After 15 years Gold and a few more as Silver I believe that this year will see my departure from the very doubtful benefits of BA status. In all those years the most noticeable recognition of my status was from JAL, CX and QF – virtually nothing from BA. They cancelled my flights and sent me to other airports with never an offer of an upgrade or rental car paid for – even Delta was better than BA when there was a problem! From now on it will be whoever gives me proper First Class service for a First Class fare – so AF/LH/QR depending on destination. For my regular flights to PHL it will be AA Business direct from MAN – frankly very close to BA F and a fraction of the price and more important, no Heathrow involved.