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Tagged Pages Archive | Istanbul

2012
12
June
Montreal to Istanbul, Turkey - from $699 roundtrip after taxes!

I've been waiting a long time for this! Turkey has always been near the top of my list of places on this planet that I want to check out (and it's a long list). Fares are rarely cheap though, and usually hover around a minimum of $1100-$1200 roundtrip after taxes.

But then KLM decided to have a contest, and thanks to a little assistance from YUL Deals followers, well, here we are. I can't emphasize enough how rare an opportunity this is. If you've ever wanted to visit Turkey at an insane price, this is your chance.

At the time of this writing they haven't officially announced the winner, but I can see that they've already loaded the cheap fares to Istanbul into the system on KLM.com. In fact, I just bought my tickets. The bottom price looks to be $699 roundtrip after taxes.

To find them, you can just go to http://www.klm.com and search for flights from Montreal to Istanbul.

The cheap fare period is from mid October 2012 to May 5th of 2013 ! So it's a pretty wide date range that you can choose from. KLM has stated that the cheap fares will be in the system for 48 hours.

Personally, I would aim for October 2012 or late April 2013. Both would be great times to visit Turkey, with good weather and less tourists. Here's a link to historical weather for Istanbul.

Update: People have also reported booking with a multiple-night stopover in Amsterdam for pretty much the same price. 2 trips in one! For those that don't know how to do this, it's really easy. I've created a short tutorial, which you can find in the forums.

screenshot from KLM.com


I've already created a Google Map to outline the places in Turkey I want to check out:

https://tinyurl.com/7moz2s9

Istanbul, Turkey


Cappadocia, Turkey


Pamukkale, Turkey


If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited about this deal! If anyone has any recommendations on places to check out in Turkey, please leave a comment.

See you in Turkey!

(NOTE: If you're interested in visiting Amsterdam, give it a try, you'll find it's a lot cheaper than usual as well, although not as good a deal as Istanbul.)

HEADS UP: Looks like Air Canada is matching the prices to Amsterdam and Istanbul...

https://www.AirCanada.com/en/offers/air/ams_ist/ams_ist.html#YUL-INT-YULIST

HEADS UP 2: Now it looks like every airline is matching the insanity to Istanbul !

Air France (should be possible to get a free stopover in Paris)
Delta
Lufthansa
United

Example search on Kayak: https://www.kayak.com/flights/#/YUL-IST/2012-10-17-flexible/2012-10-31-flexible

If anyone needs help on planning their trip to Turkey, there is a great resource from the guy who literally wrote the book on Turkey (for Lonely Planet and others) - http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/

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2012
11
June
KLM asking people to vote on which city they should put on sale

UPDATE:

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2011
2
June
Montreal to Turkey, Greece, Italy, or Spain - $499 to $599 roundtrip after tax

Air Transat seems to have dropped the price of June flights to some of their destinations.

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2011
10
May
Montreal to Istanbul, Turkey - $698 roundtrip after tax

Update @ 3:26PM: If you can go May 15-23 there's one for $598 roundtrip after tax!

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