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According to announcement posted on their website at: one world

“Airberlin will cease participating in the oneworld® alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017, following the filing by Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG’s (“airberlin”) for the opening of insolvency proceedings over its assets.

Airberlin’s affiliate NIKI – which joined oneworld alongside airberlin in March 2012 – will no longer fly as part of oneworld at the same time.”

It basically said that Airberlin’s royalty program topbonus will no longer be part of the Oneworld alliance, thus making everyone’s status matched gold card no longer valid.

“A number of oneworld member airlines are making a tier-status matching offer to members of airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer programme, enabling them to maintain their Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status when flying with any oneworld member airline. For details, see individual member airline’s frequent flyer websites, specifically:

I would say it looks like great news to us, however when looking at the eligibility of statusmatch with these 5 airlines, some tough requirement is stated as follows:

British Airways:

“Airberlin topbonus tier offer:

  • British Airways is offering airberlin topbonus members who are equivalent to oneworld Ruby tier status or above (sliver, gold or platinum airberlin status) the opportunity to join the British Airways Executive Club as a Bronze Member.

  • if you take 4 flights with us before the 31 December 2017 we will also credit your account with 9,000 bonus Avios – enough for a return reward flight from Germany to London.*

Exisiting Excutive Club Members:

To take advantage of this offer send us an email at ABtieroffer@ba.com with your Executive Club Membership details and attach evidence of your airberlin topbonus tier status by the 30 November.

Not a Member?

If you are not an existing member, you will need to join first before contacting us.

  • You will also be eligible for an additional 4,500 Avios when you join before the 30 of November, please refer on the link below for more details. “

For British Airways, you would get 4500 Avios for free if you register for a new account, you would get to match your BA avios level up to Bronze by sending them a email at ABtieroffer@ba.com which isn’t too big of a perk, and you can get 9000 avios for taking 4 flights with them before the end of the year which I would say, it’s not that much time left.

Finnair:

“What’s more, if you’re an airberlin topbonus or Lufthansa Miles & More tier member, we will now match your tier to Finnair Plus Silver so that you can continue enjoying tier benefits. Thus, if you are at least a topbonus Silver member or a Miles & More Frequent Traveller, you’ll become a Finnair Plus Silver member right away.

For topbonus Gold and Platinum members as well as Miles & More Senator and HON Circle members we also offer a Gold Challenge in addition to the instant Silver membership. The Gold Challenge means you can move up to the Finnair Plus Gold tier with only half the usual amount of tier points or qualifying flights within the next six months – that’s only 40,000 tier points or 23 flights.

To match your tier, simply fill in your Finnair Plus number or join Finnair Plus now!”

For Finnair, you can get silver up to 6 months and if you accumulate 40,000 points or have 23 flight segments, they will upgrade your tier to gold.

Iberia:

For some strange reason, their status match website landing page is only in German, thus it may sounds like they are only offering this statusmatch to Germany residents, but many people outside germany have successfully get their Oneworld gold card already.

They would status match your Iberia account to gold level if you send them a email with the form filled here as well as a picture of your Airberlin Gold card to this email at ibpcampaign@iberia.es.

Royal Jordanian:

Royal Jordanian Airlines Status Match:

“Thank you for your email below and for your interest in our Frequent Flyer Program -Royal Plus

Please note that Top Tier Status Match offered by Royal Jordanian for members holding a top tier status from a major competing airline, equivalent to Royal Plus Platinum or Gold only, and holding a valid loyalty card from the airline, and it is based on the following conditions:

1- The frequent flyer member must be a current Elite member with a valid membership from the airline.

2- A recent boarding pass that shows your current status.

3- A picture of the physical card and a statement of account for the past 12 months.

4- Should register in the Royal plus program.

5- Provides a booking and a ticket on Royal Jordanian; noting that the card upgrade and benefits would only be activated after a minimum of 5000 award miles that must be accumulated in the Royal plus account

6- Status match will be granted once only for the same member.

7- Member must achieve 20,000 miles within the first 12 months to keep the matched status, otherwise the card level will be demoted.

8- The processing and approval of each status match request is left at the sole discretion and judgment of Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Thank you once more for your interest and we look forward to welcome you on board our flights at all times.”

Royal Jordanian’s also has a requirement which you must have a booking flight with them, the 8 clauses looks cumbersome in many ways but if it fits your situation is definitely worth a try. You would have to send the proof to email ffp@rj.com.

 

S7:

“As Air Berlin has ceased operating flights, S7 Priority offers the members of the topbonus loyalty programme holding the Elite status the equal status of S7 Priority and the accrual of S7 Priority miles for flights with S7 Airlines taken between 01.10.2016 and 30.09.2017, even if these flights were accounted for in the topbonus programme earlier.

Instant Elite Status.

Elite members of topbonus can become members of the S7 Priority loyalty programme before 31.12.2017 and submit a photo of their topbonus Elite status card or a screenshot of their topbonus personal account via the feedback form in the S7 Priority Personal Account. The equivalent status of S7 Priority will be assigned to the member after he or she takes the flight with S7 Airlines as an S7 Priority member if the flight is taken before the end of 2018.”

Again, the same problem with S7 it’s that you would have to take a flight with the designated airline in order to have the status for a year, and probably not so many of us will come across S7, so I wouldn’t consider it as a ideal case.


Bottom Line:

The best one to simply statusmatch with Iberia, they only require the picture of the gold card, so it’s fairly easy if you have one with Airberlin (Which many people staus-matched to get one) or Lufthansa Senator.

All the other programmes seems more challenging to me with BA < Royal Jordanian < S7 < Finnair in that order or you can consider the rest 4 equally difficult.

I am hoping to get some feedback from your guys regarding the experience with status match with these 5 airlines. Leave a comment about which gold card you are getting ?

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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Egyptair Is About To Fly Beijing – Cairo Route With Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GES EgyptAir Image by William Musculus

EgyptAir’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be flying the return route from Beijing to Cairo this month. The 787-9 inaugural flight to China is scheduled to fly from Cairo to Beijing on August 18 and the first flight from Beijing to Cairo on August 20.

The Boeing 787-9 is the first new model launched by Boeing after the launch of the Boeing 777 program in the late 1990s, with many revolutionary innovations. Its core purpose is to create excellent business opportunities for airlines with leading-edge technologies and to actively improve the air travel experience. The Boeing 787-9 has unprecedented fuel efficiency and range flexibility, while creating a more comfortable flight for passengers, which is also known as the “dream passenger aircraft.”

EgyptAir’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features a two-cabin layout with 30 business class seats and 279 economy class seats. The seat design also incorporates elements of Egyptair for a more comfortable ride.

Egyptair B787-9 Dreamliner

The business class seats feature a 1-2-1 layout with reverse herringbone business seats that cleverly utilizes cabin space. The 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats allow guests to enjoy a spacious and private cabin.

The economy class seats are in a 3-3-3 layout with a seat spacing of 31 inches. The slender design makes the journey more simple and comfortable.

To enhance the onboard experience, each seat in the 787-9 is equipped with a personal entertainment screen, the business class display is 18 inches, and the economy class display is 12 inches. The new entertainment system supports live TV and the operating system is smoother, bringing travellers a more diverse in-flight experience. The on-board WiFi can meet your business and communication needs throughout your flight.

With the advancement of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China and Egypt have become increasingly close in various fields. More and more Chinese tourists have shown a clear interest in traveling to Egypt and Africa. By mid-August, Egypt will receive their sixth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This means that all six 787-9 Dreamliner that EgyptAir ordered from Boeing will be delivered then.

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Air France Introduces New Night Service Concept With Washington Dulles Lounge Revamped

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Air France Washington Dulles Lounge

On July 18, 2019, Air France unveiling its newly revamped lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport; The new lounge welcomes Air France’s La Première and Business Class customers as well as Flying Blue Elite Plus members in a completely renovated, more elegant and modern environment. The total area is 615 square meters with two floors that can accommodate up to 155 customers.

At the heart of the lounge is a new dining area, There is a new service concept “Night Service” for Business Class guests onboard Flight AF027 departures every day from Washington to Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

Eligible passengers can enjoy French cuisine in the airport lounge just as they would on board. Guests can enjoy a full meal at the table, including appetisers, hot dishes, cheese plates, desserts, and wine and champagne.

During the flight, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the business class cabin. A quiet private seat that can be converted into a flat bed which guarantees a peaceful rest. When they woke up with the flight reaching the French coastline, breakfast will be served right before landing at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

In addition to the service concept specially catered to business class passengers onboard the night flight, Air France also introduced other newly improved features at the lounge.

The iconic bar area in the lounge 

Dressed in a lacquered metal structure and completely open to the lounge, the bar offers a selection of wines, Champagnes and spirits, served by a bartender. For the first time in an Air France lounge, customers can also enjoy cold draught beers.

A new dining experience

As part of its ongoing effort to offer its customers the best possible service, the company has also revamped its dining area to highlight French gourmet cuisine.

Designed in the spirit of a Parisian brasserie, new furnishings and circular benches have been custom-designed to provide conviviality and comfort. Customers can enjoy a self-service buffet with a cold, sweet and savoury selection.

A cosy environment

The second level offers customers a genuinely cosy environment. In a relaxing light-filled atmosphere, where light screens perfectly mimic sunlight and the colour of the sky, customers can relax comfortably in chaises lounges or other seating of their choice. A snacking area completes this moment of well-being.

Air France Press Release

Facts of Air France’s new Washington lounge:

  • A VIP area with a cosy and private atmosphere, dedicated to customers travelling in the La Première cabin;
  • An area reserved for Flying Blue Platinum Ultimate customers.
  • A lobby equipped with new eligibility kiosks, for smoother access;
  • A co-working space;
  • Free Wi-Fi access and electrical/USB outlets close to each seat;
  • A lounge area reflecting the architectural design of the latest Air France lounges – wide bench seating, brightly-coloured individual seats that give the lounge its own distinctive identity; 
  • A press kiosk offering French and international newspapers and magazines, in addition to the digital offer available on the “Air France Play” app;
  • Freshen up and relax thanks to an invigorating shower.

Air France currently operates 2 daily flights to Washington by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-200 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle; while KLM operates a daily flight to Washington from Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. There will be a schedule change from 26th October this year as the winter season schedule kicks in.

  • AF054: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:15, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • AF055: leaves Washington at 18:05, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7:35 the next day.
  • AF026: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16:30, arrives in Washington à 19:05;
  • AF027: leaves Washington at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:45 the next day.
  • KL651: leaves Amsterdam-Schiphol at 13:20, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • KL652: leaves Washington at 17:45, arrives at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 7:20 the next day.
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