• Your very last chance to spend Airberlin Topbonus miles

    With Airberlin taking its last-ever flights this week, members of its Topbonus frequent flyer program have one final chance to spend their hard-earned miles before they’re wiped clean for good as part of the company’s insolvency proceedings. The opportunity to book Airberlin flights ...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2017 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines will fly ex-Airberlin A330s to Auckland

    Malaysia Airlines plans to fly the first of its six Airbus A330-200 jets – formerly leased to Airberlin – between Auckland and Kuala Lumpur in early 2018. The Oneworld member airline, which has been eager to boost the size of its twin-aisle A330 fleet for some time, swooped on the&nb...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia sever frequent flyer ties with Airberlin

    Qantas and Virgin Australia are severing their respective frequent flyer partnerships with Airberlin as the German airline continues its insolvency proceedings. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will no longer earn Qantas Points or status credits aboard Airberlin flights with an AB or HG flight numb...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • What is 'EuroBusiness' business class?

    The business class experience on flights within Europe is quite different to what Australians would expect to find Down Under. Often dubbed ‘EuroBusiness’, forget the idea of larger seats with extra legroom: on most EuroBusiness routes, your seat is literally identical to those found...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 14 Comments

  • Airberlin adds EuroBusiness 'business class' to European flights

    IN BRIEF | Airberlin will convert the first row of its all-economy short-range fleet into a business class proposition for flights within Germany and Europe. While the seats themselves aren't changing, travellers will have extra legroom between the first row and the bulkhead and also find the mi...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Airberlin rolls out new Wunderkind amenity kits

    Virgin Australia partner Airberlin is now offering its business class guests a new amenity kit on long international flights by luxury fashion label Wunderkind. Dubbed the ‘culture and hygiene’ bag, the unisex kit comes in two styles, with one bag offered on flights to Germany and th...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 0 Comments

  • This week's Friday wrap for frequent flyers

    If your wallet packs an ANZ Rewards credit card, you’ll soon earn more Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on your everyday spend – or if you’re more of a Cathay Pacific loyalist, register for the airline’s latest promo which doles out double miles on flights t...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • How to get a free Oneworld Sapphire, Qantas Gold status match

    Here's a shortcut to getting VIP treatment with some of the world's largest airlines – including Qantas, American Airlines, Airberlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, South American's LAN and TAM airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. These airlines a...

    POSTED 12 May, 2015 16 Comments

  • Free Airberlin Topbonus Gold, Oneworld Sapphire status match

    Aussie travellers should move swiftly to take advantage of a great ‘status match’ offer from Airberlin, where jetsetters can flash their existing frequent flyer card and pocket Silver or Gold status for 12 months from the German airline's Topbonus loyalty scheme. As it happens, Airbe...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2015 35 Comments

  • This week

    It’s well-known that Qantas Frequent Flyers can amass points and status credits on the likes of Qantas and Cathay Pacific – but you can also scoop those up when flying with Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Airberlin and more! And thanks to an extended Qantas/American Airlines codeshare...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • Five Oneworld airlines you probably haven't flown, but should...

    Most Australian business travellers naturally belong to the 10 million-strong Qantas Frequent Flyer program and are already earning points on their Qantas flights both at home and abroad. And as a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, Qantas has partners a'plenty including British Airway...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2014 11 Comments

  • Airberlin auctions business class upgrades

    Airberlin is now auctioning off upgrades to business class, joining the growing ranks of airlines which lets travellers bid for a bump-up to pointy end. Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Etihad and Airberlin's local partner Virgin Australia all offer auction-based upgrades. The Airberlin Exquisi...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2014 3 Comments

  • Topbonus, Etihad Airways and the quirky Qantas connection

    This is the final instalment in our series on how Australian travellers can make the most of Airberlin’s flexible Topbonus program which offers frequent flyer perks with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways. We've already looked at using Topbonus with Qantas and ...

    POSTED 2 May, 2014 1 Comment

  • Using Airberlin's Topbonus status with Virgin Australia

    As we've previously detailed, Airberlin's Topbonus program serves up frequent flyer perks with both Qantas and Virgin Australia. Having already looked at the opportunities for Qantas and Oneworld travellers to leverage their Topbonus card, this second instalment of our three-part ...

    POSTED 1 May, 2014 1 Comment

  • Get into Qantas, Virgin Australia lounges with one frequent flyer card

    What if a single frequent flyer card could land you frequent flyer perks with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways? What if this card also unlocked priority check-in, extra luggage and premium lounge access with all Oneworld member airlines such as American Airlines, Britis...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2014 2 Comments

  • Berlin's new Brandenburg Airport won't open until 2016

    Berlin's much-delayed Brandenburg International Airport will remain closed until 2016, adding yet another year to the string of setbacks and pushing the airport almost five years behind schedule. This latest delay is blamed on several reasons, including the unplanned reconstruction of the northe...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2014 11 Comments

  • Airberlin's lounge & "exclusive waiting area" access explained

    Airberlin may be chums with both Virgin Australia and Qantas – the former through a bespoke partnership, the latter via the oneworld alliance – but the German carrier treats the frequent flyers of each airline very differently when it comes to lounge access. Here's what you need to k...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2013 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia hooks up with airberlin

    Virgin Australia will partner with Germany's airberlin from next month, with a limited number of codeshare flights but reciprocal frequent flyer perks across the board. Beginning August 1st and on sale from today, Virgin Australia will codeshare on airberlin’s daily direct services fr...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2013 18 Comments

  • Christmas trees fly free all December on airberlin

    This story proved too good for us to resist, especially on mid-week 'hump day'! Christmas trees may not be a common sight on the baggage belts at Australian airports, but things are a bit different in Europe, says airberlin -- especially among Germans escaping the chill of Northern Europe f...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2012 3 Comments

  • Airberlin to install Etihad business class on long-haul flights

    Airberlin is planning to install Etihad's popular fully flat business class beds in all its long-distance planes, which means a more comfortable sleep, direct aisle access and better privacy.  The airline, which is partner to both Qantas and Etihad, hopes that superior seats will woo busine...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2012 1 Comment

  • Etihad & airberlin partner on Australia-Germany flights

    Etihad and airberlin are now running joint flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane through to Berlin and Dusseldorf. The codeshare arrangement will see passengers from Australia's three largest cities fly with Etihad to Abu Dhabi and then transfer to airberlin's daily service throu...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2012 1 Comment

  • Qantas offers double frequent flyer points with airberlin

    Qantas is stumping up for double frequent flyer points on travel with new chum and oneworld partner airberlin. Running from March 20 through to May 15, 2012, the promotion requires registration online before you book. Once that's done you'll earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points at twice the standa...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • New Qantas partner as airberlin joins oneworld alliance

    Qantas will gain another partner airline this week when Germany's airberlin joins the oneworld alliance. Airberlin is Germany's second largest airline after Lufthansa, and Australian travellers are now able to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer miles and status credits when flying on airberlin. Airberl...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2012 6 Comments

  • Qantas scotches rumours over new Berlin hub

    IN BRIEF | Qantas has nixed reports that it will shortly abandon flights to Frankfurt in favour of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport set to open in June. The Red Roo's current European schedule sees daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Frankfurt via Singapore, for travellers whose bu...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2012 8 Comments

  • Etihad and airberlin add new Germany-Abu Dhabi flights

    Etihad and airberlin are dramatically increasing flights to Berlin and Düsseldorf, in a move that may woo business travellers onto the airlines' combined network. With new flights from Berlin and Düsseldorf added to existing Etihad flights to Frankfurt and Munich, the partnership opens...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2012 4 Comments

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