Turkish Airlines Reinstates Istanbul Stopover Deal

Complimentary hotel nights will be offered to those departing from 57 countries around the world.

Overlooking Istanbul’s Galata Tower and the Golden Horn at dusk. (Photo: ugurhan/iStock)

Travelers with longer layovers in Istanbul can look forward to discovering the myriad charms of the continent-straddling city with a free stay, thanks to the relaunch of Turkish Airlines’ stopover service. This was first offered in 2017 but eventually suspended when the Covid-19 pandemic hit; now that caseloads across the world are dropping, the carrier has chosen to continue the special promotion “to elevate the passenger experience to a new level.”

Turkey’s flag carrier says it will provide eligible transit passengers with a one-night stay in a four-star hotel for economy class and a two-night stay in a five-star hotel for business class, which can be redeemed with a hotel voucher issued after the purchase of tickets. On top of these complimentary nights, passengers will have the option of lengthening their stay at contracted hotels where room rates start at just US$49 per night.

Turkish Airlines General Manager Bilal Ekşi said in a statement, “We aim to show the Turkish hospitality and unique wonders of Istanbul to our passengers opting for stopover accommodation service while contributing to tourism in Turkey and increasing the number of transfer passengers of Turkish Airlines.”

Over 57,000 travelers departing from 108 cities across 42 countries have benefited from the stopover service so far. To support Turkey’s tourism sector, the scope of this project will soon be expanded to 15 new countries in 2022. Customers departing from Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand are already eligible to receive vouchers for the free hotel stays in Istanbul, while those flying in from Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam will soon be afforded the same privilege.

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