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Oneworld airline airberlin has a transatlantic business class fare sale for travel this summer. This has to be one of the most poorly promoted sales I’ve ever seen, though.
The front page of airberlin’s website promotes the sale, but when you click on the sale link, it just brings you to the general booking page.
So we’re having to piece together the details of the sale on our own. Best I can tell the discounted airberlin business class fares are available for travel between the US and Europe with departure dates between July 1 and August 31, 2016. There’s a Saturday night minimum stay required. I’d also note that these fares are non-refundable and even non-changeable, which is even more restrictive than usual.
The all-in roundtrip fares are as follows:
- Boston to Dusseldorf: $1,797
- New York to Dusseldorf: $2,097
- Los Angeles to Dusseldorf: $2,097
- San Francisco to Dusseldorf: $2,097
- Chicago to Berlin: $2,200
Those are some pretty solid deals, especially for travel from the west coast, given how tough it can be to snag nonstop business class award seats from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Europe. Availability is excellent within the eligible dates as well. To search the fares I’d suggest using either ITA Matrix or Google Flights.
Airberlin has a pretty good business class product, consisting of staggered seats. I reviewed airberlin a few years back when I flew them between Miami and Dusseldorf. While they’re a low cost carrier, the seats are decent, the crews are generally friendly, and the food is edible, though nothing special (which is also true of Lufthansa business class).
Unfortunately other oneworld airlines haven’t matched this fare sale, so you can’t fly American, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia. The main reason I wish other oneworld carriers would match is so that the $400 AARP British Airways discount could be applied (which is also valid on airlines that are part of their joint venture).
If you take advantage of this fare, be sure you use a card which offers bonus points on airfare, like the Citi Prestige® Card. The travel protection the card offers could prove especially useful with this kind of fare, given that it’s fully non-refundable and non-changeable.
These are some excellent fares for travel in the peak summer season between the US and Europe. I’d say the fares between the west coast and Europe are especially tempting, given how tough those flights can be to secure on awards. While I doubt other oneworld airlines will match this fare, I suspect we’ll see some other great fares for travel this summer coming up, as Nick recently wrote about.
Anyone planning on taking advantage of airberlin’s transatlantic fare sale?
(Tip of the hat to Sykes)