Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at Istanbul

If there is one place I would love to be stranded, it would be here – The Turkish Airlines Business Class lounge at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.  This place is so colossal and grand, it takes a good day to really enjoy all the amenities this place has to offer. You have everything you need from a bed, a shower, and plenty of food, to make the long journey even better.  Business Class passengers traveling with Turkish Airlines, Miles&Smiles Elite and Elite Plus cardholders traveling in Comfort or Economy Class, Star Alliance Gold and Turkish Airlines Corporate Club members can use Lounge Istanbul and enjoy all its services.  The place is a like a two level mall, with eateries in just about every corner of the space.  We landed about 5 P.M. local time, and our Kuala Lumpur flight was scheduled to depart at 12:40 A.M., so we had some serious time to burn, and eat, and sleep, and eat some more.  I wasted no time, and headed to the pide station.  As usual, there was a long line of people waiting to get the freshly made, Turkish style pizzas.  They were perfectly made, with minced meat, spices, and a crispy crust.  I also enjoyed an ayran (Turkish yogurt drink) with it.

After scarfing down the pide, I needed something sweet to finish it off, so I headed to the dessert section.  There was an array of baklava, Turkish delights, and other pastries, that complemented my cappuccino perfectly!

They also have a kids section, with a small playground, which kept the girls busy for sometime, and let us enjoy a little quiet time, which was nice. While they were playing in the kids section, I went over the the pool hall, to people watch, and enjoy a Turkish coffee.

If you go there, dont forget to try the Thai food station. This was pretty popular as the dishes weren’t that bad, actually.  It was quite spicy, and they did their homework on what Thai food should taste like.

 

Lock up your bags and roam around

 

The place is so huge, with spiral staircases, and cool lighting. One thing I forgot to mention is a massage therapist who walks around and gives you shoulder rubs. I totally forgot to do that, as I as too busy eating my way through the lounge.  Oh well, next time…..I promise !

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The Lufthansa 50,000 Miles&More offer is back!! (Expired)

Some time ago, Barclaycards released the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard®. Well, great news! It’s back for another session. You can now get up to 50,000 miles 35,000 miles for spending a mere $5,000 within the first 3 months. This card has a lot of value in my opinion, because you can redeem them for TWO Round Trip tickets on United Airlines domestically.  However, you can also use the miles to fly to Europe on Lufthansa, or any Star Alliance carriers for a mere 50,000 miles ROUND-TRIP! Just look at the map below and you can get an idea of how much it costs to go where with these miles. If you do not have a Miles&More account, open one up for FREE .

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee.

There’s some hidden beauty in this deal because I get a lot of questions from friends on how to get free airfare to Hawaii. Well, this could very well give you airfare to Hawaii for $79 (annual fee charge). I think that’s pretty darn good.

Secondly, Miles&More members get better availability for award seats on Lufthansa, than it’s partners like United. You can easily redeem your miles for an award ticket to Europe without the headaches of trying to redeem United miles to fly Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines to Europe.

Sometimes, they offer Mileage Bargain redemptions, which reduces the cost of award travel to 30,000 miles for coach travel to Europe and 55,000 miles in business class, round-trip to Europe. I think that’s another great feature of having the card.

Summary

The Lufthansa Miles&More Mastercard is great travel rewards card to get, if you want two free domestic tickets.  The value in redeeming 50,000 miles covers the cost of the annual-fee no problem.  There are great reward options to be had, such as round trip to Europe for 50,000 miles. The miles can be easily redeemed for flights on Lufthansa and other Star Alliance carriers.

 

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