I recently reviewed airberlin’s “Exclusive Waiting Area” at Berlin’s Tegel Airport. While airberlin offers a longhaul business class product, within Europe they operate a single class configuration consisting of just economy. Since they have a low cost model, they don’t have lounges in most of the regional terminals they operate from.
Instead they have “Exclusive Waiting Areas,” which are open to airberlin topbonus elite members, oneworld elite members, Etihad elite members, connecting business class passengers, and passengers on FlyFlex+ fares.
These are basically private rooms with newspapers & magazines, seating, and non-alcoholic drinks (soft drinks, water, and coffee). So it’s better than a gate area, though not as good as a lounge.
Airberlin has these Exclusive Waiting Areas in the following locations:
- Berlin-Tegel Airport: Terminal A next to Gate 2/3 and Terminal C (The entrance to the waiting area in Terminal C is through the security area for Gates 38 – 50)
- Dusseldorf Airport: Terminal B, Level 1
- Cologne Airport: Terminal 2, after the security check on the left
- Munich Airport: Terminal 1, Module A North, Level 4, (next to Gate A9)
- Hamburg Airport: at “Sky Walk”, above gate 08
- Wien Airport: West Pier, before Gate C32/C33
- Nuremberg Airport: departure area, near Gates 13/14
Anyway, airberlin has a promotion at the moment for new topbonus members. If you enroll in airberlin’s topbonus program before November 15, 2015, you’ll receive a pass for a free visit to an Exclusive Waiting Area.
If you’re going to be flying airberlin within Europe in the coming months and don’t have access to their Exclusive Waiting Areas, you might as well register for topbonus and get a free pass. While these areas are hardly impressive, they’re ultimately better than the gate area. And signing up for topbonus only takes a couple of minutes, so…
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)