Now THAT’S what I call taxes …..

I have just booked, for reasons that I will explain in a few weeks, a one-way flight from the US to Germany.

  • airberlin
  • New York JFK to Berlin Tegel
  • One-Way
  • Business Class

The Avios required were the expected 40,000 for a one-way in Business.

And the taxes ……?

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Air Berlin

£1.50

Not bad for a business class flight across the Atlantic!

I will be sitting / sleeping in one of these, which is not the greatest by a long way:

Air Berlin business class (1 variant!)

…. but I need to be in that corner of Germany first thing in the morning and I can’t get a miles seat on the United flight to Hamburg.  And, frankly, for £1.50 in taxes I can live with it!

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Comments

  1. Unless you are travelling very soon, you might even be lucky to catch one of the ungraded Business Class cabins. I imagine that after Abu Dhabi, New York will be one of the first routes to see it rolled out.

  2. Trickster says:

    It’s still better than economy!

  3. Enigma368 says:

    Hi Raffles,

    Two things:

    1) I just came back from an excellent holiday in Dubai. Thanks to your blog I flew Air Berlin from Berlin to Abu Dhabi for 50k miles in C and £48 in taxes. Amazing bargain of a redemption and would not have known about it without you so thanks.

    2) The Air Berlin business seats are not the ones you show in picture. From flyertalk research I think they replaced all those recliner seats early in 2012 with angled lie flat seats which are ex. Swiss I think. I foudn them quite comfortable to sleep in. As someone else said they are again replacing these with Etihad business seats later this year, so they will have replaced their C seats twice in a 12 month period.

    Otherwise the Air Berlin business product is fairly mediocre, they have a lot of the ingredients of a good product, food is good, IFE decent, seat comfortable, nice amenity kit but for some reason it just feels a bit lacklustre compared to BA or LX. Still pleasant enough and as I say I slept very well in their seat.

  4. I think you’re right. This video http://www.airberlin.com/site/landingpages/new_business_class_seats.php?LANG=eng shows the current AB seat, and when I look closely it is a bit different (but not hugely!) from the photo I put up.

  5. Enigma368 says:

    Yeah its not much of a difference, it has plugs and lights in between the two seats and the seat covering is felt, rather than faux leather but its not a massive improvement. Hopefully you will get lucky and get the new Etihad seats.

  6. The AB new biz class seat has aisle access from every seat, For me this is becoming a sine qua non. And of course, 50% are window seats.

    Eight across seating with only 50% having aisle access, as with the majority of seats in BA Club World, is a disgrace IMO. Of course, 62AK and 64AK on the Upper Deck are great, and somehow I usually manage to end up there. But 8-across including the foursome in the middle – no thanks.

    AB’s website shows new seating on the A330 on the DUS-LAX and DUS-AUH routes. When the’ve installed a few more, I’ll be looking for some Avios redemptions.

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