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The Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus
Which airline flies to more countries than any other in the world? (It isn’t United or American, thank you.) It’s the same carrier that just slashed air fares from its nine U.S. gateways to some of the most popular destinations in the world. Turkish Airlines, which jets passengers from Houston to Europe and beyond, has just rolled out ridiculously low fares.
You must book your travel no later than September 25, the date the low fare flights begin, and you must complete your travel by May 15, 2020.
Those hunkering for a visit with the Pope or a splash in the Trevi Fountain can zip over to Rome for as low $679 roundtrip. If seeing the pyramids and cruising the Nile are on your bucket list, your air fare is a mere $679. If a visit to the Oz of the Middle East, Dubai, is in your dreams, reality is a bit closer with fares starting at $679.
Turkish Air also has gateways in Boston, New York, Miami, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta with destinations from the various gateways that include Mumbai, Athens, Kiev, Zagreb, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Athens and more.
Squeamish about Turkish Airlines? Get over it. A Travel & Leisure survey posted last February gives the carrier top marks for everything from the best meals aloft to an economy section that is user friendly. “Turkish Airlines’ customer service and food are so widely complimented among travelers that the odds are definitely in your favor with this airline,” the magazine notes.
For the traveler who requires more leg room, more comfort and more service than that offered in the economy section, business class tickets are relatively incredibly low priced as well. Houston to Rome, business class is a mere $3,088.77 on Turkish Airlines. Compare that to United’s fare for the same trip, same dates. Business class will cost you a staggering $16,522. Just economy on United to Rome in April runs $1,247 roundtrip.
Ah, but you say the trip to Rome requires a change of planes in Istanbul. Some travelers view this as an opportunity to stay over a few nights, visit the Byzantine Hagia Sophia, have dinner on the terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel with its romantic views of the Bosphorus and haggle with merchants in the Grand Bazaar.
United requires a change of planes as well, though the length of flying time is considerably less.