TK: LAX-IST return $599 non-stop AI. Must purchase by July 15th.

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  1. VVanderlust

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    • Easy way to top off United/Continental/ for status from west coast.
    • About 4 cents a mile.
    • Buy by: July 15th.
    • Travel: Oct. 1 to Dec. 18 and Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.
    • US only earns 50% miles on this "G" fare
    LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Turkish Airlines today announced special round trip pricing on direct flights from Los Angeles, CA, the Airline's newest U.S. gateway, to Istanbul, Turkey, and other Turkish Airlines' destinations countrywide.
    Dubbed the "Early Bird Special," round trip flights from Los Angeles' LAX to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport are just$599.00. Tickets from Los Angeles to Ankara and Izmir are only $669.00 round trip. All other destinations inTurkey from Los Angeles' LAX are just $719.00 round trip. These prices include all fuel surcharges and taxes.
    Tickets must be purchased between July 5, 2011 and July 15, 2011; the promotional price is valid for flights from October 1, 2011 through December 18, 2011 and January 1, 2012 through February 28, 2012. Promotional fares are applicable on flights TK009 and TK010 only. Promotional fares are valid only on flights originating in Los Angeles, CA.*
    In addition, Turkish Airlines, which just introduced service from Los Angeles to Istanbul in March 2011, is adding a fifth daily flight from LAX to Ataturk Airport on Wednesdays beginning August 31st, 2011. The Airline will offer daily flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul beginning March 26th, 2012.
     
  2. VVanderlust

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    RULES via Expertflyer.com:

    FLIGHT APPLICATION
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    THE FARE COMPONENT MUST NOT BE ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    DL FLIGHTS 6800 THROUGH 6999
    DL FLIGHTS 7400 THROUGH 9999
    AA FLIGHTS 5600 THROUGH 8399
    TK FLIGHTS 7000 THROUGH 7999
    UA FLIGHTS 1000 THROUGH 5499
    UA FLIGHTS 8100 THROUGH 9999
    UA FLIGHTS 5540 THROUGH 5649
    UA FLIGHTS 5800 THROUGH 6849
    DL FLIGHTS 7250 THROUGH 7299
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY LH.
    AND
    THE FARE COMPONENT MUST INCLUDE TRAVEL VIA EACH
    TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY TK
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY UA.
    AND
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT INCLUDES TRAVEL WITHIN THE UNITED
    STATES
    THEN THAT TRAVEL MUST BE ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY DL FLIGHT
    ANY AA FLIGHT
    ANY TK FLIGHT
    ANY UA FLIGHT.
    AND
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT INCLUDES TRAVEL BETWEEN TURKEY AND
    TURKEY/CYPRUS
    THEN THAT TRAVEL MUST BE ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY TK.
    ADVANCE RES/TICKETING
    FOR GXPB3M FARES
    RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS AND TICKETING MUST BE
    COMPLETED AT THE SAME TIME.
    MINIMUM STAY
    FOR SUPER/SPECIAL INSTANT PURCHASE FARES
    TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO
    EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND
    TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
    MAXIMUM STAY
    FOR -3M TYPE FARES
    TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO LATER THAN 3
    MONTHS AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN.
    STOPOVERS
    FOR SUPER/SPECIAL INSTANT PURCHASE FARES
    2 STOPOVERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT - 1 IN EACH
    DIRECTION
    LIMITED TO 1 FREE AND 1 AT EUR 40.00.
    1 FREE IN IST
    1 IN IST AT EUR 40.00.
    TRANSFERS
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT IS ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY TK
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY AA
    ANY AA FLIGHT
    ANY DL FLIGHT
    2 FREE TRANSFERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT - 1 IN
    EACH DIRECTION
    FREE IN NYC/CHI
    FREE IN WAS/LAX.
    AND - 4 FREE TRANSFERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT -
    2 IN EACH DIRECTION
    FREE IN TURKEY
    FARE BREAK AND EMBEDDED SURFACE SECTORS NOT
    PERMITTED ON THE FARE COMPONENT.
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT IS ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY TK
    ANY TK FLIGHT OPERATED BY UA
    ANY UA FLIGHT
    2 FREE TRANSFERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT - 1 IN
    EACH DIRECTION
    FREE IN NYC/CHI
    FREE IN ZRH
    FREE IN LON
    FREE IN LAX/WAS.
    AND - 4 FREE TRANSFERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT -
    2 IN EACH DIRECTION
    FREE IN TURKEY
    FARE BREAK AND EMBEDDED SURFACE SECTORS NOT
    PERMITTED ON THE FARE COMPONENT.
    OTHERWISE
    4 FREE TRANSFERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT - 2 IN
    EACH DIRECTION
    FREE IN TURKEY
    FARE BREAK AND EMBEDDED SURFACE SECTORS NOT PERMITTED
    ON THE FARE COMPONENT.
    PERMITTED COMBINATIONS
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    CIRCLE TRIPS NOT PERMITTED.
    ADD-ONS PERMITTED.
    END-ON-END
    END-ON-END COMBINATIONS PERMITTED WITH DOMESTIC FARES
    WITHIN THE UNITED STATES/TURKEY. VALIDATE ALL FARE
    COMPONENTS. TRAVEL MUST BE VIA THE POINT OF COMBINATION.
    OPEN JAWS/ROUND TRIPS
    FARES MAY BE COMBINED ON A HALF ROUND TRIP BASIS WITH TK
    FARES
    -TO FORM SINGLE OR DOUBLE OPEN JAWS
    -TO FORM ROUND TRIPS
    OPEN JAWS/ROUND TRIPS NOTE -
    WHEN FARES ARE COMBINED THE MOST RESTRICTIVE
    CONDITIONS APPLY.
    PROVIDED -
    COMBINATIONS ARE WITH ANY FARE FOR CARRIER TK IN ANY
    RULE IN TARIFF
    IPRA - BETWEEN USA/CA-AREA 2/3 AND GUAM-AREA 2
    IPRAI - BETWEEN THE USA/CANADA-AREA 2/3 VIA ATL.
    TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    VALID FOR TRAVEL COMMENCING ON/AFTER 01OCT 11 AND ON/
    BEFORE 18DEC 11.
    SALES RESTRICTIONS
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/AFTER 05JUL 11 AND ON/BEFORE
    15JUL 11.
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON TK.
    TICKETS MAY BE ISSUED BY PTA. EXTENSION OF TICKET VALIDITY
    IS PERMITTED.
    NOTE -
    UPGRADE TO ANY HIGHER FARE IS PERMITTED
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    NOTE -
    CONTACT CARRIER FOR DETAILS
    PENALTIES
    FOR GXPB3M FARES
    CHANGES
    ANY TIME
    CHARGE EUR 200.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION.
    NOTE -
    CHARGES SHALL NOT BE WAIVED FOR MEDICAL REASON
    CHARGE EUR 400.00 FOR NO-SHOW.

    CANCELLATIONS
    TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN CASE OF NO-SHOW.
    NOTE -
    NOT PERMITTED EVEN FOR MEDICAL REASON
    FOR NON REFUNDABLE TICKETS THE -YR- SURCHARGE
    WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
    ANY TIME
    TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN CASE OF CANCEL/REFUND.
    NOTE -
    NOT PERMITTED EVEN FOR MEDICAL REASON
    FOR NON REFUNDABLE TICKETS THE -YR- SURCHARGE
    WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
    TICKET ENDORSEMENT
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    THE ORIGINAL AND THE REISSUED TICKET MUST BE ANNOTATED -
    NONEND/TK ONLY - IN THE ENDORSEMENT BOX.
    CHILDREN DISCOUNTS
    FOR GXPB3M FARES
    INFANT UNDER 2 WITHOUT A SEAT - CHARGE 10 PERCENT OF THE
    FARE.
    TICKETING CODE - BASE FARE CODE PLUS IN.
    MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN SAME COMPARTMENT
    BY ADULT
    OR - ACCOMPANIED CHILD 2-11 - NO DISCOUNT
    OR - UNACCOMPANIED CHILD 2-11 - NO DISCOUNT.
    ALL OTHER DISCOUNTS
    NONE UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
    UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
    NOTE -
    ADD-ONS
    COMBINATIONS PERMITTED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES
     
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  3. legalalien
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    Actually, you can fly for as low as $530 - $560 a/i from LAX, if you connect in JFK or ORD (LAX-JFK or LAX-ORD on UA in S or AA or DL). Also available ex JFK and IAD. 1-night turn-around possible, making it a great MR. Same-day turn-around apparently can be done, but I have not found routing yet.
     
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  4. BurBunny
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    How do upgrades work on TK? This is a VERY interesting run for 4th quarter, and IST is a great city to stay a few days.
     
  5. legalalien
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    StarAlliance upgrades are only available from Y and B fares. UA fliers are lucky to get 100% MP credit on G fare, which is not bad, 14k+ for just over $500.
     
  6. BurBunny
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    That's what I thought, and why I was surprised to see the "UPGRADE TO ANY HIGHER FARE IS PERMITTED" highlighted in the ExpertFlyer fare rules.
     
  7. MSPeconomist
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    Maybe FFs with TK can upgrade from other fare classes? Does anyone know their program rules? Or maybe they sometimes sell upgrades at the gate for money.
     
  8. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    UA fliers don't get any mileage for bookings in X, I, O, R, N classes. I went through a hypothetical booking and it shows G class but there is a disclaimer on United's website that states booking class on the ticket may differ from the booking class used to determine miles earned.

    Has anyone received full credit with this type of booking before or is this something to worry about?
     
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  9. VVanderlust

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    For me the connection on the return JFK(T1 to T7 ) & ORD(T5 to T1) is not worth saving the $69 beans (but I am lazy and because so, not as rich;)). The whole clear customs, catch the tram and clear domestic security makes me question the sanity of my hobby. Especially through ORD.
     
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    This also works out of DCA, for those so inclined.
     
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    Good find.
     
  12. MSPeconomist
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    These are long trips in coach.
     
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    I may be mistaken, but I think this rule simply means you can up-fare the ticket without penalty.
     
  14. MSPeconomist
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    Does permitted mean that there is no change fee for doing this? However, if one plans to upfare, of course there's no point in purchasing this ticket.
     
  15. legalalien
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    TK fare rules require minimum Sunday stay, and I haven't been able to find a trip suitable for a mileage run on LAX-IST non-stops. It seems 2 nights in IST is the minimum, due to schedule. Adding a stop allows 1-night or same-day return. There are other reasons to connect through JFK or ORD: getting a nice chink of AA or DL miles (if needed), scoring an UDU on domestic portion and not having to fly in coach for 14+ hrs (IST-JFK is 'only' 11 hrs), and getting about 1k more EQMs.

    Non-stops are great for visiting IST, of course.
     
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    Too bad the fare only earns 100% on UA and CO :(
     
  17. MSPeconomist
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    I find it strange that the fare allows AA and DL domestic connecting flights (not *A) but only UA (not CO or US) within *A.
     
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    Only? What do you expect for this price?
     
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    Non-stops are great for visiting IST, of course.
    Word. I am long and far MRunner, not muti-segment one. :)
     
  20. calvinoeh
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    Sorry.. lost in translation. It only earns in those 2 FF programs. Useless for people like to that bank to other FF like BD or OZ.
     
  21. Hartmann
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    TK has a fairly decent Y product. I'm sure you could try buying up to Y+ on the day of travel if you're on the 77W.
     
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    Some folks seem to think if an airline doesn't participate in the elite mileage bonus it's not worth flying. As you don't say but are probably thinking: I. It earns 100% EQMs in MP/OP unlike many foreign carriers who just give 50% or even 25% on such deeply discounted fares; 2. It's a damn good fare to get this far into Europe!
     
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    Those fare classes are STAR award classes for F, J/C and Y as well as upgrade to F from C/J and C/J from Y so they are excluded from earning mileage in all STAR programs.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying that United only states these exclusions to identify award booking as not eligible for receiving mileage. Wish they could just say that and make it easy on those of us that aren't so pro. ;)
     
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    I'm just about to pull the trigger LAX-IST with the non-stops 12/8-12/13. Istanbul is such a great city, and hotel prices are nice that time of year. I could do a 2-day turn (which is actually only 1 day in IST), but why not give it a couple more days.

    Anyone else looking about this time frame?
     

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