Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is offering a 40% discount on its flights. That creates a nice collection of Asian and African business class deals from Stockholm. Flights to Singapore start as low as €1,194 (~SEK 12,144). But prices to other cities are fairly cheap as well. All flights include a layover in Istanbul’s new airport.
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.
- Singapore at €1,194 (~SEK 12,144)
- Bangkok at €1,234 (~SEK 12,551)
- Phuket at €1,234 (~SEK 12,551)
- Zanzibar at €1,267 (~SEK 12,887)
- Kilimanjaro at €1,382 (~SEK 14,056)
- and more…
Turkish Airlines’ short haul fleet operates flights between Stockholm and Istanbul. From there on, you would fly on a wide-body to Asia, or a Boeing 737 to Africa.
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.
By the way, this isn’t our only deal departing from Stockholm:
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The fare rules state that this offer will remain until January 15, 2021 or until it is sold out. It is valid for flights leaving Stockholm after April 1, 2021. There’s almost daily availability.
A good way to find availabilities is Google Flights (instructions) Use the dates you’ve found and enter them in our tool above to book directly on turkishairlines.com and to get the best customer service.
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.
All flight segments are ticketed in booking class J. Even without tier bonuses, at least 100% of your travel distance will be credited as award miles. A Stockholm to Singapore roundtrip should yield the following mileage:
- 26,980 on TAP Miles & Go
- 23,880 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 20,230 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 18,680 on Miles & More
- 18,210 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 16,860 on EgyptAir Plus
- 14,840 on South African Voyager
- 14,840 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 14,840 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,490 on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,490 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,490 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,490 on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,490 on Asiana Club
- 13,490 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,490 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,490 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,490 on ANA Mileage Club
- 13,490 on United MileagePlus
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
Cover Picture: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge in Istanbul