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.
And when you can’t get American’s own flights across the Pond, they’re a great option for AAdvantage redemptions as well.
airberlin is increasing its US flights by 40% going from 55 to 78 weekly flights.
They’re planning (3) new routes: Award availability is really good, but while economy award space is showing at AA.com you’ll need to call for business space not showing online. You’ll see good business class award space for 2 passengers from Germany to the US but not US to Germany.
- Orlando – Dusseldorf four times weekly starting May 6.
Orlando – Dusseldorf, 4:15pm – 7:00am+1 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Dusseldorf – Orlando, 9:45am – 1:45pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
- San Francisco – Berlin four times weekly starting May 1.
San Francisco – Berlin, 1:35pm – 9:35am+1 (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun)
Berlin – San Francisco, 9:20am – 11:50am (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun)
- Los Angeles – Berlin three times weekly starting May 1.
Los Angeles – Berlin, 7:55pm – 4:00pm+1 (Tue, Thu, Sat)
Berlin – Los Angeles, 3:20pm – 6:10pm (Tue, Thu, Sat)
They’re also increasing frequencies on their Boston and San Francisco – Dusseldorf flights and their New York JFK and Miami – Berlin flights.
Another positive is that airberlin is introducing a business class product for intra-Europe flights. It’s traditional European business with middle seats blocked and upgraded catering, but it’s an improvement for passengers connecting to other European destinations.
Now last November airberlin announced Dallas, San Francisco, and Boston – Dusseldorf flights to join its Chicago, Fort Myers, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles service. But they didn’t actually start Dallas service. So an announcement, it seems, isn’t a guarantee.
But more quality oneworld transatlantic flights with no fuel surcharges is a good thing.