Fly premium economy to Istanbul starting under $1,000

Istanbul, a melting pot of historic European and Asian influences, is home to sites like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The city straddling Europe and Asia is also home to the Grand Bazaar and vibrant nightlife.

And now, you can experience the rich culture and history of Istanbul with premium economy fares to the Turkish city starting at $982. With premium economy seating, you also get the luxury of flying in comfort.


The deal applies to flights taking place from January to February 2023, but there is some availability in November. Delta and Air France are the two carriers offering premium discounted fares in a variety of cities across the U.S.

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These low prices are only expected to last for the next one to two days, so if you’ve been thinking about making a trip to Istanbul, now is the time.

Deal Basics

Airlines: Delta Air Lines and Air France
Routes: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Kansas City, Madison, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and many other U.S. cities carry this deal
How to book: Determine your availability through Google Flights, then book directly on the airline’s website
Travel dates: Generally from January 2023 to February 2023, with some availability in November 2022
Book by: Within the next one to two days

Major thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for bookmarking this deal. Scott’s Cheap Flights’ Premium membership costs $49 a year and offers a 14-day trial, along with discounts up to 90%. Or, sign up for the Elite Tier membership for Premium deals and premium economy, business class and first-class deals.

Sample Flights

Over 100 cities have flights to Istanbul (IST) at a hefty discount, so this deal offers a lot of flexibility. In particular, many smaller cities have these discounted flights, so, for example, if you live nearby Savannah, Georgia or Reno, Nevada, then you’re in luck. Almost all the flights in this deal include at least one layover.

Here are a few routes we’ve highlighted:

  • Delta and Air France: departing from Charleston, South Carolina (CHS), starting at $982 (includes multiple layovers)
  • Delta and Air France: departing from Birmingham, Alabama (BHM), starting at $1,032 (includes multiple layovers)
  • Delta: departing from Boston (BOS), starting at $1,067 (includes a layover)
  • Delta and Air France: departing from New York City (JFK), starting at $1,067 (includes a layover)
  • Delta and Air France: departing from Baltimore (BWI), starting at $1,082 (includes multiple layovers)
  • Delta and Air France: departing from Atlanta (ATL) starting at $1,122 (includes multiple layovers)
  • Delta and Air France: departing from Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ), starting at $1,192 (includes multiple layovers)

We recommend using Google Flights for finding your best dates and then booking your flights directly through the airline’s website. Airlines are more dependable if your flight faces a cancellation, delay or booking change.

One of the best parts of this deal is that it’s a discount on premium economy seats — most of the deals we’ve typically flagged are for economy or basic economy, so at least this time, you can fly to Istanbul with some comfort and at a sizeable discount.

The cheapest options for a Feb. 10 flight to Istanbul from New York City’s JFK are the two Delta and Air France flights. One flight leaves New York City at 7:30 p.m., and the other at 9:30 p.m. Both include a layover in Paris (CDG), so making a choice is just a matter of preference.


For flying back to New York City on Feb. 17, Delta and Air France present two early morning options that depart Istanbul at 7:25 a.m. One of the flights is two hours longer than the other due to a longer layover in Paris.


Air France operates the flights from Paris to Istanbul and from Istanbul to Paris. Delta operates the other two flights from New York City to Istanbul and Paris to New York for the round-trip.

Delta’s Premium Select fare gives passengers free seat selection, premium seats, free flight changes, a free carry-on and two free checked bags. Premium seats recline, along with having more legroom, an adjustable footrest and larger seatback screens.


Those who fly on Premium Select also can enjoy the perks of Delta’s Sky Priority travel experience faster check-in, expedited security at select airports, early boarding and expedited baggage service.


The Delta Premium Select seats are toward the front of the aircraft. When booking these seats, keep in mind that there is no floor storage, so Delta recommends for those who may need special assistance to contact an agent.


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Bottom Line

Given that premium economy seats to Istanbul can typically cost at least $2,000, you should definitely book these discounted fares before seats fill up. With this deal, you can fly to Istanbul in comfort, without paying a slew of additional fees that are typically tacked on to economy fares.

These prices are slated to last for the next couple days, so make sure to book your flight tickets to Istanbul as soon as possible.


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