Turkish Airlines has one of the more aggressive Black Friday sales we’re seeing from any airline, which makes sense, I suppose, given the situation they’re in. Turkish Airlines is offering 40% off flights booked today, Friday, November 25, 2016. The promotion is valid for travel in both economy and business class from the US to almost anywhere Turkish flies. Given that Turkish flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, this presents a lot of great opportunities.
The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for travel November 25, 2016, through April 15, 2017
- Valid for travel originating in the US, as long as travel doesn’t terminate in Turkey or Northern Cyprus (not that most people are looking to visit there right now anyway)
- Outbound travel blackout dates of December 9-27, 2016, and inbound travel blackout dates of December 30, 2016, through January 18, 2017, apply
- The discount only applies to the base fare, and not the fuel surcharges and taxes (while I wouldn’t expect a discount on the taxes, it’s frustrating that the fuel surcharges aren’t discounted, given that they’re entirely controlled by the airline); therefore this is a much better value for business class than economy, since for economy much of the fare is made up of fuel surcharges
While I personally wouldn’t visit Turkey at the moment, I would have no qualms connecting there. They also have a great business class product with excellent catering, so it’s a great time to fly them.
Just to give a few examples of available deals:
- You can fly roundtrip business class from New York to Istanbul to Paris for ~$1,600 all-in
- You can fly roundtrip business class from New York to Istanbul to Bangkok for ~$2,000 all-in
Those are just a couple of options I found based on searching for a few minutes, but I’m sure there are lots of other great opportunities as well. For those looking to earn Star Alliance miles, most cheap Turkish fares book into “J” class, so here’s a listing of how many miles you can earn for that by program.
This won’t be for everyone, especially since Turkish Airlines has great award availability as well. You can buy LifeMiles pretty inexpensively, which can also be redeemed on Turkish.
I haven’t flown Turkish in a while, and am tempted to take advantage of this deal.
Anyone planning on taking advantage of this great Turkish Airlines fare sale?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)