Delta Airlines is reintroducing their summer seasonal nonstop flight to Istanbul, Turkey from New York’s JFK airport. The nonstop flight will be operated by a 767-300 and starts today, Sunday April 28, 2013. Surprisingly, the two opening days have great Coach Class availability at the low level. The rest of the summer has spotty Business Class and Coach Class award availability at the low level. But if you can snag either low award type, you’ll be riding all the way to Istanbul at the low award levels for a good redemption value using Delta SkyMiles.
Business Class Availability
Unfortunately, Business Class award availability at the low level doesn’t look that great this summer until July, when Delta gets considerably more generous with their award availability on this route.
There is no Business Class availability in June.
But July starts to look a little more promising. Now we are talking.
The one day in May that had availability is May 29, 2013. This flight is operated by a 767 with the old style cradle Business Class seats. Still for 100,000 SkyMiles all the way to Istanbul, this can be a good deal.
Coach Class Availability
There is plenty of Coach Class award availability at the low level today and tomorrow.
Again, nothing at the low level for a Coach Class award on this nonstop flight in May or June. And in July, there is all of 1 day with low Coach Class award availability.
The low award ticket in Coach Class will cost you only 60,000 round trip. If you book this award, don’t forget to add the free one-way to your award. And stop-overs and open jaws are allowed.
It’s great to see Delta adding the nonstop flight to Istanbul from New York. The 100,000 SkyMiles Business Class award at the low level is quite a good opportunity to redeem SkyMiles. With the combination of open jaws and stopovers, this can add significant value to the gimmicks.
- Delta – How to get a free extra one-way on an award ticket
- Delta – Illustration on how to get a free extra one-way award ticket
- Delta – New York – Delta 767 Old Business Elite Seat