Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 30% off Awards Sale: Business Class to Europe for 31.5K miles

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From now till 31 Dec 2020, book Turkish Airlines award tickets at 30% off in Economy and Business Class, with travel by 15 June 2021.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles has just launched a 30% off awards sale, which is valid for one-way or round-trip Economy or Business Class flights on Turkish Airlines. 

This makes the program’s sweet spot to Europe even sweeter, but the key problem lies with the travel period- you have to travel by 15 June 2021.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 30% off awards

Turkish Airlines new Business Class on B787
Turkish Airlines new Business Class on B787 | Photo Credit: OMAAT

Here’s the key details of the Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles award sale:

  • Booking period: 7-31 December 2020
  • Travel period: 7 December 2020 to 15 June 2021 (blackout: 25 March 2021 to 26 April 2021 for international flights)
  • Applicable carriers: Turkish Airlines only
  • Award types: One-way or Round-trip

Award tickets booked under this promotion are refundable with the usual US$25 refund fee. 

Changes are also permitted, provided they are done within the timelines shown above. For example, I can make changes to promotional award tickets up till 31 December 2020 while keeping the same 30% off discount. If I make changes after 31 December 2020, I’ll need to top-up the miles to the usual rates. 

The discount will be automatically reflected when you search for awards using Turkish’s website. As the screenshot below shows, a one-way ticket from Singapore to Frankfurt in Business Class normally costs 45,000 miles; but with the 30% off it becomes 31,500 miles. 

The full T&C of this offer can be found below:

  1. The offer is valid for tickets issued between 07/12/2020 – 31/12/2020, with travel dates between 07/12/2020 – 15/06/2021.
  2. The offer will provide %30 Miles discount on promotional award tickets for one-way or round trip Business Class or Economy Class flights for all our flight network.
  3. Changes in reservation for award tickets issued within the scope of the promotion are allowed, taking into account the ticketing 07/12/2020 – 31/12/2020 and the travel date of 07/12/2020 – 15/06/2021.
  4. Ticket changes made until 31/12/2021 (included) are free of charge. Click for details.
  5. The promotion is not valid between 25/03/2021 – 26/04/2021 for international flights
  6. Miles can be refunded within 1 year of the date on which the ticket is issued.
  7. Miles&Smiles Award Ticket rules apply within the scope of the special offer.
  8. All taxes will be charged.
  9. Promotional award tickets are subject to availability due to limited seat capacity.
  10. This offer is only valid to Miles&Smiles members. To benefit from the offer, non-members must first register to Miles&Smiles Program.
  11. Tickets subject to this special offer can be issued through our call center, online channels and sales offices.
  12. 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.
  13. Ticketing and travelling periods start and end according to the local time in Turkey.
  14. The right of use cannot be transferred within the scope of the offer.
  15. Turkish Airlines reserves the right to take legal action against the related parties found to have contravened any rules.
  16. 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.

How much do Miles&Smiles awards cost?

Turkish Airlines uses a zone-based award chart, which is identical for Star Alliance and Turkish Airlines award redemptions. Since travel must be on Turkish Airlines, I’m only going to show the zone pairings that make sense (e.g no Oceania).

From Singapore Economy Business
Europe  30,000
21,000
45,000
31,500
Middle East 32,000
22,400
47,000
32,900
North Africa 45,000
31,500
60,000
42,000
North America 45,000
31,500
67,500
47,250
South America 52,500
36,750
75,000
52,500
Award prices shown are for one-way travel; multiply by two for round trip

These are some very competitive rates indeed; for context, KrisFlyer would charge you 92,000 and 95,000-99,000 miles for a one-way Business Class award to Europe and North America respectively. To put it another way, you could fly to Europe 1.5 times with Turkish Airlines for the same number of miles you’d need with Singapore Airlines!

There’s one caveat though- KrisFlyer does not impose fuel surcharges on Singapore Airlines flights, while Miles&Smiles will add them to Turkish Airlines flights. These can be quite hefty, as the table below shows:

From Singapore Economy Business
Europe
(Frankfurt)
S$255.60 S$349.10
Dubai
(Middle East)
S$271.60 S$366.50
Casablanca
(North Africa)
S$260.90 S$354.50
New York JFK
(North America)
S$371.90 S$497.60
Sao Paulo
(South America)
S$386.60 S$502.90
Fuel surcharges shown are for one-way travel; multiply by two for round trip. Additional airport and government taxes will apply on top of this

For a round-trip flight between Singapore and Europe, you’d have to pay almost S$700 in fuel surcharges, on top of airport/government taxes. While I’d say the miles you save more than justify that, it’s still worth taking note of. 

Travel dates will be an issue

While 63,000/94,500 miles round-trip Business Class to Europe/USA sounds amazing, the timeline is going to prove problematic.

Travel must be completed by 15 June 2021, and even though we’re seeing COVID-19 vaccines start to be rolled out worldwide, you’d have to be a brave man to bet on leisure travel opening up to Europe/USA by then. Realistically speaking, I’d be happy enough if the Hong Kong ATB were a regular thing by June 2021, much less long-haul travel. 

Which cards support transfers to Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles?

If you’re looking to earn Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles miles, the only bank in Singapore which offers transfers is Citibank. 

 
  Citi Miles ThankYou Points
1:1 5:2
Ratio refers to bank points: miles. For a full list of transfer partners by bank, refer to this post

Points can be transferred to Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles at the same ratio as any of its other frequent flyer partners, with a transfer fee of S$26.75 applicable. 

Conclusion

There are some excellent award opportunities available with this sale, but it’s unlikely that we in Singapore will be able to take advantage of it. Our best bet for travel in the next 6 months is Oceania/East Asia, neither of which lends itself to a Turkish Airlines routing.

That said, if you need to travel for essential reasons on your own dime, it’s still worth being aware of. 

(HT: Loyalty Lobby)

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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ZYX

The biggest problem with them is that their YQ is quite high

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