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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 here and here.

They also offer an extremely cheap way of getting to the Middle East, since their Berlin to Abu Dhabi route is a touch under 3,000 miles and thus falls into the ‘50,000 Avios return for Business Class’ category (plus £51 of tax!).

airberlin has just announced upgraded schedules to the United States for Summer 2014:

Berlin to New York JFK will increase from 7 to 10 flights per week

Dusseldorf to New York JFK will remain at 10 flights per week

Berlin to Chicago wil increase to 7 flights per week

airberlin flies to five US cities in total – New York, Chicago, Miami, Fort Myers and Los Angeles.

Details of how to redeeem Avios on airberlin can be found in my Avios Redemption University article here.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (6)

  • Anthony Thomas says:

    £1 tax? That’s great.

    I however was charged £46 for a one way business from Dusseldorf to JFK – do you know why it varied so much? Ultimately, I’m not complaining as the value is around £950, but be good to know.

    • Simon says:

      It’s £1 from the USA to Germany but Germany to the USA costs more due to the European departure and US arrival taxes.

    • Rob says:

      £1 is from the US, as mentioned above – you avoid German departure tax

  • John says:

    I presume that some of the following would contribute to it
    USDA APHIS Fee (XA) €3.71
    US Immigration Fee (XY) €5.19
    US Customs Fee (YC) €4.08
    German Airport Security Tax (DE) €4.07
    German Passenger Service Charge (RA) €17.23
    German Air Transport Tax (OY) €42.18
    US International Arrival Tax (US) €12.75

  • Another Steve says:

    Either way you look at it, 80k + £47 tax is a great price, especially if you combine it with an RFS and spend a weekend in Germany first

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