Booking Air Berlin with AAdvantage Miles

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  1. MX

    MX Gold Member

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    I'm thinking of traveling from MIA to Europe in business class on my AA miles with Air Berlin, as a way of escaping the high BA surcharges. Does anyone know what kind of surcharges and taxes I should expect from AB?
    Also, how good is AB's business class product? Is it any better than IB?
    Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences!
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    I booked AB for a flight FRA-BER-JFK and taxes/fees were low, especially compared to BA's YQ.

    I haven't taken the flight, but from what I understand AB's product probably doesn't compete that well with IB's J offering though. Maybe someone with experience on AB can give more concrete information.
     
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    Would love for you to report the experience.
     
  4. MX

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    What makes you say that about IB J-class? I've only come across negative comments about their economy service, and not much at all about the business class. Perhaps there might IB be reviews that I missed.

    Also, I looked up award booking on Air Berlin website. If I were to book an award flight with AB miles, their fuel surcharges & taxes were quoted around $250 one way. I'm not sure if that's at all relevant to booking with AAdvantage miles.
     
  5. DestinationDavid
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    IB's J class is lie flat, AB's is currently recliner style or angled. Overall I've heard negative things about AB's hard product in J, and I have heard bad things about IB but I've also heard good things. Soft product (FAs, food, etc..) is harder to nail down because a lot of that can depend on the crews and the stations you are using.

    The award I booked was actually SFO-LAX-HNL-LAX-ORD-HKG-KUL-HKG-YVR-JFK-BOS-NRT-FRA-BER-JFK-AMM as a oneworld award, and only the FRA-BER-JFK portion was on AB. Even so, my TOTAL taxes and fees for the AB flights and the AA/CX/RJ/JL flights was just under $200.
     
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    Thanks so much for the specifics. That's just what I needed!
     
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    Why waste your miles on Air Berlin. It's an inferior product to just about everything (even AA biz), soft and hard, it's all bad on Air Berlin.
     
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  8. TheTravelAbstract

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    I think they were trying to avoid fuel surcharges for USA-Europe Flights on BA.

    Here's an Chart I threw together for one of my Blogs Articles on the taxes fees for across Avios partner airlines.

    Take from it what you can. Niki Airlines is subsidiary of AB.(R/T)

    Taxes & Fees Chart.png
     
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    Damn...that's ugly. I have a bunch of Avios but I'm debating on what to use them for.I now know it won't be with Qantas.
     

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