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Turkish Airlines’ loyalty programme – Miles & Smiles – is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an interesting promotion that will run each month throughout 2019. Every month, Miles & Smiles will choose 30 destinations and offer some combination of:
- a 30% discount on reward tickets
- a 30% discount on upgrades (from Economy to Business Class) using miles
- a 30% bonus miles on paid flights
The destinations that Miles & Smiles have chosen to kick off the promotion in February 2019 are:
- Discounted Rewards and Upgrades
- New York
- Sao Paolo
- Discounted Upgrades Only
- 30% Bonus Miles
What About Connections?
It appears that the 30% discount is only being applied properly to flights originating in Istanbul. Here’s what a quick check of flight rewards to New York in February showed:
A straightforward reward from Istanbul to New York costs 21,000 miles each way, a 30% discount on the regular price of 30,000 miles each way.
However starting your journey in London results in this:
28,000 is a small discount on the regular price of 30,000 miles – but definitely NOT 30%.
Even combining two routes that BOTH are included in the discount list doesn’t help much…
If the 30% discount on reward tickets doesn’t apply fully to European connecting flights, I don’t suppose that particular element of the promotion will appeal to nearly all InsideFlyer UK readers.
But I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the list of destinations offering a 30% bonus on paid flights. Who knows… maybe I’ll get lucky with a Turkish Airlines itinerary I have planned for June 2019… 😉