Flying with Air Berlin, hm… Imagine your-self sitting cosily in a seat you chose, sipping your free drink and reading free newspaper, collecting points in a frequent flyer program without a worry about your connecting flight. And all that for a price of a low cost airline ticket.

It’s not fiction. That is how a flight on board Air Berlin cheap air flights looks like.

Routes and Hubs

Air Berlin is the largest German airline after Lufthansa. It flies to the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean coast, in the Canary Islands and in North Africa, as well as to major European cities. Its hubs are Berlin-Tegel, Nuremberg, Düsseldorf International Airport, Palma de Mallorca and London-Stansted.

Booking, tickets and payment

Flights can be booked online, via travel agents or by calling their Service center. You do not pay a service charge if you book online. Air Berlin uses paperless tickets - AB-TIX (except, when you book a package holiday). There are two types of fares: saver and flexi.

You can pay for a flight by credit card or direct debit in some countries.

Check-in and baggage allowance

You should arrive at the check in desk at least 60 min before departure. Air Berlin also allows online check in. On some airports you can even check in your luggage the evening before flight.

Every passenger has a free baggage allowance of 20 kg. Every kg extra costs 5 Euros.For all UK flights, maximum weight for one piece of baggage is 32kg.

You can carry only one piece of hand baggage on board. Maximum weight is 6 kg (8kg if you carry a laptop). EU cabin baggage regulations apply.

Boarding, seating and inflight service

To board an Air Berlin flight, you only need a boarding pass (which you print if you check in online) and a photo ID. Boarding is at least 30 min before departure.

Seating can be reserved. It costs 8 Euros. If you want a seat with extra legroom - “XL seat”, it costs 20 Euros.

Air Berlin airline offers free food, drinks, magazines and newspapers on board.

Air Berlin’s frequent flyer program

Unlike many other low cost airlines, Air Berlin has a frequent flyer program. It is called Top Bonus. You can collect Miles when you fly, when you hire a car and when you book a hotel. Or any time you pay with your Air Berlin MasterCard.

Through this program you can acquire a number of benefits including extra free baggage allowance (plus 10kg) and free seating reservations.

Conclusion

Air Berlin, in my experience, really looks like a quality national carrier packaged as a low cost airline.

If you want to compare the quality of service on Air Berlin to the services of other low cost airlines read Easyjet review and Ryanair review.


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