airberlin is a oneworld airline, partner of American and British Airways, that’s largely controlled by UAE-based Etihad.
They have a great business class product for long haul travel, and they do not add fuel surcharges to their fares. That means when redeeming miles, even British Airways miles for travel across the Atlantic, there are no fuel surcharges.
Unfortunately they pulled the Dallas service before it began. So I’m a little bit skeptical of what new route announcements from airberlin mean.
However, via Dan R., airberlin is expanding service between Germany and both the US and Carribean.
Airberlin will dramatically expand its range of long-haul flights this coming winter (2016/17). Germany’s second-largest airline will base an additional type A330-200 aircraft at Berlin Tegel, with 19 seats in the exclusive FullFlat Business Class section and 271 Economy Class seats, including 48 XL seats, which offer around 20 percent more legroom.
This winter airberlin will:
- Grow Berlin – Miami from 2 to 4 flights a week
- Grow Berlin – New York JFK from 6 to 7 flights a week
- Grow Berlin – Chicago from 4 to 5 flights a week
- Resume Los Angeles – Berlin year-round service
airberlin already flies from Chicago, Fort Myers, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.
In addition, November 2 airberlin will commence three times weekly Dusseldorf-Cancun, up from twice weekly last winter. They’ll also resume Berlin – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic flying Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. airberlin will add one additional Cuba flight, and one additional Curacao flight as well.
They have a strong business class product which I wouldn’t hesitate to fly.
airberlin award space isn’t reliably searchable at aa.com. You can search for it on the British Airways website and the Qantas frequent flyer site, then call American if using AAdvantage miles.
American charges 57,500 miles each way for business class, and includes flights in the US to the connect to your airberlin flight, and also on airberlin (or other partner airline) beyond Dusseldorf to other destinations in Europe. For additional miles you can even connect in Europe to destinations in other regions.