Turkish Airlines giving a 40% discount on airfare to healthcare workers

Jun 9, 2020

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As healthcare workers around the world continue to put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19, Turkish Airlines has come up with a way to say thank you. The Turkish national airline is offering 40% off flights to anywhere in the world for any healthcare worker who registers for the promotion.

If you’re a health care worker, all you need to do is register before 18 July by heading to this page on the airline’s website. If you’re not already a member, you’ll be asked to sign up to become a member of Miles&Smiles, the airline’s loyalty programme. Once you’ve signed up and provided a copy of your valid healthcare professional ID, you should receive an email within three days with a promotional code to be used at the payment page when booking flights.

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According to the terms and conditions, tickets must be purchased before 1 August for travel up to 31 May 2021 — and there are a few blackout dates. The promotion is valid on economy and business-class fares and also includes up to three other passengers booked on the same ticket. Separate promotional codes will be sent out for either domestic and international flights. The discount of 40% will be applied only to the base fare for all passengers on the same booking on both one-way and return itineraries. Unfortunately, taxes are excluded from the discount.

Turkish Airlines has an extensive route network connecting destinations across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe through its brand-new hub airport in Istanbul. For NHS workers in the U.K., you can start your journey from Birmingham (BHX), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN) and London (LGW/LHR/STN).

Related: Watch TPG UK review Turkish Airlines business and economy class

Savings are highest on business-class tickets where the cost of the airfare far outweighs the cost of the taxes and fees. Here are some examples of what you can expect to pay to some popular destinations:

For healthcare workers, a sample ticket from Birmingham (BHX) to Johannesburg (JNB) in economy would be £444 return instead of £468, with a total saving of £24.

A ticket from Manchester (MAN) to Male (MLE) in business class would be £1,847 return for healthcare workers instead of £2,647, with a total saving of £800.

And finally, a sample ticket from London (LGW) to Bangkok (BKK) in business class would be £1,537 return for healthcare workers instead of £2,141, with a total saving of £604

Here in the U.K., healthcare workers on the front line are being supported by grounded airline staff who have set up ‘first-class lounges’ in hospitals up and down the country by way of Project Wingman. TPG U.K. has teamed up with Project Wingman to try to raise funds to buy coffee machines in each of the lounges. You can help us reach our goal by donating here.

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