Back in July I wrote about Air Berlin reaching a tentative agreement to join the OneWorld alliance, which is great news for OneWorld flyers. While they are a low cost airline (making them less attractive for premium cabin redemptions) this opens up a lot of new options, especially for travel between the US and Germany.

Well, as of October 10 you could start earning and redeeming American AAdvantage miles for travel on Air Berlin, despite them not formally having joined OneWorld yet.

At the time the only way to search Air Berlin award space was directly through their website, though just yesterday I noticed that Air Berlin award space can also be searched via British Airways’ online search tool.

As a refresher, Air Berlin’s year-round US destinations are Fort Myers (to Dusseldorf), Miami (to Dusseldorf and Berlin), and New York (to Dusseldorf and Berlin), while they offer seasonal service from Los Angeles (to Dusseldorf) and San Francisco (to Dusseldorf).

From searching award space it appears as if availability for coach is good, while availability for business class is okay, with them sometimes (though not always) releasing two to four business class award seats per flight.

For a refresher about how to find award availability using the British Airways website, see my TravelSort article on the topic.

  1. November 8th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    ATC said,

    Noticed this the other day too and it was great to see Air Berlin business class availability where there wasn’t other business class availability. I’d make a note though that Air Berlin business class is more like domestic first class in the US than the higher end business class with flat beds or even lie-flats (Air Berlin J has recliner seats with only 150 degrees of recline).

    http://www.airberlin.com/site/business_class.php?LANG=eng

  2. November 8th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Mark said,

    Air Berlin also recently announced non-stop service from Berlin to LAX

  3. November 8th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Carberrie said,

    From the looks of the pictures in the website (Thanks, ATC!), their business class seats look similar to AA’s business seats on their 767-200 planes (most planes flying JFK to LAX or SFO). This is definitely a letdown for transAtlantic business class, yet it may at least be a way to get around paying the crazy fuel charges to fly on BA.

  4. November 8th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Aarash Fakhori said,

    Unfortunately, it looks like the fuel surcharges are still skyhigh!
    sample itinerary:
    http://tinypic.com/r/r8tm46/5

    But I’ll be looking for a flight in the future, thanks!

  5. November 8th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Aarash — Just keep in mind that those fuel surcharges wouldn’t be imposed if you were redeeming American miles.

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