(EXPIRED) Turkish Airlines award sale: 50% off economy flights to/from Chicago (Book from 15k)

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Every week Turkish Airlines selects two of its cities in its global network that get a 50% discount on award flights when flying in economy. This week Chicago is on the list which means you can fly to Istanbul from only 15,000 miles one way.

Turkish Airlines A330 airplane
Image courtesy of Turkish Airlines

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Campaign cities and ticketing dates will be announced every week on Miles&Smiles Instagram account.
  • The offer is valid for tickets with travel dates between November 7, 2023 – March 31, 2024.
  • Departure and return dates between November 12, 2023 – January 15, 2024 are not valid and out of the scope of the promotion.
  • 50% Miles discount offer is valid on promotional award tickets for one-way or round trip flights in Economy Class from/to Turkey, to/from cities announced on Miles&Smiles Instagram account.
  • Reservation changes are allowed for promotional award tickets, only for the same routes within the ticketing and the travelling dates.
  • Miles can be refunded within 1 year of the date of issue. Refunding Miles, changes to reservations and routes are subject to additional fees.
  • Miles&Smiles Award Ticket rules apply within the scope of the special offer.
  • Ticketing and travelling periods start and end according to the local time in Turkey.
  • All taxes will be charged.
  • Promotional award tickets are subject to availability due to limited seat capacity.
  • This offer is only valid to Miles&Smiles members. To benefit from the offer, non-members must first register to Miles&Smiles Program.
  • Tickets subject to this special offer can be issued through our call center, online channels and sales offices.
  • The related promotion is not valid on corporate tickets, group tickets and special passenger segments (seaman, cruise, student/youth, medical etc.) tickets.
  • The related promotion is only valid on scheduled flights operated by Turkish Airlines. It is not valid on Turkish Airlines codeshare flights, Star Alliance partner airline flights and AnadoluJet flights.
  • Turkish Airlines reserves the right to take legal action against the related parties found to have contravened any rules.
  • Turkish Airlines reserves the right to change terms and conditions, definitions and other information pertaining to the special offer and to cancel the offer at any time.

Quick Thoughts

This award sale means you can fly between Chicago O’Hare and Istanbul from only 15,000 miles one way. Based on the searches that I did, it looks like there’s some pretty good availability out there. Taxes and fees in that direction come to ~$90.

Turkish Airlines award sale CHI-IST

The terms suggest that the discount is only valid on flights to/from Istanbul. However, if you want to travel beyond Istanbul it does seem to take into account the discount for the ORD-IST leg. For example, Chicago to Dubai via Istanbul is pricing out at 27,500 miles one way.

Turkish Airlines award sale CHI-DXB

Bear in mind that this award sale is only valid on economy class tickets and that there’s a weirdly long two month blackout period for most of the first half of the promotion period.

Turkish Miles & Smiles is a transfer partner of Citi, Capital One and Bilt.

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Any thoughts on safety with traveling to Turkey?


Very safe. This is from my own personal travels and many others who’ve gone. Generally safer than or as safe as other European countries. I’ve never dealt with any crime, let alone petty crime. But you’ll probably have to haggle for everything in the tourists spots but that’s not new anywhere

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