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Etihad to raise its stake in airberlin to 49% – to leave oneworld?

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At some point today, airberlin is likely to confirm to the German stock market that Etihad is raising its stake in the airline from 30% to 49.9%. More importantly, the airline is to delist from the market.  The remaining 50.1% will be held by a […]

New low-tax Avios redemptions to the Caribbean with airberlin

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airberlin – the best place to turn for low tax Avios redemptions – has added some new Caribbean options for Winter 2014. As per my Avios Redemption University article on airberlin, you should be able to book a business class flight on these routes for […]

One of the best Avios redemptions gets twice as easy to find!

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airberlin announced on Tuesday that they are doubling the frequency of their Berlin to Abu Dhabi service.  There will now be two flights per day between the two cities. On the face of it, this is relatively dull news.  If you know your Avios, though, […]

2013 in review – Part 1 – Travel highlights and the best promotions revisited

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Over the next three days, I am going to take a look back at some of the trends and highlights from 2013.  I will kick off today with some of my own travel highlights and a recap of some of the better promotions of the […]

Interesting anomalies in Avios reward pricing you can exploit – more examples!

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Last week, I ran this post which touched on interesting Avios redemption opportunities which are disproportionately ‘cheap’.  This is because they fall right on the edge of an Avios pricing band.  Dublin to Boston, for example, is 2,993 miles and so is available at the cheaper […]

airberlin launches more US services – great for low-tax Avios redemptions

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I am a strong supporter of redeeming your Avios points on airberlin.  I have flown them twice from New York to Berlin one-way this year in Business Class, for a grand total of £1 in taxes (plus 40,000 Avios).  You can check out my reviews […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 8 – Lowering taxes by redeeming on airberlin

Avios Redemption University

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. Since airberlin joined the oneworld airline alliance in March 2012, it has opened up a new range of […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 4 – When to use ‘Avios and Money’?

Avios Redemption University

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. ‘Avios and Money’ is the feature of the Avios programme that allows you to book a reward seat […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 7 – Saving taxes on US redemptions with Aer Lingus

Avios Redemption University

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. One of the biggest issues with redeeming Avios for long-haul flights is the level of taxes and surcharges […]

Miles & More now offering 120 miles per hotel review on HolidayCheck

Miles & More

Back in March, I wrote about earning Lufthansa Miles & More miles by writing hotel reviews on Tripadvisor and HolidayCheck. The Tripadvisor deal has now finished, but the HolidayCheck promotion is continuing and has even been improved.  You now earn 120 Miles & More miles […]

My airberlin NYC-Berlin flight with the NEW FULLY-FLAT SEAT!

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This is the final part of my review of my recent US trip. Previous articles in this series cover the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, the Swiss First Class Lounge, Swiss First Class in the air, the InterContinental Boston, American Airlines domestic […]

The frequent flyer scheme you are most likely to get an award seat with when you want is ….

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… oddly, the Avios redemption partner airberlin! According to this survey from US consultancy IdeaWorks, you will have the best chance of getting a seat on airberlin than with any other major global airline! Obviously such surveys should always be taken with a pinch of salt, […]

airberlin increases long-haul US services – great news for Avios redemptions

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I like redeeming Avios points on airberlin. True, their sloping business class seat is not the greatest, but their taxes are! A one-way flight from New York to Germany will set you back a grand total of £1 in taxes and surcharges, plus 40,000 Avios […]