I spent the weekend in Germany and decided I will return to California in a different way than my usual United Polaris or Lufthansa First Class. This time, I’m trying two new products on Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines Last-Minute Award Space
It seems that Turkish rarely (if ever) opens up last-minute award space to Los Angeles or San Francisco, but I wasn’t looking for that–I’ve already reviewed the 777-300ER in business class.
Instead, I was looking for award space on one route: Istanbul – Atlanta. That is the first U.S. route Turkish has deployed its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on. For many months I’ve been wanting to try that product and offer a comprehensive review of the new Turkish Airlines lounges in Istanbul.
Turkish also flies the 787-9 to Mexico City and Bogota, but those flights depart overnight and I prefer daytime flights in order to capture the best photographs onboard.
Thankfully, Turkish released award seats on the Atlanta flight a few days before departure and I booked myself using Aeroplan miles, routing from Frankfurt to Atlanta via Istanbul. I even added onward domestic connections on United and the award priced out at 55K miles plus about $110 in taxes/fees…an exceptional value.
As an added bonus, my flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul will be operated by an A321neo, which features a new business class seat (which actually looks a bit like Delta’s new narrowbody first class seat).
So stay tuned for updates on Turkish Airlines and a long layover in Istanbul this week.
Meanwhile, my business partner thinks I am a fool not to fly Lufthansa First Class with him. He may be right…I’ll be away two days longer than he will…but I am so excited to finally get a chance to try Turkish Airlines’ new business class seat!