airberlin is a partner with British Airways in the oneworld alliance. This means that anyone who has status with airberlin will receive reciprocal status benefits with BA, and vice versa.
Why does this matter? Because airberlin is currently offering four months of free Silver status if you sign up for topbonus, their frequent flyer programme.
Silver on airberlin does NOT match Silver on British Airways. It matches British Airways Bronze status instead because these are both ‘Ruby’ tiers in the oneworld hierarchy.
The benefits of British Airways Bronze status, or any other oneworld Ruby status, are not huge but are certainly better than nothing.
As per this page of ba.com you will get:
Business Class check-in desk use
Free seat selection from seven days prior to departure
If your German isn’t up to much you can use Chrome to open the page and it will offer to translate it. However, here are the key points (thank you Anika!):
- sign up for topbonus by 30th November 2016
- make sure to add a company email address
- verify your email address once registered
- enjoy 4 months of silver status (this may take a few days to update)
Existing topbonus members can also take advantage of this offer by clicking the button in the bottom right hand corner.
If you earn 8,500 topbonus status miles or take 8 airberlin or NIKI flights during your first 4 months, your Silver status will be extended for another 12 months. In comparison you usually need 24 flights or 25,000 topbonus status miles to gain silver status.
When signing up you can also get 500 bonus miles when opting in for email offers and news.
Using your new airberlin status with BA
In order to get free seat selection, you will need to physically put your airberlin topbonus number into your booking. If it isn’t a redemption, you will need to swap it over to your BA number at a ticket desk in the airport – and have your boarding pass reissued – if you don’t want the miles to be credited to topbonus.
For the purposes of priority boarding and business class check-in, simply flashing your airberlin card (if they send you one – hopefully it is available via their app if not) should do the trick.
PS. It is possible that airberlin will not be too keen on lots of UK residents taking advantage of this deal and may not honour it. If not, don’t complain!
(Hat-tip to View From The Wing)
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