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Old 04-23-2016, 09:41 AM
 
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I'm seeing better reviews for Turkish.

Air Berlin is direct.

Turkish stops in Istanbul but is $200 cheaper.

Which would you choose?

sorry if this should be in the Travel section
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Turkish Airlines. Hands down.

Better quality and you might get a free layover in Istanbul.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:52 AM
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Be prepared that if you have a layover and choose to leave the airport to explore Istanbul, you must pay for your "visa" online by credit card ($20 USD).

It used to be visa paid on arrival but changed it for security reasons due to jihadists using Turkey as a spring board to get into neighboring Syria.

Other than that, Turkish Airlines all the way!!!!
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Europe
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Turkish Airlines. Hands down.

Better quality and you might get a free layover in Istanbul.
I am going to be 2 hours in Istanbul airport next summer. In my case I think I won't have any of those advantages
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany previous in AZ, CA, AL, NJ,
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I can't imagine flying all the way to Istanbul if the destination is Berlin. That must be an extra 2 hours flight from Chicago to Istanbul, then 2 hours from Istantul to Berlin. That doesn't count layover time in Istanbul. So that probably adds up to an extra 5 or 6 travel hours minimum.

For me, I'd take Air Berlin. I've been on their flights several times in the past 4 years, and it's nothing to rave about but nothing to gripe about either. No different from most other airlines, and most important they were right on schedule. The flights I took on Air Berlin were not jam packed, so there was actually some elbow room with some empty seats around. Either way you still arrive at Tegel Airport, which looks almost the same today as it did back in the mid-1970s when I was an young Army guy stationed in Germany.
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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I can't imagine flying all the way to Istanbul if the destination is Berlin.
Good point, and thanks for pointing that out. I don't know why I wasn't paying attention to the flight times. The flight through Istanbul is literally twice as long as the Air Berlin flight. 16 hours vs. 8.5.

Even though Turkish looks to be the better airline and it would be cool to possibly spend a day in Istanbul, I will save that route for another time.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:48 PM
 
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If you have the time and want to save money - take Turkey. Friend of mine just flew - he said the service was excellent.


If you don't want to have a loooooooooooong trip, take Berlin.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:08 PM
 
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Check out Wow airlines.
From LA, SF, DC, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal to Iceland and then Berlin. A short 1-3 hour layover in Iceland can seriously reduce fares.

WOW air - Cheap flights to Iceland and Europe
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:13 PM
 
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Thanks. I actually normally fly Condor to Germany, and Icelandic back home. I did not know Wow had operations to the USA. Condor canceled my normal route so I will see what Wow has to offer.

edit: WOW... Wow is only $560 from LAX to SXF for my dates. Round trip!

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Old 04-28-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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Thanks. I actually normally fly Condor to Germany, and Icelandic back home. I did not know Wow had operations to the USA. Condor canceled my normal route so I will see what Wow has to offer.

edit: WOW... Wow is only $560 from LAX to SXF for my dates. Round trip!
That's without a checked bag, and with a very small carry-on (<11lbs). Add $100 for a more normal carry-on (<26lbs), add $135 per checked bag (max 45lbs each). $40 more to select your seat. Not sure about food.

Price can be great if you fly bare bones, otherwise it adds up.
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