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Unabled to use Miles to travel to Istanbul

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1. Posted by thasanof (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

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Been saving United Mileage plus miles [300K] for years, in hopes of using them to travel to Turkey [business class, I'm a big boy]. Turkish air won't accept them.

I wonder if we can use the miles to travel is a major European city [using miles for business class], then purchase another flight to Istanbul.

Any thoughts? Advice?

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 649 posts) 1y

I'm no expert but it looks like both United and Turkish are Star Alliance members so it should work. Do you need to go via Star or swap your United points to Star ones or something?

Failing that look at which other Star members fly there.

The question for me is why Turkish won't accept your points? What did they say?

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 1y

Since you asked for another routing, why not just fly as far as Rome on United (Chicago to Rome is 4,800 miles), and then you can take either Thai, Delta, or Alitalia airlines to go the last 800 miles or so.

You can book your reward travel on United at the following website:

Enjoy your trip to Istanbul.

4. Posted by jenniemc08 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

If worst comes to worst or for a flight back, has some pretty cheap tickets from Istanbul to the US, like $400. Worth a look if you're having trouble cashing in your miles.

5. Posted by simpletrippin (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Last time I checked, Turkish Air is a United Partner. When you book your flight thru United, the Turkish Air flights should show up below the United Air flights. We flew from Houston IAH last summer to Istanbul using United points. The flight from Houston to London was on UAL, the flight from London to Istanbul was on Turkish Air.
Our daughter met us in Turkey and she used United points, but flew (1st class) on Turkish Air.

Hope this helps!