With airBerlin going to the wall, airlines are out there to capture the business. oneworld has confirmed four of its members will be offering a status match.
Let’s go through the offers:
You’ll get Bronze – oneworld Ruby. If you complete four flights before 31st December, you also get 9000 bonus Avios –
You’ll need to email to take advantage of the offer – see https://www.britishairways.com/de-de/executive-club/offers/air-berlin-tier-match-offer?source=R01X&hpsource=T03AXairberlinoffer#search-1
Finnair will match you to Finnair Plus Silver (oneworld Sapphire), and a challenge for Gold. Oh, and Miles and More Members are welcome to challenge too.
Full details at https://www.finnair.com/finnair-plus-tier-match
Iberia are offering a like for like status match at http://www.iberia.com/de/iberia-plus-tier-match/ for both Miles and More and airberlin Topbonus members. Ruby members get moved to Plata, Saphire members/Miles and More Senators get moved onto Oro. New sign-ups get a 1,000 Avios too!
Royal Jordanan will match premium members, with the top-tier being matched. There are some heavy terms and conditions at https://www.rj.com/en/Royal-Plus/RJA-Status-Match
A Status match is always a good thing when your airline is in the pan – but the trick to taking advatnage of a status match is to choose an airline that matches your flying pattern.
From the offers given:
- Finnair has the best chance if you want a fast-track back to oneworld emerald
- Both Iberia and Finnair are offering great matches
- Royal Jordanians is a bit tougher and wordier – but you can keep your status… after your first flight with them
- British Airways continues it’s “To Scrimp, To Save” offer by only offering a Bronze status match and a few thousand Avios.
Of course, there’s nothing to stop you signing up for all of these (much like I did when BMI Diamond Club went to the wall), and seeing which of status match works for you.
What’s important is to find a frequent flyer programme that suits your needs… and not the airlines.
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