United – $582: Washington D.C. / Chicago / New York / Boston – Istanbul, Turkey. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Sub-$600 to Istanbul is always a welcome sight. Washington D.C.. Chicago, New York is at $582. Boston is actually cheaper at $537.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey - Photo: t-mizo via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey – Photo: t-mizo via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Washington D.C.
  • February 6th – 13th, 2015

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from January 6th, 2015 – March 26th, 2015 with a 7 day minimum stay. Must purchase by December 1st
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: WAS
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:  yyz
    • Destination:  IST
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: yyz
    • Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • (For Chicago availability, replace WAS with ORD on the Departing from: field)
    • (For New York availability, replace WAS with NYC on the Departing from: field)
    • (For Boston availability, replace WAS with BOS on the Departing from: field)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “5-12” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
    • You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

Fare Class:

  • Washington D.C., Chicago: L
  • Boston, New York: K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • Washington D.C., Chicago, New York: $496
  • Boston: $451


  • DCA- YYZ (Toronto) – IST (Istanbul) – YYZ – DCA. Also available from IAD and BWI. Flights will be operated by Air Canada under United flight numbers. This is an L fare from DC and Chicago , so if you pick flights operated by Lufthansa, you will also earn 100% mileage. From Boston and New York, it is a K fare, so you will only earn miles if you fly Air Canada or United. Any Austrian and Swiss operated flights would not earn miles.


Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):

  • W Class
  • $957 (United metal to/from Munich)


  • United will be revenue based mileage earning starting March 1st, 2015. Miles will be earn base on elite qualifying dollars multiple by 5 as base level earning and up to 11 for 1K level members. We will be showing the 2015 base mileage earning for all United fares going forward to show how negative the changes are for a majority of United flyers.
    • 2014: 10,936 miles or 5.3 cents per mile. If the segments between the US and Canada are operated by Air Canada, you will earn 25%. Since this particular routing is that case, you will earn 10,418 miles or 5.6 cents per mile
    • March 1st, 2015:  2,480 miles or a difference of 7,938 miles.

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 United. Orbitz will initially price this higher, but if you select the flights operated by Air Canada, it will reprice correctly.




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