NEW: business points with Air Berlin
Friday 12, March 2010
The second largest German airline is increasing its range of offers for business travellers. In addition to the existing corporate rates for major customers, Air Berlin is launching a new customer loyalty programme that is specifically geared towards small and medium-sized companies.
In doing so, Air Berlin is making it possible for smaller companies without large travel budgets to have their own corporate programme.
The programme is designed as a straightforward scheme that meets the requirements of small and medium-sized companies. The company is credited with business points for every business trip taken by a permanent employee. The member of staff responsible for managing the company’s profile has access to all flight bookings and the booking history of all employees. This means that business points can be credited and managed without much time or money having to be spent on this – something that is particularly useful for smaller companies that do not have their own travel management section. The business points customer code simply has to be quoted when the booking is made – irrespective of the chosen sales channel.
Business points can be collected on flights to all relevant business destinations operated by Air Berlin and NIKI within Germany and other European countries. Business points can also be earned on medium-haul and long-haul flights to Tel Aviv, Cairo, Bangkok, Cape Town, to the USA and Canada. Membership is free. The number of points earned is dependent on the distance, the tariff and service class (Economy/Business). For example, a company can collect up to 20 points for an Economy fare within Germany and up to 40 points on European routes. A domestic German award flight is available from just 300 points and a European award flight starts at 1,000 points. Employees can still take part in the topbonus frequent flyer programme, in addition to the business points scheme, and so earn further miles towards award flights and exclusive status benefits.
Small and medium-sized businesses will find further information at businesspoints.airberlin.com.
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