Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines offers a nice collection of South East Asian business class destinations from Stockholm. Because of fierce competition, flights to Bangkok and Phuket start as low as €1,345 (~SEK 14,186). But prices to Ho-Chi-Minh-City are fairly cheap as well. All flights include a layover in Istanbul’s brand new airport.
Turkish Airlines’ short haul fleet operates flights between Stockholm and Istanbul. An Airbus A330 will take you onwards to Phuket, Bangkok, Manila or HCMC.
Search & Book
The fare rules state that this offer will remain until January 31, 2020 or sold out. It is valid for flights leaving Stockholm before December 15, 2020. A minimum stay of 3 days or one night from Saturday to Sunday applies. As does maximum stay of three months. You may find scattered availability from April through October 2020. In June and September 2020, flights are available almost daily.
The best way to find availabilities is Google Flights (instructions) Use the dates you’ve found and enter them in our flight search to find the cheapest fare offered by online travel agencies, which is approx €100 cheaper than the quoted price. Proceed to turkishairlines.com 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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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 Phuket roundtrip should yield the following mileage:
- 24,570 on TAP Miles & Go
- 21,750 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,430 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 16,870 on Miles & More
- 16,580 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 15,360 on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,510 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 13,510 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,510 on South African Voyager
- 12,280 on ANA Mileage Club
- 12,280 on United MileagePlus
- 12,280 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,280 on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,280 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,280 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,280 on Asiana Club
- 12,280 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,280 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,280 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
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