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I let you know how to get free oneworld Ruby elite status on American Airlines that comes with free checked bags, priority check-in, and priority boarding. It’s through an offer for free Silver elite status with Air Berlin which is equivalent to oneworld Ruby status.
But after registering for the deal, you need to add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your American Airlines ticket. And some folks asked if we can show you how to do that.
So here’s a step-by-step guide to add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your American Airlines ticket!
Changing Your Ticket’s Frequent Flyer Number
Through November 30, 2016, when you sign-up for free Silver Elite status with Air Berlin, you’ll get free oneworld Ruby Elite status for 4 months. And get perks like 1 free checked bag, and priority security, check-in, and boarding. That can come in handy during the holidays!
But to get oneworld Ruby Elite status perks on an American Airlines flight, you’ll have to add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your American Airlines ticket.
If you don’t want to switch frequent flyer account information online, you can call American Airlines at 800-433-7300 with your ticket information. An agent can add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your reservation.
But changing or adding your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your ticket online is pretty easy too!
Step 1. Sign-In to Your American Airlines Account
Just sign-in to your American Airlines frequent flyer account with your frequent flyer number, last name, and password.
Then click “Your account” to go to an existing reservation.
Step 2. Find Your Reservation
From there you’ll be able to see your existing reservations. To go to a specific reservation to change the frequent flyer number, click “View.”
Step 3. Edit Your Frequent Flyer Number
Then click “Add / edit passenger information” below your flight details.
Then you’ll be able add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number.
After you’ve updated your number, click “Save.” That’s it!
What to Do If You Don’t Have an Account
If you haven’t set-up online access to your American Airlines frequent flyer account, you can also edit your reservation by going to “My trips / Check-in” from American Airlines’ homepage.
Just enter your first and last name along with your confirmation number, then click the “Find reservation” button. From there, the process to add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number is the same.
Some folks have had trouble updating the frequent flyer number on American Airlines award tickets. Because the loyalty number box was grayed out and they can’t select another frequent flyer program. So calling American Airlines at 800-433-7300 might be the best route to minimize frustration.
If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, you can easily add your Air Berlin number as part of the ticketing process. And check out my post about how to credit the miles you fly to your favorite frequent flyer program!
Booking an American Airlines Ticket Through the Citi ThankYou Portal?
If you’re using Citi ThankYou points from a card like Citi Prestige for an American Airlines ticket, you have to add your American Airlines frequent flyer number when making the reservation. Then change it later via the American Airlines site or by calling American Airlines.
You can NOT add your Air Berlin frequent flyer information during the booking process.
Are There Drawbacks?
If you participate in this deal, you’ll earn Air Berlin miles for your flight. So you could end up with Air Berlin miles that you’ll never be able to use! And if you’re trying to earn elite status with American Airlines, earning miles with Air Berlin will not help.
Plus, if you have an American Airlines credit card, like the Citi American Airlines Executive card or the Citi American Airlines Platinum card, you already get 1 free checked bag and priority boarding. So it isn’t worth taking advantage of this deal, because you’ll lose American Airlines miles!
In short, this offer is best if you:
- Really want a free checked bag
- Don’t have an American Airlines credit card
- Are NOT working towards elite status with American Airlines
- Don’t mind earning Air Berlin miles you’ll likely never use
So make sure the deal is worth losing out on the American Airlines miles you’d earn for your flight. Because if it’s a long flight, like New York to Los Angeles, it might be worth paying the bag check fee to earn American Airlines miles and elite credit!
With the deal from Air Berlin, you can get free oneworld Ruby Elite status for 4 months when you sign-up for free Air Berlin Silver elite status. And get perks like 1 free checked bag, and priority security, check-in, and boarding on American Airlines flights.
But you’ll need to add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your American Airlines ticket, so I’ve made a step-by-step guide to show you how.
If you don’t want to make changes to your ticket online, you can call American Airlines at 800-433-7300 with your ticket information, and an agent will add your Air Berlin frequent flyer number to your reservation.