Browsing Tag: IST

First security checkpoint at the entrance to Istanbul-Ataturk's International Terminal.

First security checkpoint at the entrance to Istanbul-Ataturk’s International Terminal, taken in April 2015.

This post was updated June 30, 2016 at 8:39am PT

On June 28, explosions and gunfire were reported outside the terminal building at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST). We have ended our live updates, but will continue to add new relevant information as it comes through. Our thoughts are with all those affected, as well as their families and loved ones.

Turkish Airlines economy cabin in a 777-300 ER.

Turkish Airlines economy cabin in a 777-300ER

Just recently I wrote about my business class experience from Chicago to Istanbul. After just two full days on the ground in beautiful and historic Istanbul, it was time to head home. I was still beaming from the “wow factor” I had on the nine-hour flight in, and had high hopes that I might secure a battlefield upgrade for a second time. Sadly, fate was not in my favor and I would be taking the eleven-hour transatlantic trek in the second-to-last row of an almost full 777-300ER. Bad news for me, good news for our editors, and you, our loyal readers. You want more economy class reviews? You got it!

Istanbul-Ataturk Airport is Turkish Airlines' home base.

Istanbul-Ataturk Airport is Turkish Airlines’ home base

As part of our honeymoon trip, we managed to stretch one award ticket into eight segments around Europe. It took some research, but if you know the rules, you can push the limits and get the most value for your hard-earned miles and points.

This flight from Istanbul (IST) to Vienna (VIE) was the first leg of our European tour. We had previously flown from San Francisco via Paris on Air France, connecting to a regional Air France flight to Istanbul.  After spending a whopping one night in Istanbul, it was time to head out for the next leg of our whirlwind journey on a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321.