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Title: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Mchem on June 30, 2011, 06:29:04 PM
My wife and I are planning on going to EY in mid August.
Are there any issues with flying Turkish Airlines through Istanbul to TLV? I know that last year, after the whole flotilla situation, some prefered to stay off Turkish. Should there be anything about taking Turkish Air to EY that should concern me?

The reason I ask is because I am able to get a hold of tickets for Turkish Air that are 20% cheaper than Continental. Should I just take the Turkish Tickets?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: U-no-me! on June 30, 2011, 06:59:26 PM
I know someone who recently flew turkish, no issues.
I say go for turkish.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: flyer11204 on July 03, 2011, 04:27:50 PM
Turkish first is a dream
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: springles on July 03, 2011, 10:44:13 PM
I flew Turkish about 5 years ago and the flight was fine.  Food was awful though.  Dont know if things have changed.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: shach on July 04, 2011, 12:30:43 AM
If you don't leave the airport you got nothing to worry about. i flew recently economy with them and the nyc-ist flight was great-newish plane roomy and good service. yet the "shayroot" style shaky school bus from turkey to israel was horrible. yet when i flew it was more like $400 difference which was probably worth it
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Yosel on July 04, 2011, 02:16:28 PM
i did turkish econonmy, last year JFK-IST was great brand new plane great service. iST-TLV small little bakakta plane, but its a very short ride
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: cks33 on January 13, 2013, 08:48:23 PM
Regarding Turkish Air -

I am taking the JFK to IST flight as well.

Is it possible to get in the Turkish Lounge if you are silver status, without paying the normal fee?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: jmansour on January 13, 2013, 08:52:33 PM
flew a few months ago and had a horrible experience.. granted i flew on the thursday 6 pm flight that landed around noon for the 1 pm connection i knew i was taking a chance but i could not leave earlier and had to attend a wedding.
we got delayed because of fog in jfk and were assured by the staff that the 20+ people connecting for tel aviv would be escorted to their gate and the flight be held..
no escort, no flight waiting and i ended up getting stuck for shabbat in turkey.. on top of this they lost our bags and we didnt make it to the hotel till about 20 minutes before shabbt. we waited 4 hours in the airport.
wasnt such a pleasant experience, id rather fly through a safer city in the future.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Mordy788 on January 13, 2013, 08:53:31 PM
You need Gold Status with a Star Alliance carrier to get in to the Turkish lounge.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: chuchem on January 14, 2013, 03:11:57 AM
flew a few months ago and had a horrible experience.. granted i flew on the thursday 6 pm flight that landed around noon for the 1 pm connection i knew i was taking a chance but i could not leave earlier and had to attend a wedding.
we got delayed because of fog in jfk and were assured by the staff that the 20+ people connecting for tel aviv would be escorted to their gate and the flight be held..
no escort, no flight waiting and i ended up getting stuck for shabbat in turkey.. on top of this they lost our bags and we didnt make it to the hotel till about 20 minutes before shabbt. we waited 4 hours in the airport.
wasnt such a pleasant experience, id rather fly through a safer city in the future.

Sorry to tell you, but you can only blame yourself. Would never fly connecting so short before shabbes witha one hour connection, that was just asking for trouble...
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Moishebatchy on January 14, 2013, 06:20:55 AM
Sorry to tell you, but you can only blame yourself. Would never fly connecting so short before shabbes witha one hour connection, that was just asking for trouble...

+1

Rule of thumb: when booking, ALWAYS check when the next flight out is after the one you are scheduled to connect to, just in case you miss your connection. Forewarned is forearmed.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Drago on February 04, 2013, 08:56:33 AM
FYI, UA is lowering the 3 lowest fare buckets from 100% earnings to 0%.

So much for those great mileage runs they've had...
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Bp on February 04, 2013, 08:59:53 AM
I'm sure TK's recent $25 BF had something to do with it.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on February 04, 2013, 11:03:44 AM
FYI, UA is lowering the 3 lowest fare buckets from 100% earnings to 0%.

So much for those great mileage runs they've had...

WOW thanks for the info, was just looking how all theyre fares are 100% on united.. and was planning on long family trip.. thanks for the info!!  when is it going into effect?
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: cks33 on February 04, 2013, 11:29:02 AM
When is this going into effect?
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Drago on February 04, 2013, 12:48:46 PM
When is this going into effect?
March 1 I believe
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Reb Moshe on February 04, 2013, 02:25:20 PM
My wife and I are planning on going to EY in mid August.
Are there any issues with flying Turkish Airlines through Istanbul to TLV? I know that last year, after the whole flotilla situation, some prefered to stay off Turkish. Should there be anything about taking Turkish Air to EY that should concern me?

The reason I ask is because I am able to get a hold of tickets for Turkish Air that are 20% cheaper than Continental. Should I just take the Turkish Tickets?

Thanks!
I flew through turkey 4 times since the flotilla. Was great flight. One time even had wifi all the way from NYC -IST


I saw something in the news today about a woman from NYC got killed there this week. But I think the airport is more than okay
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 04, 2013, 02:32:10 PM
I flew through turkey 4 times since the flotilla. Was great flight. One time even had wifi all the way from NYC -IST


I saw something in the news today about a woman from NYC got killed there this week. But I think the airport is more than okay

As Chaikel once said...

I've seen more arabs in TLV and EWR. And they no longer allow ppl to bring RPGs into the airport, so it's pretty safe ::)
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: cks33 on February 04, 2013, 06:35:26 PM
March 1 I believe

So if we've already booked tickets in April - would they be effected?  Or would tickets booked after March 1 be effected?
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Drago on February 05, 2013, 04:16:33 AM
So if we've already booked tickets in April - would they be effected?  Or would tickets booked after March 1 be effected?
Chk out what they write on their site
http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/marketing/custcomm/promotions/Pages/AirlinePartnerDetails.aspx?ItemId=306

Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: Drago on March 06, 2013, 08:00:25 AM
Expanding service w/ TLV to 39 flights per week.
http://airlineroute.net/2013/03/06/tk-tlv-s13/
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: JFEADV on March 06, 2013, 01:07:29 PM
how many cabins does turkish have 2 or 3??
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: damaxer91 on March 06, 2013, 02:44:48 PM
how many cabins does turkish have 2 or 3??

3.

Economy, Premium Economy and Business
Title: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: dwkl on March 11, 2013, 04:11:50 PM
as a travel agent i hesitate to reccomend flying thru turkey
the link below from the israeli govt a warning to those flying abroad for yomtov  just reinforces my hesitations and should reinforce yours as well
your life is worth more then the few hundred dollars you save id think 


http://www.mahnishmah.com/system/scripts/modules/admin/pages/show_page.cgi?&p=58559
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: SuperFlyer on March 11, 2013, 04:29:43 PM
No problem whatsoever.

To be safe, don't book tickets for 11 month in the future.

For now its all cool.

My brother traveled yesterday with a stop in IST with a yarmulke on.

No problem.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: SuperFlyer on March 11, 2013, 04:32:28 PM
Very nice presentation btw
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 11, 2013, 04:33:13 PM
There is no danger in flying through Turkey. I recommend my clients to use Turkish as they often have low fares and their planes are new and comfortable. I have also flown through Turkey 4 times without incident. Their economy comfort product is also outstanding and affordable.

Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Got a clue on March 11, 2013, 04:35:53 PM
There is no danger in flying through Turkey. I recommend my clients to use Turkish as they often have low fares and their planes are new and comfortable. I have also flown through Turkey 4 times without incident. Their economy comfort product is also outstanding and affordable.

Agreed... but wouls you reccomend to stop over for more then a couple of hours??
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 11, 2013, 04:38:54 PM
Agreed... but wouls you reccomend to stop over for more then a couple of hours??

It is not an issue. Istanbul is a large western city rich in culture and history. It is not dangerous.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: dwkl on March 11, 2013, 04:57:39 PM
its not an issue until... something happens.  then everyone will say why do they fly thru turkey "a bunch of mishgyim" risking their life what are they crazy?
im glad people are flying and enjoying my clients who were rerouted thru turkey and were forced to daven in terminal felt extremly uncomfortable 
hey, to each his own
       
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Menucha on March 11, 2013, 05:38:54 PM
there is tension between Israel and Turkey, things can turn around any moment. Lots of nasty statements were made already.
If you want to save a few $ and hope that all stays safe, its a decision you need to make.
Some people value safety and would pay more to go via a friendly country.

Have a safe trip
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Chaikel on March 11, 2013, 06:21:06 PM
It's like I always tell clients. AMM/IST have gotten a lot safer even since they banned rocket launchers in the airport
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Ergel on March 11, 2013, 09:39:46 PM
It's like I always tell clients. AMM/IST have gotten a lot safer even since they banned rocket launchers in the airport
Definitely safer, but they still allow assault rifles
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 11, 2013, 09:44:25 PM
there is tension between Israel and Turkey, things can turn around any moment. Lots of nasty statements were made already.
If you want to save a few $ and hope that all stays safe, its a decision you need to make.
Some people value safety and would pay more to go via a friendly country.

Have a safe trip

If you're a US citizen relations between Turkey and Israel don't make a difference.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 11, 2013, 11:34:10 PM
If you're a US citizen relations between Turkey and Israel don't make a difference.

Exactly.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Reb Moshe on March 11, 2013, 11:54:23 PM
There is no danger in flying through Turkey. I recommend my clients to use Turkish as they often have low fares and their planes are new and comfortable. I have also flown through Turkey 4 times without incident. Their economy comfort product is also outstanding and affordable.
I have doe this as well.  Nicest lounge I've ever been to.

This has been discussed at length here:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=20660.30
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Menucha on March 12, 2013, 11:11:09 AM
If you're a US citizen relations between Turkey and Israel don't make a difference.

Since 1929, at times, a jew is a jew.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: SuperFlyer on March 12, 2013, 01:24:00 PM
IF you look jewish (yes they can tell), and you want to visit Istanbul, stick to the touristic attractions.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: WhyAich on March 13, 2013, 01:02:09 AM
There is no danger in flying through Turkey. I recommend my clients to use Turkish as they often have low fares and their planes are new and comfortable. I have also flown through Turkey 4 times without incident. Their economy comfort product is also outstanding and affordable.
+1
However I don't push anyone into it. I don't make decisions for clients. What I tell them is that we've only got positive feedback about experiences, although its a personal feeling and no one can make you comfortable with it except yourself.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: smart brit on March 13, 2013, 01:14:15 AM
+1
However I don't push anyone into it. I don't make decisions for clients. What I tell them is that we've only got positive feedback about experiences, although its a personal feeling and no one can make you comfortable with it except yourself.
+1
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Bostener on March 13, 2013, 03:06:02 AM
If you do go, HSBC has a lounge in the airport. All you need to get in is to prove that you are a customer. I use to show my HSBC credit card and get in.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: damaxer91 on March 13, 2013, 03:26:17 AM
IF you look jewish (yes they can tell), and you want to visit Istanbul, stick to the touristic attractions.

Shtus. Nobody cares about Jews nor can they tell.

Istanbul is much safer for a Jew than Paris or Oslo
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 13, 2013, 11:59:32 AM
Shtus. Nobody cares about Jews nor can they tell.

Istanbul is much safer for a Jew than Paris or Oslo

To be honest I felt more uncomfortable in Heathrow's Terminal 4 than I did at IST.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: smart brit on March 13, 2013, 01:12:36 PM
To be honest I felt more uncomfortable in Heathrow's Terminal 4 than I did at IST.
Come on
I'm taking this as an insult ;)
But tbh how could you compare a country that is jews/isreal friendly to a country that hates isreal and is hostile to jewish people?
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: L'Chaim on March 13, 2013, 01:55:29 PM
Come on
I'm taking this as an insult ;)
But tbh how could you compare a country that is jews/isreal friendly to a country that hates isreal and is hostile to jewish people?

+1, Better to be in a friendly place with a few haters, than in a hating place with a few friendlies.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 13, 2013, 03:46:44 PM
I do not want to get political, therfore I am going to cease and desist.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 18, 2013, 11:57:25 AM
Turkish Airlines wins Airline of the Year Award.

http://www.atn.aero/article.pl?mcateg=&id=42343
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: yaakov on March 18, 2013, 06:49:50 PM
what about amman? they have very cheap fares to tlv. has anyone done this?
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Mordy788 on March 18, 2013, 06:58:26 PM
what about amman? they have very cheap fares to tlv. has anyone done this?

I know people who have and were very comfortable.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Chaikel on March 18, 2013, 07:08:31 PM
what about amman? they have very cheap fares to tlv. has anyone done this?
It would be very dangerous for me as my wife would kill me. Otherwise, no problems
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: YakovT on March 29, 2013, 06:55:21 PM
I flew via istanbul since the flotilla and had no issues. I'm gold with united and the lounge there is BEAUTIFUL.

Something else interesting happened on that trip. I was flying tlv-ist-jfk and paid about $800 one way for economy but I received premium economy (they call it comfort class). I booked through kayak and selected economy so have no idea how. Also, there was only me and 2 other people in the whole cabin of about 40 seats. I looked behind the curtain and behold there was a full economy section packed.

and the seats were amazing, like a business seat.
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: AJK on March 29, 2013, 07:13:07 PM
Yes, the IST lounge is known to be fantastic, perhaps the best J lounge in the world.

Also, their comfort class (premium econ) is also known to be very good.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: bb_sam on April 07, 2013, 07:18:39 PM
I just flew through IST to TLV (baseball hat) and I can honestly say I felt 100% safe.  The airport itself is very much like any other North American airport - shops etc.  There are a bunch of burkas walking around -- but most people were dressed very western I did not feel unsafe in the least. 

It is worth mentioning that if you can get access to the Turkish lounge, it is worth going in just to experience one of the best lounges in the world. 

I know TK is trying hard to promote its routes via IST to TLV and I can honestly say it was a pleasure flying with them.  They are flying the 77W on the YYZ-IST route which has WiFi too.  ElAl would be wise to upgrade their aging aircrafts flying out of YYZ because even with the layover in IST, my preference would now be to take TK versus ElAl.  I love to support ElAl when I can, but I love capitalism more --  8) -- I can't reward ElAl for treating us like fools with their horrible aircrafts.  Sorry.
Title: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rochk123 on May 09, 2013, 06:19:06 PM
I wanted to know what people experiences were on Turkish Air? Any Problems ? Were you able to daven, was kosher food a problem etc..? Also what about the stopover in the Turkey Airport? Any problems?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
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Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Mordy788 on May 09, 2013, 08:34:07 PM
I wanted to know what people experiences were on Turkish Air? Any Problems ? Were you able to daven, was kosher food a problem etc..? Also what about the stopover in the Turkey Airport? Any problems?

Thanks!

Personally, I have only had positive experiences with Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Ataturk Airport. I saw people davening on the plane in their Tallis and Tefillin and the kosher food made in Istanbul is much better than the kosher food made in JFK.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 10, 2013, 03:04:59 AM
It would be very dangerous for me as my wife would kill me. Otherwise, no problems

+100

Must be a Cleveland thing.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cw3323 on May 12, 2013, 02:02:48 AM
I Just flew with Turkish Beautiful comfy Planes Wi-Fi USB Chargers and sleepers toothfull brush etc. (economy Class) on the long haul planes only, very nice flight attendants no problem with davening shachris on the back of the plane, IST Airport is a very busy Airport i saw only a handful maybe of women with the Muslim scarf, i felt very safe.
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 12, 2013, 03:01:30 AM
I just flew through IST to TLV (baseball hat) and I can honestly say I felt 100% safe. ... There are a bunch of burkas walking around -- but most people were dressed very western I did not feel unsafe in the least. 
Baseball hat?! Lol!
I davened with Tefilin out in the open in the airport.  I went through no less than 10 security checks connecting flights (and that's without leaving the airport or even the terminal, the whole airport is one terminal AFAIK).  Those Turks are paranoid.
I wanted to know what people experiences were on Turkish Air? Any Problems ? Were you able to daven, was kosher food a problem etc..? Also what about the stopover in the Turkey Airport? Any problems?

Thanks!
Their Kosher food in economy is really great (though sometimes portions can be small).
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 14, 2013, 06:46:18 PM
Their Kosher food in economy is really great (though sometimes portions can be small).
Now that it's on the homepage 8) , I should clarify that the food was great, excluding the leg from NY to IST, which the food was from the USA = the regular gross stuff.  But the other three legs of the trip had really good food, made in Istanbul under OK hechsher (R' Chitrik in Turkey)!
Title: Re: Turkish Air
Post by: gevaldig on August 19, 2013, 08:00:28 PM
Yes, the IST lounge is known to be fantastic, perhaps the best J lounge in the world.

Also, their comfort class (premium econ) is also known to be very good.
we're flying Turkish for Sukkot. have a 4 hour layover, please list the ways to access the lounges,
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on August 20, 2013, 02:00:12 AM
we're flying Turkish for Sukkot. have a 4 hour layover, please list the ways to access the lounges,

Walking on 2 feet
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ayman on August 20, 2013, 02:03:01 AM
Lol
Otherwise known as the B11
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: gevaldig on August 20, 2013, 02:08:11 AM
Walking on 2 feet
lol this is the way u access all lounges, I'm asking specifically in Turkey   
Title: Re: is turkish airlines safe
Post by: ayman on August 20, 2013, 02:10:20 AM
It would be very dangerous for me as my wife would kill me. Otherwise, no problems
Thats an easy one, you just have to ban rpg's from the home as well :P
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mr. perfect on August 20, 2013, 02:12:36 AM
Flying bizz or star alliance gold
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: upside down on August 20, 2013, 02:22:01 AM
there a cheap tickets availabe now from jfk to ist (on kayak or orbitz etc) starting at under 550 round trip. then go and book a separate trip from ist to tlv and you got yourself a cheap winter ticket
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Fish Tank on August 20, 2013, 02:23:41 AM
there a cheap tickets availabe now from jfk to ist (on kayak or orbitz etc) starting at under 550 round trip. then go and book a separate trip from ist to tlv and you got yourself a cheap winter ticket
How much is a roundtrip ticket from IST-TLV?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 20, 2013, 04:53:16 AM
there a cheap tickets availabe now from jfk to ist (on kayak or orbitz etc) starting at under 550 round trip. then go and book a separate trip from ist to tlv and you got yourself a cheap winter ticket

Ummmmm... You can find JFK-IST-TLV during the winter in the $650 range. Not sure where your big bargain is, as you won't find IST-TLV for less than $100...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on September 11, 2013, 07:18:50 AM
Im on a turkish flight right now with in flight wifi! Its a great airline in my opinion, nice lwg room, entertainment is pretty good, food is so so, amd nice service.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MoGro17 on September 15, 2013, 12:16:49 AM
I am flying on Turkish (miles credited to Aegen) at midnight on sunday to Israel through Istanbul. I have a 4 hour stopover; can I use the United Club One time Pass to get into the lounge there?

p.s. I also have the Chase Ink Bold. Will that get me in?
Title: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 15, 2013, 12:36:55 AM
I am flying on Turkish (miles credited to Aegen) at midnight on sunday to Israel through Istanbul. I have a 4 hour stopover; can I use the United Club One time Pass to get into the lounge there?

p.s. I also have the Chase Ink Bold. Will that get me in?

The UA Club One Time Pass is only good at actual club locations and not partner lounges.

For clubs with access with the Ink Lounge Club in IST see here - https://www.loungeclub.com/en/our-lounges/lounge-detail/IST1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 16, 2013, 03:11:09 PM
The winter tickets to israel for $680 are they milege eligible class?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2013, 03:18:28 PM
The winter tickets to israel for $680 are they milege eligible class?

I doubt it.. Find out what fare class they are then look HERE (http://www.united.com/cms/en-us/marketing/custcomm/promotions/pages/AirlinePartnerDetails.aspx?ItemId=306)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 16, 2013, 03:43:54 PM
I doubt it.. Find out what fare class they are then look HERE (http://www.united.com/cms/en-us/marketing/custcomm/promotions/pages/AirlinePartnerDetails.aspx?ItemId=306)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2013, 03:45:24 PM


Nothing Posted!! Besides for my quote
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 16, 2013, 03:56:09 PM
sorry my phone sucks. my Q was is there a difference if i buy it on orbitz or turkishairlines regarding miles?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2013, 04:08:28 PM
sorry my phone sucks. my Q was is there a difference if i buy it on orbitz or turkishairlines regarding miles?

Don't believe so. All depends on booking class.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 16, 2013, 06:00:13 PM
Don't believe so. All depends on booking class.
thanx. im having a hard time finding the class on expedia/orbitz
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 16, 2013, 06:02:14 PM

thanx. im having a hard time finding the class on expedia/orbitz

You can always book and then go to turkish, look up your reservation and see fare class.

If not good then cancel the ticket on orbitz. Is it not the same price on turkish website?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 16, 2013, 06:07:40 PM
i would like to know before i book if i get nothing it may be woth it to use miles maybe in a higher class
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 17, 2013, 06:46:44 AM
i would like to know before i book if i get nothing it may be woth it to use miles maybe in a higher class

You cannot earn miles on a mileage ticket. Period.

ETA: Unless by "higher class" you meant business instead of economy?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avremie on September 17, 2013, 03:00:53 PM
was trying to say if i cant get miles on turkish it might be worth it to fly milege bussines
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: WhyAich on September 18, 2013, 06:52:38 PM
If the ticket costs $680 it's in W class which IIRC doesn't earn mileage
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ilherman on September 30, 2013, 04:32:37 PM
Does P class on Turkish earn miles?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on September 30, 2013, 07:15:30 PM

Does P class on Turkish earn miles?

Whats wrong with google?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ilherman on September 30, 2013, 07:16:56 PM
Whats wrong with google?
Got the answer already..... but thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on September 30, 2013, 09:24:42 PM
Is there a way to upgrade with points to business class for the 2nd half of my trip on Turkish?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Drago on November 17, 2013, 06:00:58 AM
So my  flight from IST-BKK was changed recently to be on the A340-300 w/ angled seats.
What are my chances of an equipment change?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yosel on November 21, 2013, 12:19:00 PM
what to do at a 6 1/2 stop over in IST??? are there any places to visit? etc. going in the summer
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ash on November 28, 2013, 01:03:17 PM
how do you book a ticket with Turkish airlines I see a fare on ITA but I cant find a way to book that fare, not on any 3rd party websites or the airlines website it self any Ideas?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: satturn on November 28, 2013, 01:20:50 PM
how do you book a ticket with Turkish airlines I see a fare on ITA but I cant find a way to book that fare, not on any 3rd party websites or the airlines website it self any Ideas?
there are alot of fake fares from Turkish on ITA. I find that the best bet is to email whyaich@gmail.com. He has some Turkish trick that can get many of those prices. Not sure how. I do recommend him alot, but really recommend him when it comes to Turkish. I have booked 3 tickets on Turkish in the last 3 weeks, all the fares where significantly cheaper then on Orbitz etc through him.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on November 28, 2013, 06:18:40 PM
what to do at a 6 1/2 stop over in IST??? are there any places to visit? etc. going in the summer

you can go to the cemetery.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: notanonymous on November 28, 2013, 06:22:42 PM
you can go to the cemetery.
Sounds like what a mobster would say. 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: stingypolisher on December 15, 2013, 01:07:57 PM
do i have to be scared to fly turkish if i am a chasidishe guy dressed in the שמונה בגדים?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Myccrabbi on December 15, 2013, 01:22:39 PM
do i have to be scared to fly turkish if i am a chasidishe guy dressed in the שמונה בגדים?
put on a cap and a polo shirt :P;D
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yosel on December 15, 2013, 02:02:10 PM
do i have to be scared to fly turkish if i am a chasidishe guy dressed in the שמונה בגדים?
ime. no
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: plainbachur on December 15, 2013, 02:45:01 PM
do i have to be scared to fly turkish if i am a chasidishe guy dressed in the שמונה בגדים?
no especially if your a us citizen
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 12HRS on December 15, 2013, 03:14:59 PM
no especially if your a us citizen

I have done hat and jacket and entered turkey for a night as an israeli citizen.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on December 16, 2013, 11:45:54 AM
do i have to be scared to fly turkish if i am a chasidishe guy dressed in the שמונה בגדים?

I was in Istanbul a few months ago, no problems at all.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzf on March 03, 2014, 09:34:50 PM
Flight Lands In Iran With 20 Israelis Onboard (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4494837,00.html)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Myccrabbi on March 03, 2014, 09:59:47 PM
Flight Lands In Iran With 20 Israelis Onboard (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4494837,00.html)
frightening!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: efflpetzel on June 29, 2014, 11:59:25 PM
1) Do I get a confirmed seat if I want a bassinet for an infant on Turkish

2) Can  check in online with a infant if I want to get a bassinet seat?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 18, 2014, 02:21:48 PM
I'm going to try and update this with the link to the article, but my wife read something that the situation for Jews in Turkey is not so great right now.

We have the the second half of round trip tickets left to fly from JFK to TLV on Aug. 25, with a stopover in Istanbul. Would you guys still fly with them?

E: http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2014/07/ihh-threatens-turkish-jewry.html

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pghtown on July 20, 2014, 11:35:58 AM
It is time we Jews stopped supporting the Turkish economy by stopping to fly Turkish Airlines.  Would anyone fly Air Hamas to save $200 ?  The Turkish government is not a friend of Israel or the Jews.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ash on July 21, 2014, 01:48:04 AM
what about using mileage ....... maybe your taking money from them, not supporting them
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 21, 2014, 01:39:48 PM
anyone used Turkish air this week, We have a return ticket for next week and wondering what the conditions are like for a nice jewish boy.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sfasemes on July 21, 2014, 06:41:43 PM
Did you hear what the Turkish Prime Minister said about Israel?  I would pay more money and NOT fly on their airline.  In fact Israel should boycott them!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: etech0 on July 21, 2014, 06:42:24 PM
Did you hear what the Turkish Prime Minister said about Israel?  I would pay more money and NOT fly on their airline.  In fact Israel should boycott them!
link?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: itsyehuda on July 21, 2014, 07:06:51 PM
anyone used Turkish air this week, We have a return ticket for next week and wondering what the conditions are like for a nice jewish boy.

FWIW: (http://i.imgur.com/6XnB8mk.png) (http://imgur.com/6XnB8mk)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 21, 2014, 07:15:11 PM
link?
http://www.vosizneias.com/171954/2014/07/19/2239-5-turkey-pm-erdogan-says-israel-surpasses-hitler-in-barbarism/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:00:05 PM
I'm going to try and dispute the charge for my ticket with Chase. Anyone have experience with doing something similar? We've already flown the first leg of a round trip ticket.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: itsyehuda on July 21, 2014, 08:05:23 PM
I'm going to try and dispute the charge for my ticket with Chase. Anyone have experience with doing something similar? We've already flown the first leg of a round trip ticket.

Doesn't sound like you have good odds there...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on July 21, 2014, 08:07:26 PM
I'm going to try and dispute the charge for my ticket with Chase. Anyone have experience with doing something similar? We've already flown the first leg of a round trip ticket.

Disputing on what ground? I don't really think you can win this dispute nor should Chase allow you to win.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:09:41 PM
Doesn't sound like you have good odds there...

It's worth a try at least.. I paid ~$850 per ticket, so if there's a chance of getting half of that back and rebooking on a non Arab airline, I'll give it a shot.

Quote
Disputing on what ground? I don't really think you can win this dispute nor should Chase allow you to win.

On the grounds that the country is becoming increasingly hostile to Jews. I don't see how it's much different than return protection. I made a purchase, and that purchase now wants me dead, so I don't want it anymore.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 21, 2014, 08:10:46 PM
It's worth a try at least.. I paid ~$850 per ticket, so if there's a chance of getting half of that back and rebooking on a non Arab airline, I'll give it a shot.
What are u gonna tell them ? That the PM said crazy stuff ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on July 21, 2014, 08:13:35 PM
It's worth a try at least.. I paid ~$850 per ticket, so if there's a chance of getting half of that back and rebooking on a non Arab airline, I'll give it a shot.

On the grounds that the country is becoming increasingly hostile to Jews. I don't see how it's much different than return protection. I made a purchase, and that purchase now wants me dead, so I don't want it anymore.

Maybe for return protection but not for dispute. The airline explicitly has a cancellation policy and that should hold up in a dispute. You knew before hand that it was Arabic Airline.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joeb1 on July 21, 2014, 08:13:47 PM
I'm going to try and dispute the charge for my ticket with Chase. Anyone have experience with doing something similar? We've already flown the first leg of a round trip ticket.

You are wasting your time
You have zero chance of getting a dime back
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:16:51 PM
Maybe for return protection but not for dispute. The airline explicitly has a cancellation policy and that should hold up in a dispute. You knew before hand that it was Arabic Airline.

You are wasting your time
You have zero chance of getting a dime back

Maybe so. I don't have high hopes for success. I've already decided to rebook and written off the money.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on July 21, 2014, 08:19:59 PM
Where did you boon your ticket?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:22:52 PM
Where did you boon your ticket?

Bought it through Kayak.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on July 21, 2014, 08:23:50 PM
Bought it through Kayak.
Then dispute ahead....

When you buy an airline ticket by a TA & dispute, the TA has to pay the dispute
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joeb1 on July 21, 2014, 08:30:43 PM
Maybe so. I don't have high hopes for success. I've already decided to rebook and written off the money.

I think you are being stupid especially if you are an American citizen
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 21, 2014, 08:31:10 PM
Then dispute ahead....

When you buy an airline ticket by a TA & dispute, the TA has to pay the dispute
Don't u have to base it on something valid ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on July 21, 2014, 08:33:14 PM
Don't u have to base it on something valid ?
Which part?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:34:13 PM
I think you are being stupid especially if you are an American citizen

If it were just me, I'd probably fly. But my wife is scared, and we are travelling with an infant. It might just be worth the extra money for her peace of mind.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 21, 2014, 08:36:07 PM
If it were just me, I'd probably fly. But my wife is scared, and we are travelling with an infant. It might just be worth the extra money for her peace of mind.
Then don't fly to tlv either.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 21, 2014, 08:38:24 PM
Then don't fly to tlv either.

She isn't scared to go to Israel.. She's scared of sitting on a plane full of Arabs.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pghtown on July 22, 2014, 12:18:02 AM
She isn't scared to go to Israel.. She's scared of sitting on a plane full of Arabs.
There shouldn't be any issue with security and safety for Jews aboard Turkish or in transit at the airport.  Turkey is not technically at war with Israel. The animosity from Turkey has been going on for quite some time and won't get better soon.  Next time support Israel or her allies.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 22, 2014, 08:19:16 AM

Next time support Israel or her allies.

I know, lesson learned. Thanks for all the input guys, probably just gonna fly them this time and book with someone else next time.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 22, 2014, 08:50:03 AM
It's worth a try at least.. I paid ~$850 per ticket, so if there's a chance of getting half of that back and rebooking on a non Arab airline, I'll give it a shot.

On the grounds that the country is becoming increasingly hostile to Jews. I don't see how it's much different than return protection. I made a purchase, and that purchase now wants me dead, so I don't want it anymore.
it will not be 1/2 if they give you anything. They will 1st charge you as a 1 way which is more than a round trip. That is what i was told. I am cancelling  my 2nd half of a round trip it is not worth the aggravation.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Centurion on July 22, 2014, 08:53:26 AM
I flew turkish today
No worries. Felt safe on flight and airport
(Connecting flight. I didnt leave airport)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 22, 2014, 09:08:55 AM
I know, lesson learned. Thanks for all the input guys, probably just gonna fly them this time and book with someone else next time.
They treat Jews a lot better than some other airlines.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 22, 2014, 09:21:50 AM
I flew turkish today
No worries. Felt safe on flight and airport
(Connecting flight. I didnt leave airport)
Were you coming from TLV
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: efflpetzel on July 22, 2014, 09:55:23 AM
They treat Jews a lot better than some other airlines.
have you ever flown with them?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on July 22, 2014, 10:00:43 AM

have you ever flown with them?

I've flown with them several times, and I've always loved the service. It's not even about the money anymore. It's the two free bags, never getting charged extra for severely overweight luggage, polite crew, and that casino game on the flight! The whole experience is better than el al. I just got a bit nervous this time.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 22, 2014, 10:11:41 AM
have you ever flown with them?
Yes. Several times. Always great service
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on July 22, 2014, 02:05:17 PM

Yes. Several times. Always great service
+100
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 22, 2014, 02:54:28 PM
I am just not comfortable flying with them and the way things look they might be canceling soon also.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on July 22, 2014, 03:28:26 PM
I am just not comfortable flying with them and the way things look they might be canceling soon also.

they already cancelled a few flights today.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 22, 2014, 03:35:45 PM
they already cancelled a few flights today.
Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Centurion on July 23, 2014, 10:21:32 AM
I flew turkish today
No worries. Felt safe on flight and airport
(Connecting flight. I didnt leave airport)
Usa flown many times.


Last night I was stuck in mad... had to buy a elal tik
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on July 23, 2014, 10:30:43 AM
http://www.bhol.co.il/article.aspx?id=71280&cat=1&scat=3

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 23, 2014, 10:35:10 AM
http://www.bhol.co.il/article.aspx?id=71280&cat=1&scat=3


I was worried  about something like that happening. Also after they canceled and stranded passengers, I am happy that I changed my sons ticket to Elal. Hopefully I will get some sort of refund.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on July 23, 2014, 10:46:09 AM
I was worried  about something like that happening. Also after they canceled and stranded passengers, I am happy that I changed my sons ticket to Elal. Hopefully I will get some sort of refund.
LY had the least helpful rules during this war
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: itsyehuda on July 23, 2014, 03:26:10 PM
http://www.bhol.co.il/article.aspx?id=71280&cat=1&scat=3

Wild.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elizabeth144 on July 24, 2014, 03:43:55 PM
I have tickets to fly through Turkish Airlines in November that I got through Priceline. Should I be worried?
Priceline said I should speak to Turkish Airlines and Turkish Airlines said I should speak to Priceline. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yitz on July 24, 2014, 04:20:57 PM
I have tickets to fly through Turkish Airlines in November that I got through Priceline. Should I be worried?
Priceline said I should speak to Turkish Airlines and Turkish Airlines said I should speak to Priceline. Any suggestions?
Maybe try writing a email explaining the situation. Try and get a email address from someone higher up.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on July 24, 2014, 04:48:06 PM
I have tickets to fly through Turkish Airlines in November that I got through Priceline. Should I be worried?
Priceline said I should speak to Turkish Airlines and Turkish Airlines said I should speak to Priceline. Any suggestions?
I also got tix through Orbitz for November. It's 3-4 months away. I wouldn't worry too much. I am considering a third party travel insurance that would cover most of the cost if I cancel for any reason, tho.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 25, 2014, 10:28:52 AM
I also got tix through Orbitz for November. It's 3-4 months away. I wouldn't worry too much. I am considering a third party travel insurance that would cover most of the cost if I cancel for any reason, tho.
If u cancel for any reason ? Are u sure about that ? The insurances I've looked through are very specific about what they cover.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on July 25, 2014, 11:45:05 AM
If u cancel for any reason ? Are u sure about that ? The insurances I've looked through are very specific about what they cover.
Quote from RoamRight via SquareMouth:

"What is Cancel For Any Reason?

Provides reimbursement for non-refundable trip payments and deposits if a trip is cancelled for any reason.
What am I covered for?

CANCEL FOR ANY REASON

Be advised that the Company requires You to purchase Cancel for any Reason coverage within 21 days of Your initial Trip deposit. If after 21 days from initial Trip deposit, this coverage is not available.

The Company will pay a benefit, up to the maximum shown on Your Confirmation of Benefits, if You are prevented from taking Your Trip for all reasons up to 48 hours prior to departure.

The Company will reimburse You for the following:
a) Non-refundable cancellation charges imposed by the Travel Suppliers.
b) Airfare cancellation charges for flights commencing within one week of the Land/Sea Arrangements.
c) If Your Travel Supplier cancels Your Trip, You are covered up to the cost of the ticket or the reissue fee charged by the airline for the tickets. You must have covered the entire cost of the Trip including the airfare.

In no event shall the amount reimbursed exceed the lesser of the amount You prepaid for the Trip or the maximum benefit shown on Your Confirmation of Benefits."
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: harrym on July 28, 2014, 04:36:50 PM
have they resumed their flights?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on July 28, 2014, 04:42:28 PM
yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: harrym on July 28, 2014, 04:45:24 PM
thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Kempmill on August 05, 2014, 12:19:49 PM
Has anyone used Turkish Air to get to Israel since this issue? I have a flight in a couple of weeks and I am thinking of switching it, but I have a pet flying in cargo, so my alternate options are limited.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ual902 on August 07, 2014, 12:08:38 AM
The employee of the Eda Hacharedis, a trusted name with kosher consumers and based out of Jerusalem, was traveling back home to Israel last week when he was confronted about the war in Gaza.

A short while before his flight, a group of people congregated around him and began screaming curses and insults in Arabic, Israeli news websites reported.

A representative of Turkish Airlines, the carrier the Jewish man was flying with, saw the commotion and helped the man escape from the mob to a restricted area until boarding time.


http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=31466&alias=kosher-agency-pulls-out-of-turkey
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzf on August 07, 2014, 04:59:17 PM
497418740309708800[/tweet]] (http://[tweet)[/url]

@Channel2News reports 200 Turkish Airlines pilots are...wait for it...Iranian. Any of them fly to Israel? They carry Israelis either way.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 07, 2014, 08:59:21 PM
497418740309708800[/tweet]][/url]

@Channel2News reports 200 Turkish Airlines pilots are...wait for it...Iranian. Any of them fly to Israel? They carry Israelis either way.
Sigh. Would you not take a subway if the conductor was from Iran?

 (http://[tweet)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on August 09, 2014, 03:28:56 PM

Notice to Passengers Traveling from and to Tel Aviv
 


Dear Passengers,

Due to operational reasons Tel Aviv flights Between 18 August 25 October  have been cancelled.

Only the flights listed below have been cancelled while other flights from to Tel Aviv will remain unaffected.

Date Flight No. And Days Departure Time  Arrival Time 
TK794 18.08.14 25.10.14 Everyday (IST) Istanbul Ataturk Airport 09:15 (TLV) Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 11:20
TK795 18.08.14 25.10.14 Everyday (TLV) Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 12:20 (IST) Istanbul Ataturk Airport 14:35
TK810 18.08.14 25.10.14 Everyday (IST) Istanbul Ataturk Airport 23:35 (TLV) Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 01:45 +1
 
TK811 18.08.14 25.10.14 Everyday (TLV) Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 07:30 (IST) Istanbul Ataturk Airport 09:50
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moish on August 09, 2014, 04:39:08 PM
no reason given? thats odd
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chaimmayer on August 10, 2014, 12:31:46 AM
My parents were supposed to be on that  9:15 am flight after sukkos and I just got an email that they were changed to a later flight.
Now I know why.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: harrym on August 10, 2014, 03:04:54 AM
no reason given? thats odd
They fly 7 daily flights with all the current cancellations probably wasn't worth to keep all of them.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 11, 2014, 01:05:59 PM
Anyone know the best way to get in touch with Turkish? I'm booked on one of the canceled flights, and all of the American numbers (http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/corporate/sales-office) either don't work or play hold music endlessly.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 11, 2014, 01:30:11 PM
Anyone know the best way to get in touch with Turkish? I'm booked on one of the canceled flights, and all of the American numbers (http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/corporate/sales-office) either don't work or play hold music endlessly.
It plays hold music for a long time. the only thing to do is wait on hold. I waited on hold for an hour so i could select seats.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Moshe123 on August 11, 2014, 01:31:38 PM
http://mobile.mako.co.il/news-money/consumer/Article-f8a880b6885c741004.htm?Partner=rss
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SearchGuy on August 11, 2014, 01:32:41 PM
Was just about to post this...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 11, 2014, 01:55:11 PM
So I waited and waited and waited and finally got through to an agent to discuss my ticket. He told me that in order to make any changes I need to go into their office at JFK and speak to them there. I'm now on hold again waiting to speak to a supervisor..

Any input on what the chances of getting rebooked on a partner airline are?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 11, 2014, 03:08:52 PM
http://mobile.mako.co.il/news-money/consumer/Article-f8a880b6885c741004.htm?Partner=rss
Has anyone on DDF lost their luggage with Turkish and if so, what was your experience in terms of getting compensated etc. Also, has anyone ever used the insurance for lost baggage with Chase Sapphire Preferred? In either case, unfortunately, lost baggage is a reality with just about any airline and even on domestic flights in far greater numbers than one would think as per the article below. I am wondering what all these posts recently about Turkish airlines are being driven by. It seems to me that TK is a (majority) publicly owned company that pretty much has similar standards to what just about any major airline would be required to have. Is everyone just in a panic? I don't believe I have seen any first-hand bad reports on this forum about the airline. In fact, most say that their expectations were exceeded.
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-and-worst-airlines-for-lost-luggage/1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rcarentals on August 11, 2014, 03:46:53 PM
On board their flights - from personal experience it is rather nice on the long haul flights - short haul is regular.

re the baggage: they delayed about 15 bags of ours in ukraine arrived literally erev rosh hashono - supplies for the whole yom tov. they offered $50 compensation per bag.

side note:
A guy walks up to Turkish airlines counter, receives his boarding pass JFK to Istanbul and proceeded to request,
"I'd like this first bag to be delivered in Toyko, the 2nd bag to Los Angeles, and the third to Zurich."
the agent a bit baffled replies "but sir your flying to istanbul, we can only deliver your bags there!?"
the passenger responds "well you did exactly that last time!?"

sorry for digressing :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: thaber on August 11, 2014, 03:48:34 PM
according to this:
http://www.totpi.com/planning-fly-turkish-airlines-read.html (http://www.totpi.com/planning-fly-turkish-airlines-read.html)

a) Israel won't allow the Iranian flights in (hence the cancellations)
b) the Iranian pilots don't have the same training as other int'l pilots because of sanctions.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on August 11, 2014, 03:49:02 PM

side note:
A guy walks up to Turkish airlines counter, receives his boarding pass JFK to Istanbul and proceeded to request,
"I'd like this first bag to be delivered in Toyko, the 2nd bag to Los Angeles, and the third to Zurich."
the agent a bit baffled replies "but sir your flying to istanbul, we can only deliver your bags there!?"
the passenger responds "well you did exactly that last time!?"


Lol.. I am so stealing that one..  8) 8)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SearchGuy on August 11, 2014, 03:52:39 PM
I think as support to Israel we should stop flying them...
Who's in?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 11, 2014, 03:58:19 PM
I think as support to Israel we should stop flying them...
Who's in?
That's fine if by using another airline you will still have no problem flying to Israel and spending money there. But for me, I got tix on TK for about 700 per ticket and I would not have gone at all  (with my wife and daughter) if it would have been more expensive. In that case, exactly how is Israel gaining by me not going and spending money? Also, what would you say to people who already have tix with Turkish? Would you tell them to cancel for a total loss and rebook using another airline. That's pretty pricey even if it's only one ticket.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moish on August 11, 2014, 04:58:44 PM
That's fine if by using another airline you will still have no problem flying to Israel and spending money there. But for me, I got tix on TK for about 700 per ticket and I would not have gone at all  (with my wife and daughter) if it would have been more expensive. In that case, exactly how is Israel gaining by me not going and spending money? Also, what would you say to people who already have tix with Turkish? Would you tell them to cancel for a total loss and rebook using another airline. That's pretty pricey even if it's only one ticket.
good point
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: tuvz on August 11, 2014, 05:37:48 PM
Has anyone on DDF lost their luggage with Turkish and if so, what was your experience in terms of getting compensated etc. Also, has anyone ever used the insurance for lost baggage with Chase Sapphire Preferred? In either case, unfortunately, lost baggage is a reality with just about any airline and even on domestic flights in far greater numbers than one would think as per the article below. I am wondering what all these posts recently about Turkish airlines are being driven by. It seems to me that TK is a (majority) publicly owned company that pretty much has similar standards to what just about any major airline would be required to have. Is everyone just in a panic? I don't believe I have seen any first-hand bad reports on this forum about the airline. In fact, most say that their expectations were exceeded.
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-and-worst-airlines-for-lost-luggage/1

just flew TLV-IST-FCO

they lost my baggage and anyone else who connected in IST to fly to FCO
they delivered it 30 hours after landing
still yet to claim...will let you know
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on August 11, 2014, 08:02:08 PM
just flew TLV-IST-FCO

they lost my baggage and anyone else who connected in IST to fly to FCO
they delivered it 30 hours after landing
still yet to claim...will let you know
Was it in the airport the entire time or was it put on the wrong plane ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: tuvz on August 12, 2014, 05:41:45 AM

Was it in the airport the entire time or was it put on the wrong plane ?

I believe it was left behind in IST
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 12, 2014, 12:32:56 PM
I was just in JFK trying to sort out my tickets, and I ended up near the lost and found for all the airlines in that terminal. The amount of bags that Turkish had, especially compared to the other airlines, did not inspire confidence. There were probably 100+ bags sitting there.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 12, 2014, 01:21:10 PM
I was just in JFK trying to sort out my tickets, and I ended up near the lost and found for all the airlines in that terminal. The amount of bags that Turkish had, especially compared to the other airlines, did not inspire confidence. There were probably 100+ bags sitting there.

What happened with the tix?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 12, 2014, 01:27:39 PM
What happened with the tix?

So they told me on the phone that they could sort it out at JFK. So I went and spoke to the ticket agent, who told me that because my flight was canceled, they rebooked me onto a flight several hours later, making my layover now 7 hours long. I tried arguing and I asked her to rebook me onto a partner airline, and she refused, and would not let me speak to a supervisor, as she claimed there wasn't one. So I wandered around trying to find another Turkish counter, and that's how I ended up at the lost and found, where there happened to be a supervisor. She put me on the phone with someone else, who was actually very nice and was trying to see if she could put me on a different airline, until the supervisor grabbed the phone away from me and told the lady on the phone that she couldn't do it. They gave me an email address to write to to see if there is anything that can be done. I wrote to them, and now I guess we will see what happens...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 12, 2014, 01:32:55 PM
So they told me on the phone that they could sort it out at JFK. So I went and spoke to the ticket agent, who told me that because my flight was canceled, they rebooked me onto a flight several hours later, making my layover now 7 hours long. I tried arguing and I asked her to rebook me onto a partner airline, and she refused, and would not let me speak to a supervisor, as she claimed there wasn't one. So I wandered around trying to find another Turkish counter, and that's how I ended up at the lost and found, where there happened to be a supervisor. She put me on the phone with someone else, who was actually very nice and was trying to see if she could put me on a different airline, until the supervisor grabbed the phone away from me and told the lady on the phone that she couldn't do it. They gave me an email address to write to to see if there is anything that can be done. I wrote to them, and now I guess we will see what happens...
That's annoying. keep us posted.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 12, 2014, 01:37:31 PM
That's annoying. keep us posted.

Will do.

Honestly, I'd just fly with them, but my parents, my in laws, my grandparents, everyone has been driving me nuts non stop about the tickets, so finally I told them all to either cough up or shut up, and they all agreed to split new tickets should I not be able to get Turkish to switch me over. I'm just doing my hishtadlus now.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Chapshnell on August 12, 2014, 02:35:57 PM
my brother just flew turkish air, had great flights. no issues. nothing.. dressed hasidic as well.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: harrym on August 13, 2014, 06:49:43 AM
my brother just flew turkish air, had great flights. no issues. nothing.. dressed hasidic as well.
+1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on August 13, 2014, 05:54:00 PM
http://www.istanbulinhours.com/what-is-touristanbul
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MamaRochel on August 13, 2014, 07:05:00 PM
Wow that's cool
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: AbieN on August 14, 2014, 01:17:07 PM
I have a similar situation with a Turkish flight for Succos.  Due to the cancelled second flight from Istanbul, they rescheduled me for a later flight 7 hours after the initial flight is supposed to land. I spoke to an agent and explained there is a flight 70 minutes after the first flight lands. He told me he could change flights, but if I miss the connection and they have to reschedule my second leg from Istambul to Tel Aviv, I would have to pay over $1000 for the change. This is a bit crazy because my return flight after Succos has a 75 minute gap in between flights. The agent explained that if the airline schedules the flight and it is missed they reschedule for free.  If you make the change YOU pay. 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elizabeth144 on August 14, 2014, 01:36:48 PM
Quote from RoamRight via SquareMouth:

"What is Cancel For Any Reason?

Provides reimbursement for non-refundable trip payments and deposits if a trip is cancelled for any reason.
What am I covered for?

CANCEL FOR ANY REASON

Be advised that the Company requires You to purchase Cancel for any Reason coverage within 21 days of Your initial Trip deposit. If after 21 days from initial Trip deposit, this coverage is not available.

The Company will pay a benefit, up to the maximum shown on Your Confirmation of Benefits, if You are prevented from taking Your Trip for all reasons up to 48 hours prior to departure.

The Company will reimburse You for the following:
a) Non-refundable cancellation charges imposed by the Travel Suppliers.
b) Airfare cancellation charges for flights commencing within one week of the Land/Sea Arrangements.
c) If Your Travel Supplier cancels Your Trip, You are covered up to the cost of the ticket or the reissue fee charged by the airline for the tickets. You must have covered the entire cost of the Trip including the airfare.

In no event shall the amount reimbursed exceed the lesser of the amount You prepaid for the Trip or the maximum benefit shown on Your Confirmation of Benefits."

Any luck with this?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 14, 2014, 02:10:55 PM
Any luck with this?
Well, I bought the insurance but I hope not to have to use it. I did speak with agents from RoamRight and Squaremouth and they both assured me that all I would need to provide in case of a claim (assuming it is a claim based on that part of the insurance - Cancel for Any Reason) is an itinerary and a credit card statement showing that is how much I paid. That only covers me for 75% of my cost of the itinerary. If I were to cancel for a "Covered Reason" I would get the full value. This insurance must be purchased within like 3 weeks of when you book the flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 14, 2014, 07:27:41 PM
That's annoying. keep us posted.

I received an email response. They said they cannot rebook me but they offered to refund the second half of the tickets. I'm not sure how much they are offering to give though.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 17, 2014, 12:46:26 AM
I received an email response. They said they cannot rebook me but they offered to refund the second half of the tickets. I'm not sure how much they are offering to give though.

They offered to give back $400 a ticket, which is decent since they were $800 each and non-refundable.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TDweck on August 17, 2014, 10:41:30 PM
Just booked BOS-IST-KBP in Business for RH.   Hoping I get the newer product!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MamaRochel on August 17, 2014, 10:53:44 PM
Who did you email? the airline or your CC? What did you tell them? I am thinking of changing from Turkish as well.Any info would be greatly appreciated.

They offered to give back $400 a ticket, which is decent since they were $800 each and non-refundable.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 18, 2014, 05:56:38 PM
Who did you email? the airline or your CC? What did you tell them? I am thinking of changing from Turkish as well.Any info would be greatly appreciated.

NYC.Refunds@thy.com

I complained about the added layover time, explained why it doesn't work for me (traveling with an infant, etc) said I was concerned about security and I cited several articles so they couldn't pretend nothing is going on like they did in the airport.

They wrote back:

Quote
Dear Mr XXXXX,
 
Unfortunately due to schedule change we are not able to reinstate reservation to different airline
 
Since Turkish Airlines offer you to change for later flight which layover is Istanbul is longer
 
If you don't agree with that half of the ticket can be refunded by travel agency due to involuntary situation

They clarified in a later email that they would process a refund of $400 per ticket to the original credit card used for the purchase. I'm still waiting for an email back to see if I can do any better.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 18, 2014, 07:42:51 PM
Shauly, not sure if this is what you want but they absolutely should refund the ticket completely since they changed the itinerary on you. Who did you book through?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 18, 2014, 09:47:20 PM
Shauly, not sure if this is what you want but they absolutely should refund the ticket completely since they changed the itinerary on you. Who did you book through?

I booked it through the Turkish website.

The ideal outcome for me would be to get rebooked onto a partner airline like United, Air Canada, or Swiss. I really don't care to fly on them; I'm only fighting this out because my parents and in-laws want it. If they want to pay to rebook, I'll give them whatever Turkish gives me back.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on August 19, 2014, 12:16:15 AM
How do you feel about flying through Istanbul these days for a single frum girl? Esp. through airport SAW and getting there on one ticket and continue to TLV on a different ticket.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on August 19, 2014, 02:20:21 AM
How do you feel about flying through Istanbul these days for a single frum girl? Esp. through airport SAW and getting there on one ticket and continue to TLV on a different ticket.
Which airline is the second ticket?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on August 19, 2014, 10:06:02 AM
Which airline is the second ticket?
either both of them will be on Turkish or first will be turkish and second Pegasus
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 24, 2014, 09:16:27 AM
I booked it through the Turkish website.

The ideal outcome for me would be to get rebooked onto a partner airline like United, Air Canada, or Swiss. I really don't care to fly on them; I'm only fighting this out because my parents and in-laws want it. If they want to pay to rebook, I'll give them whatever Turkish gives me back.

If anyone is interested.. I was fighting it out with them to just give me a lounge pass so I'd have something to do on the layover they made for me, but they wouldn't do it. I guess they don't mind giving me back $400 per seat because they can resell it for so much more. Anyway, my wife's family paid for new tickets on United, so I requested the refund from Turkish to give to them.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 24, 2014, 12:12:12 PM
If anyone is interested.. I was fighting it out with them to just give me a lounge pass so I'd have something to do on the layover they made for me, but they wouldn't do it. I guess they don't mind giving me back $400 per seat because they can resell it for so much more. Anyway, my wife's family paid for new tickets on United, so I requested the refund from Turkish to give to them.
I'm sure you checked this but just making sure. They have a section on their site with passenger rights. Don't know if your situation qualifies but it's worth looking into:
http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/travel-information/legal-notice/legal-notice-passenger-rights/regulation-on-air-passenger-rights
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on August 24, 2014, 12:18:27 PM
I'm sure you checked this but just making sure. They have a section on their site with passenger rights. Don't know if your situation qualifies but it's worth looking into:
http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/travel-information/legal-notice/legal-notice-passenger-rights/regulation-on-air-passenger-rights

Thanks!

So being as they never notified me of the change, and had I not been reading this thread I never would have known, I should qualify for 250 Euro per person..

Quote
a compensation of the Turkish Lira equivalent of 250 Euros for all the flights of 1500
kilometers or shorter

I'm not getting my hopes up. I want to first see if they are going to refund the $800 that they promised before I start up with this.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on September 02, 2014, 03:54:36 PM
Nothing to get major excited
Just like LY has an agreement with B6 & AA to do feeder flight service in the USA, (they had with DL which was canceled a short while back).
In Canada they have an agreement with WS, and now they added Porter
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: efflpetzel on September 02, 2014, 04:07:07 PM
How do you feel about flying through Istanbul these days for a single frum girl? Esp. through airport SAW and getting there on one ticket and continue to TLV on a different ticket.
SAW airport is a regular modern European airport, I had a stopover there with Pegasus & saw a bunch of chasssidim making a minyan in the middle of the terminal,
nothing to be worried about IMHO
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on September 02, 2014, 04:50:15 PM
SAW airport is a regular modern European airport, I had a stopover there with Pegasus & saw a bunch of chasssidim making a minyan in the middle of the terminal,
nothing to be worried about IMHO
Thank you!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on September 02, 2014, 07:33:58 PM
SAW airport is a regular modern European airport, I had a stopover there with Pegasus & saw a bunch of chasssidim making a minyan in the middle of the terminal,
nothing to be worried about IMHO

Thank you!
But having a girl transfer from IST to SAW is not so
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on September 02, 2014, 07:35:43 PM
But having a girl transfer from IST to SAW is not so
This I understand even without a forum :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: efflpetzel on September 03, 2014, 01:17:31 AM

But having a girl transfer from IST to SAW is not so
i didn't read anything about transferring from IST to SAW, that's a whole different ball game
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on September 03, 2014, 04:52:52 PM
Anyone flown with them lately? My family doesnt want to fly with them due to the situation
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: aradisc on September 03, 2014, 06:27:37 PM
Anyone flown with them lately? My family doesnt want to fly with them due to the situation

I would consider it more of a political question than a safety question.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 03, 2014, 09:34:59 PM
Anyone flown with them lately? My family doesnt want to fly with them due to the situation

What situation? I have been watching this thread for about two months. All I have seen are positive experiences. I understand the initial hesitation by people since "Turkish Airlines" sounds like Jihadis-R-Us to some people but is there a real, rational reason to not fly with them at this point? Also, as i have said before, if you want to make a political statement by not flying with them, fine. But just make sure you will re-book tickets to Israel with another airline that you are politically comfortable with, or else you are just punishing Israel financially by not being a tourist. And you probably aren't punishing Turkish if you've already booked with them and are cancelling non-refundable tickets. In fact, you are making them money since they can now sell your unused seats.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chaimmayer on September 30, 2014, 11:52:33 PM
I booked my father and mother on two separate Turkish tickets using united miles.  For some reason my fathers reservation says he gets checked bags for free but my mothers says only one.

i can't figure out why its free.  Is there any reason to be concerned they won't honor it?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on October 01, 2014, 12:48:24 AM
I booked my father and mother on two separate Turkish tickets using united miles.  For some reason my fathers reservation says he gets checked bags for free but my mothers says only one.

i can't figure out why its free.  Is there any reason to be concerned they won't honor it?
Did you use Elite account to book?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on October 01, 2014, 01:36:28 AM
Did you use Elite account to book?
TK gets 2 bags even in economy
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chaimmayer on October 01, 2014, 08:07:38 AM
Really? I guess the question is then why my mother only got one.

Maybe it is because she is on a round trip ticket flying to the us on air canada while my father is on a one way.
Anyway thanks for the reply!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on October 01, 2014, 08:40:24 AM
Really? I guess the question is then why my mother only got one.

Maybe it is because she is on a round trip ticket flying to the us on air canada while my father is on a one way.
Anyway thanks for the reply!
Flying AC or TK?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: tuvz on October 01, 2014, 09:19:24 AM
I believe it was left behind in IST

They ended up giving me $100 compensation
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on October 01, 2014, 09:24:06 AM
They ended up giving me $100 compensation
Not bad.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chaimmayer on October 01, 2014, 10:49:58 AM
Flying AC or TK?
tlv yyz ord on air canada and jfk ist tlv on Turkish.
My father has the same itinerary but it's two one way tickets.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on October 01, 2014, 04:33:15 PM
tlv yyz ord on air canada and jfk ist tlv on Turkish.
My father has the same itinerary but it's two one way tickets.
AC allows 1, TK allows 2
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on November 10, 2014, 02:46:49 PM
If I flew one half of my trip on Turkish and now don't want to fly the return is there anyway to cancel the ticket and get a refund?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on December 09, 2014, 09:58:11 AM
Hey everyone, Although I follow DD and DDF pretty regularly, I am not a frequent flyer by any means. For me, flying on Turkish a few weeks ago (JFK-TLV and back) was a new experience. Based on posts on DDF and what I have heard from others, I wasn't concerned at all, and therefore, it isn't really necessary to add anything but I wanted to give over my experience to the forum so others may benefit. I have commented previously on why, from an economic standpoint, I think you should at least consider flying Turkish, and why, from a moral standpoint, I don't consider it to be an issue so I will not re-hash those topics. This post is strictly about the actual experience of flying them. There are no MAJOR chiddushim here, but it may open the eyes of some.

First off, because I had a lap infant, I was able to get the bulkhead seat for the bassinet for the long-haul portions of the flight (JFK-IST and IST-JFK). This gave me a whole lot of legroom. However, I also noticed that regular coach seats also had a nice amount of legroom compared to at least El-Al.

There is an outlet by each seat so you can plug in a laptop if you feel that the 150 or so options on their entertainment system isn't enough for you. BTW, until now, I hadn't known that the Israel Antiquities Authority had uncovered remains of aircraft from the times of King David and donated them to El-Al.

The Staff on all segments of the flights with the exception of IST-JFK was extremely friendly and smiley. IST-JFK they were very courteous and helpful but not as smiley. On the TLV-IST segment, the staff even gave my baby a small bag of toys to play with (and which we were allowed to keep). Also, each passenger received slippers and a personal care pack that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye blinders, etc. which is something I never got on El-Al.
JFK-TLV the person at the desk had us rearrange our luggage a bit to make the weights work out better but really didn't give us an issue even though we were still a bit overweight after rearranging. On the way back from TLV, they gave us an issue over a personal item of all things but had no real problem with us being overweight on regular luggage. All of this plus Turkish allows 2 checked bags per person in coach which really came in handy.

As far as food went, JFK-IST we got the same Borenstein meals you get on El-Al. My wife liked it but I thought it was just passable. IST-TLV and TLV-IST which are 2 hour flights each, we got cold Kosher meals which had the OK hashgacha (basically chabad in Turkey). These meals were actually quite good. Fresh tasting fish. Lox. A very good vanilla pudding. And more. We were very impressed by the quality not to mention just the idea that there is an airline that serves a meal on a 2-hour flight. IST-JFK we got similar meals to the short-haul ones but they came with a hot component. Omelets for breakfast and fish balls in a cream sauce for lunch. These were also quite good although my wife wasn't a huge fan of the fish balls. They were certainly way better than the meals on El-Al which are often inedible. One really high note on the lunch meal was a syrup-soaked spice cake which was really good. My wife felt it was too heavy to finish the whole piece so I gladly ate her leftovers.

A small but very nice detail was that the bathroom had some really nice grapefruit smelling air fresheners. It was almost a pleasure to use the bathroom! :)

Another issue that people are always worried about is the airport in Istanbul. Well, I can say the following: if you would take away the Turkish-language signs (which have english-like letters as opposed to arabic script) and replace them with only English, I would think I was in Florida. The airport is very modern looking (aside from the minimal open-seating; I'll get to that later). There was an occasional Arab with the "shmoineh begudim" but for the most part, had I not known where I was, I probably wouldn't have guessed it was in the Middle East from the demographics. There are tons of western outlet stores in the main area of the terminal.

We made sure to get a Lounge Pass with our Ink cards before the trip so we went downstairs to the Primeclass Lounge. This was incredible for a bunch of reasons. Firstly, they had a playroom with toys and things to do for my 1-year-old daughter. She had a blast. Free wifi and power outlets were another plus. I was able to take care of some things online in comfort. They also had a table area which gave me the space to rearrange and switch out my SIM cards for when I got to Israel.

I said I wasn't a frequent flyer and so I acted like a total newbie when I pulled out my wallet to try and pay for a beer (MGD was the best they had) at the bar only to be told it was free. So to all you fellow noobs out there, everything in the lounge is free! Get the Chase Ink card and the Lounge Pass that gives you 2 free lounge entries per year. In a place like IST, you kind of need this for anything more than an hour or 2 stopover since most of the seats in the actual terminal are placed after presenting your boarding pass before you board. That means that you will findit hard to find a seat during busy times until your gate opens for boarding.

The only hiccup we had really was that we had a long delay in the airplane leaving IST for TLV. Basically, the flight was delayed for about 20 minutes at first. We realized afterward that the reason must have been that they had to ready a different plane for us. We were driven about 10 minutes by bus to the plane which was parked near the Turkish Airlines maintenance hangar. Then we taxied for what seemed like forever. The pilot then got on the PA and announced that due to the long taxi time, we had lost too much fuel to take off and would have to taxi to get more fuel (while this sounds weird, it actually happens sometimes at JFK when i listen to the ATC freq). By the time it was all sorted out, it turned out to be a total of about a 3 hour delay compared to the original departure time. Other than that, when we arrived back at JFK, we noticed some damage to out baby seat for which we filed a damage claim with Turkish Airlines.

The best part of all of this, and the reason Turkish Airlines has apparently (according to a fellow passenger I was speaking with) become the 2nd most popular airline to operate out of TLV, was the price. I could have gotten tickets for $684 per adult but I waited a bit too long and got them for $708. While you can now get Ukraine Airlines for about $650 or even cheaper if you're really lucky, this wasn't an option when I booked. Also, I know nothing about the accommodations on Ukraine and would assume they are significantly less than Turkish (although that is a hunch and based on no real facts) which makes me feel a little better about the price difference. If you are considering taking a stopover and don't want to spend a lot on a ticket or want to spend more money in Israel itself by saving on the ticket, I highly recommend it. At the very least, I think that there is a good chance that airlines like Turkish and Ukraine will put a bit of pressure on the market so that El-Al finally tries to get their act together and provide a better product and/or lowers their exorbitant prices (for which you get treated miserably and receive almost no amenities)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 09, 2014, 10:12:22 AM
Hey everyone, Although I follow DD and DDF pretty regularly, I am not a frequent flyer by any means. For me, flying on Turkish a few weeks ago (JFK-TLV and back) was a new experience. Based on posts on DDF and what I have heard from others, I wasn't concerned at all, and therefore, it isn't really necessary to add anything but I wanted to give over my experience to the forum so others may benefit. I have commented previously on why, from an economic standpoint, I think you should at least consider flying Turkish, and why, from a moral standpoint, I don't consider it to be an issue so I will not re-hash those topics. This post is strictly about the actual experience of flying them. There are no MAJOR chiddushim here, but it may open the eyes of some.

First off, because I had a lap infant, I was able to get the bulkhead seat for the bassinet for the long-haul portions of the flight (JFK-IST and IST-JFK). This gave me a whole lot of legroom. However, I also noticed that regular coach seats also had a nice amount of legroom compared to at least El-Al.

There is an outlet by each seat so you can plug in a laptop if you feel that the 150 or so options on their entertainment system isn't enough for you. BTW, until now, I hadn't known that the Israel Antiquities Authority had uncovered remains of aircraft from the times of King David and donated them to El-Al.

The Staff on all segments of the flights with the exception of IST-JFK was extremely friendly and smiley. IST-JFK they were very courteous and helpful but not as smiley. On the TLV-IST segment, the staff even gave my baby a small bag of toys to play with (and which we were allowed to keep). Also, each passenger received slippers and a personal care pack that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye blinders, etc. which is something I never got on El-Al.
JFK-TLV the person at the desk had us rearrange our luggage a bit to make the weights work out better but really didn't give us an issue even though we were still a bit overweight after rearranging. On the way back from TLV, they gave us an issue over a personal item of all things but had no real problem with us being overweight on regular luggage. All of this plus Turkish allows 2 checked bags per person in coach which really came in handy.

As far as food went, JFK-IST we got the same Borenstein meals you get on El-Al. My wife liked it but I thought it was just passable. IST-TLV and TLV-IST which are 2 hour flights each, we got cold Kosher meals which had the OK hashgacha (basically chabad in Turkey). These meals were actually quite good. Fresh tasting fish. Lox. A very good vanilla pudding. And more. We were very impressed by the quality not to mention just the idea that there is an airline that serves a meal on a 2-hour flight. IST-JFK we got similar meals to the short-haul ones but they came with a hot component. Omelets for breakfast and fish balls in a cream sauce for lunch. These were also quite good although my wife wasn't a huge fan of the fish balls. They were certainly way better than the meals on El-Al which are often inedible. One really high note on the lunch meal was a syrup-soaked spice cake which was really good. My wife felt it was too heavy to finish the whole piece so I gladly ate her leftovers.

A small but very nice detail was that the bathroom had some really nice grapefruit smelling air fresheners. It was almost a pleasure to use the bathroom! :)

Another issue that people are always worried about is the airport in Istanbul. Well, I can say the following: if you would take away the Turkish-language signs (which have english-like letters as opposed to arabic script) and replace them with only English, I would think I was in Florida. The airport is very modern looking (aside from the minimal open-seating; I'll get to that later). There was an occasional Arab with the "shmoineh begudim" but for the most part, had I not known where I was, I probably wouldn't have guessed it was in the Middle East from the demographics. There are tons of western outlet stores in the main area of the terminal.

We made sure to get a Lounge Pass with our Ink cards before the trip so we went downstairs to the Primeclass Lounge. This was incredible for a bunch of reasons. Firstly, they had a playroom with toys and things to do for my 1-year-old daughter. She had a blast. Free wifi and power outlets were another plus. I was able to take care of some things online in comfort. They also had a table area which gave me the space to rearrange and switch out my SIM cards for when I got to Israel.

I said I wasn't a frequent flyer and so I acted like a total newbie when I pulled out my wallet to try and pay for a beer (MGD was the best they had) at the bar only to be told it was free. So to all you fellow noobs out there, everything in the lounge is free! Get the Chase Ink card and the Lounge Pass that gives you 2 free lounge entries per year. In a place like IST, you kind of need this for anything more than an hour or 2 stopover since most of the seats in the actual terminal are placed after presenting your boarding pass before you board. That means that you will findit hard to find a seat during busy times until your gate opens for boarding.

The only hiccup we had really was that we had a long delay in the airplane leaving IST for TLV. Basically, the flight was delayed for about 20 minutes at first. We realized afterward that the reason must have been that they had to ready a different plane for us. We were driven about 10 minutes by bus to the plane which was parked near the Turkish Airlines maintenance hangar. Then we taxied for what seemed like forever. The pilot then got on the PA and announced that due to the long taxi time, we had lost too much fuel to take off and would have to taxi to get more fuel (while this sounds weird, it actually happens sometimes at JFK when i listen to the ATC freq). By the time it was all sorted out, it turned out to be a total of about a 3 hour delay compared to the original departure time. Other than that, when we arrived back at JFK, we noticed some damage to out baby seat for which we filed a damage claim with Turkish Airlines.

The best part of all of this, and the reason Turkish Airlines has apparently (according to a fellow passenger I was speaking with) become the 2nd most popular airline to operate out of TLV, was the price. I could have gotten tickets for $684 per adult but I waited a bit too long and got them for $708. While you can now get Ukraine Airlines for about $650 or even cheaper if you're really lucky, this wasn't an option when I booked. Also, I know nothing about the accommodations on Ukraine and would assume they are significantly less than Turkish (although that is a hunch and based on no real facts) which makes me feel a little better about the price difference. If you are considering taking a stopover and don't want to spend a lot on a ticket or want to spend more money in Israel itself by saving on the ticket, I highly recommend it. At the very least, I think that there is a good chance that airlines like Turkish and Ukraine will put a bit of pressure on the market so that El-Al finally tries to get their act together and provide a better product and/or lowers their exorbitant prices (for which you get treated miserably and receive almost no amenities)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on December 09, 2014, 10:14:33 AM
Hey everyone, Although I follow DD and DDF pretty regularly, I am not a frequent flyer by any means. For me, flying on Turkish a few weeks ago (JFK-TLV and back) was a new experience. Based on posts on DDF and what I have heard from others, I wasn't concerned at all, and therefore, it isn't really necessary to add anything but I wanted to give over my experience to the forum so others may benefit. I have commented previously on why, from an economic standpoint, I think you should at least consider flying Turkish, and why, from a moral standpoint, I don't consider it to be an issue so I will not re-hash those topics. This post is strictly about the actual experience of flying them. There are no MAJOR chiddushim here, but it may open the eyes of some.

First off, because I had a lap infant, I was able to get the bulkhead seat for the bassinet for the long-haul portions of the flight (JFK-IST and IST-JFK). This gave me a whole lot of legroom. However, I also noticed that regular coach seats also had a nice amount of legroom compared to at least El-Al.

There is an outlet by each seat so you can plug in a laptop if you feel that the 150 or so options on their entertainment system isn't enough for you. BTW, until now, I hadn't known that the Israel Antiquities Authority had uncovered remains of aircraft from the times of King David and donated them to El-Al.

The Staff on all segments of the flights with the exception of IST-JFK was extremely friendly and smiley. IST-JFK they were very courteous and helpful but not as smiley. On the TLV-IST segment, the staff even gave my baby a small bag of toys to play with (and which we were allowed to keep). Also, each passenger received slippers and a personal care pack that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye blinders, etc. which is something I never got on El-Al.
JFK-TLV the person at the desk had us rearrange our luggage a bit to make the weights work out better but really didn't give us an issue even though we were still a bit overweight after rearranging. On the way back from TLV, they gave us an issue over a personal item of all things but had no real problem with us being overweight on regular luggage. All of this plus Turkish allows 2 checked bags per person in coach which really came in handy.

As far as food went, JFK-IST we got the same Borenstein meals you get on El-Al. My wife liked it but I thought it was just passable. IST-TLV and TLV-IST which are 2 hour flights each, we got cold Kosher meals which had the OK hashgacha (basically chabad in Turkey). These meals were actually quite good. Fresh tasting fish. Lox. A very good vanilla pudding. And more. We were very impressed by the quality not to mention just the idea that there is an airline that serves a meal on a 2-hour flight. IST-JFK we got similar meals to the short-haul ones but they came with a hot component. Omelets for breakfast and fish balls in a cream sauce for lunch. These were also quite good although my wife wasn't a huge fan of the fish balls. They were certainly way better than the meals on El-Al which are often inedible. One really high note on the lunch meal was a syrup-soaked spice cake which was really good. My wife felt it was too heavy to finish the whole piece so I gladly ate her leftovers.

A small but very nice detail was that the bathroom had some really nice grapefruit smelling air fresheners. It was almost a pleasure to use the bathroom! :)

Another issue that people are always worried about is the airport in Istanbul. Well, I can say the following: if you would take away the Turkish-language signs (which have english-like letters as opposed to arabic script) and replace them with only English, I would think I was in Florida. The airport is very modern looking (aside from the minimal open-seating; I'll get to that later). There was an occasional Arab with the "shmoineh begudim" but for the most part, had I not known where I was, I probably wouldn't have guessed it was in the Middle East from the demographics. There are tons of western outlet stores in the main area of the terminal.

We made sure to get a Lounge Pass with our Ink cards before the trip so we went downstairs to the Primeclass Lounge. This was incredible for a bunch of reasons. Firstly, they had a playroom with toys and things to do for my 1-year-old daughter. She had a blast. Free wifi and power outlets were another plus. I was able to take care of some things online in comfort. They also had a table area which gave me the space to rearrange and switch out my SIM cards for when I got to Israel.

I said I wasn't a frequent flyer and so I acted like a total newbie when I pulled out my wallet to try and pay for a beer (MGD was the best they had) at the bar only to be told it was free. So to all you fellow noobs out there, everything in the lounge is free! Get the Chase Ink card and the Lounge Pass that gives you 2 free lounge entries per year. In a place like IST, you kind of need this for anything more than an hour or 2 stopover since most of the seats in the actual terminal are placed after presenting your boarding pass before you board. That means that you will findit hard to find a seat during busy times until your gate opens for boarding.

The only hiccup we had really was that we had a long delay in the airplane leaving IST for TLV. Basically, the flight was delayed for about 20 minutes at first. We realized afterward that the reason must have been that they had to ready a different plane for us. We were driven about 10 minutes by bus to the plane which was parked near the Turkish Airlines maintenance hangar. Then we taxied for what seemed like forever. The pilot then got on the PA and announced that due to the long taxi time, we had lost too much fuel to take off and would have to taxi to get more fuel (while this sounds weird, it actually happens sometimes at JFK when i listen to the ATC freq). By the time it was all sorted out, it turned out to be a total of about a 3 hour delay compared to the original departure time. Other than that, when we arrived back at JFK, we noticed some damage to out baby seat for which we filed a damage claim with Turkish Airlines.

The best part of all of this, and the reason Turkish Airlines has apparently (according to a fellow passenger I was speaking with) become the 2nd most popular airline to operate out of TLV, was the price. I could have gotten tickets for $684 per adult but I waited a bit too long and got them for $708. While you can now get Ukraine Airlines for about $650 or even cheaper if you're really lucky, this wasn't an option when I booked. Also, I know nothing about the accommodations on Ukraine and would assume they are significantly less than Turkish (although that is a hunch and based on no real facts) which makes me feel a little better about the price difference. If you are considering taking a stopover and don't want to spend a lot on a ticket or want to spend more money in Israel itself by saving on the ticket, I highly recommend it. At the very least, I think that there is a good chance that airlines like Turkish and Ukraine will put a bit of pressure on the market so that El-Al finally tries to get their act together and provide a better product and/or lowers their exorbitant prices (for which you get treated miserably and receive almost no amenities)
Nice TR, thanks!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: aradisc on December 09, 2014, 11:47:32 AM
BTW, until now, I hadn't known that the Israel Antiquities Authority had uncovered remains of aircraft from the times of King David and donated them to El-Al.

 ;D ;D ;D

Thanks for the TR
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yaalili on December 09, 2014, 12:35:52 PM
;D ;D ;D

Thanks for the TR

+1. enjoyable to read.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 159dallas on December 11, 2014, 10:01:00 PM
I think some people think their name must be Air ISIS from the comments i have seen on other websites and from freinds who are downright scared to fly them so funny :)

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on December 12, 2014, 08:14:55 AM
I think some people think their name must be Air ISIS from the comments i have seen on other websites and from freinds who are downright scared to fly them so funny :)

Totally agree with you. In fairness, though, some people are apprehensive about the airport in Istanbul. Part of the reason for my post was to convey that it is a very modern airport with lots of different types of people passing through and I wouldn't think I was in the Middle East.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moish on December 12, 2014, 08:39:56 AM
Totally agree with you. In fairness, though, some people are apprehensive about the airport in Istanbul. Part of the reason for my post was to convey that it is a very modern airport with lots of different types of people passing through and I wouldn't think I was in the Middle East.
well, i was just there in the lounge a few weeks ago and there were some legitimate al qaeda looking people sitting on the couch next to me so i could understand why people would be hesitant.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on December 12, 2014, 10:32:29 AM
well, i was just there in the lounge a few weeks ago and there were some legitimate al qaeda looking people sitting on the couch next to me so i could understand why people would be hesitant.
You'll find them in the NYC airports too.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on December 12, 2014, 10:54:04 AM
You'll find them in the NYC airports too.
And Israel, there are Billions of them!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on December 12, 2014, 10:56:07 AM
The last thing what they want is a terror attack in an airport! they cant afford to lose those stopovers.   
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: AJK on December 24, 2014, 06:05:36 PM
well, i was just there in the lounge a few weeks ago and there were some legitimate al qaeda looking people sitting on the couch next to me so i could understand why people would be hesitant.

Well, then everyone should avoid IST at all costs, because that would never, ever happen at an airport that wasn't IST, right?

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 24, 2014, 06:40:27 PM
Well, then everyone should avoid IST at all costs, because that would never, ever happen at an airport that wasn't IST, right?
+1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzy93 on December 24, 2014, 07:24:37 PM
I flew Turkish via IST exactly two days before "Op Protective Edge" started and didn't feel strange there at all! I actually bumped into 2 frum Jews there to my surprise...
I did however notice when I was resting at a quite gate that someone was snapping pics of me from a distance ( which is pretty understandable for most ppl who haven't seen a Jew in their life, let alone religious...)
Oh, and be prepared to do lots of walking, I walked at least a straight mile to get to my gate!!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on December 24, 2014, 09:10:14 PM
I flew Turkish via IST exactly two days before "Op Protective Edge" started and didn't feel strange there at all! I actually bumped into 2 frum Jews there to my surprise...
I did however notice when I was resting at a quite gate that someone was snapping pics of me from a distance ( which is pretty understandable for most ppl who haven't seen a Jew in their life, let alone religious...)
Oh, and be prepared to do lots of walking, I walked at least a straight mile to get to my gate!!
I never flew thru IST, but I had people laugh at me at FRA
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: bukin86 on December 25, 2014, 12:14:01 PM
I don't get why people would waste money if flying with a stop over anyways. The flight is almost as direct as they come!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moish on December 25, 2014, 12:40:42 PM
Well, then everyone should avoid IST at all costs, because that would never, ever happen at an airport that wasn't IST, right?


thats not what i was trying to insinuate
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on December 25, 2014, 03:35:22 PM
thats not what i was trying to insinuate
I think AJK's point could be reworded as "What exactly does a legitimate al-Qaeda guy look like"? The answer to that is that there really isn't anything significant that differentiates a legitimate al-qaeda guy from any other middle easterner (including lots of Israelis for that matter). So why is any additional fear justified just cause it's IST?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzy93 on December 25, 2014, 04:25:28 PM
So why is any additional fear justified just cause it's IST?

I do remember hearing that some Jewish passengers who were stranded in IST during Protective Edge had to be taken to a separate room because they were assaulted in the airport.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on December 25, 2014, 07:56:41 PM
I do remember hearing that some Jewish passengers who were stranded in IST during Protective Edge had to be taken to a separate room because they were assaulted in the airport.
Yes, it was discussed on this thread. Seems to have been an isolated incident (the kind that could happen anywhere). You may as well be scared to fly to LAX:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Los_Angeles_International_Airport_shooting
 As I said in my long post above, in IST I felt basically like I was in just any airport and wouldn't have even known I was in the Middle East.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: aradisc on February 03, 2015, 06:15:51 AM
Just flew Turkish in J for a short haul and a long haul. I was blown away by the service on the short haul- the best I've ever received on an airplane. The long haul was good too, but a bit slow with a full J cabin.

I would not hesitate to fly them again. And actually, I might even pay a small premium to fly them in Y to TLV, even with the layover (maybe $50-$100 more). I'm just about sick of LY/UA/DL's service. Never tried the US flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Myccrabbi on February 04, 2015, 11:29:11 PM
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4623112,00.html
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzy93 on February 07, 2015, 12:29:16 PM
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4623112,00.html

That's Pegasus for you! Not Turkish Airlines...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on February 18, 2015, 11:16:03 AM
New rumors are that Turkish is leasing two Malaysian a380's.

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/02/18/turkish-lease-two-malaysia-a380s/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on February 26, 2015, 11:10:23 AM
I just wanted to post an addendum to my very long TR above. On our return flight to JFK, they damaged our stroller. The canopy was slightly ripped. We went to the Turkish Airlines desk before we left the airport and within 10 minutes we had a case number and were instructed to email the appropriate department. Once I did that, they asked me for some things like pictures of the damage, a copy of my boarding pass and passport, a receipt for the stroller, etc. I scanned and sent it to them. Then they asked me to snail mail them a signed release form agreeing to accept their payment (The price I paid for the stroller!) as a full resolution of the claim. Once I mailed it, within about 2 weeks, I received the check and just deposited it. Any delays in getting this check were due to my laziness and time constraints. They were very helpful and accommodating. I was quite impressed with the very little hassle they gave me. So, once again, my experience with Turkish was very good. I would almost be upset if I were forced to take another airline the next time I went to Israel because the other airline offered a far lower price (Ukraine, Aeroflot, etc). And I wish that airlines like El Al would get with the program so that I would want to fly with them more.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: cubicles on March 12, 2015, 05:07:11 PM
is anyone here flying nyc-tlv with Turkish for lag b'omer?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: gold on March 13, 2015, 04:08:40 AM
Is it safe to go out of airport for layover at the Wyndham Hotel with family?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on March 13, 2015, 04:40:50 AM
Is it safe to go out of airport for layover at the Wyndham Hotel with family?
Yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: bb1836 on March 23, 2015, 11:02:37 PM
matrix ITA - many flights available with a short layover in the month of january 2016
flights from $681 staying over for roughly a week
roundtrip from either JFK or IAD to TLV
Title: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cw3323 on March 31, 2015, 05:28:43 PM
$685 with a short layover lag baomer example 5/3 5/4 return 5/10 5/11 5/12
Found on cheapoair
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: cubicles on March 31, 2015, 05:33:09 PM
$685 with a short layover lag baomer example 5/3 5/4 return 5/10 5/11 5/12
Found on cheapoair
I booked for 5/5-5/10
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: cubicles on April 20, 2015, 03:22:07 PM
does anyone know the cancellation policy with a ticket booked on Turkish airlines website within the 24hr. flight is in 2 weeks?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:16:56 AM
is anyone here flying nyc-tlv with Turkish for lag b'omer?
I am!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:19:26 AM
What is the IST airport all about? I have a few hr layover,  what can I do there?  Can I go out? Is it safe? Where?  Any recomendation?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yakrot on April 28, 2015, 01:20:29 AM
Depends how long you stopover is
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:21:28 AM
Depends how long you stopover is
3 and half hr
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: CS91 on April 28, 2015, 01:21:41 AM
What is the IST airport all about? I have a few hr layover,  what can I do there?  Can I go out? Is it safe? Where?  Any recomendation?

I didn't go out when I had a layover there but as far as the actual airport, it's pretty nice. Decent amount of shops that you can walk through and check out. Definitely enough to kill a couple of hours...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:22:44 AM
I didn't go out when I had a layover there but as far as the actual airport, it's pretty nice. Decent amount of shops that you can walk through and check out. Definitely enough to kill a couple of hours...
So basically Window shopping.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: CS91 on April 28, 2015, 01:24:45 AM
So basically Window shopping

Exactly. Come to think of it, I don't think I've actually ever seen anyone buy something at an airport. Always overpriced.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:25:49 AM
Exactly. Come to think of it, I don't think I've actually ever seen anyone buy something at an airport. Always overpriced.
Overpriced is an understatement
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:26:11 AM
Do they offer free wifi on the aircraft?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yakrot on April 28, 2015, 01:27:11 AM
I was there twice first time was for nine hours and was too dangerous to leave the airport (due to major riots in taking square) , so I payed  for lounge access and lounged.
My second time I had a seventeen hour stopover, davened in the airport early morning and took the bus into town. Ended up paying for the hop on hop off bus to be able to catch as much as possible.

I have heard that for stopovers longer than five hours on Turkish they offer a tour into Istanbul which would be a great alternative, because big groups are inadvertently safer. (the tourist visa costed $20 at a desk in the airport value for three months)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:28:22 AM
I was there twice first time was for nine hours and was too dangerous to leave the airport (due to major riots in taking square) , so I payed  for lounge access and lounged.
My second time I had a seventeen hour stopover, davened in the airport early morning and took the bus into town. Ended up paying for the hop on hop off bus to be able to catch as much as possible.

I have heard that for stopovers longer than five hours on Turkish they offer a tour into Istanbul which would be a great alternative, because big groups are inadvertently safer. (the tourist visa costed $20 at a desk in the airport value for three months)
Why did you take such long layovers?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:30:28 AM
I was there twice first time was for nine hours and was too dangerous to leave the airport (due to major riots in taking square) , so I payed  for lounge access and lounged.
My second time I had a seventeen hour stopover, davened in the airport early morning and took the bus into town. Ended up paying for the hop on hop off bus to be able to catch as much as possible.

I have heard that for stopovers longer than five hours on Turkish they offer a tour into Istanbul which would be a great alternative, because big groups are inadvertently safer. (the tourist visa costed $20 at a desk in the airport value for three months)
Can you pay at the airport for lounge access?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Mech on April 28, 2015, 01:32:03 AM
The Turkish lounge is a gorgeous and massive lounge. Try getting into that one.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Centro on April 28, 2015, 01:33:21 AM
davened in the airport early morning
I will need to daven there too most probably, hope I won't get to much attention...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yakrot on April 28, 2015, 01:34:43 AM
Why did you take such long layovers?
When I booked the first ticket it was with the intention of leaving the airport. However shortly after booking the situation deteriorated and I was unable to utilize my stopover.

The next time was a couple of months later and although there was still some rioting of wasn't that dangerous anymore, so I maximized the opportunity.

Only problem was that this was my last stop on a twenty day backpacking trip through Europe and Africa (Morocco) so honesty was too bombed to truly appreciate the beauty of the city.
It's very high up on my places to revisit list
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: CS91 on April 28, 2015, 01:35:01 AM
I will need to daven there too most probably, hope I won't get to much attention...

I davened at the gate and had no issues at all. There were a couple of others with me as well too (no minyan though). Actually felt more comfortable davening there than I did in France.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Centro on April 28, 2015, 01:37:12 AM
I davened at the gate and had no issues at all. There were a couple of others with me as well too (no minyan though). Actually felt more comfortable davening there than I did in France.
Do you think it would be a better idea to daven in one of the lounges?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: CS91 on April 28, 2015, 01:38:53 AM
Do you think it would be a better idea to daven in one of the lounges?

I mean there will be less people in the lounge, especially if you are landing early in the morning, and it's generally easier to find a quiet corner in a lounge. But really wouldn't worry about it either way.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 01:56:18 AM


so honesty was too bombed to truly appreciate the beauty of the city.
It's very high up on my places to revisit list

Can you tell me more about the beauty of the city in IST? 

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yakrot on April 28, 2015, 02:10:43 AM

Can you tell me more about the beauty of the city in IST?
I created an Istanbul master thread in destination and trip reports it will be more appropriate there and won't clog up the airport thread
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 07:59:12 AM
I created an Istanbul master thread in destination and trip reports it will be more appropriate there and won't clog up the airport thread
Okay.  Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: raphy781 on April 28, 2015, 08:05:31 AM
I've seen minyanim in the airport more than once.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: raphy781 on April 28, 2015, 08:07:32 AM
Do they offer free wifi on the aircraft?
My transatlantic flights had wifi. If the flight has wifi it's free (at least it was as of a few months ago).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 08:22:14 AM
My transatlantic flights had wifi. If the flight has wifi it's free (at least it was as of a few months ago).
Which  aircraft did you have?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: cubicles on April 28, 2015, 09:54:56 AM
whats the best way to get free access to the lounge?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on April 28, 2015, 09:57:18 AM
whats the best way to get free access to the lounge?
Find someone with a lounge pass an ask if you can go in with them.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: cubicles on April 28, 2015, 10:00:56 AM
amex plat. or chase ink would make it?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 10:15:15 AM
Find someone with a lounge pass an ask if you can go in with them.
Will they let me in of I go with someone together and he has lounge access?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on April 28, 2015, 10:16:17 AM
Will they let me in of I go with someone together and he has lounge access?
yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on April 28, 2015, 10:17:32 AM
amex plat. or chase ink would make it?
Amex plat gets Priority Pass and chase ink gets Lounge Club, but you need the cards to enter.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 28, 2015, 10:23:50 AM
yes
Great!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cw3323 on April 28, 2015, 10:35:22 AM

Which  aircraft did you have?
777 300ER had free wifi. If you go lag baomer time don't worry there will be "minyanim" all the time usually near the gate.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 03, 2015, 05:13:23 PM
I just flew Turkish from jfk to tlv thru istanbul our connection was only an hour and we got delayed in ny for two hours (not due to weather) causing us to miss our connection which made us have to wait over six hours for the next flight (they gave us lounge passes) my question is, is there some sort of compensation they are required (similar to the eu law which would make them pay me 600 euro if it was thru Europe) to pay (or someway I can get it out of them) to pay me either cash or airline credit and what would be the best way to go about it
Tia
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Mech on May 03, 2015, 05:16:24 PM

I just flew Turkish from jfk to tlv thru istanbul our connection was only an hour and we got delayed in ny for two hours (not due to weather) causing us to miss our connection which made us have to wait over six hours for the next flight (they gave us lounge passes) my question is, is there some sort of compensation they are required (similar to the eu law which would make them pay me 600 euro if it was thru Europe) to pay (or someway I can get it out of them) to pay me either cash or airline credit and what would be the best way to go about it
Tia
I had a very similar story only that I was put on a flight 12 hrs later and they didn't give us lounge passes, only food passes. This was over a year ago. I sent emails and they didn't give me a thing. I just flew thru there again before pesach and had my own lounge passes and was a much better experience.
Good luck in trying to get money out of them.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzy93 on May 04, 2015, 07:43:39 AM
Good luck in trying to get money out of them.

Yup! I had a messed up story with them too and couldn't squeeze a penny out of them!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:01:26 AM
I just flew Turkish from jfk to tlv thru istanbul our connection was only an hour and we got delayed in ny for two hours (not due to weather) causing us to miss our connection which made us have to wait over six hours for the next flight (they gave us lounge passes) my question is, is there some sort of compensation they are required (similar to the eu law which would make them pay me 600 euro if it was thru Europe) to pay (or someway I can get it out of them) to pay me either cash or airline credit and what would be the best way to go about it
Tia
Try to dispute the cc charge. Tell them that  You paid for something and you didn't got it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:02:17 AM
Try to dispute the cc charge. Tell them that  You paid for something and you didn't got it.
What exactly didn't I get?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:23:04 AM
What exactly didn't I get?
You didn't get the flight that you paid for.  You paid for a flight departing a certain time and you didn't end up taking that flight because Turkish had a delay.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:25:23 AM
You didn't get the flight that you paid for.  You paid for a flight departing a certain time and you didn't end up taking that flight because Turkish had a delay.
Interesting idea have you/or anyone else had any success with this?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:25:53 AM
Interesting idea have you/or anyone else had any success with this?
Which cc did you use?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:26:40 AM
Which cc did you use?
Amex gold
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:27:25 AM
Amex gold
Amex is very good with disputes,  you might be lucky,  try it and report back.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:28:00 AM
Good idea
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:28:57 AM
Good idea
Buy make sure to tell them or write them that the reason why it was delayed is because Turkish and it's their fault.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:29:43 AM
Good idea
What was the real reason why the flight was delayed?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:31:04 AM
What was the real reason why the flight was delayed?
They didn't give a reason just said they weren't ready and I made sure it was not due to weather
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:33:21 AM
They didn't give a reason just said they weren't ready and I made sure it was not due to weather
So go for the dispute,  I doubt that you'll get back the whole amount,  they will try to negotiate to give you part of you money back.
don't forget to give me a commission
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:35:11 AM
So go for the dispute,  I doubt that you'll get back the whole amount,  they will try to negotiate to give you part of you money back.
don't forget to give me a commission
Will try and btw you can try it yourself go thru Turkey with a one hour stopover leaving from jfk you are pretty much bound to miss the connection
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:39:55 AM
Will try and btw you can try it yourself go thru Turkey with a one hour stopover leaving from jfk you are pretty much bound to miss the connection
I just flew with Turkish I considered to take the 1 hr layover, but in the end I didn't because it was to risky I took a 3 hr layover,  all people that where on my flight missed the 1 hr layover ( you where maybe one of them
But it's definitely possible to make the 1 hr layover if the flight would be on time.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 10:44:43 AM
I just flew with Turkish I considered to take the 1 hr layover, but in the end I didn't because it was to risky I took a 3 hr layover,  all people that where on my flight missed the 1 hr layover ( you where maybe one of them
But it's definitely possible to make the 1 he layover if the flight would be on time.
True if the flight leaves on time but statistics show that a good amount of flights especially international get delayed on average two hours so in allot of cases you will miss it (also I would never take such a flight Thursday night arriving in Turkey Friday morning cause if you miss that flight you've got bid problems)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:46:41 AM


(also I would never take such a flight Thursday night arriving in Turkey Friday morning cause if you miss that flight you've got big problems)

There is a shul there ( with 24 hr security)  a lot of Jews live there.  Turkey is a very nice land.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: al613 on May 14, 2015, 10:47:26 AM
Amex gold
I think chances to win a dispute for the flight you actually took are slim. With any credit card under any circumstances.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:47:52 AM


True if the flight leaves on time but statistics show that a good amount of flights especially international get delayed on average two hours so in allot of cases you will miss it

My flight from Turkey to USA was just in time.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 14, 2015, 10:48:50 AM
I think chances to win a dispute for the flight you actually took are slim. With any credit card under any circumstances.
Source?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chbochur on May 14, 2015, 11:34:57 AM

My flight from Turkey to USA was just in time.
Allot of flights leaving jfk especially international get delayed not from turkey or tlv
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rileywiles23 on May 14, 2015, 04:26:21 PM
What's the best way to search for Turkish class J availability ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: AJK on May 18, 2015, 12:46:10 AM
UA
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: JoeCha on May 18, 2015, 07:45:29 AM
-1
UA.com doesn't show all TK availability.
Search on Aeroplan.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: JoeCha on May 18, 2015, 07:49:08 AM
So go for the dispute,  I doubt that you'll get back the whole amount,  they will try to negotiate to give you part of you money back.
don't forget to give me a commission
::)
This is ridiculous.

Disputing an airline ticket because of a 2-6 hour delay?
Are you being serious?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yochiek93 on May 18, 2015, 07:56:10 AM
So go for the dispute,  I doubt that you'll get back the whole amount,  they will try to negotiate to give you part of you money back.
don't forget to give me a commission
What did they say
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: leaf on June 03, 2015, 03:54:03 PM
-1
UA.com doesn't show all TK availability.
Search on Aeroplan.

Neither UA nor AC nor ANA show J availability on TK from ORD-IST, but Expert Flyer does. Does that mean there is availability?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avadah on June 03, 2015, 06:47:22 PM
Is tk a decent product in coach for a long haul? How does it compare to thai or el al coach?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on June 03, 2015, 06:57:21 PM
Is tk a decent product in coach for a long haul? How does it compare to thai or el al coach?

I've flown it ORD-IST in Y (11 hr flight), was decent. I would do it again.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ilherman on June 04, 2015, 12:54:15 AM
Is tk a decent product in coach for a long haul? How does it compare to thai or el al coach?
Never did Thai, but please don't put them in line with ElAl.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avadah on June 04, 2015, 01:47:58 AM
Never did Thai, but please don't put them in line with ElAl.
They're better or worse?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on June 04, 2015, 01:50:11 AM
They're better or worse?
Coach is definitely Better.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ilherman on June 04, 2015, 09:43:36 AM
Coach is definitely Better.
Yup, and business is better as well. Though the difference in Y is greater than the difference in J.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on June 04, 2015, 11:19:36 AM
Is tk a decent product in coach for a long haul? How does it compare to thai or el al coach?
Definitely. Read my TR about it here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8526.msg992360#msg992360
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on June 30, 2015, 06:13:58 PM
Booked a tk/lh award, in j, using sq.
Tk site says 1 bag while lh says 2.
Whats the official ruling in this case?
 (Im hoping ill be able to convince the gate agent either way, especially since im interlining to dif j ticket (ua))
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on June 30, 2015, 06:21:36 PM

Booked a tk/lh award, in j, using sq.
Tk site says 1 bag while lh says 2.
Whats the official ruling in this case?
 (Im hoping ill be able to convince the gate agent either way, especially since im interlining to dif j ticket (ua))

It goes according to the airline you first checkin with.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on June 30, 2015, 09:45:25 PM
It goes according to the airline you first checkin with.
:-[:-[
Specifically splurged an extra 7k so that I wouldnt have to pay... Oh well, Im sure itll work out
Any tips?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Copernicus on July 01, 2015, 02:31:12 AM
:-[:-[
Specifically splurged an extra 7k so that I wouldnt have to pay... Oh well, Im sure itll work out
Any tips?

7k?  Wow.  In any case, I'm almost 100% sure that you will be fine with 2 checked bags.  I've never heard of an airline that doesn't allow 2 bags on international itineraries for passengers flying up front.

Aside from that, I fly Turkish in coach pretty regularly and theyre one of my favorite airlines.  Great service, comfortable coach seating, and some of the best food I've had in coach as well.  They also used to have free wifi, but they started charging for it now.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on July 01, 2015, 06:50:36 AM
To clarify its 7k points...not that much imho
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on July 01, 2015, 06:50:36 AM
To clarify its 7k points...not that much imho
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Copernicus on July 01, 2015, 08:56:06 AM
To clarify its 7k points...not that much imho

Oh, fair enough.  I read $7k.  8)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Something Fishy on July 01, 2015, 06:56:33 PM
TK to open a lounge for all transiting passengers - even in economy. (http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/07/01/turkish-to-offer-economy-transit-passengers-free-lounge-access/)

HT: OMAAT
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on July 01, 2015, 07:12:25 PM
TK to open a lounge for all transiting passengers - even in economy. (http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/07/01/turkish-to-offer-economy-transit-passengers-free-lounge-access/)

HT: OMAAT
Wow! This is great. If only other airlines (ahem, ua) would learn from TK
Quote
we dont want customers pulling out money
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rivkao on July 02, 2015, 12:00:07 PM
Found for $747 NYC-TLV via Turkey for next winter. Is it a good deal?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Myccrabbi on July 02, 2015, 12:23:30 PM
Found for $747 NYC-TLV via Turkey for next winter. Is it a good deal?
Not if you can fly direct round trip for another  $130
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Platinum on July 02, 2015, 03:31:43 PM
Does Turkish ever release long haul biz award seats? Looking for IST-SFO can never seem to find availability.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Trob on August 09, 2015, 11:36:07 AM
Im flying from ist to nrt at 1am and landing at 630pm +1. At what time should I put in tefillin? (When it's light outside?) Also has anyone put on tefillin on a turkish airlines flight not from the usa or israel? It's my first time flying Turkish....
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: DMYD on August 09, 2015, 02:38:19 PM
Im flying from ist to nrt at 1am and landing at 630pm +1. At what time should I put in tefillin? (When it's light outside?) Also has anyone put on tefillin on a turkish airlines flight not from the usa or israel? It's my first time flying Turkish....
NO problem at all.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on August 09, 2015, 08:41:49 PM
Im flying from ist to nrt at 1am and landing at 630pm +1. At what time should I put in tefillin? (When it's light outside?) Also has anyone put on tefillin on a turkish airlines flight not from the usa or israel? It's my first time flying Turkish....
Tallis and tefillin in front seat in coach before flight (I daven vasikin and that's just how it worked out) from Istanbul. No problem. My wife took a pic; thought it was hilarious. Read my full TR about Turkish Airlines in this thread. It's a great airline and Istanbul was more like Miami than what you  might imagine it to be.

As far as what time to put on tefillin, as I said, I usually daven vasikin, which makes it pretty simple: daven when you see the sun. In any case, you certainly are allowed to make a bracha once you can see the sun (actually, well before that at misheyakir). Here is a tool to approximate zmanim for air travel: http://www.chaitables.com/chai_air_eng.php?look=20150810
I would try to daven as early as possible since time can move pretty quickly. For your trip, depending on when you go and whether daylight savings is in effect, you could be talking about a sunrise of about 3:20am (departure point time) and Sof zman krias shema of about 5:18am. Basically, don't cut anything till the last (or, in this case, even the first) minute. Sunrise is the easiest thing to determine if you're in the air above the clouds.
BTW, I don't think the 6:30 landing time is a true +1 since you're leaving at 1am.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ar on August 26, 2015, 05:08:10 PM
I have Priority Pass and I'm going with family for Yom Kippur/Succot to Israel with Turkish.

I have a 3.5 layover both directions. What is the best lounge I can use in IST?
Also how many people can go in free and how much do they charge for extra people?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 06, 2015, 04:36:32 PM
I have Priority Pass and I'm going with family for Yom Kippur/Succot to Israel with Turkish.

I have a 3.5 layover both directions. What is the best lounge I can use in IST?
Also how many people can go in free and how much do they charge for extra people?

We used the Primeclass lounge and it was fine. Not sure about the other lounges there or how the Primeclass compares with lounges from around the world. All I know is I had wifi and comfortable chairs, free drinks (incl beer, water, etc.), showers, a room for my daughter to play in and the people were very nice. It is a bit of a pain to find it, however, and most of the people there had a hard time with English. Basically, you go to where the main hub of outlet stores are, you hang a left down a large corridor and you go down an escalator or elevator one flight. You can ask around there and people will try to be helpful but they just don't know English. With the Lounge Pass card that came with my Chase Ink, I got a separate card for each card-holder and each card allowed one person plus a guest with children under a certain age being free. The details should be in your signup brochure or you can call them.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ar on September 06, 2015, 07:50:36 PM
We used the Primeclass lounge and it was fine. Not sure about the other lounges there or how the Primeclass compares with lounges from around the world. All I know is I had wifi and comfortable chairs, free drinks (incl beer, water, etc.), showers, a room for my daughter to play in and the people were very nice. It is a bit of a pain to find it, however, and most of the people there had a hard time with English. Basically, you go to where the main hub of outlet stores are, you hang a left down a large corridor and you go down an escalator or elevator one flight. You can ask around there and people will try to be helpful but they just don't know English. With the Lounge Pass card that came with my Chase Ink, I got a separate card for each card-holder and each card allowed one person plus a guest with children under a certain age being free. The details should be in your signup brochure or you can call them.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 06, 2015, 07:57:11 PM
Thanks!

My pleasure! Enjoy. I really enjoyed Turkish and the airport with the lounge access was great. If you haven't already, and this is your first time on Turkish, make sure to read my TR earlier in this thread. Most importantly, enjoy Eretz Yisroel!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ar on September 13, 2015, 12:41:39 AM
My pleasure! Enjoy. I really enjoyed Turkish and the airport with the lounge access was great. If you haven't already, and this is your first time on Turkish, make sure to read my TR earlier in this thread. Most importantly, enjoy Eretz Yisroel!

Did you take stroller on plane? Or you checked it in?

Wanna make sure that Turkish is reliable to get back stroller at gate, especially with a stopover. .
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 13, 2015, 12:44:36 AM
We gate checked it and got it back after a few minute wait at the gate. They did damage it slightly but were very accommodating and reimbursed for the full value of the stroller.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ar on September 13, 2015, 02:09:20 AM
We gate checked it and got it back after a few minute wait at the gate. They did damage it slightly but were very accommodating and reimbursed for the full value of the stroller.

Thanks. Just curious what kind of damage and how did you get a reimbursement?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 13, 2015, 05:32:44 AM
Thanks. Just curious what kind of damage and how did you get a reimbursement?

The canopy was a little frayed/ripped. This was in November and we're still using it no problem. When we noticed the damage by the gate, we showed a rep who directed us to the Turkish Airlines office to get a claim number. After that, everything was basically submitting
 documentation via email. A fairly easy process.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ar on September 13, 2015, 09:15:24 AM
The canopy was a little frayed/ripped. This was in November and we're still using it no problem. When we noticed the damage by the gate, we showed a rep who directed us to the Turkish Airlines office to get a claim number. After that, everything was basically submitting
 documentation via email. A fairly easy process.

Thanks. Will update my flight experience.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: doublejay on September 21, 2015, 08:22:24 PM
Anyone know the baggage allowance on Turkish to Israel? One bag? How much is extra bags?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on September 21, 2015, 08:24:03 PM
Anyone know the baggage allowance on Turkish to Israel? One bag? How much is extra bags?
Check on their website,  I flew with them about a half year ago you have 1 checked bag,  one carry on and one personal item.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: doublejay on September 21, 2015, 08:24:39 PM
Check on their website,  I flew with them about a half year ago you have 1 checked bag,  one carry on and one personal item.

I checked. All I could find is "it depends"
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: doublejay on September 21, 2015, 08:28:22 PM
Btw when booking for infant should I purchase "lap child" for $92?

I seem to remember something about better not to purchase at all?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on September 22, 2015, 11:26:26 AM
Anyone know the baggage allowance on Turkish to Israel? One bag? How much is extra bags?
2 bags
Btw when booking for infant should I purchase "lap child" for $92?

I seem to remember something about better not to purchase at all?
Uh, you are taking along an infant? For free he won't fly
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on September 22, 2015, 11:27:58 AM
Btw when booking for infant should I purchase "lap child" for $92?

I seem to remember something about better not to purchase at all?

I took them in November. I was allowed 2 bags per person in a seat I think. Not sure charge for extra. As far as lap infant, I had a bulkhead for both of the long flights and used their bassinet. It was fine but my daughter is a bit jumpy so it was a little annoying. Make sure to call as early as possible and get the bulkhead. On the 2 short flights it really depends how full the flight is because if it's emptyish you can sprawl out with the infant. I laid down across 3 seats to sleep on one flight :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on January 13, 2016, 11:12:32 AM
I booked tickets last week on Turkish to TLV with a 3hr 45min stopover ($585 for Pesach - thanks Dan!) and just received an email from Orbitz that my reservation had been changed and that I now have a 5hr 50min stopover, which is very long as we'll be traveling with 5 children.  Has anyone had any luck in getting Turkish to rebook you on a shorter stopover under similar circumstances?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on January 13, 2016, 12:23:35 PM
even with a 45 min. change I was able to rebook +/- 7 days.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on January 13, 2016, 12:39:54 PM
I booked tickets last week on Turkish to TLV with a 3hr 45min stopover ($585 for Pesach - thanks Dan!) and just received an email from Orbitz that my reservation had been changed and that I now have a 5hr 50min stopover, which is very long as we'll be traveling with 5 children.  Has anyone had any luck in getting Turkish to rebook you on a shorter stopover under similar circumstances?
Putpac
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on January 13, 2016, 01:19:22 PM
even with a 45 min. change I was able to rebook +/- 7 days.

Wow - that would be awesome as we are flying a bit earlier than I would have otherwise wanted to (the Tuesday before before Pesach).  Did you call Turkish directly to reschedule or go through the booking agent (which in my case is Orbitz)?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on January 13, 2016, 01:19:57 PM
Putpac

Translation please?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on January 13, 2016, 01:59:21 PM
Wow - that would be awesome as we are flying a bit earlier than I would have otherwise wanted to (the Tuesday before before Pesach).  Did you call Turkish directly to reschedule or go through the booking agent (which in my case is Orbitz)?

through the agent.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on January 13, 2016, 02:04:37 PM
Translation please?
Pick up the phone and call.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Got a clue on January 20, 2016, 11:59:07 AM
I remember seeing on DD main site that Turkish now has a promo that allows you to bring 3 pieces of luggage from JFK-TLV and vise versa... anyone know if this is true? Any internet link showing this? Tried calling a few times but apparently the reps dont speak English..
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Chapshnell on January 20, 2016, 12:09:34 PM
I remember seeing on DD main site that Turkish now has a promo that allows you to bring 3 pieces of luggage from JFK-TLV and vise versa... anyone know if this is true? Any internet link showing this? Tried calling a few times but apparently the reps dont speak English..

http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/travel-information/baggage/baggage-policy-from-to-United-States
2 from their site...

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/82023
3 from this note until 3/31
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Got a clue on January 20, 2016, 12:12:33 PM
http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/travel-information/baggage/baggage-policy-from-to-United-States
2 from their site...

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/82023
3 from this note until 3/31

Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on March 28, 2016, 09:40:11 AM
Israel Raises Travel Warning to Turkey, Urges Citizens Leave

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-raises-travel-warning-turkey-urges-citizens-leave-37973338

We're scheduled to take Turkish for Pesach with 5 kids. Should I give this second thoughts given today's travel warning or is the secure area in the airport where we'll remain for our short stopovers (1.5 hours each way) not a concern?

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on March 28, 2016, 04:24:55 PM
Bump.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: theM on March 28, 2016, 05:30:49 PM
Israel Raises Travel Warning to Turkey, Urges Citizens Leave

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-raises-travel-warning-turkey-urges-citizens-leave-37973338

We're scheduled to take Turkish for Pesach with 5 kids. Should I give this second thoughts given today's travel warning or is the secure area in the airport where we'll remain for our short stopovers (1.5 hours each way) not a concern?
no
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 28, 2016, 05:43:43 PM
Israel Raises Travel Warning to Turkey, Urges Citizens Leave

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-raises-travel-warning-turkey-urges-citizens-leave-37973338

We're scheduled to take Turkish for Pesach with 5 kids. Should I give this second thoughts given today's travel warning or is the secure area in the airport where we'll remain for our short stopovers (1.5 hours each way) not a concern?
Not if you have enough Chulent in advance - that will keep all would be terrorists away ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shtank on April 05, 2016, 03:55:46 PM
Not if you have enough Chulent in advance - that will keep all would be terrorists away ;D ;D ;D
...but might be a problem getting through the explosives detection area.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on April 05, 2016, 03:59:58 PM
Israel Raises Travel Warning to Turkey, Urges Citizens Leave

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-raises-travel-warning-turkey-urges-citizens-leave-37973338

We're scheduled to take Turkish for Pesach with 5 kids. Should I give this second thoughts given today's travel warning or is the secure area in the airport where we'll remain for our short stopovers (1.5 hours each way) not a concern?
I'm not a terrorist expert,  but I think in the airport is safe,  I've flown with Turkish I felt safe in the airport. 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on April 06, 2016, 02:08:36 PM
Most people were sure that there would have been a bomb in IST rather then BRU
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on April 06, 2016, 03:57:23 PM
Most people were sure that there would have been a bomb in IST rather then BRU

Yeah but even so, the people inside the BRU airport connecting on flights were fine.  The Turkish police also don't have the idiotic restrictions and seem as tentative as the Belgian police.  I don't think it's a good analogy and that he should cancel his Pesach plans.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sam28 on May 12, 2016, 05:56:57 PM
I am flying Turkish from YUL to TLV business I will need to daven on the plan is it a problem ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 05:59:24 PM
I am flying Turkish from YUL to TLV business I will need to daven on the plan is it a problem ?
There shouldn't be any issues as long you don't make a minyen.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sam28 on May 12, 2016, 06:03:17 PM
There shouldn't be any issues as long you don't make a minyen.

for sure now how about I am flying back from TLV to DXB on that flight will I have a problem ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 06:05:32 PM
for sure now how about I am flying back from TLV to DXB on that flight will I have a problem ?
I davened mariv on the plane and shachris in IST Lounge there was no problem with it at all,  just don't make too much noice.

I don't see why it should be a issue with DXB  but I haven't flown there.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on May 12, 2016, 06:11:09 PM
There shouldn't be any issues as long you don't make a minyen.
Why do you think a minyan would be a problem?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 06:13:09 PM
Why do you think a minyan would be a problem?
When I flew with Turkish there was one guy wanted to make a minyen and the flight attendants refused to let. (I understand them 100%)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 12, 2016, 06:13:54 PM
Put on teffilin in both AUH in IST
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sam28 on May 12, 2016, 06:14:02 PM
I davened mariv on the plane and shachris in IST Lounge there was no problem with it at all,  just don't make too much noice.

I don't see why it should be a issue with DXB  but I haven't flown there.


shachris will have to be on the plan both trips ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 06:15:58 PM
shachris will have to be on the plan both trips ?
Is that a question or a statement?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on May 12, 2016, 06:16:26 PM
When I flew with Turkish there was one guy wanted to make a minyen and the flight attendants refused to let. (I understand them 100%)
I thought you were talking about minyan in the airport. Most airlines don't like when you make a minyan on the plane. I'd expect that just as fast on Delta and United as I would on Turkish and Emirates.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 06:20:48 PM
I thought you were talking about minyan in the airport. Most airlines don't like when you make a minyan on the plane. I'd expect that just as fast on Delta and United as I would on Turkish and Emirates.
I don't think that it's fair to the passengers to make a minyen on any flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sam28 on May 12, 2016, 06:41:12 PM
Quote from: pixi link=topic=8526.msg1472060#msg1472060
date=1463091358
Its a question
Is that a question or a statement?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sam28 on May 12, 2016, 06:42:45 PM
Is it a problem to put tflien on the way tlv to dxb or yul to tlv i have to daven in the plane based on the times
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on May 12, 2016, 06:46:25 PM
Is it a problem to put tflien on the way tlv to dxb or yul to tlv i have to daven in the plane based on the times
No
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Copernicus on June 05, 2016, 06:23:03 AM
I am flying to IST shortly on a J class award ticket with TK and have a 14+ hour layover.   

Anyone have any experience with getting a free hotel in IST when forced layover is greater than 10 hours?  Were you able to choose the hotel or area?  And if you are able to choose, any recommendations on which area to choose?  I'm arriving around 5pm and only departing the following morning, so it would be nice to stay in an area that has some nightlife or something of interest.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shmuels2 on June 05, 2016, 09:47:24 AM
I am flying to IST shortly on a J class award ticket with TK and have a 14+ hour layover.   

Anyone have any experience with getting a free hotel in IST when forced layover is greater than 10 hours?  Were you able to choose the hotel or area?  And if you are able to choose, any recommendations on which area to choose?  I'm arriving around 5pm and only departing the following morning, so it would be nice to stay in an area that has some nightlife or something of interest.

No idea about that, but the grand Hyatt Istanbul is one of the best category 4s around if you have an annual fee night certificate.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on June 05, 2016, 10:13:40 AM
I am flying to IST shortly on a J class award ticket with TK and have a 14+ hour layover.   

Anyone have any experience with getting a free hotel in IST when forced layover is greater than 10 hours?  Were you able to choose the hotel or area?  And if you are able to choose, any recommendations on which area to choose?  I'm arriving around 5pm and only departing the following morning, so it would be nice to stay in an area that has some nightlife or something of interest.
I'd advice you to stay in the airport/lounge it's  not safe to go out from the airport in  these days  .
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 05, 2016, 10:16:12 AM
I'd advice you to stay in the airport/lounge it's  not safe to go out from the airport in  these days  .
I don't know if that is accurate. But in the J lounge (the biggest I've ever seen) you can get a bedroom if you have more than 6 hours to your flight (though I believe it needs to be less than 12 hours, not sure if requesting it a few hours after arrival will help).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on June 05, 2016, 03:28:23 PM
I don't know if that is accurate. But in the J lounge (the biggest I've ever seen) you can get a bedroom if you have more than 6 hours to your flight (though I believe it needs to be less than 12 hours, not sure if requesting it a few hours after arrival will help).
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/turkey-travel-warning.html
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yls2011 on June 17, 2016, 01:52:53 AM
TK rep is telling me that bassinet seats can go in any row of the J cabin- not just bulkhead. Anyone have experience with this?
I don't want to get on the plane and find out that the bassinet can't go in our row (bulkhead is currently only available in 3 across middle row which I'm trying to avoid).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 21, 2016, 03:24:13 AM
TK rep is telling me that bassinet seats can go in any row of the J cabin- not just bulkhead. Anyone have experience with this?
I don't want to get on the plane and find out that the bassinet can't go in our row (bulkhead is currently only available in 3 across middle row which I'm trying to avoid).
I don't know, but my guess is that they are misunderstanding your question.

I don't recall ever seeing a bassinet in J on any airline.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmm740 on June 21, 2016, 03:43:51 AM


I don't recall ever seeing a bassinet in J on any airline.
-1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on June 21, 2016, 03:52:09 AM




I don't recall ever seeing a bassinet in J on any airline.
And I dont recall flying J ever that didn't have a bassinet.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Elite1 on June 21, 2016, 06:58:47 AM
And I dont recall flying J ever that didn't have a bassinet.

+1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on June 21, 2016, 07:10:19 AM
I don't know, but my guess is that they are misunderstanding your question.

I don't recall ever seeing a bassinet in J on any airline.
Ive had a bassinet on UA J and LH F!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: jstu on June 28, 2016, 03:32:35 PM
Anyone rethinking flying through Turkey now?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on June 28, 2016, 03:33:38 PM
Anyone rethinking flying through Turkey now?
If you stay in the airport you have  nothing what to worry about.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: jstu on June 28, 2016, 03:36:07 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36658187
This worries me
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dr Moose on June 28, 2016, 03:37:43 PM
https://mobile.twitter.com/AP/status/747872427338760193
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joshro on June 28, 2016, 03:47:12 PM
If you stay in the airport you have  nothing what to worry about.
Huh?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yankee123 on June 28, 2016, 03:48:42 PM
Huh?

Obviously this is before he/she found out about what happened by the airportin Turkey.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 28, 2016, 03:50:55 PM
I am guessing TK fares will go on sale, question is: is it worth the risk?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joshro on June 28, 2016, 03:57:23 PM
Obviously this is before he/she found out about what happened by the airportin Turkey.
Except he quoted a post that asked an obviously pointed question, but I guess that's possible.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rivkao on June 28, 2016, 03:57:36 PM
I am guessing TK fares will go on sale, question is: is it worth the risk?
Did Brussels fares change?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: E R K on June 28, 2016, 03:59:25 PM
Holy cow! I've got a return flight through there coming up! Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shauly on June 28, 2016, 04:00:12 PM
Holy cow! I've got a return flight through there coming up! Any suggestions?

Wait for accurate reports of what actually happened to come out.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on June 28, 2016, 04:02:01 PM
Huh?

Obviously this is before he/she found out about what happened by the airportin Turkey.
That is correct.. 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: CS1 on June 28, 2016, 04:29:05 PM
2 airport explosions in Turkey. Is it terrorism? Several dead: http://bit.ly/TurkishAirport
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on June 28, 2016, 04:31:08 PM
Wait for accurate reports of what actually happened to come out.
So far, over 20 dead, over 100 wounded, and all flights from USA and tlv halted.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 28, 2016, 04:32:22 PM
"The official said the attackers blew themselves up before entering the x-ray security check at the airport entrance.

Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates."

I wouldn't be scared to remain on the airside.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Emkay on June 28, 2016, 04:34:39 PM


I am guessing TK fares will go on sale,

I doubt it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ad120 on June 28, 2016, 07:15:16 PM
Is it safe to fly Turkish Airlines??
Lol
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on June 28, 2016, 07:18:02 PM
Anyone rethinking flying through Turkey now?

Is it safe to fly Turkish Airlines??
Lol
It's the same safe as flying with Brussels.  Isn't?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on June 28, 2016, 07:24:29 PM
It's the same safe as flying with Brussels.  Isn't?
Safe with Elal from LAX?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: gold on June 29, 2016, 04:44:00 AM
Flew last week - no issues - stayed in transfer areas within security.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dave A on June 29, 2016, 09:45:46 AM
Flew last week - no issues - stayed in transfer areas within security.

When flying ord-ist-tlv, do you stay in transfer areas? Any need to go out and back through security?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Abebee on June 29, 2016, 09:46:12 AM
Anyone know the policy if a airport was attacked and you try checking in  to your flight and it says flight cancled... My cousin is supposed to take off tonight from Israel with a stop over in Turkey, he said he can't check in (it says flight canceled) and no one Will answer the phone. Anyone has any advice? Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Joe4007 on June 29, 2016, 09:47:15 AM
Anyone know the policy if a airport was attacked and you try checking in  to your flight and it says flight cancled... My cousin is supposed to take off tonight from Israel with a stop over in Turkey, he said he can't check in (it says flight canceled) and no one Will answer the phone. Anyone has any advice? Thanks
Booked through Turkish?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Abebee on June 29, 2016, 09:49:50 AM
Booked through Turkish?
Travel agent. They open at 11...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Joe4007 on June 30, 2016, 11:35:21 AM
A lot of I9's now...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on June 30, 2016, 03:47:41 PM
Holy cow! I've got a return flight through there coming up! Any suggestions?
Fly it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on June 30, 2016, 04:23:22 PM
Anyone know the policy if a airport was attacked and you try checking in  to your flight and it says flight cancled... My cousin is supposed to take off tonight from Israel with a stop over in Turkey, he said he can't check in (it says flight canceled) and no one Will answer the phone. Anyone has any advice? Thanks
Travel agent. They open at 11...
What ended up happening with your cousin?

What kind of travel agent doesn't offer 24 hour emergency assistance?

That's one of the main reasons people deal with travel agents (other main reason being discounts of course).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: gold on June 30, 2016, 04:47:58 PM
When flying ord-ist-tlv, do you stay in transfer areas? Any need to go out and back through security?

You will stay within security - you will be screened and then directed upstairs to departure level.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Abebee on June 30, 2016, 09:30:50 PM
What ended up happening with your cousin?

What kind of travel agent doesn't offer 24 hour emergency assistance?

That's one of the main reasons people deal with travel agents (other main reason being discounts of course).
He landed this afternoon safe and sound :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ygift on July 15, 2016, 01:21:46 AM
Anyone know what the current status is with Turkish as far ad safety security etc? I'm trying to do a mileage business ticket with united and so far tlv to ny is only showing with Turkish for week of Sep 11.
Also want to know if any concerns about loosing bagage .
What about the food . Is it Turkish hashgacha or do they use from Israel (Turkey to ny leg)
Any help is appreciated
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on July 15, 2016, 08:05:45 AM
Anyone know what the current status is with Turkish as far ad safety security etc? I'm trying to do a mileage business ticket with united and so far tlv to ny is only showing with Turkish for week of Sep 11.
Also want to know if any concerns about loosing bagage .
What about the food . Is it Turkish hashgacha or do they use from Israel (Turkey to ny leg)
Any help is appreciated

I an about to book a ticket for a month or two. I don't think there is really any issue security wise. Luggage, They are pretty good also.

Food wise, cant help you there. I don't look too closely.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 12HRS on July 15, 2016, 08:12:29 AM
Anyone know what the current status is with Turkish as far ad safety security etc? I'm trying to do a mileage business ticket with united and so far tlv to ny is only showing with Turkish for week of Sep 11.
Also want to know if any concerns about loosing bagage .
What about the food . Is it Turkish hashgacha or do they use from Israel (Turkey to ny leg)
Any help is appreciated

why would you be concerned about losing luggage?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dave A on July 15, 2016, 06:57:22 PM
I an about to book a ticket for a month or two. I don't think there is really any issue security wise. Luggage, They are pretty good also.

Food wise, cant help you there. I don't look too closely.

May want to re-think now, no...?  I have a ticket thru IST for December that my family is insisting I need to cancel ...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joshro on July 15, 2016, 06:59:58 PM
May want to re-think now, no...?  I have a ticket thru IST for December that my family is insisting I need to cancel ...
Yup. That's two incidents within the last few weeks. I've stopped over there before, but wouldn't now. At least temporarily.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on July 15, 2016, 07:05:22 PM
May want to re-think now, no...?  I have a ticket thru IST for December that my family is insisting I need to cancel ...

Yup. That's two incidents within the last few weeks. I've stopped over there before, but wouldn't now. At least temporarily.
Nobody has any idea what will happen at the end there's chaos over there
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 12HRS on July 15, 2016, 07:08:26 PM
Nobody has any idea what will happen at the end there's chaos over there

prices are gonna plummet through turkey thats for sure
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on July 15, 2016, 07:09:54 PM
prices are gonna plummet through turkey thats for sure
People said the same when the attack happened but the prices didn't budge.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 12HRS on July 16, 2016, 10:03:01 PM
People said the same when the attack happened but the prices didn't budge.

attack never made it past the airport security where a transiting passenger would be. military coup could change all that in theory
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: TimT on July 16, 2016, 10:04:26 PM
attack never made it past the airport security where a transiting passenger would be. military coup could change all that in theory
Ain't gonna happen this time around.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: 12HRS on July 16, 2016, 10:08:16 PM
Ain't gonna happen this time around.
so it seems. i was only posting based on the news erev shabbos
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 18, 2016, 11:10:08 AM
Seeing reports that Turkey-US flights are banned until 9/1/2016.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 18, 2016, 12:54:18 PM
Seeing reports that Turkey-US flights are banned until 9/1/2016.
Link?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chucksterace on July 18, 2016, 03:28:07 PM
Ban Lifted.

‏@FAANews

The FAA lifted all restrictions on flights to and from #Turkey at 1:45 p.m. EDT, July 18, 2016. #aviation
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: MosheD on July 18, 2016, 03:42:07 PM
Ban Lifted.

‏@FAANews

The FAA lifted all restrictions on flights to and from #Turkey at 1:45 p.m. EDT, July 18, 2016. #aviation
Pretty quick.

How much has this ban hurt TK?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 18, 2016, 04:19:22 PM
Pretty quick.

How much has this ban hurt TK?
Do you reckon this would bring down the prices?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: JTZ on July 18, 2016, 09:57:00 PM
Ban Lifted.

‏@FAANews

The FAA lifted all restrictions on flights to and from #Turkey at 1:45 p.m. EDT, July 18, 2016. #aviation
Great news. Just saved me a bunch of calls.  :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pixi on July 18, 2016, 10:05:35 PM
Great news. Just saved me a bunch of calls.  :)
Flying with Turkish?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: JTZ on July 19, 2016, 12:22:38 PM
Flying with Turkish?
Me, no.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 19, 2016, 02:40:44 PM
In other news: Turkish Airlines new site makes it simple to select seats online.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 19, 2016, 04:35:07 PM
In other news: Turkish Airlines new site makes it simple to select seats online.
It was possible on the old site?

P.S. it still gives the option to use the old site.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 19, 2016, 04:43:22 PM
It was possible on the old site?

P.S. it still gives the option to use the old site.
Don't think so. That's why I called it news.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 19, 2016, 04:44:20 PM
Don't think so. That's why I called it news.
It most definitely gave me the option.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 19, 2016, 04:45:55 PM
It most definitely gave me the option.
Maybe. I tried a few times and was never able to find that page.

I know other people that tried and couldn't find it either.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 19, 2016, 04:47:36 PM
Maybe. I tried a few times and was never able to find that page.

I know other people that tried and couldn't find it either.
There was a pop-up on the main page that gave me the option to use the old site.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 19, 2016, 04:48:33 PM
There was a pop-up on the main page that gave me the option to use the old site.
Not talking about the old site. Talking about selecting seats online.*

Were / are you able to do that on the old site?

*Look at what I had bolded from your post that I quoted.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 19, 2016, 04:49:53 PM
Not talking about the old site. Talking about selecting seats online.

Were / are you able to do that on the old site?
No. I'm sorry I misread your post, I thought you were insinuating it was possible on the old site.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: joe1234 on July 19, 2016, 07:49:47 PM
i booked my parents to EY through turkish on orbitz. is there any chance they will let me cancel?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: sammy n on July 19, 2016, 08:04:52 PM
i booked my parents to EY through turkish on orbitz. is there any chance they will let me cancel?
Not sure but PUTPAC.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: E R K on July 20, 2016, 01:25:32 AM
i booked my parents to EY through turkish on orbitz. is there any chance they will let me cancel?
If you tell them why they will probably let you  rebook.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ae123 on July 21, 2016, 12:15:05 AM
1 - What do you guys think about booking a ticket to Israel through Turkey for August, in terms of security, feeling comfortable on the flights themselves, etc.?

2 - Is there Kosher food with a decent Hechsher on these flights?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mgarfin on July 21, 2016, 09:09:21 AM
1 - What do you guys think about booking a ticket to Israel through Turkey for August, in terms of security, feeling comfortable on the flights themselves, etc.?

2 - Is there Kosher food with a decent Hechsher on these flights?

Thanks.

1- it is safe for the next 2 weeks after that a friend told me there planning a new coup!

2- Food JFK- ist was wiess the others where from Turkey.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ae123 on July 21, 2016, 07:20:51 PM
1- it is safe for the next 2 weeks after that a friend told me there planning a new coup!

2- Food JFK- ist was wiess the others where from Turkey.

1 - All kidding aside, I mean how is it flying on a plane full of our cousins, spending time in the airport with them, etc. - is it uncomfortable, nerve-wracking, etc.?

2 - So, no special Kosher on the Turkey to Israel leg? I assume it's not a big deal since it's a short flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 21, 2016, 07:58:23 PM
1 - All kidding aside, I mean how is it flying on a plane full of our cousins, spending time in the airport with them, etc. - is it uncomfortable, nerve-wracking, etc.?

2 - So, no special Kosher on the Turkey to Israel leg? I assume it's not a big deal since it's a short flight.
I'm not so sure he's kidding..

1 -  It's a Matter of personal feeling, most of the folks around here don't seem to mind.  (myself included, I've flown TK, EY, RJ. doesn't bother me in the slightest.)

2- They definitely offer KSML ex-IST.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mgarfin on July 22, 2016, 01:20:10 PM
I'm not so sure he's kidding..

2- They definitely offer KSML ex-IST.

They offer and its from A turkish bas din. Ask your LOR if you can eat it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yelped on July 22, 2016, 02:45:59 PM
They offer and its from A turkish bas din. Ask your LOR if you can eat it.
As far as I recall it's from Star K. They certify some things in turkey.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mgarfin on July 24, 2016, 12:05:24 AM
As far as I recall it's from Star K. They certify some things in turkey.

Rings a bell. Is it the USA star K?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 24, 2016, 03:00:58 AM
As far as I recall it's from Star K. They certify some things in turkey.
So the entire meal is under the Star K,  or just some of the products?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 24, 2016, 06:41:13 AM
As far as I recall it's from Star K. They certify some things in turkey.
Seems like the Hashgacha is OK, unless something changed.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17285.0
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on August 06, 2016, 05:58:29 PM
In other news: Turkish Airlines new site makes it simple to select seats online.
I don't see the option anywhere on the new site either.

Can you please advise where you saw it?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on August 08, 2016, 02:01:30 PM
As far as I recall it's from Star K. They certify some things in turkey.
I just called the OK and verified that indeed the KSML on Turkish is under their certification.

Now if anyone can please chime in regarding taste, it would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on August 08, 2016, 03:01:24 PM
I don't see the option anywhere on the new site either.

Can you please advise where you saw it?
On the new site (P.turkishairlines) under Manage Booking (https://p.turkishairlines.com/en-us/flights/manage-booking/). Once you load the booking, scroll to the bottom and there should be  options: Passengers / Seats / Baggage / Meals / Special Assistance.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: jfktlv on August 09, 2016, 11:32:02 PM
I flew with Turkish from Jfk to Ist to Tlv in june. no prob with luggage. food under ok supervision. (from turkey) usually fish.
in general felt ok.
did not wear kipa on plane or in airport.
(i wore a cap.)
(I do not have a beard..so they cant tell my religion
Anyone knneow what the current status is with Turkish as far ad safety security etc? I'm trying to do a mileage business ticket with united and so far tlv to ny is only showing with Turkish for week of Sep 11.
Also want to know if any concerns about loosing bagage .
What about the food . Is it Turkish hashgacha or do they use from Israel (Turkey to ny leg)
Any help is appreciated
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on August 10, 2016, 08:08:22 AM
I flew with Turkish from Jfk to Ist to Tlv in june. no prob with luggage. food under ok supervision. (from turkey) usually fish.
in general felt ok.
did not wear kipa on plane or in airport.
(i wore a cap.)
(I do not have a beard..so they cant tell my religion
Did you fly J or Y?

Was the food decent?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: emes520 on September 13, 2016, 12:17:10 PM
Anyone flying Turkish the thursday before yom Kippur and returning the thursday after succos?

Oct 06, 2016, 12:25 PM JFK-IST-TLV

Oct 27, 2016, 02:15 PM TLV-IST-JFK
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SRM on September 19, 2016, 11:04:57 AM
Anyone flying Turkish the thursday before yom Kippur and returning the thursday after succos?

Oct 06, 2016, 12:25 PM JFK-IST-TLV

Oct 27, 2016, 02:15 PM TLV-IST-JFK

I'm flying on the return flight on the 27th.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SRM on September 19, 2016, 11:11:29 AM
Does anyone know if there is a way to get into the lounge in Istanbul if you are not flying business, any credit cards or lounge passes that will work? or do they let you in for a fee? TIA
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on October 02, 2016, 01:43:54 AM
Anybody ever do the TourIstanbul?

There are still travel advisories for Turkey; is it any more dangerous than the rest of the Middle East?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: farvus nisht? on October 05, 2016, 05:03:54 AM
Anyone flying Turkish the thursday before yom Kippur and returning the thursday after succos?

Oct 06, 2016, 12:25 PM JFK-IST-TLV

Oct 27, 2016, 02:15 PM TLV-IST-JFK
I'd love to hear your experience on your first flight after you fly
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chinagel on November 25, 2016, 08:57:58 AM
anyone have experience what there business class is like jfk-ist
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on November 25, 2016, 09:24:15 AM
anyone have experience what there business class is like jfk-ist
777 lie flat 2-3-2 configuration, ksml looks like economy with a sticker that says business
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chinagel on November 25, 2016, 09:25:45 AM
777 lie flat 2-3-2 configuration
thnx
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ludmila on November 25, 2016, 01:07:00 PM
777 lie flat 2-3-2 configuration, ksml looks like economy with a sticker that says business
+1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dave A on December 23, 2016, 10:18:57 AM
I booked award ticket on Turkish for flight on Sunday -- half family booked through United, other half through Aeroplan.  I want to (a) request Kosher food, and (b) request that we all be seated together.  Turkish continues to tell me (i.e. multiple calls) that they cannot access my reservation but I should make the request at the airport (which will be too late for the food), and United and Aeroplan say there's nothing they can do on their end, as this is a Turkish issue.

Any advice?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: high end hobo on December 23, 2016, 10:53:35 AM
I booked award ticket on Turkish for flight on Sunday -- half family booked through United, other half through Aeroplan.  I want to (a) request Kosher food, and (b) request that we all be seated together.  Turkish continues to tell me (i.e. multiple calls) that they cannot access my reservation but I should make the request at the airport (which will be too late for the food), and United and Aeroplan say there's nothing they can do on their end, as this is a Turkish issue.

Any advice?
If they can't access your reservation that could be a bigger ticketing issue.
Get your TK PNR and request kosher meal on TK site manage my booking
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dave A on December 23, 2016, 12:32:32 PM
If they can't access your reservation that could be a bigger ticketing issue.
Get your TK PNR and request kosher meal on TK site manage my booking

Thanks.  Worked.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 09, 2017, 02:48:30 PM
Is there a lounge in JFK, IST, and TLV for someone flying J on TK? Does he need any particular cc/membership, or is a J ticket sufficient? Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: high end hobo on January 09, 2017, 02:59:34 PM
Is there a lounge in JFK, IST, and TLV for someone flying J on TK? Does he need any particular cc/membership, or is a J ticket sufficient? Thanks.
Yes.
The latter
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 09, 2017, 02:59:53 PM
Yes.
The latter
Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 14, 2017, 10:13:04 PM
Where can I view/change my seat online? Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 18, 2017, 05:44:54 PM
Comment on DDMS:
"Anybody (especially Dan) have a comment about the temperature on Turkish Airlines flights? I’ve seen reports here and there that they like to keep the cabin temperature stifling (1st world problems I know) at 75 degrees. That sounds really annoying especially for sleeping."

Is this true?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: high end hobo on January 21, 2017, 10:23:25 PM
Comment on DDMS:
"Anybody (especially Dan) have a comment about the temperature on Turkish Airlines flights? I’ve seen reports here and there that they like to keep the cabin temperature stifling (1st world problems I know) at 75 degrees. That sounds really annoying especially for sleeping."

Is this true?
I dont recall being hot on my TK flights
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 21, 2017, 10:25:40 PM
I dont recall being hot on my TK flights
:)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on January 21, 2017, 10:26:07 PM
Comment on DDMS:
"Anybody (especially Dan) have a comment about the temperature on Turkish Airlines flights? I’ve seen reports here and there that they like to keep the cabin temperature stifling (1st world problems I know) at 75 degrees. That sounds really annoying especially for sleeping."

Is this true?
I have had before pushback that it was sweltering. Once they turned on the engines and the AC went on, was perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 21, 2017, 10:28:01 PM
I have had before pushback that it was sweltering. Once they turned on the engines and the AC went on, was perfectly fine.
I've had similar experiences on quite a few flights/airlines.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on January 21, 2017, 10:31:39 PM
I've had similar experiences on quite a few flights/airlines.
I have never had it nearly as bad as with TK, although I have flown TK many times, and this was a one time occurrence.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on January 21, 2017, 10:47:13 PM
Sounds manageable. Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on January 22, 2017, 12:38:06 AM
If anything TK is slightly cooler than is normal. LY is usually quite stifling.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: skyguy918 on February 08, 2017, 12:35:05 AM
Anyone know how bad the YQ is flying TK metal JFK-TLV with ANA or SQ miles?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on February 08, 2017, 12:36:46 AM
Anyone know how bad the YQ is flying TK metal JFK-TLV with ANA or SQ miles?
Definitely less than LX/LH/OS.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: skyguy918 on February 08, 2017, 12:42:58 AM
Definitely less than LX/LH/OS.
I guess I should've asked if anyone knows the dollar amount (even ballpark) for one-way. I'm trying to compare using United miles (80k + ~$45) to SQ (57.5k + ?). I just realized ANA doesn't help much because it probably has to be bookable as one way for my situation.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on February 11, 2017, 08:29:34 PM
How can I credit miles flown on TK, to a different program (M&M), after the flight? Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shmuels2 on February 11, 2017, 11:51:19 PM
I guess I should've asked if anyone knows the dollar amount (even ballpark) for one-way. I'm trying to compare using United miles (80k + ~$45) to SQ (57.5k + ?). I just realized ANA doesn't help much because it probably has to be bookable as one way for my situation.
It was around 280 for me about a year and a half ago. As I recall right in the same range as LX/LH
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ilherman on February 14, 2017, 10:29:24 AM
I know here people have had good experience with Turkish. Do people find the layover and having to pass security a big pain? Online people have been complaining very bad about it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on February 14, 2017, 11:01:53 AM
I know here people have had good experience with Turkish. Do people find the layover and having to pass security a big pain? Online people have been complaining very bad about it.
Security is not a big deal.
The layover is the layover. It definitely adds time to the flight, but only you can answer if it's worth it to you. הוי מחשב שכרה כנגד הפסדה
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on February 14, 2017, 11:11:09 AM
I know here people have had good experience with Turkish. Do people find the layover and having to pass security a big pain? Online people have been complaining very bad about it.
I have connected in several foreign airports, and as far as I can recall most required going through security (even though remaining airside all along). I didn't find IST to be any worse than others in that sense. I don't like the very long walk within the terminal, and poor signs (mostly just gate numbers, except at center of Terminal where signs for lounges, restrooms, mosque etc.).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Iz on February 14, 2017, 11:24:44 AM
I don't like the very long walk within the terminal, and poor signs (mostly just gate numbers, except at center of Terminal where signs for lounges, restrooms, mosque etc.).
+1, count on a 15 min. walk - if you walk at a normal pace; a lot longer for someone who has trouble walking. Also, don't count on asking people directions, if you want to talk English.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Chapshnell on March 06, 2017, 11:34:48 PM
Does a lap child get a check in bags allowance?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: a mirrer on March 07, 2017, 05:48:38 AM
Does a lap child get a check in bags allowance?
Amadeus shows 1 bag
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: David Smith on March 07, 2017, 07:42:22 AM
Security is not a big deal.
The layover is the layover. It definitely adds time to the flight, but only you can answer if it's worth it to you. הוי מחשב שכרה כנגד הפסדה
There are a couple of decent lounges, but yeah, a layover is still a layover.

Security and passport control add a few minutes, but nothing like the mess it generally is in the states.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Chapshnell on March 08, 2017, 10:24:21 AM
Amadeus shows 1 bag

Thank you
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: bobby on March 27, 2017, 10:20:04 AM
Turkish has $663 flights to Israel for shavuous. I booked via Kayak from 5/27 to 6/4, but I imagine there are other dates available. Flights were in the 850s-900s for the last few months until this morning.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on March 27, 2017, 05:46:49 PM
how many suitcases can  *G take
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on March 27, 2017, 05:55:02 PM
how many suitcases can  *G take
2 in Y

3 in J
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 27, 2017, 09:04:02 PM
2 in Y

3 in J
Isn't that true for everyone, regardless of status?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on March 27, 2017, 09:15:41 PM
Isn't that true for everyone, regardless of status?
that's what I thought, so I figured *G would give 3 in Y.

Last time I flew they had the promotion that gave 3 for everyone even in Y
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on March 27, 2017, 09:40:29 PM
Isn't that true for everyone, regardless of status?
Correct. My mistake there.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: blerbz on June 13, 2017, 01:21:26 PM
Booked multiple ppl on one itinerary for roundtrip on the recent sale/mistake NYC-TLV. One person cannot fly back on that date, must fly earlier. My only option that I can see is having that person simply no-show to return flight and book a one-way return flight on any airline. This seems simple and no complications (CMIIW) as this person needs to fly to TLV with all the others on same flight but not on the return.
Questions:
1)Much better, if it would work, I would try to cancel that person's entire flight so I could re-book on Turkish with new dates at current prices but per Turkish website looks like that cancels the whole itinerary. Is that correct? Is it possible to cancel one ticket without losing the others?
2) Would also be work if I could call Turkish and have them manually change the return date for that person and then pay full fare for the new roundtrip/difference from the sale fare. Is this option a possibility - would they do that  because they gain the difference in price?
Both (1) and (2) would price-wise be similar to booking one-way return on say Aeroflot, but better because can get 2 free bags.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on June 13, 2017, 02:27:41 PM
Booked multiple ppl on one itinerary for roundtrip on the recent sale/mistake NYC-TLV. One person cannot fly back on that date, must fly earlier. My only option that I can see is having that person simply no-show to return flight and book a one-way return flight on any airline. This seems simple and no complications (CMIIW) as this person needs to fly to TLV with all the others on same flight but not on the return.
Questions:
1)Much better, if it would work, I would try to cancel that person's entire flight so I could re-book on Turkish with new dates at current prices but per Turkish website looks like that cancels the whole itinerary. Is that correct? Is it possible to cancel one ticket without losing the others?
2) Would also be work if I could call Turkish and have them manually change the return date for that person and then pay full fare for the new roundtrip/difference from the sale fare. Is this option a possibility - would they do that  because they gain the difference in price?
Both (1) and (2) would price-wise be similar to booking one-way return on say Aeroflot, but better because can get 2 free bags.
You ask the airline/booking agent to split off that person and do a change for his return flight
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: blerbz on June 13, 2017, 03:35:55 PM
You ask the airline/booking agent to split off that person and do a change for his return flight
Thanks! Will try
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on June 13, 2017, 04:25:08 PM
Both (1) and (2) would price-wise be similar to booking one-way return on say Aeroflot, but better because can get 2 free bags.
You should get 2 free bags on SU.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: blerbz on June 13, 2017, 06:14:53 PM
You should get 2 free bags on SU.
Their website http://www.aeroflot.com/ru-en/information/preparation/baggage/allowance (http://www.aeroflot.com/ru-en/information/preparation/baggage/allowance) says: "Economy Class – Premium fare groups - 2 pieces not exceeding 23 kg each; Economy Class – all remaining fare groups - 1 piece not exceeding 23 kg". If going for cheapest fare, likely will not be a 'premium fare group' so only one piece of luggage
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: blerbz on June 13, 2017, 06:17:50 PM
Their website http://www.aeroflot.com/ru-en/information/preparation/baggage/allowance (http://www.aeroflot.com/ru-en/information/preparation/baggage/allowance) says: "Economy Class – Premium fare groups - 2 pieces not exceeding 23 kg each; Economy Class – all remaining fare groups - 1 piece not exceeding 23 kg". If going for cheapest fare, likely will not be a 'premium fare group' so only one piece of luggage
scratch that. You're right:

"Special baggage allowance norms for checked baggage: 
Economy Class (all fare groups)
...
Carriage between Tel Aviv and New York, Washington
2 pieces"

Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on June 13, 2017, 06:20:23 PM
scratch that. You're right:

"Special baggage allowance norms for checked baggage: 
Economy Class (all fare groups)
...
Carriage between Tel Aviv and New York, Washington
2 pieces"

Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: blerbz on July 03, 2017, 05:55:42 PM
You ask the airline/booking agent to split off that person and do a change for his return flight
It worked. Saved a bunch of money and kept things very simple. Thanks again
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on July 04, 2017, 06:18:19 PM
Turkish Biz can take 3 bags?
 *A gold also?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 05, 2017, 01:20:53 AM
Turkish Biz can take 3 bags?
 *A gold also?
Yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on July 05, 2017, 02:46:29 AM
Yes
thanks 70 pounds each?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 05, 2017, 11:00:41 AM
thanks 70 pounds each?
Only if flying J.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on July 05, 2017, 11:48:28 AM
Only if flying J.
sorry I'm a bit confused.
If flying biz (J) you get 3 × 70pounds
If flying Y but you're *A gold you get 3 × 50 pounds?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: elya on July 05, 2017, 11:49:37 AM
sorry I'm a bit confused.
If flying biz (J) you get 3 × 70pounds
If flying Y but you're *A gold you get 3 × 50 pounds?
Correct.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on July 05, 2017, 11:50:11 AM
Correct.
thanks for clarifying
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 05, 2017, 01:35:15 PM
I booked an award travel on united flying with Turkish. I called Turkish to confirm seats. they told me they don't see my lap child on my reservation

any advice on this one ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 05, 2017, 01:39:13 PM
I booked an award travel on united flying with Turkish. I called Turkish to confirm seats. they told me they don't see my lap child on my reservation

any advice on this one ?
Did United give you an ETKT number for the infant? Give TK that ETKT number and see if they can pull it up with that.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 05, 2017, 01:44:58 PM
Did United give you an ETKT number for the infant? Give TK that ETKT number and see if they can pull it up with that.

I didn't get an Etkt number from united for the infant.

On united website it's says infant lap child and name
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 05, 2017, 01:46:31 PM
I didn't get an Etkt number from united for the infant.

On united website it's says infant lap child and name
What about online on the the receipt? If not, call UA and ask for the infants ETKT number.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 05, 2017, 02:04:55 PM
What about online on the the receipt? If not, call UA and ask for the infants ETKT number.

Just called UA they said they don't have an ETKT number, they told me I need to pay taxes for the infant... what can I do ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 05, 2017, 02:16:56 PM
UA wants me to pay $1049 for the infant because my ticket officially costs 10k and I have to pay 10%

Anything to avoid this fee ? When I booked I added a child and they didn't ask me for $$
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moe8555 on July 06, 2017, 07:43:48 AM
UA wants me to pay $1049 for the infant because my ticket officially costs 10k and I have to pay 10%

Anything to avoid this fee ? When I booked I added a child and they didn't ask me for $$

Wow, that's really a textbook definition of "bait and switch!"  No way this will not go in your favor.
Out of curiosity, what did you book that would've gone for $10K???
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on July 06, 2017, 08:06:08 AM
UA wants me to pay $1049 for the infant because my ticket officially costs 10k and I have to pay 10%

Anything to avoid this fee ? When I booked I added a child and they didn't ask me for $$

Wow, that's really a textbook definition of "bait and switch!"  No way this will not go in your favor.
Out of curiosity, what did you book that would've gone for $10K???
Your ticket doesn't officially cost 10k, it's that either the agent is pricing for what ever reason the most expensive rev fare or that's the only one available
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on July 06, 2017, 08:10:20 AM
Wow, that's really a textbook definition of "bait and switch!"  No way this will not go in your favor.
Out of curiosity, what did you book that would've gone for $10K???
international OW in J cash price could be much more than 10k.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: a mirrer on July 06, 2017, 08:12:48 AM
UA wants me to pay $1049 for the infant because my ticket officially costs 10k and I have to pay 10%

Anything to avoid this fee ? When I booked I added a child and they didn't ask me for $$
HUCA I had once that I called and they wanted $800 and the next time I called $350
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 06, 2017, 08:29:47 AM
Wow, that's really a textbook definition of "bait and switch!"  No way this will not go in your favor.
Out of curiosity, what did you book that would've gone for $10K???

I booked

TLV-BKK
BKK-USM
CNX-Bkk
Bkk-Tlv

They claim it's 10k
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on July 06, 2017, 08:41:18 AM
I booked

TLV-BKK
BKK-USM
CNX-Bkk
Bkk-Tlv

They claim it's 10k
They might be right. What does it price at with an OTA?

Your best option would be to book the award ticket with Aeroplan (if they allow that routing). IINM they would charge a $200 for the lap infant.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 06, 2017, 08:49:28 AM
They might be right. What does it price at with an OTA?

Your best option would be to book the award ticket with Aeroplan (if they allow that routing). IINM they would charge a $200 for the lap infant.

What transfer into Aeroplan ?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on July 06, 2017, 09:01:29 AM
What transfer into Aeroplan ?
MR
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on July 06, 2017, 09:11:01 AM
MR
And SPG IINM.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on July 06, 2017, 09:12:43 AM
And SPG IINM.
Yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on July 06, 2017, 09:44:16 AM
Aeroplan would charge $100 CAD ($75 USD) for the lap infant in J.
FTFY
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Z56 on July 07, 2017, 07:06:41 AM
UA wants me to pay $1049 for the infant because my ticket officially costs 10k and I have to pay 10%

Anything to avoid this fee ? When I booked I added a child and they didn't ask me for $$

Update: With the help of  @a mirrer I was able to get the infant ticketed at $444 for my flights

thanks everyone for all your help 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yhalps on February 26, 2018, 11:32:53 AM
anyone fly turkish recently? I am asking safety wise in the airport or the flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on February 26, 2018, 11:50:35 AM
anyone fly turkish recently? I am asking safety wise in the airport or the flight.
You're looking for DDFB, this is DDF.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on February 26, 2018, 12:02:23 PM
anyone fly turkish recently? I am asking safety wise in the airport or the flight.
Yes. No issues whatsoever. Some of the best Kosher airline meals out of Istanbul.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SkinnnyJ on February 26, 2018, 12:18:42 PM
anyone fly turkish recently? I am asking safety wise in the airport or the flight.

This guy flew through Turkey recently on a US passport.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/my-brother-in-laws-24-unpleasant-hours-in-ankara-airport/ (https://www.timesofisrael.com/my-brother-in-laws-24-unpleasant-hours-in-ankara-airport/)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on February 26, 2018, 12:35:00 PM
This guy flew through Turkey recently on a US passport.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/my-brother-in-laws-24-unpleasant-hours-in-ankara-airport/ (https://www.timesofisrael.com/my-brother-in-laws-24-unpleasant-hours-in-ankara-airport/)
That guy doesn't know how to fly, and didn't have a single ticket with a connection, but rather multiple tickets, which required him to exit the airside in order to check in for another flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: SkinnnyJ on February 26, 2018, 02:16:16 PM
That guy doesn't know how to fly, and didn't have a single ticket with a connection, but rather multiple tickets, which required him to exit the airside in order to check in for another flight.

That is not true. It was one ticket, but required a domestic flight within Turkey (Ankara -> Antalya) which is why the visa was required.

But that is really besides the point. The point is about the crap the Turkish airport authorities can arbitrarily decide to put you through with little recourse if they don't like your last name or kippa. It was a direct answer to the question about the safety of transiting in Turkey.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on February 26, 2018, 02:51:32 PM
That is not true. It was one ticket, but required a domestic flight within Turkey (Ankara -> Antalya) which is why the visa was required.

But that is really besides the point. The point is about the crap the Turkish airport authorities can arbitrarily decide to put you through with little recourse if they don't like your last name or kippa. It was a direct answer to the question about the safety of transiting in Turkey.
While it is correct that an internal Ankara->Antalya flight would have required a visa, I still doubt it was a single ticket.

When one has no proper documentation/visa one can get into similar problems in almost any country, including the US. It should also be pointed out that with the possible exception of the ESB-AYT leg, it is highly unlikely that any of the legs were on Turkish Airlines.

Question wasn't about the country, but rather about the AIRPORT. While IST Ataturk Airport is not an ideal airport to transit, as it is huge, old, with bad signs, there is absolutely no security problem there.

In today's day and age, transiting for international flights (especially involving travel to/from the US or TLV) isn't a pleasant experience. And I have noted elsewhere the problem with Gözen security not emphasizing proper use of deodorant with their employees. But I wouldn't make that a reason not to transit via IST.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzyul on March 07, 2018, 01:41:06 AM
booked award thru Aeroplan, when checking on Turkish comes up this error "Due to a technical error when calculating the ticket fare, the ticketing process could not be completed."

Anything to worry about? Really dont want to wait on the phone for an hour....
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on March 07, 2018, 01:44:53 AM
booked award thru Aeroplan, when checking on Turkish comes up this error "Due to a technical error when calculating the ticket fare, the ticketing process could not be completed."

Anything to worry about? Really dont want to wait on the phone for an hour....
Did you get a ticket number from AC?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzyul on March 07, 2018, 01:52:24 AM
Did you get a ticket number from AC?
Ticket number and Record locater
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on March 07, 2018, 01:53:59 AM
Ticket number and Record locater
Interesting.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: rollingstone on March 07, 2018, 02:47:34 AM
booked award thru Aeroplan, when checking on Turkish comes up this error "Due to a technical error when calculating the ticket fare, the ticketing process could not be completed."

Anything to worry about? Really dont want to wait on the phone for an hour....
Happens quite often. Call turkish they should be able to pull it up.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 07, 2018, 06:54:14 AM
booked award thru Aeroplan, when checking on Turkish comes up this error "Due to a technical error when calculating the ticket fare, the ticketing process could not be completed."

Anything to worry about? Really dont want to wait on the phone for an hour....
IME Turkish Airlines website doesn't pull up by ticket number if it doesn't start with 235.

You will need the TK record locator in order to access.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: hvaces42 on March 07, 2018, 10:10:44 AM
booked award thru Aeroplan, when checking on Turkish comes up this error "Due to a technical error when calculating the ticket fare, the ticketing process could not be completed."

Anything to worry about? Really dont want to wait on the phone for an hour....
You can email Turkish at NYC.Ticketing@THY.com Pretty responsive.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 07, 2018, 09:07:10 PM
You can email Turkish at NYC.Ticketing@THY.com Pretty responsive.

+1

Whenever you need something from TK don't bother with the call center. Reach out to a local ticket office. Same goes if you're in TLV reach out to sales.TLV@thy.com
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Daniel on March 20, 2018, 12:19:14 PM
Anyone know if you need to re-do security when connecting from TLV-IST-JFK? Travelling with a bunch of small kids and the layover is 1.5h. A bit worried we may miss the connection. Do the strollers come up right away or can that take a long time as well?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 20, 2018, 12:33:59 PM
Anyone know if you need to re-do security when connecting from TLV-IST-JFK? Travelling with a bunch of small kids and the layover is 1.5h. A bit worried we may miss the connection. Do the strollers come up right away or can that take a long time as well?
Flights to the US or TLV have extra security with pat-down etc at gate (you might want to be aware of this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=91078.msg1896143#msg1896143)). It is a huge airport, and often you will need to walk quite a bit to/from gates, but 90 minutes should be sufficient for connection.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cw3323 on March 20, 2018, 01:20:08 PM
TLV-IST-JFK is fine
JFK-IST-TLV 90 minutes is tight
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 20, 2018, 01:28:51 PM
TLV-IST-JFK is fine
JFK-IST-TLV 90 minutes is tight
It all depends on where the gate is located. They can both be tight or fine. If the airline is selling it as a single ticket, you shouldn't be concerned. Also remember that they have more than one flight per day between IST and either JFK or TLV, so even if connection is missed (which I would say is unlikely if it's a single ticket), there's always another flight a few hours later.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitzyul on May 23, 2018, 05:08:20 PM
I noticed no availability on Turkish for Uinited.com, yet on Singapore.com showing availability?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 23, 2018, 05:21:57 PM
I noticed no availability on Turkish for Uinited.com, yet on Singapore.com showing availability?
United often shows false negative for TK. Should be bookable by calling
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on August 01, 2018, 01:20:11 AM
Turkish flight TLV - IST - VCE, do I get a free checked bag underneath?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mendyt on August 02, 2018, 06:48:56 PM
https://www.ashqelon.net/mobile/article/308589/4
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moe8555 on August 03, 2018, 05:30:33 AM
As someone writing this post from Ashkelon, I must say that an article from ashqelon.net is probably the last source in the world I would've expected to see quoted on the forum!  :o
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on August 03, 2018, 08:38:02 AM
As someone writing this post from Ashkelon, I must say that an article from ashqelon.net is probably the last source in the world I would've expected to see quoted on the forum!  :o
It's on R Pinto's website.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 05, 2018, 04:13:23 PM
https://youtu.be/C2hCN6cVuqM
New safety video for Turkish
Maybe kol Isha is what the fuss is about
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ash on August 05, 2018, 04:31:52 PM
Flights to the US or TLV have extra security with pat-down etc at gate (you might want to be aware of this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=91078.msg1896143#msg1896143)). It is a huge airport, and often you will need to walk quite a bit to/from gates, but 90 minutes should be sufficient for connection.
IME the stroller did not arrive in IST but was sent to the final destination .... and it was a real pain.. the wife was very pissed,  .... also its a very large airport lot of walking
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ludmila on August 05, 2018, 08:30:28 PM
Flights to the US or TLV have extra security with pat-down etc at gate (you might want to be aware of this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=91078.msg1896143#msg1896143)). It is a huge airport, and often you will need to walk quite a bit to/from gates, but 90 minutes should be sufficient for connection.
+1 and also I flew TK a few times in j, was a good experience,will fly them again anytime.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on August 06, 2018, 01:47:36 PM
https://youtu.be/C2hCN6cVuqM
New safety video for Turkish
Maybe kol Isha is what the fuss is about
Got it yesterday on one plane, other had old magic one.
+1 and also I flew TK a few times in j, was a good experience,will fly them again anytime.

I flew economy yesterday and had an absolutely amazing flight, never had better serivce on an airplane and before a flight before.


Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on August 06, 2018, 01:57:37 PM
https://youtu.be/C2hCN6cVuqM
New safety video for Turkish
Maybe kol Isha is what the fuss is about

I wonder how long until LY copies the concept.

Nice creativity on the concept. Though I think audio isn't clear enough.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yaalili on October 17, 2018, 04:39:35 PM
Turkish will start flights to Newark (EWR) in summer of 2019.

TK29 IST-EWR 1315-1720 A333
TK30 EWR-IST 2230-1515 A333
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: davidrotts63 on October 17, 2018, 04:41:11 PM
Turkish will start flights to Newark (EWR) in summer of 2019.

TK29 IST-EWR 1315-1720 A333
TK30 EWR-IST 2230-1515 A333
Cheaper TLV flights maybe...
That's daily?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Yaalili on October 17, 2018, 04:43:20 PM
That's daily?

Yes.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on October 17, 2018, 04:58:33 PM
Turkish will start flights to Newark (EWR) in summer of 2019.

TK29 IST-EWR 1315-1720 A333
TK30 EWR-IST 2230-1515 A333
Any idea when they're starting to sell?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on October 19, 2018, 11:21:02 AM
Booked DW & Infant using AC miles on TK, myself using LM.

When trying to view booking online at THY.COM if I put the TK PNR of the AC booking, it comes up with some message, prepopulates the field with the eticket number, and then I'm able to see the booking (and presumably will be able to check-in online), though if I start off by entering the eticket number, it doesn't pull up.

However, I cannot seem to pull up the LM booking on THY.COM no matter what I try.

Any advice?

TK twitter team is useless.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mendyt on October 19, 2018, 11:26:09 AM
Booked DW & Infant using AC miles on TK, myself using LM.

When trying to view booking online at THY.COM if I put the TK PNR of the AC booking, it comes up with some message, prepopulates the field with the eticket number, and then I'm able to see the booking (and presumably will be able to check-in online), though if I start off by entering the eticket number, it doesn't pull up.

However, I cannot seem to pull up the LM booking on THY.COM no matter what I try.

Any advice?

TK twitter team is useless.
I booked using Krisflyer and had the same issue.  Seems like you can only pull up on their website if it was booked with them,  I just called them to confirm that everything is ok.
For check in I was able to pull it up
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on October 19, 2018, 11:29:32 AM
I booked using Krisflyer and had the same issue.  Seems like you can only pull up on their website if it was booked with them,  I just called them to confirm that everything is ok.
For check in I was able to pull it up
Though AC booking seems to be an exception to that rule.

IINM old website you were able to pull up other bookings too. Unfortunately it seems like it was totally taken down (at least the section for managing booking).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on November 12, 2018, 12:43:26 PM
https://airlinegeeks.com/2018/11/11/turkish-airlines-announces-record-nine-month-profit-begins-operations-from-new-istanbul-airport/

Waiting for review of Istanbul New Airport (I guess Erdoğan is saving it to be named after him). I hope it's a huge improvement over Atatürk Airport (and hope deodorant use by security personnel will be mandated there).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on November 12, 2018, 01:13:15 PM
https://airlinegeeks.com/2018/11/11/turkish-airlines-announces-record-nine-month-profit-begins-operations-from-new-istanbul-airport/

Waiting for review of Istanbul New Airport (I guess Erdoğan is saving it to be named after him). I hope it's a huge improvement over Atatürk Airport (and hope deodorant use by security personnel will be mandated there).

What's the code for the new airport? Google is giving me IST which is the old one.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on November 12, 2018, 01:18:03 PM
What's the code for the new airport? Google is giving me IST which is the old one.
Seems to temporarily be ISL
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Jkhein on November 26, 2018, 03:08:18 PM
Anyone have any DP regarding getting bassinet seat to TLV? Turkish reps say I need to buy the extra legroom seats and then they can request the bassinet.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on November 26, 2018, 04:37:27 PM
Anyone have any DP regarding getting bassinet seat to TLV? Turkish reps say I need to buy the extra legroom seats and then they can request the bassinet.

Did you try emailing sales.tlv@thy.com? I've found them very helpful with other issues in the past. I don't think there is any other airport outside of Turkey that has as many TK flights as TLV does!

In general IME you get much better results from local ticketing offices of Turkish Airlines than you do from the toll free call center.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Jkhein on November 26, 2018, 07:19:26 PM
Did you try emailing sales.tlv@thy.com? I've found them very helpful with other issues in the past. I don't think there is any other airport outside of Turkey that has as many TK flights as TLV does!

In general IME you get much better results from local ticketing offices of Turkish Airlines than you do from the toll free call center.
I emailed the NY office a few days ago, this was their response:
Basinet seats are payment seats. In order to confirm a basinet seat JFK IST it will cost USD 79.00 per person.
Or
If you do not want to pay, you can request basinet day of flight if it is avl check in agent will assign.


Best regards,


Fatima ABDUL SHAKOOR-  New York Ticketing
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on November 26, 2018, 07:26:48 PM
I emailed the NY office a few days ago, this was their response:
Basinet seats are payment seats. In order to confirm a basinet seat JFK IST it will cost USD 79.00 per person.
Or
If you do not want to pay, you can request basinet day of flight if it is avl check in agent will assign.


Best regards,


Fatima ABDUL SHAKOOR-  New York Ticketing

You might have better luck with the TLV office. If still no luck, try them as soon as check in opens up.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on December 03, 2018, 10:57:09 AM
https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-new-business-class-seat/

No ETA on this.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ae123 on December 17, 2018, 08:43:56 AM
Have any visibly Chareidi Jews flown Turkish in the last few months since Erdogan has been stirring things up?
How do you feel on the plane and in the airport?
Thank you.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on December 17, 2018, 09:05:04 AM
Have any visibly Chareidi Jews flown Turkish in the last few months since Erdogan has been stirring things up?
How do you feel on the plane and in the airport?
Thank you.
Yes, I felt great.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on December 17, 2018, 09:55:06 AM
Yes, I felt great.

+1
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ae123 on December 17, 2018, 02:38:09 PM
Even on the plane with the other passengers?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on December 17, 2018, 02:48:40 PM
Even on the plane with the other passengers?

Definitely.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nafnaf12 on December 23, 2018, 08:02:45 PM
Turkish to start offering chauffeur service.

HT: SCK ;)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on December 23, 2018, 08:19:59 PM
Turkish to start offering chauffeur service.

HT: SCK ;)

Quote
Cannot be used with award tickets or Economy Class tickets that have been upgraded to Business Class free of charge.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yelped on December 23, 2018, 08:34:08 PM
Useful for Biz Plat I guess. They frequently have good business class fares ($2,300)....
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on December 23, 2018, 08:37:02 PM
Useful for Biz Plat I guess. They frequently have good business class fares ($2,300)....
Indeed. I've flown TK business revenue a couple of times.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 23, 2018, 10:19:14 PM
Whats the best way to book J using UR on this? CSR 1.5 or a mileage transfer?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on December 26, 2018, 06:51:51 PM
Even on the plane with the other passengers?

On my flight from ORD my sons had their kippahs and no one gave them a 2nd look.  I saw maybe one hijab on the whole plane.  It seemed to be almost all Eastern Europeans transiting there plus a group of Spanish Christian pilgrims, including their priest in his full garb and huge cross...my flights into and out of TLV were almost all frum people...all religious people should feel super comfortable on their flights...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ae123 on December 26, 2018, 10:45:30 PM
On my flight from ORD my sons had their kippahs and no one gave them a 2nd look.  I saw maybe one hijab on the whole plane.  It seemed to be almost all Eastern Europeans transiting there plus a group of Spanish Christian pilgrims, including their priest in his full garb and huge cross...my flights into and out of TLV were almost all frum people...all religious people should feel super comfortable on their flights...
Thanks.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lubaby on December 27, 2018, 12:06:44 AM
Whats the best way to book J using UR on this? CSR 1.5 or a mileage transfer?
Depending on revenue fare vs. mileage availability for the dates you’re looking at.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on January 07, 2019, 09:20:46 PM
Is there more saver award space on TK metal through their own FF program than other *A programs?
I'm not seeing any award space on UA.com for the route that I need but seeing plenty on TK.com
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ludmila on January 07, 2019, 10:18:09 PM
Is there more saver award space on TK metal through their own FF program than other *A programs?
I'm not seeing any award space on UA.com for the route that I need but seeing plenty on TK.com
Did you try to see if the flight is available using lifemiles?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on January 07, 2019, 10:43:13 PM
Did you try to see if the flight is available using lifemiles?
Just checked and it shows on lifemiles, interesting.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ludmila on January 07, 2019, 11:23:32 PM
Just checked and it shows on lifemiles, interesting.
I thought it would, as I have been using lifemiles to book TK in J quite a few times, and I always found some flights that sometimes do not show on UA.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on January 08, 2019, 07:35:21 PM
I thought it would, as I have been using lifemiles to book TK in J quite a few times, and I always found some flights that sometimes do not show on UA.

Do you all search also with ANA?  I always see lots on there that isn't on UA website. 
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yelped on January 08, 2019, 07:52:48 PM
Does ANA also charge fuel surcharges on United? They charge only 60k RT NYC-TLV in economy.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on January 08, 2019, 10:34:43 PM
No, not on United and very low on Lot.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 09, 2019, 02:07:08 AM
Do you all search also with ANA?  I always see lots on there that isn't on UA website.
TK has saver space that sometimes shows only on their own website as well as Asian partners (such as ANA, SQ, etc.) that doesn't show up on European and American partners.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on January 09, 2019, 05:01:51 AM
If a flight booked in one ticket is from TLV-SAW, then from IST to JFK, do you have to arrange your own transfer? And do suitcases transfer automatically?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: travel agent on January 09, 2019, 07:13:50 AM
If a flight booked in one ticket is from TLV-SAW, then from IST to JFK, do you have to arrange your own transfer? And do suitcases transfer automatically?

you have to arrange your own transfer & you will need a visa, depending which passport you have.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on January 09, 2019, 10:04:29 AM
you have to arrange your own transfer & you will need a visa, depending which passport you have.
And suitcases don't get transferred automatically.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yeshivabucher on January 09, 2019, 11:06:13 AM
any way to get an upgrade from economy to business that wont cost me an arm and a leg?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Joe4007 on January 09, 2019, 11:12:02 AM
TK has saver space that sometimes shows only on their own website as well as Asian partners (such as ANA, SQ, etc.) that doesn't show up on European and American partners.
Is it bookable over the phone with UA?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on January 09, 2019, 01:09:30 PM
And suitcases don't get transferred automatically.
Then definitely not doing that.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 09, 2019, 01:41:31 PM
you have to arrange your own transfer & you will need a visa, depending which passport you have.
I presume that with the New Istanbul Airport that transfer takes longer.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on January 09, 2019, 10:46:33 PM
TK has saver space that sometimes shows only on their own website as well as Asian partners (such as ANA, SQ, etc.) that doesn't show up on European and American partners.

Just FYI, they often have 4-6 Business class seats to TLV out of ORD, BOS and Atlanta. I just booked J seats for Sukkot for my family. I know most of you are in NYC but lots of others aren’t so make sure to check those cities. Only 104k RT PP from ANA in J  and yes some fees but so few points and enough seats for my whole family over Sukkot that it was a no-brainer for me. :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 23, 2019, 04:30:37 PM
I booked myself on TK for next week, hoping to be able to review the new airport, just to discover that the move was pushed off to March after I ticketed.  :(

Then I saw https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/01/23/turkish-confirms-new-long-haul-business-class-seat/ which is another reason to hope to fly TK some time in the future.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: davidrotts63 on January 23, 2019, 04:45:09 PM
I booked myself on TK for next week, hoping to be able to review the new airport, just to discover that the move was pushed off to March after I ticketed.  :(

Then I saw https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/01/23/turkish-confirms-new-long-haul-business-class-seat/ which is another reason to hope to fly TK some time in the future.
Saw that yesterday, really looking fwd to that as well.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on January 23, 2019, 11:36:26 PM
I booked myself on TK for next week, hoping to be able to review the new airport, just to discover that the move was pushed off to March after I ticketed.  :(

Then I saw https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/01/23/turkish-confirms-new-long-haul-business-class-seat/ which is another reason to hope to fly TK some time in the future.

Thanks for posting this. I saw Lucky posted about this as well.  Have you seen anywhere about what routes will be getting these new planes?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 24, 2019, 12:17:07 AM
Thanks for posting this. I saw Lucky posted about this as well.  Have you seen anywhere about what routes will be getting these new planes?
The only thing I recall seeing is that they hope to start service to Australia.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on January 24, 2019, 12:18:47 AM
THY.com seems to have issues. Not showing anything (revenue or miles) when I search JFK-TLV.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shmielyosef on February 14, 2019, 06:00:16 AM
Is the weight limit on tk flights to the US the same 23kg as other airlines?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on February 14, 2019, 07:41:43 AM
Is the weight limit on tk flights to the US the same 23kg as other airlines?
Tlv-ist-nyc?
Or ist-nyc?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shmielyosef on February 14, 2019, 07:42:25 AM
Tlv-ist-nyc

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on February 14, 2019, 07:46:55 AM

2 23kg suitcases I believe
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shmielyosef on February 14, 2019, 07:47:39 AM
2 23kg suitcases I believe
Thanks
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 11, 2019, 01:35:35 PM
https://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2019/03/11/at-long-last-turkish-airlines-says-date-for-the-great-move-to-new-istanbul-airport-is-set/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on March 11, 2019, 03:23:07 PM
Are there any pictures of the J lounge in the new airport?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ual902 on March 11, 2019, 03:24:36 PM
Any Priority pass lounges at the new IST Airport?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 11, 2019, 03:25:59 PM
Are there any pictures of the J lounge in the new airport?
I guess we might see something after ב ניסן.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 11, 2019, 03:26:32 PM
Any Priority pass lounges at the new IST Airport?
I don't see why there shouldn't be. IST Ataturk has a few.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yeshivabucher on March 12, 2019, 03:47:41 AM
Any Priority pass lounges at the new IST Airport?
https://www.prioritypass.com/en/lounges/turkey/istanbul-ataturk-havalimani
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 24, 2019, 02:23:48 PM
https://www.dailysabah.com/tourism/2019/03/23/high-demand-for-last-ever-flight-from-istanbuls-ataturk-airport-drives-ticket-prices-up

I guess we won't see any DDFers on this flight, unless CM is interested.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on March 29, 2019, 02:28:08 PM
Are there any pictures of the J lounge in the new airport?
https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-istanbul-new-airport-lounge/
Looks gorgeous, we'll have to see in person pictures when it actually opens but seems like they did a good job.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on March 29, 2019, 02:31:51 PM
https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-istanbul-new-airport-lounge/
Looks gorgeous, we'll have to see in person pictures when it actually opens but seems like they did a good job.

I'm sure they did.

If only they would have KSML options there....
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on March 29, 2019, 02:33:22 PM
I'm sure they did.

If only they would have KSML options there....
True
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on March 30, 2019, 01:31:03 PM
I'm sure they did.

If only they would have KSML options there....
When I asked the guy in the lounge if they have kosher meals, he used an interesting wording (translated from turkish to hebrew) of assur. Which would likely mean he was saying that it's not possible. Instead of saying that they dont serve it.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: davidrotts63 on April 22, 2019, 02:00:55 AM
Is the J lounge in IST open yet?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: mmgfarb on April 22, 2019, 02:12:53 AM
Is the J lounge in IST open yet?
Yes
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: davidrotts63 on April 22, 2019, 02:13:52 AM
Yes
Any online reviews?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on April 22, 2019, 02:16:08 AM
Any online reviews?
https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-lounge-new-istanbul-airport-review/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cw3323 on May 05, 2019, 03:43:31 PM
Will be going this week jfk-ist. Ist-bud. I have an 1 1/2 hour overlay.  The issue is the last 2 weeks TK12 is delayed almost every day. Since the arriving and departure are the same terminal. How much time do I really need? Anyone with recent experience
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yeshivabucher on May 05, 2019, 04:22:25 PM
Anyone know what the PP situation at the new IST
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on May 05, 2019, 07:47:59 PM
Anyone know what the PP situation at the new IST
Last I heard, none exist.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on May 21, 2019, 12:59:12 AM
https://simpleflying.com/istanbul-airport-fog/amp/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on May 22, 2019, 11:03:34 PM
https://simpleflying.com/istanbul-airport-fog/amp/

Wow
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on May 30, 2019, 09:16:05 AM
Turkish Airlines opened a shul in the new IST lounge.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 30, 2019, 10:15:31 AM
Turkish Airlines opened a shul in the new IST lounge.
Pics?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: grodnoking on May 30, 2019, 02:13:53 PM
Turkish Airlines opened a shul in the new IST lounge.
A shul, or a non binary prayer room?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on May 30, 2019, 02:21:30 PM
A shul, or a non binary prayer room?
I hear it's a small room with a big star of david and there was some Chabad seforim/sidurim.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 11:00:08 AM
got some pics the new airport and the lounges are just beautiful
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: zow on June 03, 2019, 11:48:50 AM
got some pics the new airport and the lounges are just beautiful
Please share!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dan on June 03, 2019, 11:49:12 AM
got some pics the new airport and the lounges are just beautiful
Please post or email me :)
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 03, 2019, 11:50:42 AM
got some pics the new airport and the lounges are just beautiful

What good is it with no saver availability?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 11:51:14 AM
What good is it with no saver availability?
for those paying cash! ;D
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 11:54:12 AM
The rest have my in laws fam in them ill try to get more
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 11:55:52 AM
they have a big kids area with like a mini turkey display
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: davidrotts63 on June 03, 2019, 11:56:21 AM


What good is it with no saver availability?

You're looking at the wrong dates.

for those paying cash! ;D

Leave. Now.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 11:57:14 AM

Leave. Now.
LOL!
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on June 03, 2019, 12:07:52 PM

You're looking at THY has the wrong dates.

FTFY.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 03, 2019, 12:36:52 PM
Please post or email me :)
or at the DO ;D
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Denverite on June 04, 2019, 12:36:47 AM
There are consistently tons of Turkish award seats if you book in advance. They are one of the only ways for me to book 4-5 J seats to Israel and I can use ANA points with reasonable fees. Other airlines have lower fees but usually a max of one or two seats so I’m happy to pay $300 pp and only 52k points each way).  I got 4 seats for this Sukkot and they always have around all the Chagim.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: yitrap on June 04, 2019, 06:02:53 AM
A shul, or a non binary prayer room?
3 small rooms in the lounge. The next one had a cross and the last one was blank.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 05, 2019, 12:12:43 AM
Turkish Airlines is once again offering 3rd bag free!!!!  :D

Valid until April 30, 2020.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on August 05, 2019, 03:00:33 PM
Turkish Airlines is once again offering 3rd bag free!!!!  :D

Valid until April 30, 2020.
On certain fares
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on August 05, 2019, 03:00:47 PM
Welcome to WhatsApp
https://wa.me/18008748875
https://wa.me/908503330849
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2019, 03:33:59 PM
On certain fares
Which?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: chff on August 05, 2019, 03:38:18 PM
Which?

VFR fares. I believe it's only thru agents and not online
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: moisheyb on August 23, 2019, 11:03:09 AM
Does anyone know if or when Turkish opens I class for award bookings? There are 4 tickets available in j class?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: JuryDuty on October 15, 2019, 09:55:00 PM
https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-vancouver/

Flights announced between Vancouver and Turkey
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avrohomgelb on March 08, 2020, 08:49:17 AM
Anyone had success in changing an award flight? Phone Rep said to email, email responses is are in 7 days. Would twitter work?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: lazertek on March 08, 2020, 10:15:21 AM
once u submitted an online feedback u can call back customer service and give them the feedback number and they will transfer u to customer relations and u could try to convince them to mark your case as urgent for a faster response.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avrohomgelb on March 08, 2020, 10:25:52 AM
once u submitted an online feedback u can call back customer service and give them the feedback number and they will transfer u to customer relations and u could try to convince them to mark your case as urgent for a faster response.
Thanks for the info
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Pesach on June 08, 2020, 09:34:46 PM
can I  transfer my citi points to my friends turkish account or will the transfer get rejected? becuase  turkish requires the first ticket you make on a new turkish account  to be issued under the account holders name and my account is new and I am not flying  my friend is.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avrohomgelb on June 08, 2020, 09:47:13 PM
can I  transfer my citi points to my friends turkish account or will the transfer get rejected? becuase  turkish requires the first ticket you make on a new turkish account  to be issued under the account holders name and my account is new and I am not flying  my friend is.
Citi won't allow you transfer points to a Turkish Account with a different name. How about transfering your Citi points to an existing Turkish Airline flyer who can book the flight.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: points 99 on June 08, 2020, 10:01:36 PM
can I  transfer my citi points to my friends turkish account or will the transfer get rejected? becuase  turkish requires the first ticket you make on a new turkish account  to be issued under the account holders name and my account is new and I am not flying  my friend is.

Turkish will allow you to book for someone else, even your first time using miles. Maybe it won't work online. Just call them.
You can make a reservation before transferring the miles. They will say that they can hold it for a few hours, but it definitely will be held at least a day (used to be 3 days, and might still be, just didn't try). Citi points take a day and half to transfer to Turkish
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avrohomgelb on June 08, 2020, 10:04:38 PM


used to be 3 days, and might still be, just didn't try
Still is as of 3 months ago
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: farmbochur on June 11, 2020, 11:19:53 PM
Still is as of 3 months ago
Can confirm that I just placed a 3 day hold on a pair of reservations
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: farmbochur on June 11, 2020, 11:24:20 PM
Trying to book pit-ewr-tlv in J. Phone rep found award space ewr-tlv, but only economy space pit-ewr. He's insisting that I can't book economy and business on the same itin and that I'll need to pay an extra 7.5k + $5.60 to book pit-ewr separately.

Anyone else ever experience this? Think huca can fix?

For now, I have both itins on hold under separate pnr's
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 13, 2020, 04:19:56 PM
Can't book together
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Danlover111 on June 25, 2020, 03:18:33 PM
whats the cancellation policy now, if i book tlv-jfk round trip for august can i cancel whenever i want?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: jewdkoff on June 25, 2020, 05:02:19 PM
whats the cancellation policy now, if i book tlv-jfk round trip for august can i cancel whenever i want?

Pretty sure they're charging $25pp for award tickets.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Danlover111 on June 26, 2020, 01:31:09 AM
Pretty sure they're charging $25pp for award tickets.
how about cash?
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Pesach on August 02, 2020, 04:22:40 PM
how do I book a reservation for 4 people on a ewr to lax flight ,including the main account holder on  turkish ? the system is not letting me book it, their only letting me book the account holder not the other 3 people he is traveling with. and when you call the reps cannot find star alliance in their system
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: outinstyle on August 02, 2020, 04:29:20 PM
whats the cancellation policy now, if i book tlv-jfk round trip for august can i cancel whenever i want?
I just cancelled a NYC-TLV return ticket purchased at the beginning of the pandemic and received a full refund (for that portion of the trip).
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: points 99 on August 03, 2020, 09:37:51 AM
how do I book a reservation for 4 people on a ewr to lax flight ,including the main account holder on  turkish ? the system is not letting me book it, their only letting me book the account holder not the other 3 people he is traveling with. and when you call the reps cannot find star alliance in their system
HUCA. Might need to call a few times. Their phone reps are terrible. Many do not know hoe to search for Star Alliance awards...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pghtown on September 22, 2020, 10:24:02 PM
Why do Jews keep flying this airline and supporting Turkey?
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/erdogan-trump-is-a-collaborator-with-israeli-intl-law-violations-643151
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: ExGingi on September 22, 2020, 11:01:07 PM
Why do Jews keep flying this airline and supporting Turkey?
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/erdogan-trump-is-a-collaborator-with-israeli-intl-law-violations-643151

You do realize that Turkey is still a major trading partner with Israel.

Erdoğan isn't Turkey and Turkey isn't Erdoğan. He is a megalomaniac that wants to replace Saudi Arabia (which replaced Egypt) as leader of the Sunni world, with dreams of restoring the Sultanate.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: avrohomgelb on September 23, 2020, 12:51:36 AM
Why do Jews keep flying this airline and supporting Turkey?
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/erdogan-trump-is-a-collaborator-with-israeli-intl-law-violations-643151
They have nice lounges, amazing wide open award space/availability, great customer service and flight experience. A little bit of politics isn't a deal breaker for me. Sorry
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: pghtown on September 23, 2020, 11:15:40 AM
You do realize that Turkey is still a major trading partner with Israel.

Erdoğan isn't Turkey and Turkey isn't Erdoğan. He is a megalomaniac that wants to replace Saudi Arabia (which replaced Egypt) as leader of the Sunni world, with dreams of restoring the Sultanate.
And there are plenty of fine people in Iran who are not antagonistic towards Israel. Would you fly Iran Air if  they had nice lounges, open availability, and great customer service and flight experience??
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 23, 2020, 11:19:23 AM
Turkey is a NATO member. Any adverse government action to an innocent traveller will have a monumental impact on the country. It's unlikely to happen any time soon.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Jack out of the box on October 05, 2020, 03:00:14 PM
I am thinking of flying in a few weeks TLV-NYC-TLV on Turkish. The price is more than $200 cheaper than direct and the free second suitcase would save me an additional 100 or so bucks.
Anyone have experience or knowledge regarding Turkish lately? (Political situation, Covid issues, etc.) I have US and Israeli passports in case that makes a difference for anything.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: shapsam on October 05, 2020, 07:22:39 PM
I am thinking of flying in a few weeks TLV-NYC-TLV on Turkish. The price is more than $200 cheaper than direct and the free second suitcase would save me an additional 100 or so bucks.
Anyone have experience or knowledge regarding Turkish lately? (Political situation, Covid issues, etc.) I have US and Israeli passports in case that makes a difference for anything.
Flew TK recently, great experience. No Kosher meals, like many airlines currently.

Turkey is open to both American and Israeli passport holders.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Pesach on November 19, 2020, 08:24:09 PM
There is 3 saver award  flights on united from Ewr to Indianapolis on November 22,  and when you go to book Turkish checking Dans link to star alliance or calling  up Turkish airlines there is nothing available even though its united saver award.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cat18 on December 23, 2020, 01:24:51 PM
how can i book a saver award flight using Turkish points for a united flight w/o calling on phone?

Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: points 99 on December 23, 2020, 02:38:08 PM
you can read about it here  https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/milespoints/wide-open-united-award-space-turkish-airlines-dirt-cheap-star-alliance-awards-valuable-ever/

You can only book online a United ticket for the Turkish account holder. Won't work for anyone else.
In short, log into your Turkish account, and the click on this link
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/index.html#login?url=http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/miles-and-smiles/account/book-star-award-tickets/
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: Cat18 on December 23, 2020, 05:02:19 PM
You can only book online a United ticket for the Turkish account holder. Won't work for anyone else.
In short, log into your Turkish account, and the click on this link
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/index.html#login?url=http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/miles-and-smiles/account/book-star-award-tickets/

tried this approach but not work. emailed their office and awaiting reply.
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: points 99 on December 23, 2020, 05:34:49 PM
I had an issue with a ticket a few months ago and tried emailing them. Took weeks till they responded. I've booked many tickets on the phone with them, and usually needed to HUCA a few times before I got someone who would help. If they say they can't find a flight that you know is really available, just hang up. Most of them don't know what they're doing. But after a few tries, it gets done...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: bmw on December 23, 2020, 09:41:27 PM
make sure the agent who answers says "international line", if not your wasting your time...
Title: Re: Turkish Airlines
Post by: nirc on December 25, 2020, 10:49:34 AM
Just got tickets using Turkish Miles but neglected to use my explorer card when paying the tax in order to get free luggage.

I would cancel and rebook, except that the # of miles necessary have increased since original booking.

Any ideas how to fix this?