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Great AAdvantage / Avios award space to Europe with new Air Berlin flights

by on Wed November 5, 2014 • 4 Comments

BoardingArea reports that AirBerlin has added flights to its New York / JFK – Dusseldorf and Los Angeles – Dusseldorf routes for next summer, starting in May of 2015.

This is great news if you’re looking to use American AAdvantage miles or British Airways Avios with no fuel surcharges during the peak summer months, something that sadly has become very hard to do.

While there is little availability on the Los Angeles – Dusseldorf route, the New York – Dusseldorf route now has outstanding availability in both Economy and Business Class when searching for 2 seats:


  • There are 40 days between May 15 and September 1 with at least 2 Business Class award seats on JFK – Dusseldorf
  • There are over 100 days between May 15 and September 1 with at least 2 Economy Class award seats
  • When searching for 4 or more Business Class seats there is almost no availability
  • But whens searching for 4 or more Economy Class seats there is still wide availability

So this route is a great option for couples looking for Business Class seats to Europe with no fuel surcharges, as well as big families trying to fly in Economy Class.

Getting to New York is easy from all over the U.S., and you can fly American’s flights into either JFK or American’s La Guardia hub as part of your ticket.

Air Berlin is bigger than you think.

From its Dusseldorf hub you have access to Air Berlin’s network of 160 cities in Europe and the Middle East, so it’s a great convenient hub for your summer vacation.

And if you have British Airways Avios, Air Berlin is one of the only ways to get to Europe without paying big fuel surcharges at all.

You can fly the New York to Dusseldorf segment for 20,000 Avios points one-way in Economy Class and 40,000 in Business Class.

It’s sad that finding good award space to Europe over the summer with no fuel surcharges is something remarkable for AAdvantage and Avios members, but that is the reality.

Delta SkyMiles is a strong alternative to Europe with no fuel surcharges on any of its partners for flights originating in the U.S., even on partner Virgin Atlantic.

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4 thoughts on Great AAdvantage / Avios award space to Europe with new Air Berlin flights

  1. Albert Lewis

    I lived in Berlin in the mid-60s, so I’d love to go back. But I can’t find the pages on AA where I can use Avios to book a trip. Could you provide the URL to those?

      1. Albert Lewis

        Thanks. That redirects to BA and only BA flights are shown, right? No Berlin Air flights that I can see. Connection is JFK-LHR-Berlin and the reverse on the return. I’m obviously not flying right. How do I straighten up?


          @Albert – What day / flight are you looking at? AirBerlin reward flights do display on when you do an award search.


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