Turkish Airlines has launched another of its discounted redemption offers for Miles&Smiles members booking its own flights across much of the carrier’s network, with 30% off the usual award rates in both Economy Class and Business Class.
That opens up some great value awards, including from Singapore to Europe in Economy for 21,000 miles or in Business for just 31,500 miles, for travel through to 31st May 2023.
While Turkish Airlines has high fuel surcharges, it also offers a discount of up to 60% for those redeeming award flights, so you can take the edge off that ‘sting in the tail’, with fuel surcharges in Economy Class from Singapore to Istanbul starting at S$85.
Turkey has been free of all COVID-19 restrictions for inbound, outbound and transit travellers since 1st June 2022, so it’s a completely pre-pandemic experience when flying with the airline, except on transit itineraries ending in a small number of destinations still imposing restrictions of their own.
Here are details of the latest Miles&Smiles discount offer.
Here are the key features of this offer:
- Sales period: 5th December 2022 – 25th December 2022
- Travel period: 5th December 2022 – 31st May 2023
- Routes: Turkish Airlines (one-way and round-trip) originating in selected cities
- Award Types: ‘Promotional’ only (i.e. the cheaper ones anyway)
The ticketing period relates to local time in Turkey (GMT+3, or 5 hours behind Singapore Time).
The travel period also relates to local time in Turkey, but is only for commencement of travel on the last part of your journey (or the start of your one-way journey).
Eligible departure cities
This offer is valid for those booking promotional awards from 100 cities across the Turkish Airlines network to any destination on the network.
In Asia-Pacific the most relevant inclusions for our readers are Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, though unfortunately some of the airline’s other popular ports in the region like Bangkok, Bali and Phuket are not included.
Here’s the full list.
- Addis Ababa
- Kuala Lumpur
- Pointe Noire
- Sharm El Sheikh
- Tel Aviv
Itineraries originating in any Turkish domestic city to these cities are also eligible for the discount.
How it works
The discount is automatically applied when you search for an award ticket through the Turkish Airlines website. Here’s a Singapore to Madrid Economy Class itinerary at 21,500 miles (usually 30,000 miles) in May 2023.
There are quite a few Economy Class promotional awards available to and from Singapore, but Business Class is hard to come by.
For this cabin, you’ll be better off looking to or from Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta, then arranging your own positioning flight at the start or end of your trip, to take advantage of the excellent Business Class rate of 31,500 miles to Europe.
Do bear in mind you’re being hit with around S$400 in taxes and fees for this itinerary, including S$340 for the discounted fuel surcharge (usually S$390 for regular tickets).
There are even some routes pricing with the 30% discount that shouldn’t be included, like Chicago to Jakarta in Business Class for 47,250 miles + US$410.
Chicago is not one of the departure cities included in the deal (no US cities are), but discounted rates starting both here and in Seattle were spotted by Max Miles Points.
This Chicago – Istanbul – Jakarta itinerary benefits from over 20 hours in the latest Turkish Airlines Business Class on the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft, with seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
You probably recognise the seat as the Stelia Symphony model, also used by Singapore Airlines as its latest (and now only) Regional Business Class. The seat also appears on some Turkish Airlines flights between Singapore and Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines also has an excellent lounge at its Istanbul home base for you to pass the time in transit on connecting itineraries.
Here are the discounted award rates by region for one-way redemptions from Singapore.
Note that the discount isn’t exactly 30% in all cases, because Turkish does not support redemptions in denominations less than 100 miles, so some discounted levels are rounded up to the next 100 miles.
|From Far East
(SIN, CGK, KUL)
Turkish Airlines has an extensive network, so options here include:
- Europe: Manchester, Dublin, Lisbon, Malaga
- Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat
- North America: Miami, Washington D.C., Toronto
- South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg
- North Africa: Cairo, Algiers, Marrakesh
- South America: Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires
Watch out for the Boeing 777
Be careful when booking Boeing 777 flights with Turkish, as these still feature a dated 2-3-2 layout in Business Class, though they do convert to fully flat beds and this may not be a major issue when travelling as a couple, provided you can secure a window pair.
The newer Turkish Airlines long-haul Business Class on the carrier’s Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s is more likely the one you’ll be aiming for.