Oneworld Alliance airline partner Airberlin has filed new TransAtlantic flight schedules from Dusseldorf to Boston, Dallas and San Francisco. Dallas and San Francisco begin May 6, 2015. Boston service begins May 7. Boston and San Francisco will expand service in June.
06 MAY 2016 Dusseldorf – Dallas 4x weekly
AB7010 DUS 0915 – 1250 DFW
AB7011 DFW 1440 – 0705 (+1 day) DUS
06 MAY 2016 Dusseldorf – San Francisco 3x weekly, then 5x weekly from 09 JUN 2016.
AB7392 DUS 1320 – 1555 SFO
AB7393 SFO 1755 – 1335 (+1 day) DUS
07 MAY 2016 Dusseldorf – Boston 3x weekly, then 4x weekly from 12 JUN 2016.
AB7472 DUS 1350 – 1530 BOS
AB7473 BOS 1750 – 0645 (+1 day) DUS
Lower Cost Award Flights for American AAdvantage members
AirBerlin transatlantic flights price at low award fees using AAdvantage miles. AirBerlin flight awards for USA-Europe typically price at $5.60 to $30 for transatlantic travel. Award travel via London and British Airways is a minimum of $80 in fees, more commonly about $100 for each way of a round trip AAdvantage USA-Europe economy award. Fees rise to $200 and more each direction when a British Airways transatlantic flight is included in the AAdvantage award ticket.
The best deal I found for my paid economy class September flight to Europe was Orange County to Chicago on American, where I picked up Air Berlin ORD-Dusseldorf and Air Berlin DUS to Copenhagen. My ticket was $200 less than any other California to Europe option at the time I purchased in late July 2015.
AirBerlin somewhere over the islands of Denmark from Dusseldorf – Copenhagen flight in September 2015.
One of the primary benefits for American AAdvantage members of new AirBerlin service to Boston, Dallas and San Francisco is the potential for increased availability of lower cost award flights when redeeming AAdvantage miles, while bypassing London and British Airways.
AirBerlin flights should give San Francisco, Boston and Dallas airport flyers good value for redeeming AAdvantage miles, if AirBerlin releases award seats to AAdvantage.
HT: One Mile at a Time – Airberlin’s Huge US Expansion: Boston, Dallas, And San Francisco Flights