Turkish airlines ran a promotion from 8th March 2017 to 15th June 2017. I was one of the lucky ones who was targeted for the promotion. It was too good to be true.
The promotion said – 2 times status miles will be accrued on economy flights, 4 times status miles will be accrued on business flights.
This is an amazing deal. 4 times the miles for a business class flight will make a person Turkish Elite plus in 1 return flight. Amazing value for money – as you will have Star Gold for the next 4 years as well you will get 2 TK upgrades for 2 years. That in itself is amazing. On top of that the status miles are also redeemable by Turkish. I just could not believe that TK will honor such promotion.
On Flyertalk there were many people, along with me, who were doubting if TK will go through and honor the deal. The thread can be found here…
Anyways, I decided to take a chance and book a ticket to the USA in business class. I found the cheapest way was to fly from ARN to ORD on the days I wanted. I booked a flight with KLM to ARN and was all set to be Star gold for 4 years. A bit criss-cross around the world. Hey, but who is complaining, in the end it is all for a good cause.
After my trip, I quickly received the actual miles I was entitled too, without the bonus. Again there were a lot of speculations and checking TK account every few minutes. Many flyertalkers emailed TK and received a standard response that they were not eligible… bla bla. I was getting a bit impatient and few up of this. But I thought of waiting it out until the month end, which was in a few weeks. I am glad I did. TK did come through and credited 4 times the miles. It was amazing. I overnight became Elite and then Elite plus. I would say this was one of the most rewarding promotion I have ever been part off over the last 15 years.
Just glad that I was targeted and finally also relieved that TK came through their end of the bargain! Kudos to them…