Award space is wide open in Turkish Airlines Business Class between the United States and Europe for four people per flight over the heart of the Summer.
This is amazing news because normally award space over the summer is the toughest to find, finding four seats on the same flight in Business Class is almost unheard of, Turkish flies to more countries than any other airline, and you can book the space for as cheap as 40,000 miles one way with no fuel surcharges.
These are Turkish’s routes to the United States.
Unfortunately, United made united.com worse, so I can’t isolate the direct award space.
All these calendars show award space for four people. Green and blue days have four Business Class seats, not necessarily on the direct Turkish flight (but probably.)
Boston to Istanbul
Check the route that most interests you for award space. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Here is the “catch.” Turkish’s Business Class is 2-3-2 across each row. That’s a terrible configuration. You could get a middle seat in Business Class (although you almost certainly won’t if you select a seat soon after booking.) Seat Guru describes the seats as having 177 degrees of recline, which is basically flat.
Here is a recent video of Turkish Business Class.
Other than the seats, Turkish Business Class looks top notch, including having an onboard chef.
Searching, Connections, Booking
Search Turkish award space on united.com. Any Turkish award space you find there, you can book with any Star Alliance miles.
If you don’t live in a city served by Turkish, that’s no problem. You can hook up any United Saver award space in economy or first class to get to a Turkish gateway for no extra miles. If you want to connect to somewhere else in Europe or to Africa or Asia, you can definitely do that too, though other continents will cost extra miles.
Book online on the website of the airline whose miles you want to use, or if that’s not possible, by calling the airline whose miles you want to use. I’d recommend booking with:
- 52,500 Aeroplan miles and no fuel surcharges to Eastern Europe. Aeroplan is a 1:1 instant transfer partner of AMEX Membership Rewards.
- 63,000 LifeMiles and no fuel surcharges to Europe. LifeMiles are frequently sold for around 1.5 cents each, so you could pay about $1,000 one way for this Business Class.
- 70,000 United miles and no fuel surcharges to Europe. United is a 1:1 instant transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.
- 40,000 Asiana miles + $170 in fuel surcharges each way. Asiana is a 1:1 slow transfer partner of SPG, with 5,000 bonus Asiana miles for every 20,000 SPG points transferred.
- See the prices to Europe in Business Class with all major Star Alliance miles here.
No excuses for not taking your whole family to Europe this summer in Turkish Business Class.
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