American Airlines and oneworld alliance member-elect Airberlin are expanding their current relationship by allowing customers to earn AAdvantage miles when flying to Germany and beyond on Airberlin.
This will give American Airlines customers more opportunities to boost their mileage balances when traveling outside the United States, according to American.
In addition, AAdvantage members can redeem their miles for award tickets on Airberlin, which serves 163 destinations in 39 countries.
Airberlin is the second-largest airline in Germany and serves three of American’s five cornerstone markets: Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
The German carrier is expected to officially join the oneworld alliance in early 2012 – just weeks before the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, which will be a new major hub for Europe when it opens. With the addition of Airberlin, oneworld will significantly expand its route network and its ability to offer more services and benefits to customers.
“The international integration of route networks offers major growth opportunities for Airberlin and we are pleased to further extend our existing codeshare partnership with American Airlines,” says Paul Gregorowitsch, chief commercial officer for Airberlin.
American and Airberlin have been codesharing since November 2010 on several trans-Atlantic routes, as well as on U.S. domestic and intra-European flights. Most recently, American and Airberlin extended their codeshare relationship to include Airberlin’s service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Berlin-Tegel.