American/Turkish: Boston – Istanbul, Turkey. $625. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

We find this combination funny — American and Turkish are part of two different alliances. You would’ve imagine Turkish would’ve filed the fare with United or US Airways to take care of the domestic segment, but the fare rules explicitly states that the domestic segment cannot be on United and must be on American or Delta.

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


Sample Date:

  • October 16th – 23rd.  Valid for travel from October 10th – December 12th, 2012 or December 26th, 2012 – March 31st, 2013. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — availability is scattered. Must purchase by September 16th


  • BOS – JFK (New York) – IST (Istanbul) – ORD (Chicago) – BOS. The JFK – IST – ORD segments are operated by Turkish and the rest are operated by American


  • 11,559 miles or 5.4 cents per mile. You will earn 1,053 miles with American Airlines for the Philadelphia and Chicago segments and 10,506 miles with United Airlines for the Turkish Airlines segments between Chicago and Istanbul. Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and is a partner with United Airlines.



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

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