Air Berlin Offering Status Match to U.S. Residents
Air Berlin announced its topbonus frequent flyer program is offering a status match to frequent flyers residing in the United States with elite status on non-oneworld member airlines.
The airline, which has three tiers, namely silver, gold, and platinum, will match those with the lowest status on another airline to topbonus Silver, and those with middle or top tier status on another airline to topbonus Gold. A match to topbonus Platinum is not available.
Topbonus Silver members have oneworld Ruby status, while topbonus Gold members receive oneworld Sapphire. Both tiers receive access to business-class check-in lines regardless of ticketed cabin, access to preferred or pre-reserved seating, and priority on waitlists and when on standby lists. Sapphire status also includes access to business-class lounges including all American Airlines Admirals Club lounges even when on a domestic itinerary, priority boarding, an additional baggage allowance, and priority baggage handling.
To take advantage of the offer, simply e-mail the topbonus program with your topbonus membership number (you can join immediately prior to requesting the status match and immediately obtain your membership number) and a scan of your frequent flyer program card showing your status in another airline.
Once approved, the matched status will be valid for 12 months. To requalify, members will have to accrue 25,000 or 50,000 status miles respectively to keep topbonus Silver or Gold status.
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