Why Airberlin Topbonus Is Amazing For Status Travellers In Australia

I love status; that’s no lie but what’s better than one status? Two statuses! Airberlin has a unique program that is really fantastic and can benefit travelers.

If you have a look at the card, there’re two things that you may recognize.

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Airberlin is part of Oneworld which Qantas are part of, they are also an Etihad partner and they are a Virgin Australia partner so you get 2 for the price of 1. This means if you hold Gold you will have the same benefits as Qantas and Virgin Australia Gold.

How do I earn the status?

Even though the benefits are the same, earning the status is a little different. When flying Qantas credting to Airberlin you can earn both status and award miles whereas when flying Virgin you’ll only be able to earn award miles. Another very important point to note is that when booking awards, the call centre speaks German only, No english. If you are not concerned about awards go for this program however if you want awards consider another program.

Qantas Earn Chart

Qantas Earn Chart

If you can speak German the award rates are actually quite reaonable.

Redemptions On Qantas

Redemptions On Qantas

As I said both Qantas and Airberlin are in Oneworld so you get the normal benefits of the status that you hold.

Qantas Benefits

Qantas Benefits

Virgin Australia

As I mentioned you cannot earn status when credting from VA flights but you can earn award miles which are fantastic if you can speak German.

Virgin Australia Earn Chart

Virgin Australia Earn Chart

If you were able to use the award miles I wouldn’t as the value isn’t near as good as Qantas

Award Redemptions on Virgin Australia

Award Redemptions on Virgin Australia

Being a partner airline you recieve the same benefits Virgin members would depedning on the status you hold.

Virgin Australia Benefits

Virgin Australia Benefits

Below are the baggage allowances while travelling on VA:

Virgin Australia Domestic Baggage Allowance

Virgin Australia Domestic Baggage Allowance

 

Virgin Australia International Long-Haul Baggage Allowance

Virgin Australia International Long-Haul Baggage Allowance

 

I’ve finally got Oneworld Emerald!

Last year I had achieved Virgin Australia platinum and was so happy with what I had got from them, but there is one thing that is a bit disappointing. They are not in an alliance. For some,this is a huge matter,as they want easy connections, lounge access, additional luggage and so on. Virgin has some fantastic partner airlines such as Etihad and Singapore airlines but I find an alliance is a lot better if your travelling to various countries.

I decided I’d go with Qantas as I live in Australia and travel with them very regularly. I would of loved to go for a program like American Airlines to get benefits such as unlimited upgrades and SWU’s but Qantas flights don’t earn 100% EQM’s which are status credits in Australia.

So the hunt began for cheap status runs, this was proving to be difficult but with some help from Flyertalk and various other locations I finally decided what I had to do.

Planning:

The decision was to fly SYD-MEL-CNS-MEL-SYD 3 times. Each run would get 200 status credits but as I asked Qantas for a challenge,they provided me with a 50% bonus this proved to be a vital part of the plan. So with the 50% I should earn 900 status credits (300 each run) and with the 400 already in my account I should earn the magic number of 1400 which is equal to platinum.

 

Day 1

 

 

 

 

 

Hitting gold!

 

Definitely worth the loss of sleep!

 

Overall this was a tiring  process but also enjoyable. I got to visit Cairns for the first time from the airport and also learnt that It is nice to be on the ground some times. I can’t wait to do it again next year before February 28th!

(All photos are from my first run)