airberlin

airberlin closed in Autumn 2017.  You will find reviews of my long-haul flights on airberlin among the stories below.

topbonus placed in liquidation

The end is finally here for topbonus, the old airberlin frequent flyer scheme. Whilst airberlin went into receivership last year, topbonus was a separate business which was 70% owned by Etihad. Most loyalty schemes are cash cows, because the scheme is paid by third parties […]

How to make a claim for your lost miles during the topbonus insolvency period

If you had any airberlin topbonus miles, you may be able to get a small amount of cash from their insolvency proceedings.  But not for a while …. You need to file an insolvency claim by 24th April for the balance of your topbonus account […]

Hilton adds nine new airline partners, drops 11 and improves the transfer rate on two!

Tomorrow, 2nd April, sees a number of big changes at Hilton Honors, primarily the scrapping of ‘points and miles’.   I will recap the key issues on Monday. That is not new news.  What is new news is that Hilton is also making big changes to its […]

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled their new leased A330-200 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic has released footage of their new aircraft “Daydream Believer” (G-VMNK), the first of four A330-200 leased from the remnants of Air Berlin to replace some of its B787 aircraft whilst engine issues are being sorted. From March 2018 the A330-200 will operate on […]

News: Opodo and ebookers discounts, Virgin MAN and LGW routes using airberlin planes

News in brief: Opodo and ebookers launch new discount codes Opodo and ebookers have new discount codes for anyone booking a flight or a ‘flight and hotel’ package in the next few days. Via this link (click here), Opodo is offering £35 off a £500 […]

Bits: £1365 Business to Canberra, Qatar Airways 15% off code, IAG to buy NIKI

News in brief: £1365 Business Class tickets to Canberra on Qatar Airways! Via Flyertalk, Qatar Airways seems to have slipped out some more exceptional fares to Australia.  This is not part of the January sale which won’t launch for another couple of weeks in my […]

Bits: BA launches airberlin match, 1200 Avios with £20 NOW TV box, Ski and Snowboard Show

News in brief: British Airways status match for airberlin Topbonus members If you had airberlin status, British Airways has joined the list of airlines offering a status match. The BA offer is poor.  Anyone who was oneworld Sapphire or Emerald equivalent with airberlin should take […]

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.  […]

Bits: Atlantis The Palm Avios promo, all food now free at Escape lounges, airberlin closing

News in brief: Up to 25% off and quadruple Avios at Atlantis The Palm Dubai British Airways has launched another Avios promotion in association with Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm is one of the major resorts in Dubai with a huge […]

Bits: Virgin and BA sales ends today, airberlin bidding, 50% off mytaxi in London

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic and British Airways sales end today Today, Tuesday, is the final day for the current Virgin Atlantic and British Airways sales. I won’t go through the deals again in detail. The Virgin Atlantic pricing – which is more aggressive than […]

Bits: new SLH scheme with free Amex upgrade, who buys Air Berlin?, currency converter app

News in brief: Small Luxury Hotels launches new INVITED loyalty scheme I mentioned back in May that hotel marketing consortium Small Luxury Hotels of the World was scrapping its loyalty scheme, The Club. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury […]

Bits: Club World £1060 Dubai fares, BA stops awarding Avios and tier points for airberlin flights

News in brief: £1,060 British Airways Club World fares to Dubai About 10 years ago, for no logical reason, Lisbon was the holy grail of cheap British Airways Club World tickets.  You could be pretty certain that, wherever you wanted to go, the cheapest route […]

Bits: bizarre new easyJet service, hidden IHG Accelerate goals, airberlin cancellations

News in brief: easyJet launches new ‘check in your hand baggage’ service No, 1st April has not come early.  easyJet really did launch a new service yesterday called ‘Hands Free’. Apparently, many people who travel with just hand baggage – in order to avoid queuing […]

Bits: Etihad closes Heathrow spa, airberlin Topbonus suspended

News in brief: Etihad closes the Six Senses Spa in its Heathrow lounge Etihad has announced that the Six Senses Spa in its lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 will close on 31st August.  This is very short notice for anyone with a premium cabin flight […]

Air Berlin files for insolvency – what happens next?

Yesterday’s news was dominated by Air Berlin’s insolvency. As I’m currently in Germany I got to read about it from all sides. Things haven’t been great for the German airline in recent years, partly due to the delays in opening the new Berlin Brandenburg airport […]

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