Singapore Airlines kicks off Turkish Airlines USA codeshares

By Chris Chamberlin , July 8 2014
Singapore Airlines kicks off Turkish Airlines USA codeshares

Singapore Airlines codeshare flights on Turkish Airlines are now live for travel to to North America.

The arrangements see Singapore Airlines placing its SQ flight code on Turkish Airlines-operated flights between its hub of Istanbul Atatürk and Chicago, Houston, New York (JFK) and Washington (Dulles) in the United States.

By booking a codeshare flight, members of Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program can earn miles at the Singapore Airlines rates, regardless of which airline takes flight.

However, members looking to upgrade to business class using KrisFlyer miles are advised to book onto the Turkish Airlines (TK) flight code.

That’s because upgrades processed through KrisFlyer can only be completed on SQ-coded and operated flights, or on non-codeshare flights of its Star Alliance partner airlines.

Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer cardholders won’t benefit from Singapore Airlines’ latest codeshare arrangements, as Turkish Airlines isn’t party to the Velocity program.

Velocity members continue to earn points and status credits on Singapore Airlines-operated flights with an SQ, MI or VA code, along with Singapore Airlines codeshares on SilkAir and Virgin Australia.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Interesting! IST is not even a primary SQ port! 


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