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Old Aug 11, 18, 10:23 am
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Lots of cheap biz fares from IST

A few other threads have other examples (someone posted a great price EY to SYD), but here are some widely available with random dates I chose:

IST-SFO 11/29-12/04 LH $1934, BA, AC similar
IST-LAS 11/02-11/09 AC $2224, AA, BA similar
IST-JFK 08/21-08/24 BA $2331
IST-JFK 10/14-10/20 LH $2059, TK $2413
IST-NRT 10/14-10/20 OZ $1855
IST-JNB 10/14-10/20 SV $1041
IST-ICN 12/09-12/15 EK $2020, TK $2492, Air Astana <$1900
IST-LAX 12/09-12/15 LH $2009 (can do some LAX segments on LX)
IST-SIN 10/14-10/20 EK $1884 plus this gem for $1231:

Sun, Oct 14
1:25 am ó 7:25 am
Istanbul - Muscat - 2 seats remain
Business 5h 00m
Oman Air 164 ∑ Narrow-body jet ∑ Boeing 737-800
Change planes in Muscat (MCT)
Long layover
18h 36m

Mon, Oct 15
2:00 am ó 1:20 pm
Muscat - Jakarta - 6 seats remain
Business 8h 20m
Oman Air 849 ∑ Wide-body jet ∑ Airbus A330-200
Change planes in Jakarta (CGK)
1h 25m

Mon, Oct 15
2:45 pm ó 5:45 pm
Jakarta - Singapore - 6 seats remain
Business 2h 00m
Oman Air 5836 ∑ Narrow-body jet ∑ Boeing 737-800
Operated by Garuda Indonesia

SIN - IST
22h 45m
Sat, Oct 20
6:40 am ó 7:40 am
Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
Business 1h 00m
Oman Air 5602 ∑ Narrow-body jet ∑ Boeing 737-800
Operated by Malaysia Airlines
Change planes in Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
1h 51m

Sat, Oct 20
9:30 am ó 12:15 pm
Kuala Lumpur - Muscat
Business 6h 45m
Oman Air 822 ∑ Wide-body jet ∑ Airbus A330-200
Change planes in Muscat (MCT)
7h 56m

Sat, Oct 20
Lands Sun, Oct 21
8:10 pm ó 12:25 am
Muscat - Istanbul
Business 5h 15m
Oman Air 163 ∑ Narrow-body jet ∑ Boeing 737-800

Perhaps a combination of the currency drop and general economic challenges in Turkey?
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Old Aug 11, 18, 10:45 am
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can also do IST-ORD for a little over $1600 on *A

Here's an example

https://www.google.com/flights/#flt=...12*.USD.164412
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Old Aug 11, 18, 10:55 am
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Turkeyís complete and total economic collapse will present budget travellers a wealth of deals! Thanks, RTE!!!!!
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Old Aug 11, 18, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by MattEvan View Post
Turkeyís complete and total economic collapse will present budget travellers a wealth of deals! Thanks, RTE!!!!!
LOL.

I've been monitoring the hotel prices, and they are definitely down a bit. Though they have always been priced in euros, so it's not so much currency arbitrage as just the general economy. It seems that tourism has taken quite a hit in recent years which will only get worse.
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Old Aug 11, 18, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by mecabq View Post
LOL.

I've been monitoring the hotel prices, and they are definitely down a bit. Though they have always been priced in euros, so it's not so much currency arbitrage as just the general economy. It seems that tourism has taken quite a hit in recent years which will only get worse.
In six months the regime will be paying tourists to visit. Hope Iím wrong.
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Istanbul is an incredible city, highly worth a visit.
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Old Aug 11, 18, 11:13 am
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I thought i was able to outsmart and book in TRY, but when the conversion came on my credit card, itís not the rate showing on XE.com. itís off by like $200. 😏
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Old Aug 11, 18, 12:06 pm
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Looking for some good oneworld deal out of IST
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Old Aug 11, 18, 1:13 pm
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Timely thread due to the continuous fall of the Turkish Lira!
IST-LAX on LH UA $ 1897 business rt for Sept travel.
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Old Aug 11, 18, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by schnitzer View Post
I thought i was able to outsmart and book in TRY, but when the conversion came on my credit card, itís not the rate showing on XE.com. itís off by like $200. 😏

I saved this from another issue- this is for Visa card only.....https://www.visaeurope.com/making-pa...exchange-rates
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Old Aug 11, 18, 1:56 pm
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I tried to book on Turkish - they seem to charge with USD instead.....
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Old Aug 11, 18, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by zebranz View Post
I saved this from another issue- this is for Visa card only.....https://www.visaeurope.com/making-pa...exchange-rates
Based on that the spread / upcharge from the middle market rate (per www,xe.com) is about 4%.
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Old Aug 11, 18, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by tobiashenry View Post
I tried to book on Turkish - they seem to charge with USD instead.....
could that be because of your location? i'm wondering if using a VPN to appear that you're actually in Turkey would change anything.
Can you buy from a Turkish website for flights that do not originate in Turkey? I'm not going to do this so I don't want to do the research. Just thinking out loud.
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Old Aug 11, 18, 3:50 pm
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There's been IST-SFO for $2200 for quite a while, now at $1800: https://goo.gl/flights/jfsGe
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Old Aug 11, 18, 5:05 pm
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Thanks for the info. Delighted to see fares below 2k to the west coast. Too bad it's not applicable to one way...
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