It seems there are no end to the odd stories coming out airberlin at the moment. The reason we cover them on Head for Points is that airberlin, as a oneworld alliance member, allows you to use Avios for its flights. And airberlin long haul flights in business class are pretty good and have only £50 of tax!
We have recently covered the sale of non-core short-haul routes to a new Tui-backed joint venture. There are also rumours of Lufthansa buying the airberlin long-haul routes and their feeder flights.
This is the latest news:
Etihad is taking over the airberlin Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi flight from 26th March
This is a massive win for anyone who booked this route using Avios points as you will be transferred onto Etihad. It is unlikely that too many people would have done this, however, as it is almost twice as expensive as the airberlin Berlin to Abu Dhabi route.
This is because Berlin to Abu Dhabi is just under 3,000 miles. This makes it 75,000 Avios + £50 tax return in business class. Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi is just over 3,000 miles. This makes it 120,000 Avios + £50 tax return in business class.
airberlin is gearing up to launch Hong Kong in October!
Whilst not yet available for booking, the aviation press is full of stories of a new airberlin Berlin to Hong Kong route.
This makes some sense. airberlin currently flies to a few tourist-heavy destinations such as Cancun and Fort Myers. Using those aircraft for a route with more business traffic would be logical.
It also doesn’t make much sense. airberlin currently sells flights to Hong Kong via a connection in Abu Dhabi to Etihad, its controlling shareholder. This new route would take traffic away from Etihad.
It this does happen, you would be able to travel to Hong Kong in business class using Avios for virtually no taxes.
Here is the clever bit. Due to local law, there are no fuel surcharges on one-way British Airways flights from Hong Kong to London. There ARE fuel surcharges if you fly London to Hong Kong to London, because that flight is ticketed in the UK and so falls outside the Hong Kong law.
Assuming the airberlin flights comes off, the following would be very attractive:
London to Berlin, BA
Berlin to Hong Kong, airberlin
Hong Kong to London, BA
Taxes for this itinerary should be under £100 compared to £500 for a pure British Airways Club World redemption. And you can’t argue with that. The downside is that it wouldn’t be possible to use a BA Amex 2-4-1 and there are no ‘off peak’ dates on partner lines such as airberlin.
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