Bmi’s Diamond Club to wind down from October 27

28 Sep 2012 by BusinessTraveller
Bmi’s Diamond Club loyalty scheme will effectively close at the end of October, following the integration of the carrier into BA’s Heathrow operations. From October 27, members will no longer be able to earn or spend destination miles on Bmi or partner airline flights, nor will they earn miles with partners including hotels, BAA Worldpoints, etc. Buying destination miles will also no longer be possible, nor will upgrading using miles, and members will no longer earn status miles on flights. In fact the only Diamond Club benefits that will remain, for now at least, are access to BA’s Heathrow T5 lounges for existing elite tier members who haven't already opted to status match with BA's Executive Club, and the ability to earn miles through the Bmi credit card, for transferral into Avios (click here for more information). From October 28 members will need to visit to check their balances. All non-UK members will need to transfer their Diamond Club miles into Avios by December 31, at which point their accounts will close and what’s left of the scheme will become UK-only. The exception is for members living in Australia and New Zealand, who will see their accounts “frozen”. Bmi says it is “currently reviewing options” for customers in those countries. The October 28 date is significant as it signals the start of airlines' winter schedules, and it is also when the newly-independent Bmi Regional is due to officially launch (see online news September 18). For more information visit Report by Mark Caswell
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