One Way: €327 Auckland → Istanbul w/ Sichuan Airlines, Business Class at €1,195 (Chengdu Stopover Possible)

Istanbul Hagia Sophia

Sichuan Airlines s offering a one-way deal from Auckland, New Zealand, to Istanbul, Turkey, starting at just €330 in economy class and €1,295 in business class. This deal includes 23 kg of checked luggage for economy and 2x 32 kg for business class. Departures are available from June to December.

This deal is only available on Sundays until the end of 2024. To find the best price, you will have to check your dates on the search form and compare prices on Trip.com or Skyscanner.

Here are some dates, that you can book for less than €400:

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First, you will fly from Auckland to Chengdu on Sichuan Airlines Airbus A350 with a 3-3-3 configuration. Following a 5-hour layover in China, you will continue your journey from Chengdu to Istanbul on their Airbus A330 with a 2-4-2 configuration.

If you decide to book business class, the Airbus A350 to Chengdu will have a 1-2-1 configuration, while the A330 to Istanbul will have a 2-2-2 configuration. Both flights offer lie-flat seats.

Search & Book

This deal will expire on December 31, but it is likely that it will be sold out before then. Since it is a one-way ticket, there is no minimum or maximum stay required. Departures are available from June to December.

You can find suitable dates using the Skyscanner Calendar. We recommend booking directly on Sichuan Airlines’ website, but booking directly with Chinese airlines can be complex, so you may opt for using Trip.com. Alternatively, you may find cheaper prices on Skyscanner. However, booking through Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) has its drawbacks.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:

Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.

This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.

Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.

Stopover in Chengdu

If you wish to spend more than five hours in China on your journey from New Zealand to Turkey, you can have a stopover with Sichuan Airlines. Depending on your passport, you may receive a 144-hour (6-day) transit visa, or if you hold a passport from select European nations, you can stay visa-free for up to two weeks.

The flight from Chengdu to Istanbul operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1 a.m., allowing you to technically stay until Friday without any issues.

To search for suitable flight combinations, you will need to manually use the calendar, selecting a Sunday for the Auckland to Chengdu flight and a Wednesday or Friday for the flight to Istanbul, and find the best price through trial and error.

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Miles & Points

This ticket is issued in economy class with booking class B from Auckland to Chengdu and booking class V from Chengdu to Istanbul. Here are the miles and points you can earn from this deal:

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Destination

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.

Finding the Best eSIM Plan

We’ve compared various eSIM providers, such as Airalo and RedteaGO. To see which plan is best for your travel needs, and which network offers the best coverage, feel free to read our detailed guide:

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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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