A lie-flat business-class flight for less than £100: TPG UK staff travel success story

Sep 11, 2019

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We continue to bring you the best and worst of TPG UK’s own travel stories. Recently we brought you the story of Senior Writer Ben Smithson’s strategy for outsmarting seat selection on low-cost airlines and how it failed miserably for him on a recent Vueling flight.

This week, a success story from Ben and a little-known trick if you’re ever in Turkey.

“Turkey is a big country, so it can make sense to fly from city to city. Domestic economy flights on full-service carrier Turkish Airlines are astonishingly cheap — even when booked at the last minute. How cheap? I’m talking £19 for a flight leaving tomorrow from Istanbul to Antalya or Bodrum. Forget printing your boarding pass and only taking a tiny carry-on bag like you might be used to with flights this cheap. This price includes checked baggage, airport check-in (or online if you choose) and even a meal by world renown caterer Do&Co

And there are two other little tricks that make this deal even better. While short-haul business-class fares on most European airlines can easily be £300+ one-way, business class on Turkish domestic flights is very affordable, with many routes less than £100 every single day. But given these flights are only an hour or two in length, why bother with business class on a domestic flight? 

That brings me to the third trick. Turkish uses wide-body, long-haul aircraft on many domestic flights, meaning you can have the full business-class experience with a lie-flat seat for less than £100. This is amazing value. When searching for domestic Turkish flights, look for Boeing 777, Boeing 787 or Airbus A330 as the aircraft type and you’ll have the long-haul seat.

Why not treat yourself?”

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Featured image by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy

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