Get an Iberia Plus status match for Miles & More and Topbonus members

Finally some good news for airberlin Topbonus members – and an interesting opportunity for any reader with a Lufthansa Miles & More status card.

After airberlin’s filing for insolvency there was a period when Topbonus was frozen with no miles collecting and spending at all.   A few days ago airberlin announced that members can again redeem points – but only for toasters etc!  This is definitely not what you want to do with your miles.

Now Iberia has come, partially, to the rescue.

As this page explains (in German) airberlin Topbonus members can get a status match with Iberia Plus.  More interesting, to stop Lufthansa Miles & More status members feeling left out, they can apply too.

This is far more useful, because you can now get free and immediate oneworld status via Iberia (good for travel on American, Qatar, Qantas, BA, Finnair etc) with your Miles & More card.

The documentation is only in German and Spanish, but luckily I’m German and can translate for you.

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If you are a Topbonus or Miles & More member, Iberia Plus will match your status, albeit some people will be downgraded a notch.

This means that Topbonus members will keep some of their oneworld status benefits and Miles & More members will gain them.

Topbonus Ruby and/or Miles & More Frequent Traveller will get Iberia Plus Plata, equivalent to British Airways Bronze / oneworld Ruby:

  • priority check-in and boarding
  • 1-3 checked bags
  • priority baggage
  • priority waitlisting
  • free seat selection when available
  • reduced cost for seats with more legroom
  • 25% Avios bonus

This does not come with airport lounge access.  Frequent Traveller status with Miles & More does give lounge access when flying with Swiss, Austrian, Lufthansa and other airlines who use the Miles & More loyalty scheme.

Topbonus Sapphire and Emerald and/or Miles & More Senator or Hon Circle will get Iberia Plus Oro, equivalent to British Airways Silver / oneworld Sapphire:

  • All Iberia Plus Plata benefits
  • Access to Iberia lounges (and indeed all other oneworld lounges)
  • 50% – 100% Avios bonus with selected airlines

Whilst Miles & More Senator members may have expected to be matched to Iberia Plus Platino – the equivalent of British Airways Gold – you need to remember that oneworld has different lounge policies.

With oneworld, a mid-tier status such as BA Silver or Iberia Plus Oro gets you global lounge access across the network.  This is not the case with Star Alliance, where mid-tier status (Frequent Traveller with M&M) only gives you lounge access with the airlines which issues your card.  Iberia is not being unreasonably tough in matching Senator with Oro. 

Now, how do I get my status matched?

There’s an application form on the Iberia website that needs to be filled in and emailed to Iberia (ibpcampaign@iberia.es) together with a picture of your Topbonus or Miles & More card.

The application form is in German, so here’s a translation – don’t judge my handwriting (click to enlarge):

Iberia Plus Status Match ApplicationAnd 1,000 bonus Avios

You can pick up some bonus miles by being referred to Iberia Plus by an existing member.  Both the referrer and you will receive 1,000 Avios if you have a friend who is already in Iberia Plus.

(We have purposely not given our personal account information here for referrals since we doubt Iberia will be keen to give us a big pile of Avios in return for promoting this deal to people outside Germany!)

The application form is very unclear.   And I say this as a native speaker.  The box for the Iberia Plus account number seems to be for the Iberia number of the person who is referring you – even though it says ‘Ihre’ which means your Iberia number.  But if you don’t put your Iberia Plus number in that box, there is nowhere else to add it.

And why does it say ‘Date of Birth’ (Geburtsdatum) at the top right of the form in capital letters?!

There is no small print on the website about whether this offer is only for new Iberia Plus accounts or also existing members.

There is no mention of residency restrictions.

There is no mention about how long your Iberia Plus status will last.

As always with such deals, it is well worth filling in the form if you have Topbonus or Miles & More status – but be prepared for the match not to work due to some small print no-one was told about.  This is Iberia we’re talking about …..

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Comments

  1. James Ward says:

    Are you sure you’re correct about *A lounge policy?

    I just returned from a trip to NZ. Knowing I’d want lounge access for my internal flights I did a status match from mid-tier Delta Gold / Skyteam Elite Plus (equivalent to BA Silver / OW Sapphire) to mid-tier United Premier Gold / *A Gold. I received full benefits whilst flying Air New Zealand, including lounge access.

    Also, I think you have a typo… you’ve said BA Silver = OW Emerald, whereas it’s Sapphire I believe.

    • Depends on your definition of mid-tier, looks like the article means *S. I wouldn’t say *G is “mid-tier” either.

      As you may know, Star Alliance only has 2 elite tiers but oneworld has 3, and certain airlines have additional tiers.

      *G may be the lowest level that gives lounge access to all alliance lounges, but it is also the highest level… and sometimes you get the Gold lounge (equiv to BA GF) which is better than the regular Business lounges (BA GC).

      So basically the tier benefits don’t match exactly and airlines can decide how they want to match you.

      • As an aside * Silver has to be one of most useless statuses to have in North America. I have Turkish Airlines Star Silver and i get nothing on Air Canada or United. And I mean nothing, no preference on seat selection over someone with no status, no priority boarding, no free bags, definitely no lounge access – i dont even get to use the business class check in counters. All it gives is “higher standing for upgrades above people with no status” which on a north american airline is completely useless. Air Canada did give a free bag to Star Silver but now, as of last month, that is gone too. BA bronze is better than Star Silver, even American Airlines recognise it with some perks.

    • Fixed, thanks.

  2. “And why does it say ‘Date of Birth’ (Geburtsdatum) at the top right of the form in capital letters?!”

    On the Spanish form it says:
    * CAMPOS OBLIGATORIOS = mandatory fields
    http://www.iberia.com/wcs/documentos/ibplus/tier-match_es.pdf

  3. Bariummeal says:

    Reminds me of the end of the good old BMI Diamond days where BA status matched across to one world and then Aegean did also giving star alliance gold.

  4. Is there any good opportunity to match BA Gold to *A equivalent currently?

  5. Concerto says:

    I think it’s intended for brand new members to be recommended by someone who is already a member. Otherwise, stick your birthdate up to the left of the Geburtsdatum and put the IB number of the person recommending in brackets after their name, before the field for your own number. Always worth a try.

    So, for Anika and Rob, I am an existing Iberia Plus customer with my address in Germany. I have both TopBonus Silver and Miles & More FTL status. I don’t think it would be unfair for one of you to recommend me!

  6. Roger I* says:

    May I dare to enhance the translation? (eek!)

    Erster Nachname (compulsory) = First surname (= father’s first surname), not middle name
    Zweiter Nachname (not compulsory) = Second surname (= mother’s first surname)

    It’s a Spanish language thing. Internationally it’s the first surname that counts and most HFP-ers need to put their surname in the Erster Nachname box, ignoring the Zweiter Nachname box..

    Also, I don’t understand the reference to Steuernummer (compulsory) = tax number in the second line.

    • Concerto says:

      I presume it’s an alternative means of identification. Might be a possibility for Spanish residents.

  7. Sounds like IB ran the form through Google Translate or something. Spanish people (apart from Catalans 🙂 ) seem to be almost as bad at languages as some British people (but not HFPers since we travel more…) whereas lots of Germans seem to be able to speak Spanish – case in point, on a recent LH FRA-TXL, the pilot and FAs made announcements in 4 languages, but they were just showing off. As a counterpoint, a BA crew also once made announcements in 5 languages on LHR-HKG (unfortunately they were all European languages and the HK crew did the Chinese languages).

  8. Looking at the Spanish Web page and form I think that the idea is mostly to get new subscribers, so the field with the IB number is clearly intended for the referrer. This leaves open a doubt for those (like me) who already have an IB card, but since this is a paper form, there’s always the option of adding it somewhere and have a go.
    I also agree that they clearly started with the Spanish language form and did a pretty sloppy job while translating to German, but to be fair to the Spaniards, while they do a mostly decent job with English, I doubt many of them study German at all.

  9. However when you are a huge company you can surely afford to pay someone who DOES speak both Spanish and German…unless you just can’t be bothered.

  10. Concerto says:

    The Spaniards have recognized their true masters in Europe because in most places I’ve been they speak pretty good German, presumably to cater for the hordes of German tourists. English gets you less far these days.

    As for the IB offer, it seems to be jolly unclear as to whether this only for new IB Plus members. Any clarification on that?

  11. Concerto says:

    We should probably roll the dyce (pun on my own name) and see what happens

  12. pommy ray says:

    wonder when they match monarch silver then ?!

  13. Wish I could match my Oman air sinbad to something

  14. Has anybody received a confirmed status match? Submitted my request a week ago and no reply yet.