Back in July I wrote about Air Berlin reaching a tentative agreement to join the OneWorld alliance, which is great news for OneWorld flyers. While they are a low cost airline (making them less attractive for premium cabin redemptions) this opens up a lot of new options, especially for travel between the US and Germany.
Well, as of October 10 you could start earning and redeeming American AAdvantage miles for travel on Air Berlin, despite them not formally having joined OneWorld yet.
At the time the only way to search Air Berlin award space was directly through their website, though just yesterday I noticed that Air Berlin award space can also be searched via British Airways’ online search tool.
As a refresher, Air Berlin’s year-round US destinations are Fort Myers (to Dusseldorf), Miami (to Dusseldorf and Berlin), and New York (to Dusseldorf and Berlin), while they offer seasonal service from Los Angeles (to Dusseldorf) and San Francisco (to Dusseldorf).
From searching award space it appears as if availability for coach is good, while availability for business class is okay, with them sometimes (though not always) releasing two to four business class award seats per flight.
For a refresher about how to find award availability using the British Airways website, see my TravelSort article on the topic.