United: Portland – Istanbul, Turkey. $904. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good fare from Portland to Istanbul. Cheap flights to Istanbul outside of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. are rare. With Delta pulling out of Istanbul until Spring of 2013, Istanbul will not be a cheap destination so now might be the best time to buy.

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Sample Date:

  • October 5th – 12th. Valid for travel from August 26th – October 27th or December 13th – December 26th or March 22nd, 2013 – May 15th, 2013. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advance routing code and enter “ua+” on both outbound and inbound routing code files, use the date range function and enter a date range like “6-13” days to see best availability. Must purchase by March 13th, 2013 (this does not necessarily mean the fare will last that long, United can pull this anytime)


  • PDX – EWR (Newark) – IST (Istanbul) – EWR – PDX


  • 14,942 miles or 6.0 cents per mile


Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Visa on Arrival for $20. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY) – $1USD = 1.87 TRY

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:


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