Air Berlin’s end with oneworld


Among the many steps in the Air Berlin bankruptcy process is its termination as a member of the oneworld alliance. That move is set for close of business on 27 October 2017. Air Berlin’s affiliate NIKI is also out on the same date. With the move a dozen destinations in Europe are no longer served by oneworld member airlines.

A number of oneworld member airlines are making a tier-status matching offer to members of airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer programme, enabling them to maintain their Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status when flying with any oneworld member airline.  For details, see individual member airline’s frequent flyer websites, specifically



The release from oneworld identifies several areas in which program participation will change. Lounge access, award flights, points earning and other features of the loyalty programs are mostly dead already but any that are still alive also cease on 27 October. As does Air Berlin.

No real surprise in any of these details, but now at least it is official. And we know that the benefits won’t drop prior to that date.



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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

5 Comments

  1. forget about Air Berlin …. to this day, oneworld still has a major gaping hole of no airlines that hub within Mainland China. everyone’s finding their own solution, like QF/MU and AA/CZ but nothing coherent alliance wide.

    1. Yes, China is a gaping hole in the network. Maybe the China Eastern/American Airlines deal helps shift things there.

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