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airberlin Status Match Allows Free oneworld Lounge Access

Airlines & Airports | Tom Bastek | March 24, 2015

airberlin Status Match Allows Free oneworld Lounge Access

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Loyalty program status matches have been around for awhile, although they are typically either not made public or come with a ton of caveats, strings and hoops that require jumping through. Oftentimes you only status match for a designated period of time as well.

Right now, however, airberlin is offering a fairly easy and quick turnaround status match to their silver and gold levels. And their process is quick and easy, with an online application to fill out, requiring just a scan of your current frequent flyer card.

One of the most common programs, the oneworld Alliance (American Airlines and US Airways belong to this group) is not however, included in this offer. But hang on, you aren’t out yet. Currently, if you are a oneworld Alliance member, you have an extra baggage allowance, access to preferred seating, and access to business class airport clubs (excluding first class or arriving passengers lounges). Well, you get that last benefit with a little caveat: this is from the oneworld site:

American Airlines AAdvantage® members and US Airways Dividend Miles members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, are not eligible for lounge access when travelling solely on North American flights within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Now, get ready to thank the team over at BoardingArea’s Travel Codex for coming up with a nice little hack around this. The oneworld program is basically saying that if you qualified for oneworld through your status match from American and United, you aren’t getting into their business class lounges. But if you have membership from any other qualifying airline, you are good to go even if you are flying a entirely domestic itinerary.  

So how do you get to be status matched at airberlin, and then use that status match into the oneworld program? Grab another airline such as Alaska Airlines, Delta, or United. If you look at United’s site, right now through March 31, you can qualify for their MilesPlus Premier Program coming from American or US Airways for a 90-day period which will be more than enough time to get your status matched over at airberlin. There are plenty of other airlines that will work with the airberlin status match program, for more details and to apply click here.

So you have to daisy chain your way through to make it work, but you are “in da club” thanks to airberlin. Any other travel hacks? Let me know in the comments below.


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