Ever Been Sick On A Flight? Airline Offers Doctors With 5,000 Miles

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Have you ever been sick on a flight? Not the sick bag type, but the type where you need a doctor?

I admit, I had a terrible flight one time from Jacksonville, Florida to Tampa, Florida where I got sick. The flight was one of the bumpiest flights I’ve ever taken.

This flight was back in early 2000s on a quick flight from Jacksonville with the then Continental Airline partner who was flying King Air Turbo Props. There was a huge storm over all of Florida that was causing really bad turbulence. As we approached Tampa, we could see the wave of rain approaching from the west. The pilot cockpit door was open, this gives it away that it was pre-911, and I could see straight through the front window of the aircraft. We approached landing, but just as we crossed over the highway, the pilot pulled up and turned right to divert to Orlando. Once in Orlando I almost kissed the ground. Instead of flying from Orlando, I got my back and rented a car for the quick 1 hour drive back to Tampa.

But I’ve never been sick enough to need a doctor’s attention. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles program is incentivizing Doctors to fly with them by providing 5,000 bonus miles for signing up to the Miles & Smiles program.


How To Get Doctor Bonus

  • Log-in and click Smiling Doctors under Other Applications on left menu bar.

Promotion Conditions

  • Only Miles&Smiles member can benefit from smiling doctors programme
  • Smiling Doctors application should be done from member’s account
  • In the registration procedure, doctors should fill application form and attach their diploma and their necessary documents
  • After checking and approving of the documents, registered doctor will earn 5000 bonus miles after their first Turkish Airlines flight
  • 5000 bonus miles will be earned only once
  • Name and surname which is registered during check-in or reservation should be same as Miles&Smiles account
  • Registered doctors should be give medical support during flight in case of emergency cases

Bottom Line

I’m thankful I’ve never been terribly sick on a plane flight. If I was, I’d be grateful for a Doctor onboard.

This is an easy way for Doctors to earn 5,000 Miles & Smiles miles.

I just wonder if this promotion becomes really popular if Turkish Airlines flights will start to look like the video below.


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  1. Interesting concept.
    I am a pediatrician, physician in chief of a large children’s hospital, and I fly about 150 000 miles each year. I have volunteered to help for probably 20 medical emergencies in flight over the past 30 years. This is where the safety training of the cabin crew shines! I have been profoundly impressed by the help that they provide.
    On the other hand I stopped flying United a decade ago after an air emergency involving an toddler with asthma on an TATL. I was able to improvise a spacer for giving asthma medication “puffs” using a plastic bottle and foam cup to treat this lad. The boy and his mother were moved up to business class to as not to disturb their neighbors – up front was only 1/2 full. When I went up to see how he was doing an hour later I was verbally excoriated by the purser for “trying to sneak into business class” and I was sent packing. I wrote to the airline when we landed and received a form response to the effect that the airline was required to reserve business class seats only for passengers who had purchased the seat. Bye bye Unites and all of my MilagePlus miles.

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