Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines got a nice business class sale going from Milan Malpensa airport. If you purchase two tickets, you can travel to Bangkok and back in business class for as little as €1,524. Flights to Phuket and Singapore are in a similiar price range. Each connection has a stopover in Istanbul both ways, where you can enjoy lounge access.
Between Milan and Istanbul, Turkish Airlines predominantly deploys A320 series aircraft. The exception being TK 1876, which is handled by A330 aircraft, giving you a true business class experience on all flight segments. Onward flights are handled by either Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 aircraft. The latter feature a 2-3-2 seating pattern in business class, a point of criticism for Turkish Airlines’ otherwise great business class product.
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According to the fare rules, flights with this price tag will be available until November 30, 2019. To take advantage of this fare, you must leave Europe before March 31, 2020. A blockout occurs from December 20, 2019 until January 10, 2020. Availability is pretty good for flights with departure in 2020. Please remember that you need to purchase tickets for two persons to get the quoted price.
The simplest way to find suiting flight dates is Google Flights (instructions). You can enter the dates you’ve found in our flight search to find the cheapest ticket or enter them at Turkish Airlines to purchase your tickets there. We strongly recommend doing the latter.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Turkish Airlines issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class J. Even without tier bonuses, this grants you at least 100% of your travel distance in award mileage on most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. A trip from Milan to Bangkok should yield the following:
- 22,858 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 20,232 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 17,142 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 16,492 Award Miles + 4,124 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 15,428 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 14,284 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,572 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,572 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 12,572 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,442 Award Miles + 1,912 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,428 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 11,428 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,428 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,428 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,428 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 11,428 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,428 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 11,428 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,428 Miles on Asiana Club
Turkish Airlines Business Class
Turkish Airlines’ Business Class product receives a lot of praise, especially for their outstanding catering that features on-board chefs on long haul routes. Their seats are comfortable and fully reclineable to a lie flat position.
Main point of criticism is their 2-3-2 seating pattern aboard their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, that denies direct aisle access to the middle seat. Their Airbus A330 family feature are 2-2-2 pattern, which solves this problem. These reviews describe Turkish Airlines’ business class as fantastic and highly underrated:
- Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Review by The Points Guy
- Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Business Class Review by Onemileatatime
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Cover Picture: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge in Istanbul