If you look at my two reviews, you will see that the first used the old sloping business class seat. The second, last August, saw me trying out the new fully-flat version which was a great improvement.
airberlin sent out a press release last week to confirm that the new seats are now available on all of their long-haul aircraft.
They were at pains to stress that they are the ONLY German airline (mention no names!) to have fully-flat seats on all of their aircraft! Lufthansa is catching up very slowly as I outlined in this article recently.
Here is a reminder of airberlin long-haul routes. This is copied from a post I wrote last year but I don’t think anything has changed. The sweet spot is Berlin to Abu Dhabi. As this is just under 3,000 miles it will only cost 50,000 Avios points return. I think you even get a free chauffeur car at both ends as this route is an Etihad codeshare.
airberlin long haul routes (business class return price plus approximate tax):
Abu Dhabi from Berlin – 50,000 Avios + £51
Abu Dhabi from Dusseldorf – 80,000 Avios + £52
Cancun from Munich – 120,000 Avios + £88
Cancun from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £86
Chicago from Berlin – 100,000 Avios + £65
* Curacao from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £46
* Dominican Republic (3 airports) from Munich, Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £105
Fort Myers, Florida from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £66
Los Angeles from Dusseldorf – 120,000 Avios + £66 (Summer only)
Miami from Berlin – 100,000 Avios + £65
Miami from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £66
Mombasa, Kenya from Munich – 80,000 Avios + £82
New York from Berlin – 80,000 Avios + £65
New York from Dusseldorf – 80,000 Avios + £66
Phuket from Abu Dhabi – 80,000 Avios + £30 (ends 25 October 2014)
* Varadero, Cuba from Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £53
* Appears to be losing business class seating from Nov/Dec 2014 onwards
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.