Turkish offering 5,000 bonus miles through their “Smiling Doctors” program

Turkish Airlines is offering doctors 5,000 bonus miles after their first Turkish flight. You must be a Miles & Smiles member and complete an application to be eligible.

It’s not entirely clear to me whether only revenue tickets qualify, and also if you’re on a paid ticket whether you actually have to credit your miles to Turkish in order to qualify. Would be kind of funny to offer this only to doctors on revenue tickets!


  1. I looked at this when i saw the offer. You have to register and submit your medical school diploma and sign an agreement that in the case of an emergency, you will help out.

    Not worth it considering that they will not protect you from any lawsuits that may arise against you while performing any medical duties.

  2. I’m not sure if this true but aren’t MDs required by their Hippocratic oath to help someone who needs it?

  3. Yes, MDs should help others in need under the Hippocrates oath but if it going to bite you back in the bum e.g. lawsuits etc. it’s worth considering the risks and benefits. And to sign an agreement that in an emergency, I HAVE to help out regardless is very risky. Unless Turkish Airline can reassure me that I am covered/protected with medicolegal defence, yes I might join in.

  4. I have provided medical care on primarily Star Alliance flights many times including a 3+ hours case over the Pacific en route to HI. (an elderly Japanese-American who didn’t speak English with impending anaphylaxis of unknown origin) The flight attendants asked to see a copy of my MD license which I don’t carry.(I had a business card) What was their alternative? For my services, I received a letter from UA and voucher for $300. On other flights I received not even a thank you from UA and when I jokingly inquired about sending my bill for my services (and preventing a costly flight diversion), UA corporate said as a doctor, it is my duty to administer medical care. I replied if you’d like to like to consider me a UA employee and pay for my malpractice and medicolegal defense team if needed, then it will be my duty.
    I wouldn’t enroll in this promotion as it establishes a “contract” with TA for your services if needed and could be subject to Turkish laws. I can attest it’s difficult to treat passengers in the air with limited resources let alone on an international airline where a language barrier may exist.

  5. Can you end the contract later? You might also redeem the miles and choose never to fly Turkish (not a bad idea either).

  6. The hippocratic oath is NOT a duty to act. Physicians, EMTs, Nurses, and other health care providers are generally under no obligation to help someone if need. Do no harm does not equate to duty to act.

    That said, in most cases in the US, if they do help someone in an emergency out of the context of their normal practice, they are generally widely protected by the Good Samaritan Law in almost all cases, unless they are grossly negligent or act widely out of their scope of practice.

    In addition, if you do choose to help, you are generally obligated to continue providing care until more definitive care is reached. You don’t have to help, but if you offer to help, you have to be willing to continue to keep helping.

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