United: Chicago – Istanbul, Turkey. $504. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

This is probably the best Istanbul fare we have published from Chicago for many reasons — 1) it is on United and not on a partner, so you will earn full elite status miles and if you have elite status, you will earn bonus miles, 2) you don’t have to worry whether or not the codeshare will give you miles, 3) it is the cheapest out of all the fares we published in the last few weeks, and 4) since United has about 60% of the Chicago market, this will keep a lot of United flyers in Chicago happy.

Happy travels.

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

Sample Date:

  • November 29th – December 7th. Valid for travel from October 26th – December 16th or December 24th – March 24th, 2013. We see scatter availability in late November and early December, 2012. Availability in 2013 is good. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability, enable advance routing codes and enter “ewr” on both outbound and inbound to search only United flights via Newark. Must purchase by March 31st, 2013 (This does not mean the fare will be available until then, United can pull this fare at any time)


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


  • 11,496 miles or 4.3 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

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