Air Canada – $633: San Francisco – Istanbul, Turkey. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Star Alliance finally matched Turkish’s $699 introductory fares from San Francisco to Istanbul. Despite Turkish being a member of the Star Alliance, there doesn’t seem to be much love between the main Star Alliance members, Lufthansa and Turkish.

We are featuring the Air Canada fare because it is the only one that is mileage earning — even with the United 2015 changes (at least all the changes that have been announced). If you want nonstop, go with Turkish even if it is non-mileage earning. If you want to save ~$60 and earn miles, go with Air Canada.

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

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


Sample Travel Date:

  • April 21st – 27th, 2015

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from April 13th – June 15th, 2015. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • K


  • SFO -YYZ (Toronto)  – IST (Istanbul) – YYZ – SFO. Take this routing to ensure maximum mileage earning.


  • 14,736 miles or 4.3 cents per mile. Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance and United partner. This fare will earn 100% mileage between Canada and Turkey and 25% between US and Canada. As such, you will earn 11,368 miles or 5.6 cents per mile when crediting to United.

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select Air Canada



For hotel bookings, we recommend that you only book using online travel agencies ( or if it is a non-chain hotel. We don’t want you to miss out on earning rewards with chain hotels.

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