on to economy fares.

These prices are slated to last for the next couple of days, so make sure to book your flight tickets as soon as possible if interested.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.