Turkish Airlines, is offering round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., to Istanbul during February for $599 per person. What’s the hitch? Two people have to fly together to get the low price, which doesn’t pose a problem for those who have a travel-ready sweetheart (or anyone else).
The deal: The airline says prices are about 25 percent off the economy class airfare, but I think the discount is even deeper. On Turkish Airlines’ website, I looked and found February round-trips from Chicago to Istanbul priced at $906 and up. This could be one sweet deal for those who waited all summer for European airfares to come down (they didn’t) and who don’t mind going in winter.
When: The offer is good until Jan. 23 for travel between Feb. 1 and 29.
Tested: To get this deal, you have to purchase your ticket through a travel agent or at a Turkish Airlines ticket office, which adds a $20 fee. I found the most reliable point of contact for information on this airfare was to call the airline’s local phone number (below). This is a very restricted fare — no changes, refunds, etc. — and both passengers must travel together on the same dates.
Contact: Turkish Airlines, (312) 595-0849
By Mary Forgione Special to Tribune Newspapers