One of oneworld’s airlines, airBerlin, is currently holding a status match whereby if you have elite status on an non-oneworld airline, they can match you to either topbonus Silver or Gold (oneworld Ruby or Sapphire).
It seems like all Star Alliance Gold/Silver and SkyTeam Elite Plus/Elite members are eligible. Per the statistics on the StatusMatcher website, it looks like people from all airlines might be eligible.
To request a status match, simply create an account with topbonus and email email@example.com make sure you include a picture of your current status card as well as a recent statement from you account.
I’ve long had a topbonus account but never used it, and finally last night I thought why not and sent them an email and this morning here is what I received:
Hello oneworld? I’ve never had status on oneworld or SkyTeam, but it looks like now I have oneworld Sapphire status. I logged into my account and the new status is already reflected and says that it is valid until April 2016, so basically a little more than a year.
Some oneworld Sapphire benefits include:
- Priority Check-in
- Priority waitlisting and standby
- Access to Business Lounges
- Priority boarding
- Priority Baggage Handling
- Extra baggage allowance