airberlin topbonus earning and redeeming miles is back (well kind of)

Our best guess here at Mighty Travels was that TopBonus would end up as a part of Etihad Guest after the bankruptcy since Etihad was already the majority holder of the program and loyalty programs are usually a dependable money maker.

The loyalty program of Air Berlin shut down during the bankruptcy but this message was posted today:

Good news for mile collectors:

From 20 September miles collected on Etihad Airways flights and at further non-airline partners wile be credited to your mileage account again. Furthermore, you can redeem miles in our new topbonus Pop-up Shop.

Collecting miles at Etihad Airways

Collecting miles at non-airline partners

Redeem miles at the topbonus Pop-up Shop

Find our current press release here

Further information/FAQ

The website is still in pretty bad shape but there is a PDF now with more details.

Those are the most important takeaways:

– you can only earn miles flying Etihad including retro credits but NOT anymore with airberlin

– all non-airline partners are back at their full earning level

– the airberlin VISA cards earn miles

– you can ONLY redeem at the Top Bonus shop which is down (and only members in Germany can in effect order anything) starting at 10,000 miles

– existing award tickets are not being touched by anyone

What an interesting development in the airberlin saga. There is so much drama and uncertainty – it’s more like a South American soap opera than something akin to German efficiency. Well I have 280,000 miles with topboonus – I hoep something good will come out of it!