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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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£1.50

Not bad for a business class flight across the Atlantic!

The seat isn’t fully flat, 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 (6)

  • Phillip says:

    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.

  • Trickster says:

    It’s still better than economy!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roger says:

    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.