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Air Berlin flies to 6 cities in North America from its hubs in Dusseldorf and Berlin. They are New York JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Myers, Miami, and Cancun.
When you’re using American AAdvantage miles to travel to Europe, it’s one of the few partner options with no fuel surcharges.
Finnair is the other, and Iberia charges relatively low surcharges. It’s also one of the only options with no fuel surcharges when you book with British Airways Avios.
With American itself clamping down on award availability at the MileSAAver level, more and more people are turning to Air Berlin as an alternative.
So we checked each Air Berlin route to and from North America to see how many days from May to September this year it releases award space for 2 passengers.
Unfortunately the answer for this summer is not good.
The chart below shows the number of days each month each route has award seats available for 2 people.
There’s almost no Business Class award space unless you want to fly via Cancun (which is not a terrible option and will show up when you search on AA.com), and even Economy Class space is hard to find unless you wait until August or September.
Here’s an example of Cancun space showing up as a legal connection from the U.S.:
New York JFK to Dusseldorf is the most reliable route if you want Economy Class space, and like all Air Berlin flights it’s easily found when searching on AA.com.
Hopefully conditions will improve as departure dates move closer, and remember you can change the date and connection cities of any American AAdvantage award free of charge up to 21 days before departure.
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