Air Berlin Topbonus Returns With Redemption Option For Etihad Flights In Economy Class (Limited Time Option)

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Shattered (ex) frequent flyer program Air Berlin Topbonus has come through with a new redemption option making it possible again to book award flights, however only on Etihad Airways in Economy.

The option is currently limited for booking until 17th November 2017 with travel periods until 28th March 2018 so it’s recommended to act fast if you have Topbonus miles which you want to use up.

British Airways Executive Club Airberlin Status Match Offer + Bonus Avios For Germany Sign Up By November 30, 2017

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British Airways has now launched a new offer to get Airberlin Topbonus members to sign up for their Executive Club and start collecting Avios.

British Airways Executive Club Airberlin Status Match Offer + Bonus Avios For Germany

Topbonus elite members will get Bronze status and 4,500 bonus Avios for sign up. Seems that members can get 9,000 additional Avios by flying 4 British Airways coded and operated segments by December 31, 2017.

Airberlin & NIKI Exit Oneworld On October 27, 2017

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Oneworld finally made an announcement regarding the Airberlin yesterday confirming the exit of both Airberlin and NIKI out of the alliance as of October 27, 2017.

Airberlin Oneworld Exit

British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Royal Jordanian have all extended status match offers for Airberlin Topbonus members to keep them flying on Oneworld.

Lufthansa & Air Berlin Sign Agreement To Take Over 81 Aircraft And 3000 Staff, Operations End October 28th

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An important day in the row about insolvent carrier Air Berlin’s assets as them and Lufthansa signed a contract today which will see the lion share of the company taken over by the German flag carrier.

Lufthansa will take over 81 aircraft and 3000 staff (roughly a third) from the defunct carrier just 2 weeks before the lights finally go out for Air Berlin after filing for Insolvency Mid August.

Airberlin To End All Flying By October 28, 2017

Airberlin today announced its employees that all the flying will wind up by October 28, 2017. The long-haul flying will end by October 15 as already announced previously. This announcement doesn’t affect NIKI, LG Walter and planes/crews flying for Lufthansa’s Eurowing.

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The liquidator is expected to have the final deal done by Thursday with probably Lufthansa and maybe something also ending up with EasyJet.

Crazy Email Of The Week: Collect Airberlin Topbonus Miles! (DON’T DO!)

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Couldn’t believe my eyes couple of hours ago when this email from Airberlin Topbonus made it to by inbox!

Crazy Email Of The Week

An airline frequent flier program, majority owned by Etihad, that has basically cease to exists because Airberlin is in bankruptcy and soon to be divided by Lufthansa and other airlines, is trying to get members to make hotel bookings to earn more miles that they cannot use in any meaningful way (at least not at the moment).

Air France – KLM Flying Blue Now Matching Airberlin Topbonus Members

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Airberlin, an airline that is still barely flying and waiting to be divided by Lufthansa and other airlines, has quite a few anxious Topbonus elite members waiting for a new home.

Air France - KLM Flying Blue Now Matching Airberlin Topbonus Members

Finnair started offering status matches last month (read more here) and now apparently Air France – KLM’s Flying Blue has extended an offer for Topbonus members too.

Confirmed: Air Berlin Ends All Long Haul Operations By 15th October 2017 (Some Much Earlier)

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According to the Air Berlin website the carrier has now confirmed that it will cease operation of all long haul flights effective 15th of October 2017, however many destination shut down much earlier than that.

The airline is compelled to close down their long haul operations as the leasing companies are asking for their A330 aircraft back, in other words: No planes – no flights!

Air Berlin Topbonus Makes A Half Hearted Comeback, Allowing To Redeem Miles For Vouchers At Horrible Ratio

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The endless saga of Air Berlin and their frequent flier program Topbonus enters yet another chapter as members just received a mailer announcing they can now collect miles again and even redeem them.

Unfortunately the redemption is limited to vouchers for various products and travel services that come with lots of drawbacks and could be perceived as a bad joke at best.

And The Air Berlin Bids Are In!

Parties interesting in acquiring all or parts of Air Berlin were required to submit bids today and the results should be in the day after the general election take place in Germany on September 25, 2017.

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According to media reports, the parties that were expected to bid for parts of Air Berlin did so. Lufthansa, EasyJet and Condor/Niki Lauda are the main contenders for the parts of the airline.

Airberlin Pilots Call In Sick En Masse

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Many Airberlin passengers were in for a surprise today as if there wasn’t enough to worry about already with the on-going bankruptcy process.

AB Cancellation

Apparently, more than 200 pilots had called in sick this morning and roughly 100 flights were canceled by afternoon. Pilots were protesting how transfer of staff from Airberlin to several new owners would be handled during the bankruptcy process.

Unconfirmed Rumor: Air Berlin To Cancel All Long Haul Flights Effective 24 September 2017 (?)

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According to some sources and a chat to agents at the Air Berlin elite hotline the carrier is in the stages to cease operation of all long haul flights effective 24th of September 2017.

So far this is unconfirmed information without any public announcement related to it so your feedback may vary depending on who you’re talking to at the company regarding this.

Caution: Air Berlin Starts To Cancel Many Flights ‘For Operational Reasons’ – The Beginning Of The End?

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Air Berlin has started today (Sunday) to cancel many flights due to unspecified ‘operational reasons’ as per the announcement on their website.

Air Berlin has filed for Insolvency roughly two weeks ago and since then also eliminated their frequent flier program Topbonus.

Pay Attention When Crediting Airberlin Flights For Partner Programs! (BA No Longer Accepts)

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Airberlin filed for bankruptcy in late August (read more here) and its Topbonus program soon followed (read more here). It is likely that Airberlin will soon cease to exist and planes and crews will just move to work for other airlines.

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While you can still credit Airberlin flights to Topbonus, it doesn’t make much sense because you can no longer redeem them (the program has filed for insolvency). You can still try to credit the flights to partner programs, although BA has now ceased to accept them for credit effective September 2, 2017.

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