Great deal: 30% off Turkish Airlines Business & Economy Class awards via Miles&Smiles

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From now till 31 Dec 2021, book Turkish Airlines awards Business & Economy Class awards at 30% off, with travel by 15 May 2022.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles is now offering 30% off Turkish Airlines awards booked by 31 December 2021, with travel up till 15 May 2022. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of Miles&Smiles sweet spots, and with Turkey’s upcoming addition to the VTL on 16 December 2021, travellers can enjoy quarantine-free travel to Singapore even when transiting through Istanbul. 

Save 30% off Turkish Airlines 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 2021
  • Travel period: 7 December 2021 to 15 May 2022 (blackout: 7-25 April 2022 for international flights)
  • Applicable carriers: Turkish Airlines only
  • Award types: One-way or Round-trip
  • Applicable cabins: Business or Economy Class

Award tickets booked under this promotion are refundable with the usual US$25 refund fee. Changes can also be made free of charge until 31 May 2022, as per Turkish’s prevailing COVID-19 flexibility policy.

⚠️ Try and make changes by 31 December 2021!
Any changes made after 31 December 2021 will be repriced according to regular rates. For example, if I make a change on 28 December 2021 I can keep the 30% discount, but if I make a change on 2 January 2022, I’ll need to top-up the balance 30%. 

The discount will be automatically reflected when you search for awards on the Turkish Airlines website. For example, 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:

  • The offer is valid for tickets issued between 07/12/2021 – 31/12/2021, with travel dates between 07/12/2021 – 15/05/2022.
  • 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.
  • Changes in reservation for award tickets issued within the scope of the promotion are allowed, taking into account the ticketing 07/12/2021 – 31/12/2021 and the travel date of 07/12/2021 – 15/05/2022.
  • Ticket changes made until 31/05/2022 (included) are free of charge. Click for details.
  • The promotion is not valid between 07/04/2022 – 25/04/2022 for international flights.
  • Miles can be refunded within 1 year of the date on which the ticket is issued.
  • Miles&Smiles Award Ticket rules apply within the scope of the special offer.
  • 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 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.
  • Ticketing and travelling periods start and end according to the local time in Turkey.
  • The right of use cannot be transferred within the scope of the offer.
  • 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

Miles&Smiles sweet spots

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).

Round-trip from SingaporeEconomyBusiness
Europe (including Turkey)60,000
42,000
90,000
63,000
Middle East64,000
44,800
94,000
65,800
North Africa90,000
63,000
120,000
84,000
North America90,000
63,000
135,000
94,500
South America105,000
73,500
150,000
105,000
For one-way awards, multiply amounts above by 50%

Business Class tickets from Singapore to Europe, North America and South America were already excellent sweet spots, and the 30% discount makes it even more sensational.

If you can’t find the rates above when searching, it simply means that promotional awards aren’t available for the date in question. You’ll need to try other dates instead.

For context, KrisFlyer would charge you 184,000/ up to 198,000 miles for a round-trip Business Class ticket to Europe and the USA respectively. You could fly with Turkish Airlines to Europe and back three times for the cost of a single Singapore Airlines round-trip!

What about fuel surcharges?

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.

However, the good news is that Turkish doesn’t pass on the full fuel surcharges on award tickets. It’s still a significant co-pay for trips to North and South America, but well, it’s not as bad as it could be…

Total Taxes & Surcharges
Round-trip from SingaporeEconomyBusiness
Frankfurt
(Europe)
S$412S$750
Dubai
(Middle East)
S$317S$872
Casablanca
(North Africa)
S$430S$757
New York JFK
(North America)
S$586S$1,050
Sao Paulo
(South America)
S$538S$1,078

On the whole I’d say the miles you save more than justify the additional cash, but it’s still worth taking note of for anyone who’s miles rich and cash poor.

VTL flights to Singapore

Turkey is joining the VTL from 16 December

Turkey will be joining the VTL scheme from 16 December 2021, which means that transit through Istanbul will no longer affect your eligibility for a quarantine waiver upon return to Singapore, provided your IST-SIN flight is a VTL service. 

Turkish Airlines currently operates 6x weekly flights to Singapore on TK55/54, but it’s yet to be confirmed which days will be designated VTL services. 

FlightsDays
TK55
SMTWTFS
SIN
2335
IST
0610
 
TK54
SMTWTFS
IST
0145
SIN
1710
 

Since you can change your booking for free anyway, it shouldn’t hurt to make some speculative bookings now- I’m guessing VTL services will be at least 3x weekly. 

Turkey is currently a Category II country, which means that passengers on non-VTL flights from Istanbul will have to do a 7-day SHN at their place of residence (assuming Turkey is the highest category country in their 14-day history). 

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. 

BankCiti MilesThankYou Points
1:15:2
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

Turkish Airlines is offering 30% off Business and Economy Class awards booked by 31 December 2021 and flown by 15 May 2022, and it’s a great opportunity to offload some Citibank points (if you don’t mind paying higher than average fuel surcharges).

Award space could dry up fairly quickly, so I’d recommend making bookings sooner rather than later. 

(HT: OMAAT)

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

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Adrian

Would it possible to fly back from Europe (a VTL country of course) and transit thru Turkey and back to Sg via TK 54 (VTL?) Wonder how they would check the vaccination and PDT done at the European side

ZYX

Short travel period and long blackout period just make no sense

Frederic
MK123

Just back on the inaugural TK VTL and almost didn’t make it – check-in staff at IST (very aggressively) insisted on a PCR instead of an ART and refused to even see the SafeTravel requirements.

Luckily a supervisor checked it up and explained that “the regulation is new” – hopefully this isn’t a scenario that repeats itself on future flights. Very unpleasant experience all around.

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