Turkish: Los Angeles/Chicago – Istanbul, Turkey. $505 – $546. Roundtrip, including all Taxes and Fees

A great price to Istanbul from Los Angeles and Chicago. Go see the architecture, visit a traditional Turkish bath, smoke a nargile and take a cruise around the Borophorus.

Photo: David Spender, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • January 11th – 19th, 2012. Valid for travel from January 10th, 2012 to March 10th, 2012. Use http://matrix.itasoftware.com and flexible month search to see availability.


  • Los Angeles: LAX – ORD (Chicago) – IST (Istanbul) – ORD – LAX. The LAX – ORD portion can be on United or American. It also can be routed via JFK (New York) — in which case, it can be on United, American or Delta.
  • Chicago: ORD – IST – ORD


  • LAX: 14,428 miles or 3.7 cents per mile
  • ORD: 10,981 miles or 4.5 cents per mile

Turkish Airlines is a Star Alliance member and partners with United. This fare will earn 100% mileage with United.


  • Use dates found at http://matrix.itasoftware.com and book on Orbitz – www.orbitz.com

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Visa on Arrival for $20
  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY) – $1USD = 1.87 TRY

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:


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