Turkish Airlines has launched a new route between Istanbul and Phuket, Thailand. To celebrate, Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles is offering a very interesting discount: 45,000 miles for a return reward in Business Class! You must book before 10 August, 2017.
Unfortunately, this promotion is less attractive than it might first appear:
- You must fly between now and 31 October, 2017 – this is monsoon season in Phuket, so not an ideal time to visit
- You can only fly on a return basis – you will be charged 45,000 miles for a one-way itinerary
- Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles adds fuel surcharges to its rewards
- The schedule for the Istanbul to Phuket route is less than ideal, as you can see below…
A flight arriving into Phuket at 4 a.m. is not pleasant for most, nor is a 5:30 a.m. departure back to Istanbul. But considering that the promotion covers low season in Phuket, M&S members could always fly to Phuket cheaply and then book the first morning flight to their final destination in the region: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, etc. I wrote about “positioning flights” on InsideFlyer – here’s the link for details on how to lower the risk when flying on separate tickets.