Turkish Airlines has made several adjustments, like most airlines, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The most recent adjustment was the cancellation of all international flights through April 17. Now, they have extended that date even further to include all of April.
Turkish Airlines Extends the Cancellation of International Flights
All the airlines are feeling the pain of people not traveling and some are grounding their entire fleets for a time as a result. Unlike Emirates and Etihad that plan to resume some of their flights as early as next week, Turkish Airlines went and extending their canceled flight period.
Originally, Turkish was going to keep flying to 5 cities, two of which where in the US. This meant that Turkish was a viable option for people from around the world who wanted to get back home to the US. But, they later canceled even those flights until April 17.
Now, they have announced that all international flights will be canceled until May 1. This means that you should have received notice from Turkish if you had any flights in April. Here are your options for dealing with those flights:
- Flexible Change – This lets you call in whenever to book your new flights without paying any change fee or fare difference
- Open Ticket – If you do not know what you want to do yet, you can simply convert your ticket to an Open Ticket (as long as it is done one hour before your original departure). This lets you rebook at a later time to any serviced destination in the original region without paying any increase in fare or change fee – as long as it is in the original class of travel
- Miles Exchange – If your flight was canceled, you can actually convert the value of your ticket to Turkish Airline miles at the rate of 1,000 miles for every €10 in cost. This means that if you paid €450 for a flight that has been canceled, you can instead opt for 45,000 miles. This could be great if you have some ideas on where you want to use those miles.
- Refund – If your flight was canceled, you can opt for a refund but you will have to wait until 2 months following the end of the pandemic, currently set at June 30, 2020 as the earliest date. Consider this strongly before going for this option as you could end up waiting months to get your money back.
Now, if you are not able to handle the change online, you can submit your change request through the form on this page.