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Get British Airways lounge access by matching your non-oneworld Gold card to airberlin

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A couple of days, I wrote that the Turkish Airline status match still seems to be active.  If you have a Gold card issued by any other airline, Turkish may be willing to give you one of their Gold cards for free – and that means that you would get 2 years of Gold status, including lounge access, across all 20+ Star Alliance airlines.

Mr Tibbs posted something very interesting in the comments.

He had managed to get airberlin‘s frequent flyer scheme, Top Bonus, to give him 5 months of Gold status as a match to his existing Gold card.

Now, airberlin is – like British Airways – a member of the oneworld alliance.  This means that you can use an airberlin Gold card to get you most of the benefits of a British Airways Silver card, including:

  • access to BA lounges when flying on BA or another oneworld airline
  • use of business class check in desks
  • free seat selection on BA flights

This is no different to the benefits that those people who get the free Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold card from American Express Platinum enjoy when flying BA.

If you want to try to match your Star Alliance or Flying Blue status to airberlin Top Bonus, you should open a Top Bonus account and then email service [at] and ask for a match.

You should include as much documentation as you can, including a colour scan of your current card and (if you have flight activity on the card) a copy of your statement.  You may also want to give some reason why you would be flying on airberlin in the future – or perhaps even book a cancellable airberlin ticket! – although this should not be necessary.

Note that there is no point bothering to match an existing Silver card for Top Bonus Silver.  Top Bonus Silver is equivalent to British Airways Executive Club Bronze, and that doesn’t get you anything of value, frankly!

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (4)

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  • H Khan says:

    Worth noting is just how tedious it is to maintain AB status after the 5 months. Enjoy the status but your miles are better credited elsewhere.

  • xcalx says:

    I applied last week .( I used my SAS Euro Bonus Gold card. I thought that this card would give me the equivalent of BA gold but I now understand its matches to BA Silver / OW Sapphire which I have through the Amex Plat CX MP Gold) and received the following reply.

    Dear xcalx

    Thank you for your e-mail.

    we would like to thank you for your inquiry and your interest in our topbonus Program. We have examined your request carefully and would like to offer you the following:

    Enjoy the advantages of the topbonus Gold status for 4 months as a start, and the status will be extended for one more year if you collect 17.000 status miles or fly at least 20 times within this period. If you accumulate 8.500 status miles or fly at least 8 times in the same period, you will get our topbonus Silver status for one year.

    The topbonus Card Gold offers you some exclusive and worthwhile gold-benefits that will make flying with airberlin and NIKI an even better treat:

    • Gold bonus – 40 % mileage bonus on all award and status miles collected
    • Exclusive service: topbonus Gold Card members can reach a personal contact partner on the Goldhotline at cheap regional landline rates when dialling from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • Priority Check-in at all airports and the chance to take advantage of Priority Boarding, plus Security Fast Lane at selected airports
    • “My route” – double award miles for flights on one of your chosen routes within Europe. You can make your selection online in your log-in area or by telephone at +49 (0)30-38 30 30 83

    Have we caught your interest? We would be happy to send you your personal topbonus Card Gold per mail.

    For more information about topbonus please find enclosed our brochure or visit the following webpage:

    Even though you may not be able to qualify for the Gold- or Silver Status within 4 months, we would be delighted to continue welcoming you on board as our topbonus member.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards

    xx x xxxxxxx
    topbonus Service-Team

    topbonus Ltd.
    Zweigniederlassung Berlin
    Saatwinkler Damm 42-43
    13627 Berlin

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