Despite a late night out in Copenhagen, I still made it up with my first (of 2) alarms at 7:30am, showered, had breakfast, and was on my way to the airport. It was a five-minute walk from the Hotel Hebron to Central Station, and I had to wait about 15 minutes for the next train to the airport given it was early on a Saturday morning. The train was an older one, so it didn’t have wifi like my train from the airport had, but it was still a painless journey and by 8:55am I was at the airport for my 10:55am flight to Berlin.
My Airberlin flight was pretty cheap, about $60, and I didn’t pay for any extras, knowing I’d just have a carry-on and it was a short flight. Interestingly, when I booked the ticket, the fare class I purchased (Z) would not have earned any miles in American’s AAdvantage program. But one strange positive change from the devaluAAtion of August 1 was that I would now receive 25% base miles and 50% EQM. (Once the EQD system kicks in, I would be credited at a rate of 5%.) So as a 213 mile flight, that means I’d get 50 miles! Yippee! (AA doesn’t give an elite bonus on AB flights for some reason- perhaps its membership in the Etihad alliance?)
As a Oneworld Sapphire member, I had access to Fast Lane security, which went smoothly, and then dumped me into a big duty free shop. The shop is run by Heinemann and Co., a German operator of duty free shops throughout Europe. If you join their loyalty program, you actually get a 10 Euro voucher every year on your birthday, good for an entire year with no minimum purchase. Unfortunately I didn’t see any toys, but I was able to buy two bottles of water and some candy for my office and for my nephews – and they actually gave me 10 Euro cents cash in change.Read More