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Turkish Airlines have brought back a great Business Class fare to Bangkok for departures from Stockholm. The fare appears to be valid for most of 2016 with availability wide open for most months.
Pricing: From $1,432 (£955/€1,335) Return
Travel dates: January – November 2016
Booking: No specified booking deadline
Minimum Stay Requirements: None
Maximum Stay Allowed: Travel from last stopover must commence no later than 12 months after departure from fare origin.
What this means is that you can have trips as long as 12 months long or as short as a couple of nights:
Example flight/routing (click to enlarge):
As the headline suggests, the trip starts in Stockholm but you can depart as late as 5:25pm. That’s important for those who’d like to take advantage of these fares but don’t live in Stockholm – a 5:25pm departure should give most people enough time to get to Stockholm without the expense of an overnight hotel.
Availability is about as good it gets for these kind of Business Class fares. It starts off reasonably in January…
…get’s better in February….
….gets a little bit worse in April…..
…but then the rest of the months in the year are wide open! (I’m not going to insert a screenshot for every month but the low fare is available for departures on every day of the remaining months of the year).
There are some, more expensive, fares that involve cities like Copenhagen and Oslo so, if those airports work better for you they may be an option:
How to find these fares
As with all the good fares I find, these results came from the ITA Matrix search.
The screenshot above shows the search criteria I used to generate these results.
For those not overly familiar with the ITA Matrix Search the “TK+” just specifies flights on Turkish Airlines and the “maxdur 1140” limits the search results to journey times of 19 hours or less.
If you don’t use the “maxdur” command when performing this search you could find yourself wading through a lot of results with unnecessarily long journey times:
With the “maxdur” command the results are limited to far more reasonable journey times:
Turkish Airlines Business Class
As I always say when shopping around for Business Class flights, it’s very important to check what aircraft you’ll be flying. A lot of airlines have different standards of Business Class cabin depending on which of their aircraft you’re flying and, if you happen to book on to an aircraft with a poor product, that Business Class “deal” suddenly doesn’t look so good.
Turkish Airlines is one of those airlines where you have to be careful. As far as I can work out all their 777 aircraft have the latest Turkish Airlines Business Class cabin as do all their Airbus A330-300 aircraft….but their Airbus A330-200s have old fashioned angle-flat seats rather than the modern lie-flad beds.
So what aircraft fly the Istanbul – Bangkok route?
Good news! It would appear that Turkish Airlines fly their A330-300s on these routes (as indicated by the “333” from the ExpertFlyer.com search (had it been an A330-200 ExpertFlyer would have shown “332”):
Here are some images of the new Turkish Airlines Business Class cabin:
While this isn’t the cheapest I’ve seen Turkish Airlines offer this route (I believe it’s been sold in the mid-$1,200s before) these are still some pretty amazing Business Class fares to Bangkok.
The Turkish Airlines Business Class cabin doesn’t offer direct aisle access for all seats but it’s still, definitely, a premium product. If you combine that with the fact that you can have two free stopovers (if you’d like to check out another city) and the fact that you’d get access to the Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul (which is meant to be fantastic) these fares are very good value indeed.
If you’re wondering where to credit the miles you’ll earn from taking one of these trips, the website wheretocredit.com will show you which loyalty programs will award the most miles.
There’s a very good chance I’m going to end up booking one of these fares for late 2016 – I’d love to see what sort of service Turkish Airlines offers, I’d finally get to see inside the lounge in Istanbul and I could, possibly, check out the Park Hyatt opening in Bangkok in mid-2016.
Featured Image: Turkish Airlines A330-300 courtesy of Lorenzo Giacobbo via Flickr