Earlier I wrote about airberlin’s huge US expansion, whereby they’re launching three new routes to the US next summer. They’ll be launching new flights between Dusseldorf and Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco as of May 2016.
As a reminder, here are the details of the three new US routes:
Dusseldorf to Dallas starting May 6, 2016
AB7010 Dusseldorf to Dallas departing 9:15AM arriving 12:50PM
AB7011 Dallas to Dusseldorf departing 2:40PM arriving 7:05AM (+1 day)
The route will operate 4x weekly in both directions, on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Dusseldorf to San Francisco starting May 6, 2016
AB7392 Dusseldorf to San Francisco departing 1:20PM arriving 3:55PM
AB7393 San Francisco to Dusseldorf departing 5:55PM arriving 1:35PM (+1 day)
This route will operate 3x weekly in both directions, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. From June 9, 2016, the flight will operate 5x weekly, with the addition of service on Mondays and Thursdays.
Dusseldorf to Boston starting May 7, 2016
AB7472 Dusseldorf to Boston departing 1:50PM arriving 3:30PM
AB7473 Boston to Dusseldorf departing 5:50PM arriving 6:45AM (+1 day)
This route will operate 3x weekly in both directions, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. From June 12, 2016, the flight will operate 4x weekly, with the addition of service on Sundays.
Two business class award seats are available per flight!
The new flights are now bookable, and it looks like airberlin has made two business class award seats available on every one of the new flights between the launch date and the end of schedule.
This includes Boston to Dusseldorf:
Dallas to Dusseldorf:
And San Francisco to Dusseldorf:
For what it’s worth, the availability shows on British Airways’ award search tool, though as of this moment doesn’t show on American’s website, as it hasn’t been updated yet. I suspect it’ll be updated very shortly. In the meantime, the airberlin business class award space should be bookable via American’s call center.
Airberlin is a fantastic option for transatlantic oneworld awards, given that American AAdvantage doesn’t impose fuel surcharges for travel on airberlin. A one-way business class ticket between the US and Europe will cost you 50,000 AAdvantage miles.
Arguably this availability is especially useful out of Dallas and San Francisco, since nonstop award space to Europe from anywhere other than the East Coast can be pretty tough to come by.
Keep in mind that American allows five day award ticket holds, so you can always lock in the seats now and then ticket them later, as this availability won’t last.
Airberlin has a fully flat business class product with direct aisle access from every seat, so it’s a solid offering. Catering and service are fine, though the seat is quite comfortable, which is what matters most in transatlantic business class, in my opinion.
One of my favorite things about new airline routes is when they result in extra award availability, as we’re seeing here. I suspect a lot of people will benefit from having access to two business class award seats per flight out of Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco.
American has really low award costs at just 50,000 AAdvantage miles one-way in business class between the US and Europe, and the lack of fuel surcharges is just the icing on the cake.
Is anyone able to take advantage of this awesome airberlin business class award availability?