Our original tickets were on Air France, SEA-CDG-IST. Return was supposed to be the same, in reverse.
2 days ago, Air France started gutting their schedule, and our flight home from CDG-SEA was cancelled as part of that. A day later, they rebooked us IST-CDG-AMS-SEA, with the last leg on Delta. Now, with Turkey banning flights to France (and Netherlands), those options are out. Our ticket home would require going through one of the Schengen countries just blocked, effectively rendering it useless. I’ll see if we can get a refund, but that has taken a back seat to creative flight planning.
With things starting to go sideways here in the past few days, I started casting around for a Plan B. I just finished pulling the trigger on that plan...
I just booked flights on Turkish Airlines nonstop from IST to SFO, then home to SEA on United - and booked that all in business class, using United FF miles (cash price would have been painful - those miles came in handy). That long nonstop flight should bypass Turkey’s flight ban to Europe, and also bypass the new Trump restrictions on flights coming from Europe (Turkey is not on the list of restricted countries).
So although this little wrinkle has caused us to tweak our plans (we will come home a few days earlier than planned, so we will only have just a couple days in Istanbul) we should be OK. It’s better than being stuck in Turkey for an extra 6 weeks or more (as much as we have enjoyed it, it feels like it’s time to head home). And we will be OK with that.
That is, as long there are no more bans or blockades declared before the plane lands in SFO. Things are happening fast, so anything’s possible....I will be a bit nervous until we’re wheels-up.