Air Berlin is slowly but surely disclosing details about their One World entry. It is now official that it will take place on the 20th of March this year. Until then the German airline is giving us piece by piece more information about the big happening.
Check the One World Ticker here!
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Coming with Air Berlin’s entry to the One World alliance in April or May this year there were some rumours spreading about a new frequent flyer card being introduced for its topbonus program - in addition to the already existing Silver and Gold cards.
Well it is not a rumour anymore, it got confirmed by two independent customer care agents from the Gold hotline I called recently. There will be a new card for the frequent-frequent travellers amongst the topbonus members. All topbonus card holders will also receive new cards with both the topbonus as well as the One World logo imprinted on them in order to ease lounge access worldwide.
The questions remains: How many status miles would you need to get this new “HON Circle-like” card? Currently for the Silver card you need 20’000 status miles or 20 flight segments, for Gold 40’000 or 40 segments within 12 months. It is likely that the new card would require 80 to 100’000 status miles (or 80 to 100 flights a year).
It has somehow become inevitable for Air Berlin to introduce a new card since they’ll have to map their existing card structure to the one from One World, which features three different status levels: “Ruby”, “Sapphire” and the highest one, “Emerald”. It is obvious that Air Berlin’s new card would be mapped to the Emerald status. Benefits would be First Class check-in, priority boarding, priority seating and last but not least access to 550+ airport lounges all around the world.
I currently have 62’000 status miles on my topbonus account and growing. Let’s see if I can call myself an Emerald soon :)
Afterwork drink above the clouds
The really cool thing about Air Berlin’s flight miles program “topbonus” is that you can get the Gold card with just 40 one way flights a year. Once you have it, immediately send a spreadsheet with all your upcoming AB flights to your travel agency and let them reserve the best seats on every single flight for you - for free.
Yes, for free. It’s called XL seats - and if you’re not happy with their selection, ask seatguru.com for an even better seat and get this one :)
Well in fact I do not land that often in London… but I love to listen to this song while the plane is approaching the airport ;)