Great deal: Turkish Airlines Business Class fares to Europe and USA from S$1.8K

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Got your vaccine? Start planning for travel to Europe and the USA from November onwards with these great TK Business Class fares.

Now that Singapore’s vaccination program has gone into overdrive, there’s hope that quarantine-free travel will soon be possible. Ong Ye Kung has already mooted the US and Europe as possible destinations for year-end, assuming their vaccination rates continue rising and new cases remain low. 

At the risk of counting chickens too early, Matthew has spotted that Turkish Airlines is offering some sensational Business Class fares out of Singapore to Europe and the USA, with travel from November 2021 till May 2022. 

Fares start from just S$1.8K, and outside of a pandemic, I doubt you’d ever see this kind of pricing.

Turkish Airlines Business Class deals

The simplest way to browse for fares is to use Google Flights, which shows you a range of destinations by prices and dates at one go. 

I set my price filter to S$2,500, and found the following round-trip fares:

Destination Round-Trip Business Class
Athens (ATH) S$1,844
Munich (MUC) S$2,250
Milan (MXP) S$2,263
Paris (CDG) S$2,297
Oslo (OSL) S$2,303
New York (JFK) S$2,318
Barcelona (BCN) S$2,320
Bordeaux (BOD) S$2,350
Nice (NCE) S$2,351
Berlin (BER) S$2,372
Cologne (CGN) S$2,381
Copenhagen (CPH) S$2,451
Zurich (ZRH) S$2,495
I also spotted a S$1,907 fare to Malta on Emirates, for anyone who’s interested

In general, all fares are available daily from November 2021 till May 2022, with very minor price variations on certain dates. 

The only city available in North America is New York, but it’s a fantastic deal at S$2,318. You can get to Athens for just S$1,844 (they’re already open to tourists from Singapore without quarantine, even if you’re not vaccinated), or Munich for S$2,250.

Basically, any round-trip Business Class fare from Singapore to Europe/USA below S$2,500 would have been near impossible to find before COVID-19. 

What’s the accruals and flexibility policy?

These Turkish Airlines tickets book into the J fare bucket, which earns the following mileage credits depending on program:

FFP Accrual Rate
100%
100%
100%
135%
150%

Fares are non-refundable, but can be changed for free anytime up to departure (a US$260 penalty applies for no shows) as part of Turkish’s COVID-19 flexibility policy. This applies to all tickets bought till 31 December 2021, with travel till 31 March 2022. 

Here’s the T&Cs of the flexibility policy:

  • Ticket change for not flown tickets can be made for a different destination, provided that the fare difference is paid. For partially flown tickets, the ticket change for a different destination can be made only within the region groups specified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Fare differences incurred will be applied but there shall be no penalties charged.
  • Change requests can be performed through the Turkish Airlines sales offices, call center, online channels (for international flight tickets only) and the agencies from which the ticket was purchased.
  • For tickets made between 21 March 2020 – 31 December 2021 (inclusive), passengers can make unlimited changes until 31 March 2022 (inclusive).
  • In order to change the ticket to an Open Ticket, the reservation must be cancelled before the date of flight.
  • In order to change the ticket to an Open Ticket, cancellations must be performed via the Turkish Airlines call center, sales offices, or the agencies from which the ticket was purchased.
  • Fare differences incurred by taxes, exchange rates or fare class differences will be applied.
  • Does not apply for flights arriving to / departing from China.

What’s Turkish Airlines’ Business Class like?

Turkish Airlines operates two types of long haul cabin products. 

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

The A350-900s and B787-9s are equipped with Turkish’s latest Business Class seats, which are actually the same seats Singapore Airlines uses on its regional flights. All seats have aisle access, go full flat and have a good amount of privacy, and the only caveat I’d make is that they’re on the narrow side. 

Turkish Airlines B77W Business Class | Photo Credit: The Filipino Traveler

The A330-300s and B777-300ERs are equipped with the previous generation seats, and fair warning: they’re 2-3-2 on the latter. A middle seat in Business Class is poor on short haul flights, never mind long haul. 

The schedule up till 31 October 2021 calls for flights between Singapore and Istanbul to be operated on a B787-9, before switching to a B777-300ER from 1 November 2021. I’m quite certain they’ll stick with the B787-9 however, if their pre-COVID plan is anything to go by. 

In other good news, Turkish has also restored full inflight catering as of earlier this year, serving hot meals in Business and Economy Class flights of at least 2 hours 15 minutes. 

What card should I use to book?

Turkish Airlines airfares out of Singapore will code as online transactions in USD, so you can use the following cards to maximize your miles. I’ve left out the UOB Visa Signature because of the uncertainty as to whether they might be processing payments in Singapore, albeit in USD. I think it’s unlikely, but there’s always that risk with UOB cards. 

Card Earn Rate Remarks
HSBC Revolution
Apply here
4.0 mpd Max S$1K per c. month
Review
DBS Woman’s World Card
Apply here
4.0 mpd Max S$2K per c. month
Review
UOB Lady’s Card
Apply here
4.0 mpd Max S$1K per c. month. Must choose travel as 10X category.
Review
UOB Lady’s Solitaire
Apply here
4.0 mpd Max S$3K per c. month. Must choose travel as 10X category.
Review
DBS Altitude
Apply here
3.0 mpd Max S$5K per c. month
Review

Conclusion

Even if you’re not optimistic about borders opening up this year, you can still make plans for Q1 or Q2 travel in 2022. Dates and destinations can be changed as much as you like, although do note you can’t get a refund unless your flight is cancelled by Turkish. 

The main question on my mind is whether a transit in Istanbul will affect your ability to enjoy quarantine-free travel. While Turkey’s seven-day average of new cases is relatively low at 5 per 100,000, several European nations have yet to grant quarantine-free travel to arrivals from Turkey. 

As it stands, transit in Turkey won’t present any issues traveling to the USA, Germany (if vaccinated), France (negative COVID-19 test required), and Switzerland (if vaccinated). The situation is fluid, so update yourself with the latest restrictions at the IATA TravelCentre.

Anyone biting?

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

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Edmond

Where to get the latest information on countries entry requirements on quarantine? IATA?

Gflyer

How do you get to pay in SGD in TK’s website? I always get quoted in USD when trying from Singapore (or other non SGD currencies)

JW19

Except the Altitude, I tried it on a trip on QR originating Jakarta 2 years ago and it earned 2 MPD instead of 3, DBS stated to me that unless the fare and charges are processed in Sgd on the airlines site, it defaults to the FCY 2 MPD.

Michael

They have a terrible reputation on rebooking options and service recovery when things go wrong. Great service on board, terrible customer service on the ground. Be forewarned.

Sam

To be fair I had a few miles&smiles tickets affected by the pandemic and whilst a little slow it was painless getting refunded via the call centre & from the SG office via email for the tickets booked there . I had far more trouble getting a refund from Lufthansa

Great deal but wouldn’t be gambling on travelling to EU/US freely by March 2022 unfortunately !

Frederic

I was in the same situation and it ended up all right. However, and maybe they have improved, be prepared to spend some time on the phone (had to call Turkey as Singapore number was always on hold) because most of the transactions could not be completed online, which is not acceptable in our digital age.

Last edited 6 months ago by Frederic
Ganymede

What if need to postpone travel beyond Mar 2022? What is TK’s charges for converting to open ticket? Maybe deal still worth it, if charges are not high?

Great way to fly

I think I want to use my Everest high pile of Kris Flyer miles first.
Still got over 1.6 million Kris flyer miles to burn.

HQ20

May I ask why you feel the need to declare this online?

Adam

The likely issue here is that Singapore would likely still require SHN if you transit through IST, at least at the end of this year.

Frederic

This is the reason why I am not taking up this offer. At this point, TK are not running a full schedule yet, which means in my case, on certain days, the layover in IST would be up to 10 hours. That makes things a bit tricky as my final destination requires a PCR test within 72 hours.

Frederic

I tried that option but, unfortunately, TK hotels are in town. Yotel Air can be booked on an hourly basis but if you land in IST in the morning, the check-in queue can be up to 1-hour long, not to mention the absence of safe distance enforcement.

Polo

Already booked flights to Bordeaux for Christmas a month ago. I’d love to see the fancy seats!

W HO

FYI in case anyone else is booking –

https://grrrltraveler.com/turkish-airlines-free-transit-hotel/

(I booked SIN-EWR for Nov. & next June – call me crazy coz I am!)

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