[01/05/2016 @ 7:32 PM] Open the itinerary used in this post on: Priceline, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, BookingBuddy.
[03/19/2016 @ 9:00 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.
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Turkish Airlines is having a sale. Round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Istanbul (IST) are $548, NONSTOP. Flights mid-January to April. See the Flight Details section of this post for example booking dates.
If you’re thinking of spending time in Europe, Turkish Airways is having a sale to the following cities (some of which require overnight layovers in Istanbul). Prices are $570 – $630 r/t. You can also setup a multi-city itinerary where you fly into Amsterdam, stay a week, then fly to Istanbulm, stay another week before finally flying back home.
- BER – BERLIN
- BRU – BRUSSELS
- PAR – PARIS
- MAD – MADRID
- BCN – BARCELONA
- AMS – AMSTERDAM
- ZRH – ZURICH
More flights are available midweek than on the weekend. Use the +/- 3-day search tool on Orbitz.
Note: United and StarAlliance partners Air Canada and Lufthansa are trying to match this, but their flights cost about $40 more and have a connection. It should also be noted that service on Turkish is generally better than what you’re going to get on a United or Air Canada flight.
Houstonia Magazine recently did a travel article about Istanbul in their June issue. You can read more about it on their site, here [Great Escapes: Istanbul].
To save the most money, be sure to apply the travel coupon codes available at the bottom of this post. Booking your trip as a Flight + Hotel package will probably save you more money than if you were to book separately.
Note: OTAs such as Orbitz and Priceline allow free cancellation without penalty before 10 PM central time the day after you purchase. As deals sell-out or expire quickly, this policy will allow you to “lock-in” the cheap fare while you sort out a plan. Just keep in mind that after 10 PM the next day, you will not be able to cancel without the regular penalty.
United and Delta also allow free cancellations within 24-hours while American only allows you to “Hold” a ticket (without paying) for 24-hours. Keep in mind that once you pay for a ticket on AA.com you can’t cancel it without a change fee or penalty, even if was purchased less than 24-hours ago.
The Department of Transportation doesn’t enforce 24-hour free cancellation on tickets less than 7-days away from departure, so some airlines and OTAs will allow it while some will not. On Orbitz, you can easily see if your ticket allows a free cancellation, just look for “FREE Cancel” next to the price of the ticket.
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- Availability: See list of example dates. Use the +/- 3-day search tool on Orbitz.
- Documentation: Visa Required. Passport required. More details: US State Department: Turkey.
- Departure and Destination Airports: IAH – IST
- Example Dates: (Priceline / Orbitz) Mar 21 – Mar 28 / Apr 04 – Apr 11 / Apr 14 – Apr 21 / Other dates: Use +/- 3-day search tool on Orbitz.
- Carrier: Turkish
- Fare Basis Code:
- Fare Class: W
- Mile Accrual: 25% on TK. 0% on UA.
- Stopover component: none found.
- CPM: 4.29 (12776 miles)
- Full Route: IAH-IST-IAH
- Previous Lowest Price Average: $725.
- Open this itinerary on: Priceline, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Travelocity, Expedia, BookingBuddy.
- Link to CheapTickets.com coupon code page – Check this page on Cheaptickets.com to save about 10% to 20% on your next Hotel or Package booking.
- Link to Travelocity coupon code page – Check this page on Travelocity to save about 10% to 20% on your next Hotel or Package booking.
- Link to Orbitz coupon code page – Check this page on Orbitz to save about 10% to 20% on your next Hotel or Package booking.
- Link to Hotels.com coupon code page – Check this page on Hotels.com to save about 10% on your next Hotel booking.
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