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Long story short, I have received several emails today about a Miles to Memories story stating that Turkish revised their award charts, increasing the price of the Sweet Spot we always discuss: One way flights in Business Class within the US for 12,500 miles / or anywhere in North America for 15,000 miles.  The 12,500 mile route includes Hawaii, making it a steal on flights of up to 11 hours (East Coast to Hawaii). Economy flights are just 7,500 miles each way. Turkish is a transfer partner of both Citi ThankYou and Capital One Miles.

In the MtM story, they say that the prices went up to 10,000 miles in economy domestically and 15,000 in business, with double miles required for connecting flights. Happily, none of this is true.

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As Nick at Frequent Miler mentions, this award chart “devaluation” actually occurred in 2019 and nothing actually changed in practice. It’s worth noting that Nick is the one that first truly discovered this sweet spot and knows the TK (Turkish) program exceedingly well.

So this is a panic scare that is two years old…

In the name of “do your own research” I still ran some searches – and despite the absolute dearth of United award availability over the next year, I was able to find enough to confirm that nothing has changed.

This connecting flight is still 7,500 miles.


12,500 miles – still in tact for a premium transcon


Still 7,500 miles in economy nonstop

So, nothing to see here, for now…

Which is to say that I do expect that ONE DAY, this sweet spot will vanish, especially now that there is a second US bank transfer partner. Happily, you don’t need to store miles at Turkish as you can always put flights on hold and then transfer in.

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