Turkish Airlines quietly added a new flight between San Francisco and Istanbul, which launches April 13, 2015.
The amount of growth we’ve seen from Turkish Airlines in the past few years is nothing short of astounding. They serve more destinations in the world than any other airline, just to put into perspective how much they’ve grown.
They also serve a lot of destinations in the US, and are quickly getting “up there” in terms of serving the most US destinations for a non-US airline.
Anyway, Turkish’s new flight from San Francisco to Istanbul will operate with the following schedule:
TK79 departing Istanbul 1:05PM arriving San Francisco 4:25PM
TK80 departing San Francisco 6:10PM arriving Istanbul 5:05PM (+1 day)
What makes this flight especially awesome is that Turkish has loaded a ton of business class award availability on the new route virtually every day – in many cases enough for an entire family to fly business class. Lately they’ve been rather stingy with award availability, so this is a welcome change.
The one thing to keep in mind is that since the new route has just been loaded, it doesn’t yet appear on the ANA or United websites. The Aeroplan and LifeMiles websites should show space, though, and it should be bookable by calling the other airlines.
Turkish flight on Aeroplan – no fuel surcharges!
Availability shows on the LifeMiles site as well
In terms of booking Turkish Airlines flights using miles, you have several options:
Air Canada Aeroplan
Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One
Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Capital One
Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Capital One
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Given that Turkish doesn’t have fuel surcharges, you really can’t go wrong with any of these options.
Turkish has quite a good transatlantic business class product, with fully flat beds and an onboard chef. Their catering is done by DO&CO, meaning that food is plated at your seat – it’s among the best airline food out there, in my opinion.
I don’t expect this to last, so if this route interests you I’d suggest booking ASAP.
Has anyone booked this already? What miles did you use?
(Tip of the hat to Jeremy)