Get thee to Istanbul, on the cheap this fall!

I’m a huge fan of Istanbul and Turkey in general. I’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences there (even with attempted scammings twice) and between the architecture, food and people it is one of my favorite places to visit and one that I return to willingly, which is a big step for me. When a visit can be had on the cheap that’s an even bigger draw. And right now there are some great deals out there for travel from the USA to Istanbul.

The deals are for the shoulder season so look for travel in September or October for great weather and even better rates. Here’s what the fare calendars look like for October, departing a few cities in the USA:

New York City


Washington, DC


Los Angeles




In many cases the W fares on United Airlines aren’t too much more than these lowest fares (~$300 ex-EWR) and the upgrade inventory is plentiful. I’ve already confirmed my flat bed for a weekend in early October. It is going to be a lot of fun.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. I’ve been to greece >20 times, but never to Turkey. I really want to go next time there’s a good sale and I can get the time away from work.

  2. I was Instanbul about 2 years ago and tried a cooking school called “Cooking a la Turka” one evening, it was a lot of fun and a great way to learn more bout turkish food/cooking.

  3. Seth…how do you get upgraded? Is this cuz you got status? I dont have any status..but would love to go…however, no way will I endure a 10+ hr flight in coach ehhee.. can I upg with miles?

    1. I paid the slightly higher rate to get the W fare and am redeeming some of my GPUs on the flight. If you buy the lower fare it can be upgraded with cash+miles but it is not going to be cheap.

      And 10 hours in coach isn’t all that horrible. I’ve done it a few times.

  4. How are prices in general in IST – food, lodging, and such? We’ve been thinking of doing a Turkey trip one of these days.

  5. It can definitely get expensve, particularly for name brand lodging, but there are some decent value options as well. Points at the Hilton above Taksim Square was one of my best redemptions ever and the place I stayed last time wasn’t great ut it was completely reasonable for the price.

    Taksis are reasonable and food can be either cheap or very expensive but it is nearly always delicious.

  6. wow these fares went fast. The flights I was looking at went way up as of last night.

  7. There are still a lot of cheap seats available from what I’m seeing. Any flexibility with the dates??

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