Airberlin Topbonus program regularly releases Topdeal discounted award tickets for number of destinations.
Now, the airline has discounted routes between Stuttgart or Vienna and Abu Dhabi up to 58% for travel between December 1 and February 15, 2015.
You can access Airberlin’s web page for this offer here.
The following routes are on sale:
The Vienna to Abu Dhabi is operated by NIKI that is Airberlin affiliate and Stuttgart to Abu Dhabi by Airberlin itself. Both airlines operate A320’s between these cities.
Vienna to Abu Dhabi Return Tax Calculation:
As the Airberlin Topbonus award tickets are excluding taxes ad fees I thought that I run the numbers on ITA Matrix. The base fare between Vienna and Abu Dhabi is less than $100 for Y return while the fuel surcharge is $334.
The Topdeal is not a deal at all on these dates considering that you would need 25,000 miles to wipe off only $100 of the total expenses.
Discounted award tickets are often not a deal with the airlines that charge full fuel surcharges even on awards. I have not redeemed Airberlin Topbonus miles for their own flights, but the T&C’s state that you need to pay taxes, charges and fuel surcharges.
Here are the terms and conditions of this sale:
Please note that the conditions of booking Topdeal tickets differ from the standard conditions that apply to normal award flights.
- are always excl. taxes, charges and fuel surcharge
- are not re-bookable and can not be changed once booked
- only apply to direct flights
- can only be booked online
- only a limited number of tickets available
- are only offered in Economy Class and cannot be upgraded