If I book Manila to São Paulo (with a stopover in Istanbul) on Turkish Airlines I only earn 1,250 miles in my account.

But if I book Manila to Istanbul, it's 7,082 miles. Why does the shorter flight earn more points?

  • Did you already travel and earn those miles, or did you just check prices and miles on the Turkish Airlines website? If you already travelled, what fare class is each of the legs (this should be visible on your e-ticket or boarding passes, sometimes on the miles statement), and did you get the miles for all the flights already? If you haven't traveled yet, what are the dates and the fare classes (it shows up next to the flight number, e.g. "Economy Promotion (L)"? The minimum number of miles (one way) should be 3058 miles.
    – jcaron
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:32

It depends on the fare classes on the tickets. See the following links.

Wikipedia: Fare basis code.

Turkish Airlines: Counting miles based on fare class.

PS: Interesting video explaining fare classes pricing.

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    Generally, that means that cheaper tickets get less miles for the same route (though this is not an absolute rule, as fares of various fare classes may overlap).
    – jcaron
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:18
  • Nevertheless, there's something wrong here... MNL-IST-GRU is 12232 miles. Even the cheapest ticket (W,P,F,U) would get 25% = 3058 miles.
    – jcaron
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:23
  • @jcaron As I don't have enough reputation can you comment on the question to ask for more information?
    – yekurtal
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:28
  • I had class V ticket which means I should still get 50% but only end up getting roughly 3000 miles. Their mileage calculator seems to be wrong because it shows 1250 for all class (MNL-GRU)
    – mightymau
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:39
  • @mightymau Did you get the miles for all flights? On a class V ticket you should get 2842 miles for MNL-IST and 3273 for IST-GRU (for a ticket bought from TK on a flight with a TK flight number operated by TK, rules may be very different in other circumstances).
    – jcaron
    Jan 4 '19 at 11:45

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