Oneworld member British Airways is currently selling its business class tickets from London-Heathrow to both Istanbul airports (IST and SAW) for only £307 (~€358). These tickets include lounge access, 2 x 32 kg of checked luggage, a free seat next to you on the 4-hour flights, good catering, as well as priority airport services (faster check-in and security).
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You’ll be seated in an Airbus A320 or A321 on this 4-hour flight. British Airways has 3 daily flights to Istanbul Airport (
IST) and one daily flight to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (
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This price is valid for flights between November 15 and March 31, as long as you spend at least one Sunday in Istanbul before flying back.
The tickets are issued in booking class I, meaning that you can roughly expect:
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- 4,686 Avios + 450 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
- 4,686 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 3,906 Avios + 32 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 3,906 AsiaMiles + 50 Club Points on Asia Miles
- 3,906 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 3,906 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 3,906 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 3,906 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 3,906 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
- 3,124 Points + 8 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 1,282 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 1,254 Avios + 160 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
Information & Tips for Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest city, economical and cultural capital of modern day Turkey. While political power resides in Ankara, Istanbul is famous for its long and moved history. Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, it has been one of the most important cities of European and Oriental politics for over 2.000 years. Aside from the fact that it is split between two continents (Asia and Europe), poeple associate Istanbul with its modern day lifestyle and cultural variety. Its most famous sights are the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Best time to visit
The city is blessed with mild winters, with the average temperature hitting a bottom 8 degrees in December and January. This alternates with very hot summers. Since it is located at the conflux of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea, humidity tends to be high all year round. If you dislike hot, humid days, avoid Istanbul during the summer. Otherwise, it is a year round destination.
From the airport(s) to the city
Istanbul Int’l Airport
This brand new airport (opened in 2018) is the main hub for Turkish Airlines. All long haul flights to Istanbul arrive here. It is located on the European side of the city. It is not yet connected to Istanbul’s metro system, so buses are the only option to get to the city center by public transport. There are 18 bus lines operating to different parts of the city, taking 30-90 minutes for 2-4€.
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcan Airport
This airport is home to many LCCs, mainly Pegasus Airlines. It is located on the Asia side of the city. It has no connection to Istanbul’s metro system, too. There are few bus lines operating to the city center, taking around an hour at a cost of 18TL (approx.2,30€).
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Information & Tips for Turkey
Turkey, situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a fascinating country with a rich historical and cultural heritage. From ancient ruins to vibrant markets, and stunning landscapes to delicious cuisine, Turkey offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers.
Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a foodie, Turkey promises a memorable journey filled with architectural wonders, warm hospitality, and a vibrant blend of East and West influences.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Turkey depends on the regions you plan to explore. The coastal areas, including popular destinations like Istanbul, Bodrum, and Antalya are best visited during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when temperatures are mild and pleasant. The summer months (July to August) can be hot and crowded in these regions, but they are ideal for beach and resort activities. Inland areas, such as Cappadocia and Pamukkale, are also best visited in spring and autumn, as summers can be scorching and winters chilly.
Visa & Entry
Visitors from many countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most European nations, can enter Turkey for tourism purposes without a visa and stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, it’s important to verify the visa requirements based on your nationality with the Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country, as visa policies can change.
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