I’ve talked previously about how it pays to be a loyalty club member of an airline which is part of an airline alliance. This means that you can earn and redeem points with a number of airlines. You can then redeem points with any of the member airlines. In short, you have more choice and more chance of a successful redemption and if you are unsure which airline belongs to which alliance, you can download our free airline alliance infographic as a handy reference.
Airberlin and Etihad join forces
So I was delighted to receive news from Etihad recently that they are joining forces with airberlin. I have loyalty membership with both airlines but simply don’t fly often enough with either to have enough points for a redemption. Whilst I can’t combine points, in future I will be better accumulating points in just one programme. This will speed up the process of earning enough points to bag a flight.
Here’s what this means for you
Etihad isn’t a member of an alliance, but instead, has a number of partners. These are:
- Air Serbia
- Air Seychelles
- Etihad Regional
- Jet Airways
Plus the latest addition of airberlin which brings the total routes served to 400 destinations across six continents.
Benefits of this partnership
Both Etihad Guest and Topbonus members (airberlin loyalty program) can earn miles in the respective programs while flying on Etihad Airways network flights or airberlin domestic and international routes.
Both can also redeem miles on either airline, so if you are an Etihad Guest member and likely to fly Air Berlin, don’t bother joining that loyalty club. Simply use your Etihad Guest loyalty card to earn points.
In addition, the screenshot below shows the added benefits members will enjoy.
To read more, visit Etihad Guest.
What do you think of this partnership? I would love to know.