In August I wrote about how Etihad Guest was offering bonus miles for joining The World’s Finest Clubs, which is essentially a program that gives you special privileges at over 200 nightclubs around the world. Based on the number of bonus miles Etihad was offering to join, it sure seemed like the program wasn’t worth it as such (then again, I go to bed at about 7PM every night, so I’m probably not the target audience for a program that gives you special privileges at nightclubs).
At best, that promotion was an opportunity to pick up Etihad Guest miles for ~2.5 cents.
Well, airberlin topbonus is now offering bonus miles for joining The World’s Finest Clubs, and the value proposition is significantly better. Specifically, you can purchase memberships that get you the following number of points:
- 60,000 airberlin miles for 989EUR (~1,051USD), ~1.75 cents per mile
- 150,000 airberlin miles for 1,989EUR (~2,114USD), ~1.41 cents per mile
- 225,000 airberlin miles for 2,989EUR (~3,177USD), ~1.41 cents per mile
As you can see, this is an opportunity to purchase airberlin topbonus miles for as little as ~1.4 cents each. You need to sign up through this promotional link to be eligible, and you’ll be contacted after you purchase the membership about having your miles credited. Crediting miles could take up to 30 days from the promotion end date, which is November 30, 2016 (the terms state November 31, though something tells me that’s not accurate).
If you’re considering this, here’s the airberlin topbonus award chart for travel on partner airlines:
In some cases those redemption rates are pretty good, though there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Partner awards need to be booked by phone, and the airberlin topbonus service center only has German-speaking agents
- Airberlin is in a really bad financial situation, so I’m not sure how much faith I’d have in the future of the program
You can redeem airberlin miles for travel in economy and business class on oneworld airlines and Etihad partner airlines, though you can’t redeem them for first class. In some cases the redemption values can be quite good, though, especially as it’s my understanding that airberlin lets you route from Europe to the US via Abu Dhabi in Etihad business class (someone correct me if I’m wrong).
The full terms of the promotion are as follows:
This is a time-limited exclusive offer for airberlin members. The promotion period of this offer is from 01 November 2016 – 31 November 2016. Only new Finest Clubs members are eligible for this offer. airberlin members signing up to Finest Clubs and paying the annual membership fee will earn up to 225,000 miles (for the first year only). Limit of one 225’000 award mile reward per member. To earn award miles, Finest Clubs will contact you after sign-up and payment through the promotional link www.finestclubs.com/membercard-plans?lp=airberlin. Please allow up to 30 days after the promotion end date for award miles to be deposited to your airberlin topbonus account. Membership fees cannot be withdrawn after crediting of the miles. Membership at Finest Clubs requires approval from the company and all members accept the Terms & Conditions, that can be found on the promotional link page. airberlin reserves the right without advance notice to change or discontinue any miles promotion at any time.
If you’re not familiar with the airberlin topbonus program, and/or if you don’t have an immediate use for the miles, I wouldn’t take advantage of this. However, if you’re familiar with the program and have a specific use in mind, picking up airberlin miles for ~1.4 cents each could represent a good value. I’m certainly not a buyer at this cost, though I still find this to be an interesting promotion.
Does anyone familiar with the airberlin topbonus program plan on picking up miles with this offer?
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)