Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
It's actually normal in the case of Air Berlin - it stems from the time where they were "only" a charter carrier also offering flight-only-bookings.
Since all charter carriers here have adjusted their own payment systems to the same "rhythm" that the big operators use - a deposit at the time of booking and the rest a month in advance - they simply display that message.
What they obviously didn't think of when they programmed that part of their website was that they'd actually, at some point, have flights, where the fare including taxes (or the applicable deposit) would be way below that amount.
If I were you, I wouldn't worry - although I cannot give you a 100% guarantee on it (I'd say send them an eMail for 100% safety), I'd say that they'll simply take the amount for the flight (the GBP 19) from your account - they're not going to take those EUR 100 from you... they'd only take those EUR 100 if your flight were more expensive than that - and then they'd take the rest those 31 days before your flight.
Jumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
I booked my second - return tkt so number 3 and 4 with AB last week
and I didn't read anything like this not neither !
Number 1 and 2 was in march - the same nothing about a deposit nor-neither ....