Great Fare: $686 from Washington DC to Kuala Lumpur

Via jaunders1 on Milepoint, there’s a Turkish Airlines fare from Washington Dulles to Kuala Lumpur that prices out for less than $700 all-in roundtrip.

Here’s a sample itinerary:

The fare is $124.50 each way plus taxes and fuel surcharges.

Fare basis is WV33XPC. So ‘W’ inventory needs to be available on all of the flight segments. And W fares do not earn miles in United’s MileagePlus program or in the US Airways Dividend Miles program. So a cheap fare but not a mileage run for most.

Outbound travel must be during November, or between January 10 and March 10. Earliest return is the first Sunday after outbound travel, in other words a Saturday night stay is required.

Interestingly (and irrelevantly) the fare contains a restriction that it cannot be sold in Sudan.

I find Kuala Lumpur worth a brief visit, and a great food city.


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  1. The W fare will earn in the TK program at 100% but no partners.

    I’m also quite entertained that this deal – one which has been openly discussed for more than a day now on FlyerTalk – is suddenly news because someone with questionable motives (see the efforts to “spam” the post with the strange sig) posted it on MilePoint.

    Are you reporting deals to your readers or just deals which allow you to put in a plug for the site you’re a part owner of??

  2. Not bad for ~22k miles in their program…anyone know the if there are any ways to get SA gold (like the Aegean program shortcut)? May be a good cheap way to get gold after one or two of these trips…

  3. Looks like *G at 40K miles in the Turkish program, so two of these would do it. To retain that level you need 37.5K miles in _two_ years, which makes me think the status must last a full two years after the year in which you earn it.

  4. Hmm, do you have any suggestions on how those of us in Sudan can get around that restriction (besides flying to another country just to get the ticket)?

  5. @Larry – TK status is not good for two years after the year in which you earn it. It’s good for two years from the date in which you earn it.

    I matched to TK Elite using my UA status last year and it has been an effective means of accessing UA clubs when flying domestically.

  6. Actually I think young people in late teens and twenties can do it as they have a lot of energy, stamina, motivation, enthusiasm and a burning desire to see the world.

  7. @Wandering Aramean – I had not seen the deal elsewhere. Should I have? Maybe, but I’ve been in pretty much wall to wall meetings for 13 hours a day this week. Is it really a surprise that I’d see something on Milepoint? It probably caught my eye because it is from my home market. And because of another characteristic of the fare as well.

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