Pegasus Airlines is a budget airline that connects Turkey to its European neighbors like the more popular competition RyanAir. It hasn’t received much attention by travelers looking for budget flights within Europe, but it does provide some options that can save travel time and money. It’s been around since 1990, but didn’t offer frequent flights until it was sold in 2005. Now, it services flights all over Turkey and Europe, but the best rates per route are for those that are either in or out of Turkey rather than on trans-European routes.
Pegasus offers codeshare with four other airlines, Air Berlin (Oneworld), Azerbaijan Airlines, IZair and KLM (SkyTeam.) KLM and Pegasus signed a codeshare agreement this past May so that KLM flights now stop at any airport that Pegasus is serviced. And while you cannot use any One World points to book directly with Pegasus, Air Berlin offering a codeshare with Pegasus will allow you to get to one of Turkey’s popular destinations.
Turkey has some of the most popular and beautiful destinations for people to vacation in. Pegasus’s hubs are basically all over Turkey so it offers affordable flights from Europe to the popular destinations that could be found in epics like Homer’s Odyssey.
November Round Trip Rates
Istanbul → Milan $153
London → Denizli $464
Brussels→ Istanbul $195
Copenhagen → Bodrum $325
When to Use Pegasus
I would only use Pegasus if it’s the cheapest option for travel and a stopover is not available with your original route to make the destination a free stop. A stopover is a connection that lasts at least four hours and up to a year from the validity of the ticket. For example, I have a flight scheduled from Portland to Istanbul as the original destination, but I intend to travel to Denizli, Turkey to explore Pamukkale as well as the coastal region. Booked with Pegasus, a round trip to Denizli from Istanbul would cost about $70 which is a good rate, but because United allows international stopovers, I included Denizli as my stopover, saving $70 on what becomes a free flight.
It’s not recommended to use Pegasus or any other budget airline as a connection flight especially if you think you will be cutting close on time. The different airports Pegasus serves tend to be out of smaller airports and not necessarily where your transfer flight is out of so it’s not worth the risk of not making your next flight.
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