Chris McGinnis writes that Turkish Airlines is launching San Francisco – Istanbul service on April 13, 2015.
Flights will initially be 5 times weekly, and then going daily May 11th.
The Turkish 777-300ER has just 28 business class seats, so you’d expect business class awards to be difficult to get.
Although right now — and this cannot last — business class award space is wide open.
Here’s what availability looks like from launch through the end of April 2015 for four business class award seats and remember that the flight is just five times weekly.
In other words, right now — every day that the flight operates in April — there’s at least four business class award seats available. Get them while they’re hot.
And incidentally, for those curious, the first leg of the inaugural (Istanbul – San Francisco) currently has award space as well!
The flight schedule is:
- Istanbul – San Francisco, 1:05pm – 4:25pm
San Francisco – Istanbul, 6:10pm – 7:05pm+1
There are plenty of late flights beyond Istanbul to connect to. Istanbul can be an effective gateway to the Middle East, Asia, India, and parts of Africa. They are the largest airline after El Al operating in and out of Tel Aviv. They have frequent service to Athens. They even fly direct to Kilimanjaro.
Remember as well that Turkish offers a complimentary hotel night to passengers with a forced overnight enroute including for economy class passengers.
Turkish also has one of the most impressive (60,000 square feet!) business class lounges in the world.
United charges 70,000 miles each way for partner travel between the US and Europe (including Istanbul).
Aeroplan charges 52,500 miles each way between the US and “Europe 2”.