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Saturday, July 13th 2024

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Saskatoon to Istanbul, Turkey - from $743 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.

I can't emphasize enough how rare an opportunity this is, especially from Saskatoon. If you've ever wanted to visit Turkey at an insane price, this is your chance.

To find the fares, you can just go to http://www.klm.com and search for flights from Saskatoon 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: Now it looks like every airline is matching the insanity to Istanbul !

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

Example search on Kayak: https://www.kayak.com/flights/#/YYC-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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5 Responses to "Saskatoon to Istanbul, Turkey - from $743 roundtrip after taxes!"

    Has Dan been here?
       Dan on June 12th, 2012

    Holy freakin' moly! Thank you so much for this! I just booked Saskatoon to Istanbul, Istanbul to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Saskatoon in March/April 2013 for $806!! I can hardly even fly across Canada for that.

    I am so pumped. There were only 3 seats left on a couple of the flights and the price jumped much higher if I tried different destinations, dates or directions.

    Again, thank you very, very much for the notice. I had planned to travel to the Netherlands in 2013 anyway (I lived there previously, so wanted to go back), and have always wanted to go to Turkey, and this deal just blew my mind.

    Again, I am very grateful for this service you provide.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 12th, 2012

    Awesome, thanks Dan! Have a great trip! For everyone else, I've updated the blog post with how to book a layover in Amsterdam for little or no extra cost.

    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 Kelly been here?
       Kelly on June 15th, 2012

    Thanks so much for this. Turkey wasn't really on my radar until I saw this fantastic deal. Booked tickets last night for our winter vacation this year and am super pumped for this holiday.

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

    Have fun Kelly! I'm pretty pumped for it as well. I've heard nothing but amazing things about Turkey.

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