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Today has been hot day for international airfare as Air France is offering round trip tickets to Istanbul from a number of US cities, including Houston, at very good prices. For Houston I see dates as low as $598 round trip not just for economy, but for premium economy. Other cities available in the $500 – $600 RT range are United hubs Chicago and Washington Dulles.
If you aren’t familiar with premium economy, it is much better than economy as you can see here, though of course not quite business class.
As shared by The Flight Deal, the deal is valid for travel on the outbound from March 28th – May 15th or August 24th – October 25th for Sunday through Wednesday departures from the United States and Monday through Thursday departures to the United States. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.
I was able to price the trip out successfully on Orbitz. If I took the trip, I would credit the miles to Alaska Airlines.
If you do make the trip to Istanbul, note that there are lots of hotel options for point redemptions.