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Use Your Star Alliance Miles to Go to Baghdad

(Thanks, USA Today…)

Looking for a fun spot to use your United Mileage Plus miles?  Does Baghdad sound good?  I mean, everyone says the so-called Surge has made it safe there, right?  Certainly you can travel there no problem.  And if you have 40,000 Mileage Plus miles you can go there for free:  Turkish Airlines announced that it will begin 3-day-a-week service to Baghdad beginning at the end of October.  For some reason, Iraq is not listed as one of the countries available in the Star Alliance Award chart, but I’m guessing that’ll change now that there’s nonstop service.  40,000 miles is a steal!  Have fun!

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  1. Actually Star Alliance has been flying to Iraq for quite some time now. I flew on Austrian Airlines to the northern city of Erbil earlier this year, but the service started a couple of years ago.

    For those with miles in another alliance, Royal Jordanian Airlines (a Oneworld airline) flies from Amman to Baghdad. I’m not sure if there are any SkyTeam flights to Iraq yet, but I guess it is only a matter of time.

  2. I completely forgot about the flights to Erbil…how was it there? Kurdistan is supposed to be pretty amazing…

  3. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to stay there, but I did write up about the flights in a trip report on Flyer Talk.

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