Turkish Airlines is offering cheap flights from various European cities to one of the rather more exotic destinations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Prices start at €310 and include 30 kg of luggage. Availability is high starting April, except during the summer vacation.
This deal has been extended
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
We found cheap flights from the following cities:
- Brussels: €310
- Rome: €343
- Riga: €355
- Oslo: €358 (~NOK 3,724)
- Amsterdam: €359
- Prague: €363 (~CZK 9,471)
- Stockholm: €365 (~SEK 3,677)
- Vienna: €366
- Paris: €367
- Zagreb: €369 (~HRK 2,791)
- Zurich: €370 (~CHF 399)
- Copenhagen: €375 (~DKK 2,790)
- Tallinn: €376
- Strasbourg: €376
- Lyon: €383
- Budapest: €386 (~HUF 138,425)
- Frankfurt: €388
- and more…
First, you would fly to Istanbul, from where a Boeing 737 would fly you to Bishkek. The layover times are usually quite ideal. Also, you can expect to get free food and drinks on all your segments.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
This price is so low thanks to Turkish Airlines’ 40% discount sale. That sale ends on February 1, 2021, so you’ll have to be quite quick. The prices are low starting April, with the exception of the summer vacation.
To find the available dates that suit you best, simply use Google Flights, and then book directly on Turkish Airlines’ website. You can also use our flight search above, which redirects you to Turkish Airlines’ booking site.
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.
The cheapest tickets are issued in booking class V. A roundtrip starting in Brussels would roughly get you:
- 5,870 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 3,640 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,640 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 3,640 on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,640 on United MileagePlus
- 3,640 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 1,820 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 1,820 on Air India Flying Returns
- 1,820 on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,820 on South African Voyager
- 1,820 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 1,820 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 1,820 on TAP Miles & Go
- 1,820 on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,820 on Asiana Club
- 1,820 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 1,820 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 1,820 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,400 on Miles & More