PREMIUM ECONOMY – Air France – $528: Chicago / Washington D.C. – Istanbul, Turkey. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Earlier today, Fare Deal Alert found that Air France was selling its Premium Economy tickets to Istanbul from Houston for about $700. It is available from Chicago for even cheaper.

What is Premium Economy? It is the section between Coach and Business. Slightly more legroom than coach.

Update 3/11/2015 @ 2:20PM Eastern. Also available from Washington D.C. for $548.

  • Washington D.C. [IAD] – $548

Update 3/11/2015 @ 4:10PM – Air France seems to have pulled these fares. Still available on Delta. Posted updated.

Update 3/11/2015 @ 9:35PM – all gone.

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 Chicago
  • April 6th – 15th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from March 28th – May 15th or August 24th – October 25th for Sunday through Wednesday departures from the United States and Monday through Thursday departures to the United States. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure
  • 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: ORD
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: af+ /f bc=A dl+ /f bc=W
    • Destination:  IST
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: af+ /f bc=A dl+/f bc=W
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • (For Washington D.C. availability, replace ORD with IAD on the  Departing from: field)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
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Fare Class:

  • Air France: A
  • Delta: W


  • ORD – CDG (Paris) – IST (Istanbul) – CDG – ORD



Air France is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance and Delta partner. Mile earning when crediting this itinerary to Delta is as follows:

  • Miles Flown: 11,054 miles or 4.8 cents per mile

  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 16,581 miles or 3.2 cents per mile.
  • Base Redeemable Miles:  11,054 miles

However, instead of crediting this to Delta, we recommend you crediting this to Alaska Airlines. 100% elite and redeemable mileage on this itinerary when crediting to Alaska and access to a much better mileage program than Delta SkyMiles.

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Air France link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Select Premium Economy on the Class drop down.
  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter “Delta” on the Airline textbox in the Advanced Flight Options section. Make sure on Class/Cabin, you also select Premium Economy




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Comments (8)

  • Owen 8 years ago Reply

    Looks like it just died, just as I was preparing to book it!

  • Chris 8 years ago Reply

    Is the stopover in Paris free?!?!

    Charles McCool 8 years ago Reply

    $14 extra on IAD-IST round trip, when I looked earlier. 20 hour layover in Paris but I am looking for longer.

  • Vik 8 years ago Reply

    can you use points to upgrade to business?

  • David 8 years ago Reply

    I can’t get any of the discounted rates to show up. Is anyone else having any luck?

  • Griz 8 years ago Reply

    The flights are starting to disappear… still finding some from ORD

  • Shabbir 8 years ago Reply

    I’m trying dates in August but it is pricing around $1,400 or so. I used the outbound and inbound day requirements as well.

  • Callie 8 years ago Reply

    Thanks for the tip! But FYI I do not think that one “must” apply for the e-visa through the Republic of Turkey web site. It’s still a great idea to save time, but otherwise, citizens of many countries can also apply for a visa upon arrival (details on the web site).

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