Nowadays it’s pretty rare to see an airline offer free miles just for registering for a frequent flyer program and agreeing to receive emails. It’s also rare for them to offer a referral program, where you can earn miles if you get a friend to sign-up for a frequent flyer program.
Airberlin has been one of the more generous airlines in that regard, and at the moment they’re even more generous than usual.
Through July 31, 2016, you can earn up to 1,000 miles for each friend you refer to airberlin’s topbonus program. Your friend earns the same bonus (which will come in the form of 500 miles upon registration, and a further 500 miles within three days), after they’ve signed up and registered to receive airberlin’s newsletter. There’s no other activity required to take advantage of this bonus.
You earn 500 bonus miles for your first referral, and then 1,000 bonus miles for each additional referral. Each member can earn bonus miles for up to 10 referrals per year; in other words, a member can earn at most 9,500 bonus miles by referring 10 friends to airberlin’s program.
If you’d like to refer a friend to airberlin’s topbonus program, follow this link and you can find your referral link and/or email a friend. If you’re not yet an airberlin topbonus member and would like to join, you can use my referral link, and then we’ll both receive 1,000 bonus miles after you register and agree to receive newsletters.
If you sign-up for airberlin’s frequent flyer program and receive 1,000 bonus miles, and then refer 10 people to the program, you’ll receive up to 10,500 miles. That’s enough miles for a one-way ticket within Europe, for example (you can find airberlin’s award chart here).
I’d note that airberlin also has an online shopping mall where you can redeem points on all kinds of products, ranging from airberlin flight vouchers to gifts.
The best case scenario here is if you’re not yet a topbonus member, as you can register and receive 1,000 miles for that, and then receive a further 9,500 bonus miles for referring up to 10 members. That’s potentially 10,500 miles. Not bad, given that the referred members don’t even have to ever fly airberlin.
(Tip of the hat to Wandering Aramean)