Now You Can Fly to Europe in Air Berlin’s New Premium Coach and Business Class Seats

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Now You Can Fly to Europe in Air Berlin’s New Premium Coach and Business Class Seats

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Travel in style!  Air Berlin has new premium coach and Business Class seats as part of a refresh of their long-haul flights.  That means a more comfortable flight to Europe!

You can book the new Business Class seat with miles & points.  And you can pay a fee to upgrade to a premium coach seat on paid OR award bookings.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
Book Air Berlin’s New Business Class Seat With Miles & Points! And Pay a Fee to Upgrade to Their New Premium Coach Seat

I’ll share the details.  And how you can book a seat!

Air Berlin Has New Seats!

Link:   Air Berlin Economy XL Seat Details

Link:   Air Berlin New Business Class Seat Details

Air Berlin has been working to expand their network within the US.  They’ve recently added new routes to Germany from Boston, San Francisco, and Fort Myers, which joins their existing routes from:

  • New York (JFK) to Berlin or Dusseldorf
  • Chicago to Berlin
  • Miami to Berlin or Dusseldorf
  • Los Angeles to Dusseldorf

And now, they’ve refreshed their premium coach and Business Class seats so you can enjoy these routes comfortably!

New Business Class Seat

The new Business Class seat features:

  • Aisle access from every seat
  • Ability to turn the seat into a fully flat bed
  • Individually-prepared meals
  • Massage controls
  • 200+ hours of in-flight entertainment like movies & TV shows
Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
You Can Book Air Berlin’s New Business Class Seat With Miles & Points!

There are 19 Business Class seats on long-haul routes.

You can redeem American Airlines miles for an award seat on these flights.  A round-trip Business Class ticket from anywhere in the mainland US costs 115,000 American Airlines miles.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
You Can Pay 57,500 American Airlines Miles Each Way (or 115,000 American Airlines Miles Round-Trip) for Air Berlin’s Business Class Seat to Europe

You can also book the new Business Class seat with British Airways Avios points or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways.  The price you’ll pay varies because British Airways has a distance-based award program.

For example, a 1-way flight between New York and Berlin or Dusseldorf costs 60,000 British Airways Avios points.  But a Business Class flight from Miami to Dusseldorf would cost 75,000 British Airways Avios points.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
You Can Book a 1-Way to Germany From New York for 60,000 British Airways Avios Points

That said, I was able to find lots of new Business Class seats available to book with miles & points.  You can always use the British Airways Rewards Flight Calculator to see how many British Airways Avios points you’ll need for a flight.

If you have lots of British Airways Avios points, or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you might decide to treat yourself to a flight in 1 of the new Business Class seats!

New Premium Coach Seat

Air Berlin added 40 premium coach seats to their long-haul flights over 6 hours, too.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
Enjoy More Leg Room, an Amenity Kit, and Priority Boarding With Air Berlin’s New Premium Coach Seat

The new premium coach seat features 6 extra inches of leg room, in addition to the usual amenity kit on overnight flights and in-flight entertainment.  Because these seats are near the front of the plane, you can get on and off faster.

You can access the new premium coach seat for a fee, which starts at 79 Euros (~$88).  For paid flights, you can upgrade when you book.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
You Can Pay a Fee, Starting at ~$88, to Upgrade to a Roomier Coach Seat on Air Berlin on a Paid OR Award Ticket

And for award flights, you can pay the fee to upgrade to the premium coach seat after you book online or by calling Air Berlin.  You cannot book a premium coach seat with miles.  But you can book a regular coach seat, and then pay to upgrade.

It could be worth it if:

  • You want or need more leg room
  • You’re traveling with kids
  • Want to be near the front to exit earlier
  • You want to splurge on a nicer seat

You can book a regular award seat with American Airlines miles.  A 1-way coach award ticket from the US costs 30,000 American Airlines miles.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
One-Way Trips to Europe From Anywhere in the Mainland US Cost 30,000 American Airlines Miles

Again, you can also book an award seat with British Airways Avios points.  From New York to Berlin or Dusseldorf in coach, you’ll pay 20,000 British Airways Avios points each way.  And you’ll pay very reasonable fuel surcharges.  That’s fewer points than American Airlines charges for the same flight!

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
Depending on Where You Begin, You’ll Pay Fewer Miles With British Airways Avios Points

As always, run the numbers before you book to see what makes for sense for your situation.  If you’re able to get a good deal with miles or points, you might decide to treat yourself to a roomier seat!

Keep Exploring Europe!

Link:   Air Berlin Destinations

Link:   Wandering Aramean’s Avios Award Map

You don’t have to make Berlin or Dusseldorf your last stop in Europe!

When you use American Airlines miles for an award seat on Air Berlin, you can continue on to anywhere else in Europe for NO additional miles.  Air Berlin flies to lots of European cities, like Budapest, Madrid, and Prague.

Now You Can Fly To Europe In Air Berlin's New Premium Coach And Business Class Seats
4,500 British Airways Avios Points Is Enough to Visit Many Cities in Europe From Berlin or Dusseldorf

You can also redeem 4,500 British Airways Avios points for a 1-way coach award seat in Europe under 650 miles on British Airways, Air Berlin, or other oneworld partners like Iberia and Finnair.

From Berlin or Dusseldorf, that covers many European cities, including London, Milan, and Paris.  You can use Wandering Aramean’s Avios calculator or map to check where you can fly with British Airways Avios points.

Europe also has lots of budget airlines that make it easy to visit more places cheaply.

So you have lots of options.  And of course, there’s plenty to do in Dusseldorf and Berlin, too!

Bottom Line

Air Berlin has new premium coach and Business Class seats on their long-haul flights.  And, you can use American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios points to book an award seat.

But to access the premium coach seat, you’ll need to book a regular coach paid or award ticket.  And then pay a fee, starting at ~$88, to upgrade online or by phone.

This opens up lots of possibilities for European travel!  Because you can travel to many other cities in Europe with Berlin or Dusseldorf as your jumping-off point.

Air Berlin has been steadily growing their US network, so I like that they’re improving the in-flight experience, too!

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@JERE @Jimster – Thanks for letting us know! Emily had a good experience in coach on Air Berlin. I’m sure readers will find your experience helpful!

The above poster is correct! I flew XL and I did have extra legroom BUT it had stationary side panels like in an exit row. The result was more legroom but a narrow seat that was not very comfortable. I complained so loud about them; they did move me to a regular seat with 2 empty seats beside me.

You have obviously not endured an Air Berlin flight in the new XL seats you describe. I have experienced several flights in regular economy and XL. The seats are identical – hard and narrow. The only difference is legroom … 6 inches. The regular economy seat is unbearable and sets a new low for transatlantic travel … your knees are right up against the seat in front of you.

Lufthansa economy are more comfortable and legroom and closely equivalent to Air Berlin’s XL. On both Lufthansa and Air Berlin I have witnessed “Economy Plus” and “Premium Economy” sections almost empty because most people know there is little value for the upgrade. All that empty space could have gone to just providing decent economy seats as in the past. The bean counters at these airlines have gone mad and taken over …