Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines are currently selling cheap flights to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) and Almaty in Kazakhstan. The flight to Nur-Sultan is available from Riga, with Turkish Airlines, while the flights to Almaty are from France and operated by Lufthansa. Sadly, since Lufthansa has recently updated its baggage policy, only Turkish Airlines will grant you one free piece of luggage (30kg). Lufthansa charges an additional €120 for a 23kg suitcase for the roundtrip.
We found cheap flights to Nur-Sultan from Riga for €249
We were also able to find cheap flights to Almaty for these prices:
Turkish Airlines flights are via Istanbul, Lufthansa flights are via Frankfurt. Usually, the flight times are quite similar. The service is similar too, as both airlines offer a relatively high standard. As stated in the introduction, the biggest difference lies in the luggage policy.
All of Turkish Airlines flights are operated with a Boeing 737. Lufthansa uses an Airbus A330 for the flight to Almaty.
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These deal should remain vaild until December 17, 2019. Both airlines will not let you stay for more than 3 months, but while Lufthansa requires a minimum stay of 5 days (or a Sunday), Turkish only limits you to a minimum of 3 days (or a Sunday).
As the travel dates differ for both airlines, we’ve compiled two availability calendars, one for each airline. Google Flights will show you the exact and updated dates.
Turkish Airlines (to Nur-Sultan):
Lufthansa (to Almaty):
If you’re flying with Turkish Airlines, your tickets will be issued in class W, which will only get you roughly 1,600 miles on Turkish’s own program, Miles&Smiles, for the roundtrip. Lufthansa’s tickets are issued in class K, which gives you a few more options, but not necessarily more miles (based on a Paris-Almaty roundtrip):
- 2,060 on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,830 on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,830 on Miles & More
- 1,720 on United MileagePlus