This was a bad month for both Star Alliance and Oneworld alliances. First Spanair, Barcelona based Star Alliance carrier, went under and few days later Malev, Hungary’s flag carrier and Oneworld member, ceased its operations.
In both cases the frequent flyer members lost all their banked miles. Some airlines continue to accept tickets that are issued by Malev and Spanair, although it is very unlikely that the operating carriers will get reimbursed.
Spanair Status Transfer
Now, Star Alliance has initiated an official status match campaign for Spanair’s Silver and Gold level elite flyers. The following airlines are matching Spanair’s status in their respective programs:
You need to follow the link on StarAlliance.com that takes you to a Surveymonkey site. You need to complete the status transfer request by March 16th, 2012.
Malev Duna Club Status Transfer
Finnair, Airberlin, Japan Airlines are offering a status match for Malev’s Duna Club members. Unlike the StarAlliance match, Oneworld carriers require in Japan Airlines’ and Finnair’s case at least one flight to be taken before the status takes effect. Airberlin matches the status for four months and will extend the status further depending on the number of points or flights taken.
- Malév Duna Club Platinum cardholders are being offered Platinum membership of Finnair Plus, Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) Diamond or the equivalent tier in airberlin’s topbonus scheme, enabling them to retain their top level Emerald status in oneworld.
- Malév Duna Club Gold members can transfer to Finnair Plus Gold, Japan Airlines JMB Sapphire or the equivalent airberlin topbonus tier, enabling them to continue to enjoy oneworld Sapphire services and benefits.
- Malév Duna Club Silver members can transfer to Finnair Plus Silver, Japan Airlines JMB Crystal or the equivalent airberlin topbonus tier, enabling them to continue to enjoy oneworld Ruby services and benefits.