Transfer airberlin miles to BA Avios

Old Dec 27, 16, 11:41 am
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Question Transfer airberlin miles to BA Avios

Is it possible to transfer airberlin miles to BA Avios?

Alternatively, is it possible to earn BA Avios directly from an airberlin flight? I have looked all over the website, but I can't find the option to add my Avios number to an existing booking anywhere.

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Old Dec 27, 16, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by rikesh View Post
Is it possible to transfer airberlin miles to BA Avios?

Alternatively, is it possible to earn BA Avios directly from an airberlin flight? I have looked all over the website, but I can't find the option to add my Avios number to an existing booking anywhere.

Thanks
No, and yes (in that order).

I've never flown Airberlin, but they feature in BA's Avios calculator.

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...r/public/en_gb
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Old Dec 27, 16, 12:03 pm
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Thanks. Anyone know how to actually do it?
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Old Dec 27, 16, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by rikesh View Post
Thanks. Anyone know how to actually do it?
Phone?
There are reports the Finnair, Qatar and/or Qantas web site manage my booking can do things with other airline PNR's. Do you have 6 character PNR or the ticket number?

http://www.qantas.com/au/en.html?tabId=manage-booking
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Old Dec 27, 16, 1:07 pm
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There are reports the Finnair, Qatar and/or Qantas web site manage my booking can do things with other airline PNR's. Do you have 6 character PNR or the ticket number?

http://www.qantas.com/au/en.html?tabId=manage-booking
Great advice! Qantas didn't work (the frequent traveller details were greyed out), but Finnair allowed me to change it. Logged into airberlin and the changes were reflected instantly!

https://www.finnair.com/

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Old Dec 27, 16, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by rikesh View Post
Thanks. Anyone know how to actually do it?
Welcome to FT, Rikesh!

1. Book an AB flight.
2. Add your BA number to the booking.
3. Fly.
4. Gain.
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Old Dec 27, 16, 4:14 pm
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Posted a reply but for some reason it hasn't shown up!

Anyway, I used the Finnair website to manage my booking and add my BA number. Qantas didn't work.

I couldn't find an option on the airberlin manage my booking section to add/edit frequent flyer numbers.

Thanks to all for your help!
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Old Dec 27, 16, 4:18 pm
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Posted a reply but for some reason it hasn't shown up!
As a newbie, if you had a link it will be in the queue for a moderator check (to stop spammers)
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Old Dec 27, 16, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by ffay005 View Post
2. Add your BA number to the booking.
This is easier said than done, once booked, the frequent flyer number is not editable on airberlin. Fortunately, Finnair allows you to edit this.

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As a newbie, if you had a link it will be in the queue for a moderator check (to stop spammers)
Ah, that'll be the reason. I posted a link to Finnair lol.

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Old Dec 27, 16, 11:42 pm
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Yes but don't book fare buckets that are too low, otherwise you won't get any Avios whatsoever. It's even worse with Iberia because there are less fare subclasses eligible for Avios there.
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Old Dec 28, 16, 1:49 am
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Yes but don't book fare buckets that are too low, otherwise you won't get any Avios whatsoever. It's even worse with Iberia because there are less fare subclasses eligible for Avios there.
Ok I've just checked, travelling in fare class O and Z, I'll only get 25% Avios. Am I better off switching it back to airberlin topbonus?
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Old Dec 28, 16, 8:06 am
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I think airberlin TopBonus is more generous, I remember giving up crediting the miles to BA and keeping them on AB instead. I forget the exact maths of it, but I remember it made total sense back then. Even now I think TopBonus bonus comes out more generous. Looking at the following table it's difficult to say. You can see the subclass letters for longhaul but it is less clear how it is distributed on European flights. O class seems to be reasonably high:

https://topbonus.airberlin.com/web/tb/airberlin
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Old Dec 28, 16, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by rikesh View Post
This is easier said than done, once booked, the frequent flyer number is not editable on airberlin. Fortunately, Finnair allows you to edit this.
Yeah, that's what I did too.
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