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For a limited time only, Air Berlin is offering
Oneworld Ruby status through its Top Bonus frequent flyer program. The offer is valid to those who signup before the end of November 2016. Air Berlin is a member of the Oneworld global airline alliance, including American Airlines, British Airways, among others. The complete list of Oneworld member airlines.
Glancing at the Oneworld website, and what privileges are on offer to Ruby members, it becomes clear that this is quite a handy deal, especially if you are planning on traveling on American soon, or even any of the other Oneworld airlines. The key privileges are Priority Check-in, Preferred Seating, and Standby Priority. An added bonus for anyone planning on traveling on American Airlines is that AA offers Ruby members one free checked bag on all flights.
How it works
Air Berlin is basically upgrading all new members of its loyalty program to silver level, which equates to Oneworld Ruby status. The status will only last for four months, which is sufficient for regular flyers to earn status, or for those planning a few trips to enjoy the perks of the status for free.
There is only one small glitch to signing up for the free status. Since Air Berlin is a German company and the offer is intended for German speakers, the website to signup for the offer is in German. While somewhat annoying for non-German speakers, it is relatively easy to overcome; you can use an online translator such as Google Translate to work your way around the offer. Alternatively, using the Chrome browser will automatically translate the page for you—making the process straightforward and simple.
Overall, this is a great deal to get some perks and reduce time at the airport for anyone planning on taking a few flights on Oneworld airlines during the next few months.
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