TopBonus is AirBerlin’s frequent flyer program that allows its members to earn points/miles that can be used for free flights, cabin upgrades, hotel bookings, car hire, and much more. Those who fly with this airline often will find that this program is certainly worth taking a close look at. This airline joined the oneworld® alliance back in 2012, but it is still offering its TopBonus program with a number of other airlines. This program awards 500 free miles to every new member signing up, and it boasts over 120 different partners that you can use to earn and redeem miles on. One of the best things about this airline’s rewards program is the fact that it makes it so incredibly easy to earn points. There are a lot of different loyalty programs offered by airlines, but this one is definitely more popular than many of the others. Members of this program earn a fixed number of miles on flights depending on the ticket class for short-haul flights. On long-haul flights, the miles that members earn are based on the distance of the flight as well as the fare class. Overall, this program is definitely worth looking into.

General Information

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Pros

  • Companion ticket for 50% off
  • Good number of partner airlines
  • Topdeals from 1,5K miles per flight

Cons

  • No any 1 : 1 transfer partner
  • Partners cannot be booked online
  • Most airlines impose fuel surcharge

Fees & Charges

  • Change award fee ❶
    EUR 75

Additional Information

Expiration: Miles expire 36 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
❶ Topdeal tickets cannot be rebooked or cancelled.
❶ A change in the persons travelling and the name specified in the booking ("Name Change") is not possible.
❶ A fee of € 50 is charged for rebooking an award flight on a domestic route in Germany or within Europe. On all other routes the fee payable is € 75. Flights can be rebooked by calling the topbonus Service-Team at 01805 737 888 (€ 0.14/min).

Transfer Partners

1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
BW points
2.5 : 1
400
miles
7 days
1,000
BW points
2.5 : 1
400
miles
7 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Choice points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Choice points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Wyndham points
5 : 1
200
miles
28 days
1,000
Wyndham points
5 : 1
200
miles
28 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
miles
42 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
miles
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to topbonus.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
airberlin airberlin
oneworld®
American Airlines American Airlines
oneworld®
British Airways British Airways
oneworld®
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
oneworld®
Dragonair Dragonair
No alliance
Finnair Finnair
oneworld®
NIKI NIKI
oneworld®
S7 Airlines S7 Airlines
oneworld®
Etihad Airways Etihad Airways
No alliance
Hainan Airlines Hainan Airlines
No alliance
Iberia Iberia
oneworld®
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
oneworld®
Air Serbia Air Serbia
No alliance
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Air Seychelles Air Seychelles
No alliance
Alitalia Alitalia
SkyTeam
Bangkok Airways Bangkok Airways
No alliance
Darwin Airline Darwin Airline
No alliance
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
oneworld®
Jet Airways Jet Airways
No alliance
LATAM Brasil LATAM Brasil
oneworld®
LATAM Chile LATAM Chile
oneworld®
Qatar Airways Qatar Airways
oneworld®
Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian
oneworld®
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines
oneworld®
Virgin Australia Virgin Australia
No alliance
Qantas Qantas
oneworld®

Program Review

Air Berlin is Germany’s second largest airline after Lufthansa, and Europe’s seventh airline in terms of passengers carried. It maintains hubs at Berlin Tegel Airport and Dusseldorf Airport and operates a route network that includes a total of 17 German cities, some European metropolitan and several leisure destinations in Southern Europe and Africa, as well as intercontinental services to destinations in the Caribbean and Americas. You will find that this airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance, and owns the subsidiary Belair in Switzerland while the sale of its 49% stake Austrian subsidiary NIKI to Etihad Airways was announced back in December of 2016. This airline’s rewards program, Topbonus, offers its members the ability to accrue points/miles that can be used for award flights, hotel bookings, care hire, and other things. It is very important for those who regularly fly with this airline to look into this rewards program to see what exactly it has to offer.

 

Topbonus Program

The Topbonus program by Air Berlin has thousands of members that enjoy a variety of perks and benefits. You will find that this rewards program is completely free to sign up for, and you will have the potential to earn points that you can eventually redeem for free flights, cabin upgrades, and a number of other things. There are also numerous Elite levels that you can get to by simply earning enough points, with a variety of benefits for each one. Many people enjoy this program because of its many benefits, and it’s important that you take the time to look into it as well.

 

Earning Topbonus Points

Members of topbonus can collect miles when they fly with airberlin, oneworld member airlines, or other airline/travel partners.

Paid Flights: Earn miles whenever you fly with airberlin by entering in your topbonus member number during the booking or check-in process. Check their website to know more about the number of miles that you can earn for your flight.

Partner Flights: airberlin is part of oneworld, which allows flyers the ability to earn points for flights flown with alliance airlines. They are also partners with non-alliance airlines like Bangkok Airlines, Etihad, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, and Virgin Australia. The number of miles you earn from each partner varies, so it’s best to refer to airberlin's site to understand the number of miles you can earn from your upcoming flight. 

Credit Card Spending: For German residents, you can earn more miles when you use airberlin and NIKI Visa Card or airberlin Visa Card. airberlin is also a transfer partner with SPG, which has a couple credit card offerings for US citizens; see section below for details.

Travel Partners: Book your stay at partner hotels at all the main hotel programs to earn more mileage. You may also rent a car with partners such as Alamo or Avis, file newspaper subscriptions, or transact with other airberlin partners to collect miles.

Promotions: The airline occasionally offers promotions that provide members the ability to earn additional points. For the latest list of promotions, visit the topbonus News & Offers page.

 

Redeeming Mileage Points

Go to the airberlin homepage and click on “log-in” in the upper right corner. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be met with the welcome screen. Go to the “topbonus” tab at the top and then select “redeem miles”. The next screen gives you several options for redeeming your miles. In addition to booking a flight, you can book a companion ticket, look for topdeal tickets, transfer your award flight to another person, or upgrade to business class. You can also shop at the topbonus Shop, but that redemption option does not typically offer a good value for miles. If you know what airline you want to use, click “airlines.” Remember that if the airline you want is not bookable online, you’ll have to call. If you’re not sure which airline you want to book, there is an option on the right called “book an award flight” that lets airberlin decide the best way for you to fly to your destination. If you’re looking for a transatlantic flight, remember that airberlin and some of its partners impose hefty fuel surcharges on long flights. So watch out for the extra charges when you’re booking. On the New York to Munich round-trip flight below, they’re charging over $500.

 

Routing Rules

When you fly with Air Berlin you are allowed up to two stopovers per one-way flight, depending on the total distance traveled.

 

Booking Fees & Charges

You will find that there is an $80 fee charged for rebooting flights. If you choose to cancel an award, the redeemed miles will not be credited back to you.

 

Redeem on Upgrades

Topbonus members have the option of using the points/miles they accrue for flight upgrades. The number of points that you will need for an upgrade will be shown in the calculator on the official Air Berlin website. You can use this calculator to determine how many points you need for an upgrade on your booked flights.

 

Elite Levels

Each subsequent level includes the perks of the previous level, unless stated otherwise.

Silver: Oneworld Ruby status, priority check-in, security fast lane, free seat reservation, 20% bonus award and status miles, double miles on select routes, waiting list priority, discount on XL seats, additional baggage allowance, exclusive waiting and parking areas at select airports

Gold: Oneworld Sapphire status, business class and frequent flyer lounge access, free access to phone agents, priority seating, guaranteed booking 48 hours in advance, miles don’t expire, seat next to member’s seat will be held free as long as possible, free XL seats for member and companion, two free carry-on bags, pre-boarding at select airports

Platinum: Oneworld Emerald status, two business class upgrades, access to Platinum phone agents, gourmet menu and drinks on select flights, guaranteed booking 24 hours in advance, oneworld First Class Lounge access, Silver status for a companion

 

Benefits of Air Berlin Topbonus Program

When you take the time to look into the Air Berlin Topbonus rewards program, you will discover that there are quite a few benefits you will enjoy as a member. The liberal stopover and open-jaw policy of this airline is just one of the many benefits you will be able to enjoy. There is also the fact that earning points/miles through this program is very easy. There are a number of different ways to earn and redeem points, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues there. Topbonus members will receive seasonal awards for as low as 1,500 miles one-way. Anyone who flies with Air Berlin often will definitely need to keep this in mind before making a final decision.