As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can use your British Airways Avios points for airberlin flights. Because airberlin does not add fuel surcharges, these flights are exceptionally good value.

Our main article explaining how to use your Avios points on airberlin is here. You will find reviews of my long-haul flights on airberlin among the stories below.

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 13 – Lowering taxes by redeeming on airberlin

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.  These article now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a […]

Hilton offering free Gold status after three stays – open to everyone

Hilton HHonors has launched a new ‘fast track to Gold’ promotion in association with airberlin. Unlike many similar promotions run by Hilton, this one is open to everyone.  It is even being openly promoted on – click on ‘topbonus’ and ‘news and special offers’.. (In […]

airberlin status match offers you another route to BA lounge access!

The Qantas status match ended on the 16th.  This was a tricky one to get, since you needed a New Zealand mailing address to take part, but if that was not a problem then you could have obtained a year of British Airways lounge access […]

Earn American Airlines miles (plus Etihad, Lufthansa) writing reviews for HolidayCheck

American Airlines is the latest airline to partner with HolidayCheck to offer airline miles in return for reviewing hotels on their website. It seems that, in an attempt to compete with TripAdvisor, HolidayCheck needs to offer generous incentives to get you to review. You will […]

Avios changes 9: what will happen to partner airline earning rates?

Executive summary:  BA has not yet released its new partner earning rates but we know that changes – for the worst – are coming to certain airlines Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on, ‘Club Changes’ page on (If you are new to Head for Points, […]

Which 37 airlines can I use my Avios points on?

I occasionally get asked for a full list of Avios airlines, or whether there is somewhere online that has a full list of Avios redemption partners. The bottom line is that there isn’t one, because each of the three main Avios programmes has their own […]

New airberlin options for low-tax Avios redemptions

German airline airberlin offers one of the best options for spending your Avios points without incurring high taxes. Whilst little known, airberlin is a full member of the oneworld alliance alongside BA, Qatar, Cathay, Qantas etc.  All of its long-haul aircraft now offer fully flat beds […]

StatusMatcher – what match can you get from your existing airline and hotel cards?

If you read Head for Points via the website, you may have seen the link to in the ‘I Also Recommend ….’ box.  I thought it was worth giving this site a bit more publicity as it does offer a useful service to regular travellers. […]

New Avios flight finder tool – pick a date, see what cities are available

American Airlines recently launched a new interactive map to help people find reward seats. It is pretty effective and it would be good to see British Airways launch something similar.  Until they do, though, you will find that the AA version still does the job […]

Few Avios, little tax – the new Stuttgart / Vienna to Abu Dhabi airberlin routes

If you are heading to the United States or the Middle East, airberlin is an excellent option.  You will minimise your taxes and, in some cases, the Avios spent. I wrote a long overview of airberlin in this Avios Redemption University article.  I recommend that […]

Etihad Guest now offering 200 miles per HolidayCheck review you write

Back in February, I posted about Etihad becoming the latest airline to partner with HolidayCheck.  This is a site which offers airline miles in return for reviewing hotels on their website. It seems that, in an attempt to compete with TripAdvisor, HolidayCheck needs to offer […]

airberlin now offering oneworld status via credit card spend – would a UK credit card do this?

This isn’t a post you can take advantage of, unless you live in Germany or Austria, but it is another example of how the credit card industry is shaping the loyalty business. airberlin is now giving status miles when you spend on their branded Visa […]

airberlin completes the roll-out of its fully flat business class seats

Head for Points is a big fan of redeeming Avios on airberlin having done two JFK – Germany flights last year in business class for just £1 of tax (reviews here and here). If you look at my two reviews, you will see that the […]

Why the growth of oneworld means you’ve never had it so good

As I wrote on Thursday, SriLankan Airlines is now a full member of the oneworld alliance.  This means that you can use it to book redemption seats using Avios points. It is not uncommon on Head for Points and elsewhere to complain about changes to […]

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

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

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!

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, […]