Reply To: bmi Drops UK Domestic Business Class and Free Food for Elites from 27 January

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VintageKrug
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This is a huge disappointment. The race to the bottom is surely nearing the end.

I enjoyed bmi’s domestic business cabin as a haven of peace, and from time to time was treated to their mid haul configured cradle seat, which was a pleasure to fly on.

The removal of food after 0930 for elite (Gold/Silver and BluePlus) cardholders is a huge blow for bmi’s competitiveness; at least BA still provides a full breakfast domestically until 10am and a full complimentary bar serving wine, spirits, tea/coffee and a modest snack (cookie or snack mix) for the rest of the day. After 0930, everything will have to paid for on bmi from now on.

The loss of food was less heavily felt by BA elite customers, as the spread in the BA Galleries/First lounges (especially exLHR) is excellent, compared to bmi’s paltry plastic cheese offerings in its IKEA style lounges. T5 also boasts the excellent Plane Food Picnics if you are in need of a proper meal.

I don’t actually think this will impact bmi’s Frequent Flyer Diamond Club; the scheme is already one of the most generous in existence and that will continue to be the case.

RIP bmi Domestic Business: another victim of Gordon Brown’s relentless desire to tax premium travellers ever more heavily.

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