Award Drop: Business Class to Europe

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Good morning and welcome back to Daily Drop, your favorite part of the day. You might not have told me that yourself, but I still know it’s true.

Here’s what’s on today's docket:

✈️ Award Drop: Turkish Business Class

Booking business-class seats on world-class airlines is obviously great. But unfortunately, simply earning enough points isn’t the hard thing about doing this…

Finding availability to book the seats at all is usually the harder part of the equation.

That’s why it’s VERY exciting to see that Turkish Airlines has recently opened up a metric butt-ton of business-class award seats from the U.S. to Istanbul.

A photo of Turkish Airlines' business class seat

Which routes are available?

Many of Turkish’s long-haul routes passing through Istanbul are available, including most major U.S. cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and more.

When can you book these seats?

The bulk of the availability is between December of this year and February of next year, but I was able to find decent availability earlier in the year, including some in the spring.

How many points will it cost?

As a member of Star Alliance, Turkish flights are available to book with a number of programs for as few as 63,000 miles.

An example of a Turkish flight booked with Avianca miles

If we look at flights between the U.S. and Istanbul specifically, here are the costs for the most common programs:

  • Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles

  • Turkish Airlines: 65,000 miles

  • Aeroplan: 70,000 points

  • United: 88,000 miles

Obviously, Avianca comes out on top both in terms of number of miles AND the additional cash cost of under $30. Conversely, Turkish Airlines will charge over $200 in taxes and fees for the same routes.

Don’t forget that there is currently a 15% transfer bonus from MR Points to Avianca.

the current 15% transfer bonus to Avianca

Therefore, you could book one of these flights for as few as 55,000 MR Points, which is pretty incredible.

My take on this deal

If you have points that can transfer to Avianca (MR Points, Bilt Rewards, Capital One miles, or Thank You points), I’d say this is a great deal - especially if you can snag that transfer bonus.

I recently spent 20 hours flying in Turkish business class from New York to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and it was incredible. Everything from the lounges to the catering, service, and seats was top-notch.

A photo of the Turkish Airlines business class lounge in Istanbul

So if you’re someone who likes to plan your travel far in advance, I’d strongly consider looking at this opportunity to snag some fancy seats on one of the best airlines in the world.

💸 JetBlue $50 discount on round-trips

I’ve got some good news for you JetBlue fans out there…

They’re back with their annual Big Spring Sale, and it’s a GOOD one.

The banner fom JetBlue's website advertising their new sale

Here are the deets:

  • Get a $25 discount on one-way flights or a $50 discount on round-trip flights

  • Use promo code SPRINGTRAVEL in the search

  • Valid for travel between March 19th and June 12th

  • You must book your flight by TODAY

  • Not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays

  • You must spend at least $100 to trigger the discount

As you can see, there are some restrictions, but overall, this is a great sale!

Let’s look at an example of a round-trip flight from New York to Miami next month, which costs $153 round-trip.

If we run a search and apply the discount code, we see that the final price is reduced to just $103.

An example of a round-trip booking with JetBlue that triggers their $50 discount

In this case, we’re getting a 33% discount on a round-trip flight, which is pretty solid.

This discount could be less meaningful on more expensive fares, especially if you don’t have any travel you were already planning to book.

Overall, it’s great to see some sales dropping for the busy (and expensive) spring travel season.

🌏 Where in the World Wednesday

Ciao ragazzi! Our favorite little travel app is taking us to the always-fabulous Florence, Italy.

Three destination cards with Florence, Italy highlighted

A $550 round-trip ticket from the U.S. to Italy, is a killer cash deal, by the way 😯

But oh wait, not familiar with FareDrop? It’s our partner app that will source the world wide web for you, on the hunt for the cheapest flights in the land.

You don’t even have to lift a finger (except maybe to book the actual flight). So yeah, it’s cool.

But Florence, Firenze as the Italians call it, is the birthplace of the Renaissance and full of fascinating and quirky things to see, eat, and do.

There are all the obvious things, right? Visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David, wandering The Uffizi Gallery, and taking in the sites and smells of the Mercato Centrale where you can get a proper Florentine steak the size of your head.

Not a fan of meat? Not to worry, because there are phenomenal pizzerias around every freaking corner.

I also can’t forget to mention Piazzale Michelangelo, a proper stunning viewpoint over the city, which I find a surprising amount of people aren’t aware of!

Just look at it 🤯

Viewpoints over Florence with a sunset

If you make the trek up there, I highly recommend La Loggia for a place to grab dinner. It’s just above the Piazzale and offers amazing views and food.

But we also travel to experience the weirdness in the world… or maybe it’s just me 🤔

You’ve likely heard of the famous Italian astronomer Galileo, but did you know that you can find his MIDDLE FINGER proudly on display in the Florence History of Science Museum, now named the Museo Galileo?

Like, his actual middle finger, of all things. I have so many questions.

But yes, it was snapped off his corpse in 1737, almost 100 years after his death, and passed around for a bit before it ultimately ended up in a glass vestibule as we see it today.

I’ve seen it, and it’s wild, y’all.

So if you’d like to wine and dine like an Italian (or enjoy hundreds of other destinations around the world), I’d encourage you to check out FareDrop and see where the app can take you next 🙂 

We do a lot of chatting about travel credit cards in this newsletter… and for good reason.

However, maybe you don’t want 10+ travel credit cards like some of us here at Daily Drop…

…maybe you just want one card. THE card, perhaps.

Lucky for you, our most recent YouTube video reveals what we think is one of the best—if not the best—travel credit card on the market.

It’s reveled by both newbies and experts alike, so go give it a watch! 👇

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That’s all for today, folks! I hope some of you are able to snag those epic business-class flights on Turkish - I know I’ll be looking at some flights for myself.

For now, however, take care and I’ll see you tomorrow morning ❤️

Mike Dodge
Head Writer, Daily Drop

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