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Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles is one of the more lucrative airline loyalty programs out there; it is also one of the most frustrating. But Miles & Smiles has a very attractive award chart, one that is made even better by occasional promotions such as this one.
Between now and December 31, 2021, you can receive a 30% discount when booking award travel on Turkish Airlines through Miles & Smiles. You must travel before May 15, 2022, with blackout dates applying to international travel from April 7 – 25, 2022. (i.e. Easter).
How Good A Deal Is This?
The sweetspot with Turkish Airlines is its Business Class cabin (and awards). Thanks to the 30% discount, for example, you can fly one-way between:
- North America and Europe for 31,500 miles
- Europe and the Far East for 31,500 miles
- Europe and South America for 36,750 miles
- North America and North Africa for 42,000 miles
- North America and the Far East for 47,250 miles
Turkish Airlines does add fuel surcharges, but these are relatively mild – in the range of £100 for a long-haul flight in Business Class.
How Can I Get Some Turkish Miles Fast?
You should never convert points into Turkish miles without searching for award space first. However, no partner points convert instantly, so you will be waiting nervously for a few days.
Your only real transfer option is:
- Marriott Bonvoy – 60,000 points –> 25,000 miles
You can of course first transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Marriott Bonvoy at a rate of 2:3. You would therefore need to transfer 40,000 Amex Points to Marriott (which would get you 60,000 Marriott Points) in order to receive 25,000 Turkish Miles.
It can sometimes be hard to track down award space in Business Class. Turkish Airlines uses “married segment” logic, which means that award space can change depending on your choice of final destination. This comes up most frequently when you actually want to fly directly to Istanbul, but can only find award space to connect beyond Istanbul.
Nonetheless, 62,500 miles for a return trip to Asia in Business Class… a huge bargain!