I saved a ton of money on an international flight by flying a top-rated airline most people would never think to take, and it was one of the best economy trips I've had yet

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  • Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey,
    operating in over 300 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the
    Americas.
  • Considered one of the largest airlines in the world,
    Turkish Airlines is consistently ranked in the top 20 airlines in
    the world by consumer aviation
    website Skytrax
    .
  • Key to the
    airline’s strategy
    is offering American passengers one-stop
    flight itineraries to far-out destinations in the Middle East,
    Africa, and India.
  • I decided to fly Turkish Airlines’ economy-class cabin
    on a flight from New York to Dubai. Taking the flight, which
    included a stopover in Istanbul, saved me $500 on airfare, and
    included a free tour of the city. And the flight was one of the
    best economy experiences I’ve had yet.

One rule I follow when flying internationally: When in doubt,
fly wih a flag carrier.

One look at
rankings of the best airlines
in the world confirms that
wisdom. Up and down the list are flag carriers like Qatar Airways,
Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Etihad Airways, among
others.

In my experience, flag carriers tend to go above and beyond
other airlines. They usually have state backing and an implicit
mandate to serve as an advertisement for the country they hail
from. 

Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Turkish Airlines all offer
stopover programs that include free hotels or tours if you have a
long layover. If you’ve ever been curious about Doha, Dubai, or
Istanbul, those programs are a great way to get a glimpse.

When I was booking a recent trip to Dubai, I spotted that some
of the best airfares in terms of both price, departure time, and
length were with Turkish Airlines, one of the largest airlines in
the world and one of the highest ranked by consumer aviation
website Skytrax
.

I’d never been to Istanbul before so I decided to pick one of
the economy-class itineraries that had a 18-hour layover in the
city, enough time to run to all of the main sites.  It cost me
around $800 round trip. Other flights to Dubai were around
$1300.

Read on to see what I thought of my flight on Turkish Airlines,
departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to
Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and then onward to Dubai International
Airport, operated on an Airbus A330-300 and a Boeing 777-300ER.

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Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey, operating in over
300 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It
flies to more countries than any other airline.

But I’d never thought to take it before. These days the big flag
carriers that everyone flies are Emirates and Qatar Airways. But
Turkish Airlines offers many of the same benefits — great
service, fairly new planes, and one-stop itineraries to far
destinations.

My flight to Dubai (via Istanbul) was due for a little after 1 p.m.
Boarding went relatively quickly.


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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
I saved a ton of money on an international flight by flying a top-rated airline most people would never think to take, and it was one of the best economy trips I've had yet