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Friday, December 3rd 2021

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Vancouver to Istanbul, Turkey - from $700 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 *never* cheap though, and usually hover around a minimum of $1300-$1400 roundtrip after taxes.

But then KLM decided to have a contest, and thanks to a little assistance from YVR 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 $700 roundtrip after taxes, but the majority are in the range of $750 roundtrip after taxes (as KLM promised they would be), depending on the dates.

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


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...


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)
Austrian Airlines

Example search on Kayak: https://www.kayak.com/flights/#/YVR-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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13 Responses to "Vancouver to Istanbul, Turkey - from $700 roundtrip after taxes!"

    Has Adem been here?
       Adem on June 13th, 2012

    Thank you for the deal update. We voted for that on facebook and I think it worked. My friends started buying the tickets already.

    Has Kean Graham been here?
       Kean Graham on June 13th, 2012


    Is there a way to get this deal as a one way from Turkey back to Vancouver?


    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 13th, 2012

    Unfortunately I don't think so Kean. Could be worth looking at a cheap one way fare from Istanbul to Amsterdam or London, and then a cheap one way fare from one of those two cities on Air Transat.

    Has Nick been here?
       Nick on June 14th, 2012

    Hi Chris,

    Do you know how often KLM (or other airlines) have fares this cheap for Istanbul? My wife and I are planning a trip to Tehran for next summer, and this flying via Istanbul at this rate will save us a considerable amount of money. Unfortunately, we don't have our dates worked out. Do you think we'll see this rate again in the near future or should we jump on it and make our trip work around it?

    The deals you find are unbelievable! Keep up the good work!


    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 14th, 2012

    Hi Nick,

    It's an extremely rare event for sure. Delta did have a sale in 2011 though, so I suppose it could be a once a year type of event, although it's impossible to say for sure. The other issue is that I don't think such a price has ever been offered for summer travel.

    Has Jon been here?
       Jon on June 14th, 2012


    Commenting on your YVR-IST deal about the stopover, I hope you noticed that you also
    can get a free stopver on Air Canada in any of the following:


    Although you can't stop in AMS, seems like a good selection!

    Has Kathy been here?
       Kathy on June 14th, 2012

    Fantastic deal. Two of my coworker booked. I went last year in May and flight was $1500+. Love Your Alerts!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 14th, 2012

    Looks like the cheap fares are going back up to double the price on KLM. Other airlines likely to follow suit.

    Best chance for anyone looking last minute might be to try on Kayak and see if the price can be verified on any airline. Sometimes certain places will be able to offer cheap tickets a little longer after the fare is put back up by the airline.

    Has GemmyN been here?
       GemmyN on June 15th, 2012

    Thanks so much for this saweeet deal! and all your info on sites etc.
    We are heading out mid Oct...
    Just so you know, if the deal is still on and anyone wants to book still.....

    We clicked in as a "multi - stop" or multiple destinations as you recommended
    -then just to see the price we had our stopover in Amsterdam for 4 nights, pressed the magic button...and voila! The price worked out cheaper than the original fare and we got to fly out a day earlier on the best optional flying time!!!
    $718 instead of $745 all incl. and a second country now in the mix for FREE!
    Yes, it can't really get much better than this....unless you want to fly to Toronto and spend that same amount??
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
    We'd love to buy you a drink over there on us if you are going in Oct!

    Has kc been here?
       kc on June 18th, 2012

    gemmyN. how did you get it so cheap. i just tried and it is still $1500 per person. i did it from vancouver to amsterdam to ist and same on the way back. leaving in april 2013.
    i love turkey and i totally missed this smoking deal by a day :(

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 18th, 2012

    Unfortunately it is indeed now over. For anyone that wants to make sure they don't miss out on a deal, you might want to sign up for alerts at:


    Has Sinem Alugan been here?
       Sinem Alugan on June 19th, 2012

    Im unable to find this deal. Did they remove it from the site?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 19th, 2012

    Sinem: This deal expired on Thursday, after the 48 hour sale period was over.

    For anyone that wants to make sure they don't miss out on a deal, you might want to sign up for alerts at:


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