3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights to Europe With No Fuel Surcharges!

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Air Berlin is planning 3 new non-stop routes between the US and Dusseldorf, Germany!  There’s plenty to do and it’s a great place to start your Small Money travels around Europe.

This news means your American Airlines miles and British Airways Avios points will be more valuable because you’ll have more opportunities to redeem them.  

And remember, you can transfer your Starwood points to American Airlines.  And your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways.

And, Air Berlin never adds fuel surcharges, so you can avoid these nasty fees when you cross the Atlantic!

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Visit the Annual Carnival in Dusseldorf, or Use It as a Jumping Off Point to See More of Europe!

I’ll tell you about the new routes.  And how to make the most of them!

What’s Going On?

According to One Mile at a Time, Air Berlin will begin service between Dusseldorf, Germany, and:

  • Boston on May 7, 2016
  • Dallas on May 6, 2016
  • San Francisco on May 6, 2016

There is also a non-stop flight between Dusseldorf and Havana, Cuba, that begins on May 28, 2016.

This is in addition to Air Berlin’s flights to Germany from these US cities:

  • New York (JFK) to Berlin or Dusseldorf
  • Chicago to Berlin
  • Fort Myers, FL to Dusseldorf
  • Miami to Berlin or Dusseldorf
  • Los Angeles to Dusseldorf
3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Dusseldorf Is in Western Germany, a Short Flight or Train Ride From Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Zurich!

This is fantastic news for folks who collect American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios points!  These new flights are also a great way to avoid British Airways flights when you’re searching for award seats.

That’s because British Airways adds fuel surcharges to its own flights, even if you book them with a partner airline’s miles.

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Some of the Business Class Award Seats Are Already Available to Book With Miles or Points!

And the San Francisco to Dusseldorf flight is particularly great news for folks on the West Coast.  That’s because award seats (especially on non-stop routes!) from there to Europe can be difficult to find.

I couldn’t find any coach award seats on the new routes yet, but I did find a few Business Class award seats.  So keep an eye out if you’re interested in any of these new routes, because they should appear soon!

How Can You Book These Flights With Miles and Points?

Link:   Book American Airlines Award Flights Like a Pro

Link:   Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro

Link:   oneworld Alliance Member Airlines

You’re able to book flights on Air Berlin with American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios points because they are all part of the oneworld alliance.

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Book Flights on Partner Airlines To Visit More Places in the World!

That means they have access to each other’s award seats.  And you can use a partner airline’s miles to book an award seat.  For example, you’re able to use American Airlines miles to book an award flight on Air Berlin.

American Airlines Miles

Link:   American Airlines Award Chart

Link:   American Airlines Partner Award Chart

Link:   American Airlines Off-Peak Award Dates

For an award seat between the US and Europe, American Airlines usually charges:

  • 30,000 American Airlines miles each way in coach
  • 50,000 American Airlines miles each way in Business Class
  • 62,500 American Airlines miles each way in First Class

But, from October 15 to May 15 each year, you can fly in coach for only 20,000 American Airlines miles each way.  So if you’re lucky, you can snag a seat during the 1st week of the new routes to save miles!

You can earn American Airlines miles with the sign-up bonus from their cards.

You can also get more American Airlines miles if you transfer Starwood points to American Airlines.  And, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points you transfer!

So these new routes make your Starwood points more valuable, too!

British Airways Avios Points

Link:   British Airways Award Flight Calculator

Link:   Wandering Aramean’s Avios Map

British Airways determines how many of their Avios points you’ll need for an award flight based on how long the flight is.  That’s because British Airways has a distance-based award program.

Let’s look at how many British Airways Avios points you’ll need for each new flight in coach:

  • Boston to Dusseldorf is ~3,500 miles, so you’ll need 20,000 British Airways Avios points each way
  • Dallas to Dusseldorf is ~5,000 miles, so you’ll need 25,000 British Airways Avios points each way
  • San Francisco to Dusseldorf is a little over ~5,500 miles, so you’ll need 30,000 British Airways Avios points each way
  • Havana to Dusseldorf is ~5,000 miles, so you’ll need 25,000 British Airways Avios points each way

Remember you can use the British Airways award flight calculator to check how many miles you’ll need.

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Visit Another European City, Like Amsterdam! British Airways Avios Points Are Perfect for Short Flights

One of the best ways to redeem British Airways Avios points is for short, expensive flights. It’s a great way to save money and see more of Europe!

Remember you’ll need more British Airways Avios points starting early next year for short flights within the US.  But the change doesn’t apply to Europe!

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Fly to Dozens of European Cities from Dusseldorf Starting at Only 4,500 British Airways Avios Points 1-Way

According to Wandering Aramean’s Avios calculator tool, you can visit lots of cities in Europe from Dusseldorf for only 4,500 British Airways Avios points, including:

  • Dublin
  • Copenhagen
  • London
  • Milan
  • Venice
  • Vienna
  • And many more!

So this is great news for folks who collect British Airways Avios points!

Currently, you can earn a total of 100,000 British Airways Avios points with the Chase British Airways card.   Here’s my review of this offer.

If you need more British Airways Avios points, remember you can transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways instantly if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold.

And don’t forget to check budget airlines!  Sometimes you can get very low fares, so they’re a fantastic way to explore Europe, too!

Things to Do Once You Get to Dusseldorf

There’s lots to do in Dusseldorf!  And many other cities are easily accessible by train.

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Dusseldorf, Like Lots of German Cities, Has Beautiful Christmas Markets During the Holidays

If you visit Dusseldorf next year around the holidays, you can explore beautiful Christmas markets.  Or go during the annual Carnival for a fun vacation with the family!

3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights To Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

Take a Train (or Fly!) to Brussels to Keep Exploring New Cities

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hop on a high-speed ICE or Thalys train and be in Brussels, Belgium, in ~2.5 hours to get your fill of beer and chocolate!

Or, you can take a short ~30-minute train ride to Cologne, Germany, to visit the terrific chocolate museum, or to shop!

Bottom Line

Air Berlin will start flying non-stop between Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco, to Dusseldorf, Germany, in May 2016.

This is excellent news for folks who collect American Airlines miles or British Airways points.  Because you’ll have new ways to use your miles to see more of Europe!

Air Berlin doesn’t add fuel surcharges to their flights.  And for folks in San Francisco or on the West Coast, it will be convenient to have a non-stop option to Europe.

Remember you can get more American Airlines miles by transferring your Starwood points.  And you can get more British Airways Avios points when you transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

More options are always a good thing, so I’m excited about these new routes!  Will you plan a trip to Dusseldorf – or beyond – for next year?

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7 responses to “3 New Cities With Direct Award Flights to Europe With No Fuel Surcharges!

  1. BA.com is not yet showing these Air Berlin flights from DUS-BOS yet. I looked at a few days in July when I will be traveling to Dusseldorf and all the award results are BA flights via London.

  2. fun post Daraius, thank you….. Happens I recently came across flight routing from Cancun to Duseldorf — using AA points naturally – AND with the added bonus of avoiding those nasty customs re-entry fees here in the US. (need to double check that, but Air Berlin may be about to shake things up, with such routings, from Caribbean basin spots direct to Europe. (I can see Drew already out with the unusual routings)

    Thanks also for the reminder about the potential power of Avios points once we get to Europe… Need to find airlines that can get me from Europe to north african spots…. Intrigued by the possibilities — now need to study partners and routes. thanks for the inspiration to dig more.

  3. @Mark P. – These routes are still very new, so hopefully you’ll be able to find award seats soon!

    @will s. – Thank you for reading! Here’s another post that may help you with ideas:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/09/27/save-money-flying-in-europe-with-british-airways-avios-points/

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  5. I would be hesitant to visit Dusseldorf during their winter carnival. Who wants to go on a roller coaster in cold weather?

  6. Any idea what happened to the direct flight to/from Berlin – LAX they announced early 2012?

  7. I’m searching for flights from DFW on both BA and Air Berlin sites and not seeing anything non-stop for any dates after 5/16. Any update on when they would be available?

    Thanks for posting