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You can snag free OneWorld elite status thanks to Air Berlin, which is currently offering 4 months of Silver status in its ‘TopBonus’ loyalty programme (equivalent to OneWorld Ruby) to anyone.
The signup page is here – it’s in German but is quite simple and nothing Google translate can’t sort out.
I signed up for this offer myself a while ago and wasn’t sure whether it had worked to begin with, but can confirm that after a few days your TopBonus status level does get upgraded to Silver. Theoretically, you are supposed to be a member of networking site ‘Xing’, but it doesn’t make any difference in practice.
To keep Silver status, you need to collect 8,500 status miles or fly 8 times with Air Berlin / NIKI during the 4 months (rather than the standard requirement of 25,000 status miles / 25 flights).
You can also use this promo to fast-track to Gold status (OneWorld Sapphire) for just 20,000 status miles or 20 flights (rather than the standard 50,000 miles / 60 flights), which might well be worth taking a close look at if you have some paid Business Class flying coming up anytime soon that you could credit to TopBonus.
What does TopBonus Silver status get you?
When flying with Air Berlin you get:
- Priority Check-in
- Security fast lane
- Free seat reservation
- 25% bonus Miles
- Waiting list priority
- Reduced XL seats
- Additional baggage allowance
- Exclusive parking area
- Exclusive waiting areas where you can get a free soft-drink /newspaper etc at some airports in Germany/Austria
What does OneWorld Ruby status get you?
Benefits on other OneWorld airlines (like BA) are a little more limited, but still definitely worth having!
Free OneWorld elite status is very nice to have, even if it is only Ruby for 4 months.
The fast track route to TopBonus Gold (OneWorld Sapphire) that is also included when you sign up, is definitely something you should consider if you have eligible Business Class flights coming up.
You need to sign up by 30th November, so don’t delay too long if you think you might want to take advantage.