This week, we’re diving into the captivating world of Istanbul, where every turn is a discovery and every moment an adventure. Jess and Pam have been there, explored its wonders, and are thrilled to show you how to experience this magical city using the clever art of points and miles.
Picture this: You’re cruising high above, nestled in business class, sipping a welcome drink, en route to an unforgettable Istanbul escapade. Jess has got the scoop on snagging those coveted business class seats using airline miles, ensuring your journey is as enchanting as the destination. Utilizing credit card miles, your dream flight to Istanbul is closer than you think.
Istanbul’s accommodations aren’t just places to rest; they’re part of the experience. Hear Jess rave about her experience at the Park Hyatt Istanbul. Transferring Hyatt points between friends allowed her and three girlfriends to stay for $0! We also share Jess and Pam’s contrasting experiences with the traditional Turkish Hamam, a story you won’t want to miss!
Istanbul is full of experiences! Whether you’re soaking in the history at the Hagia Sophia, wandering through the bustling Grand Bazaar, or cruising the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s allure is endless. And with our insider tips, you’ll enjoy these wonders while making savvy use of your travel budget.
This might all sound like a dream, but it’s all within reach, thanks to points and miles. Ready to embark on an Istanbul adventure like no other? Press play on this episode, and let us take you through the mesmerizing streets of Istanbul, showing you how to make your travel dreams a reality, without stretching your wallet. Happy travels!
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01:11 Planning the Trip: Choosing the Destination
01:49 Booking the Flights: Award Travel Strategies
03:05 The Benefits of Getting Friends into Points and Miles
04:55 Booking the Flights: Using Points and Miles
07:50 Arriving in Istanbul: First Impressions and Transportation
10:28 Accommodation: Staying at the Park Hyatt Istanbul
17:41 Exploring Istanbul: Location and Accessibility
18:49 Navigating Istanbul: Public Transportation and Taxi Apps
22:05 The Hamam Experience: Pam’s Hilarious Story
25:48 The Hamam Experience: Jess’s Story
30:47 Exploring Istanbul: Guided Tours and Sunset Cruises
34:51 Istanbul: A Family-Friendly Destination
35:24 Traveling with Friends: The Benefits of Shared Experiences
36:05 Conclusion: Istanbul, A Must-Visit Destination
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