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5 Oneworld Members Open Status-match After Air Berlin Ceased Operation

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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program topbonus will no longer be part of the Oneworld alliance, thus making everyone’s status matched gold card no longer valid.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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Emirates Restores Passenger Services To 7 More Cities, Allow Transit Between 48 Cities

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According to a statement from the Dubai Tourism Board, from July 7, Dubai will allow foreign tourists to enter, and foreign residents holding a Dubai residence visa will be able to enter the country today.
Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from seven additional cities in the month of July. This will add the total number of destinations that Emirates is offering to 48.

According to Emirates, from July 15, the Emirates A380 will return to the sky and fly to London Heathrow Airport and Paris. No airline in the world is as closely linked to the A380 as Emirates. Before the outbreak, Emirates operated 8 A380 flights daily on the Dubai-London Heathrow route alone.

Other airlines only operate a few A380s, but Emirates’ A380 fleet exceeds 100. In January of this year, Emirates was operating a total of 123 A380s.


Added DestinationDate Of Resumption
Khartoum
from 03 July
Amman
from 05 July
Osakafrom 07 July
Naritafrom 08 July
Athensfrom 15 July
Larnaca
from 15 July
Romefrom 15 July

Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from the above seven additional cities in the month of July.

Passengers can now transit from Emirates’ network of 48 destinations through Dubai airport following the announcement that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from 07 July, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists while safeguarding the health and safety of visitors and communities.

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Delta Air Lines Returns To Shanghai On June 25, First U.S. Airline Resume Flights To China

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Delta A350 Take Off In Toulouse
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong route on June 25, the route will have a stopover at Seoul Incheon Airport and the route is operated twice a week.
From July onwards, Delta Air Lines will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong and Detroit-Shanghai Pudong routes, which will also have a stopover at Incheon Airport and each route is to be operated once a week.
Since the suspension of Sino-US routes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in February this year, Delta Air Lines is the first American airline to resume Sino-US routes.
At present, several Chinese airlines have announced flight schedules to the United States for July, including Air China’s route between Beijing and Los Angeles, China Southern Airlines’ route between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, and China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai-New York route etc.

Shanghai neon city
Shanghai neon city, Nanjing Road

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China at the end of January, Delta Air Lines announced on January 31 that it will suspend all scheduled passenger flights to China. The flight suspension was extended at the end of April and it has continued till this day. However, as China’s domestic pandemic situation is controlled, the market demand for flights from the United States to China has increased significantly. The situation coincided with the China Civil Aviation Administration’s targeted strict restrictions imposed on the Sino-US routes as an effort to cooperate with the overall national pandemic prevention strategy.


Delta Cargo Flights To Asia
Delta Cargo Flights To Asia, Image by James Jones

After several rounds of “confrontation” between the relevant departments of the two countries, the current weekly flight volume is set at the scale of four flights each week between China and the United States, and American airlines have finally been approved to reopen Chinese routes.

According to the press statement released by Delta Air Lines, the Shanghai-Seattle route will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and Delta Air Lines is committed to providing clean and safe travel services for passengers.


“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover, with a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”

Wong Hong, Delta’s President – Greater China and Singapore

Delta Air Lines schedule for June, July and beyond:
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45June 25-26 A350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15June 27-28 A350

Passenger service (June 25 – 30)
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet*
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45ThursdaysA350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15SaturdaysA350

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)
*Note: Transitions to A330-900 starting August 1.

RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
DTW-ICN-PVG28319:0000:15FridaysA350
PVG-ICN-DTW2844:458:20SundaysA350

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)

In addition to Delta Air Lines, another U.S. carrier, United Airlines, has also been approved to resume scheduled passenger flights in China, and it should soon announce its latest related flight plans.

On June 19, the US Department of Transportation rejected China’s application for further increase in the number of weekly flights and insisted on maintaining the current plan for 4 flights each.

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