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Air Berlin Flights Now Bookable With American Miles

by on October 8, 2011 · 14 comments

in Air Berlin, American, Oneworld

Air Berlin, Europe’s fifth largest airline, will soon be an official part of the Oneworld alliance and in the meantime their awards are already bookable using American Airlines (and soon other Oneworld airlines) miles. It was announced last summer that they’d be joining Oneworld and as part of my blog post last July, I highlighted a couple interesting aspects of Air Berlin:

1) Air Berlin will allow east coast Oneworld flyers non-stop access to Germany via JFK, Miami and Ft. Myers. Currently, all Oneworld flights to Germany either go non-stop through Dallas, or connect in Europe.

2) With the addition of Air Berlin, Oneworld will now have great access to Iceland. Air Berlin operates over 1/3 of the flights out of Reykjavik.

3) Air Berlin serves more cities in Germany than Lufthansa (23 in total). Their main hubs are Berlin and Dusseldorf vs Lufthansa’s strongholds of Frankfurt and Munich.

4) US non-stop routes include Dusseldorf from : JFK, MIA, RSW (Fort Meyers, FL), LAX and SFO. See their full route map here.

While Air Berlin is a semi-low cost carrier, they do have a fleet of Airbus A330s equipped with a decent business class and from what I’ve seen so far, coach availability looks really generous. When I called to book an award, fees were low too- less than $50 roundtrip, so it does not look like there are fuel surcharges.

Simple award interface, including a calendar view

Overall, this is a nice enhancement to anyone with Oneworld miles looking for more options to Europe. To search Air Berlin award availability you need to sign up for a Top Bonus account here. When signing up, you’ll be given the option to purchase a  Service Card for 79 euros. This will give you access to advance seat assignments (including exit rows and premium seats), increased baggage allowance and other small customer service perks. This probably only makes sense if you fly Air Berlin several times a year.

Service Card benefits


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  • cvarming

    I would think that SK flies to iceland all year, but feel free to correct me.

  • MJLouise

    Are these bookable using BA miles too? How are the taxes / fees / YQ from the US?

  • Anonymous

    Fees are low. I haven’t tried using BA yet- haven’t had the time to deal with their call center!

  • Anonymous

    You are correct- I updated that bullet point

  • Avi4

    Any thoughts on Business Class Product?

  • PJ

    hmmm no more 75K sign on bonus ?

  • mike a.

    I heard from a few people that their business product is more like domestic first. Still for the price, can’t beat it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Roberts/1623624439 John Roberts

    I’ve flown JFK-DUS several times on their business class. The seats are better than US domestic First, but they are big old 1990′s first class seats – nothing close to Air New Zealand pods or even British Airways 767 business class. No lie-flat beds here! The food is very good, though, and generally there are not a lot of business class passengers; my conflict comes with the fact that baggage service is unreliable and the general experience is a low-cost airline. (For my last AB business class experience, I flew ZRH-DUS-LAX. Perfect example of AB not really “having it” with business class passengers: when I went to check in at the Air Berlin business class desk in Zurich, which clearly said “Business Class”, the uncooperative Swiss woman behind the desk happily told me “Business class doesn’t exist on Air Berlin”. I got her to swap out for someone better informed. On landing in LAX, I discovered my bags hadn’t made it past DUS and they took 2 DAYS to arrive). I’m not sure that’s worth the savings.

  • Cotter77

    I cant figure out how to find multi-leg AB flights on the AB webite…am i doing something wrong? I can find JFK to Berlin or Dussledorf but not connections through to greece.

  • JNYC

    Thanks so much for replying to my email about this!

  • d7fresh

    Hey Brian, any idea when Air Berlin will become a full One World member? I’m flying with them in February and I want to be able to get BA points if possible.

    Also, just to add my 2 cents, I’ve flown with Air Berlin several times (coach) and always enjoyed it. Plus when you fly on their short haul flights in Europe, they have very tasty complimentary sandwiches.

  • Michelledayan1

    I know you posted this a while ago but I’m finding very high fees! ($478 on a $973 flight!!) Any ways to get around this? Doesn’t seem worth it to use 50,000 miles for this…

  • Nancyl

    Can you tell me if I can transfer Amex Rewards points to British air and then use those Avios to book on Air Berlin? Thanks, so much.

  • progapanda

    Yes, you can. Call them though, availability doesn’t always show up BA.com.

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