Airberlin Topbonus Award Tickets Not Yet Flown No Longer Valid Per Email Sent

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Topbonus program assured at the time it filed for administration that already issued award tickets would be honored. Also, Oneworld issued a statement on this website confirming this. Last week, I wrote about a reader’s case (read more here) where Bangkok Airways had denied boarding on Airberlin issued award ticket in Bangkok.

Airberlin Topbonus Update

Apparently, Topbonus has now had change of heart and has been emailing program members informing them that tickets issued but not yet flown are being cancelled due to insolvency process and miles could only be used for flights operated by Etihad for limited period of time (read more here about redeeming on Etihad).

Airberlin Topbonus Award Tickets On Bangkok Airways Potentially Invalid

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Airberlin ended its operations on Friday last week but Topbonus loyalty program continues to operate albeit still in administration. Topbonus is 70% owned by Etihad Airways and thus should have a way out of the current mess.

Bangkok Airways

Oneworld made a statement that award tickets issued before Airberlin went into administration back in August would be honored as issued (Airberlin Topbonus members haven’t had access to them after administration begun). Airberlin also made a statement that their administration shouldn’t affect tickets already issued. This appears not to be the case, however.

EasyJet Expands To Berlin’s Tegel By Acquiring Some Airberlin Assets

EasyJet made an announcement on Friday night after last Airberlin flight had landed at the Berlin’s Tegel airport from Munich that it had reached an agreement with the liquidator to take over leases for 25 planes and hire roughly 1,000 employees.

EasyJet

The airline currently operates from the other airport in Berlin Schönefeld but plans to open routes in the winter and full schedule in the spring/summer from the Tegel as well.

Latest Topbonus Email About “Restructuring”

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Airberlin will operate its last flights today and its loyalty program Topbonus that is actually 70% owned by Etihad also filed for insolvency at the same time with the airline (not winding down yet – at least not today).

Topbonus Loyalty

Topbonus is truing to put their best foot forward on their latest email just sent out still claiming to be “loyalty program” (whose?) where members can temporarily redeem for economy Etihad flights (read more here).

Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss & Eurowings Offer 50% Discount For Air Berlin Customers With Canceled Bookings For October 28 – November 15, 2017 (Booked Before August 15)

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Lufthansa group of airlines (Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss and Eurowings) have extended an offer to Airberlin ticket holders who have purchased their tickets before the the airline filed for liquidation on August 15, 2017, and who are scheduled to fly “back home” from Europe between October 28 – November 15.

Lufthansa Airberlin

Affected passengers can purchase ticket operated and marketed by these four airlines and get 50% of their purchase price back after following the instructions.

Air Berlin Insolvency Administrator Seeks Multi Million Euro Damages From Etihad For Causing Bankruptcy

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Air Berlin’s insolvency administration came forward this week with a bizarre claim that they consider Etihad being responsible for the German carriers sudden insolvency and now seek for a multi million Euro settlement.

Air Berlin will shut their doors this coming week and in search for extra money they are now going after Etihad Airways actually blaming them for the companies downfall.

Oneworld Status Match Opportunities For Airberlin Topbonus Members

Airberlin as an airline will close the shop this week. The last flight should operate this coming Friday. NIKI, the Austrian arm, will continue fly.

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There are now several official matches from number of Oneworld airlines that are trying to get Topbonus elite members to match their status. Topbonus as a program may continue to exist as Etihad owns 70% of it. The most obvious choice would be for Etihad simply to merge it with their Guest.

S7 Airlines Now Matching Airberlin Topbonus Status

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S7 Airlines, officially Siberia Airlines, has now joined other Oneworld airlines that are offering status matches to Airberlin Topbonus members but with a twist.

S7 Oneworld Sapphire

S7 Airlines matches the equivalent status on their own programs + if you have credited S7 flights to Topbonus between October 1 – September 30, 2017, they will credit the miles to your new accounts (as long as your supply them your account statement).

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.

Airberlin TXL

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

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