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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (6)

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  • 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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