bmi Diamond Club: 31 March Deadline for Star Redemptions?Back to Forum
So I can transfer my BMI points to Avios???? Equal transfer rate???? I do not want to lose my BMI points and occasionally use my Avios points for weekend getaways and upgrades. Recommendation for a casual traveller? Thanks5 Mar 2012
Though I can’t believe they’d pull the plug as quickly as Saturday, you should keep an eye out for further information on this, as the announcement is likely to be imminent.29 Mar 2012
It would seemnthe Brussels bluster has been called again. The smoke will definitely be white, as EU credibility goes up in smoke. Why they could not engage constructively ia beyond me. Interesting to see if there are any Euro face savers in deal.29 Mar 2012
I think VK is right:
Suggested announcement date is tomorrow, Friday 30 March.
While I don’t have DC miles, if I did, I would take VK’s advice!29 Mar 2012
Whilst I have no insider knowledge of the IAG/LH proposals, I would reassure DC members with miles that LH very recently lost a case in germany where they made changes to their M&M plan without due notice. I don’t think they will repeat the error.29 Mar 2012
I think I will take my chances with bmi instead of entering into some sort of panic flight buying frenzy before the weekend just for the sake of it. There’s enough conjecture out there on other things (fuel, for instance) that leads to panic-based actions as it is.
Starting threads entitled “31 March Deadline for Star Redemptions?” when it is all based on assumptions, conjecture and hearsay doesn’t help anyone.29 Mar 2012
While I certainly agree there is no cause for ‘panic,’ I do feel the thread helps people who may have a balance of miles in one of their secondary airline accounts to pay attention to what is happening so as not to lose valuable miles. Those who regularly fly BMI are probably more in the know of what is happening with BMI and hence are already looking at their options. But for others, whose main accounts are with other carriers, this might just have been a helpful wake up call that there is the possibility if they don’t act in a timely fashion they could lose their miles, which has happend in other airline takeovers. I see nothing wrong in VK’s title for this thread.29 Mar 2012
In the first instance, the impact comes when BMI resign from Star Alliance which I understand they will do immediately upon completion of the sale to IAG.29 Mar 2012
BMI posted the following on Facebook earlier today:
We’d like to advise you that the EU Competition Authority has today approved the sale of bmi to IAG. We are very aware that Diamond Club members want to know what will happen to their accounts when bmi is acquired by British Airways.
The deal between bmi and British Airways is due to be completed around 20th April 2012. We would like to reassure you that we plan to operate our summer schedule as normal and you can continue to earn and redeem Diamond Club miles during this period.
We are working together to announce a Diamond Club partnership with British Airways. This will include the ability to earn and redeem Diamond Club destinations miles across the bmi and BA networks.
We will be communicating regularly with you as more information becomes available and flybmi.com will also be updated with the latest information.
As a Diamond Club Gold cardholder I await news of how I’ll fare as part of IAG/BA.
Pat30 Mar 2012
What a nice turn of phrase Rich!
The worst bit is that even though the membership year is only half over, I have earned over 90% of the miles I need to retain Gold. Now if LH were to offer DG members equivalent status in Miles & more it would be most welcome, irrespective of whatever IAG/BA do for us.
Pat30 Mar 2012
Pat it seems obvious, to me at least, that IAG/BA will inherit the DC membership and that in the sale agreement Lufthansa will be prohibited from offering status match or transfers for a period of say 2 years. Otherwise the ‘goodwill’ that ICG are paying heavily for would be lost to them.
How the DC will be integrated into the BAEC remains to be seen, and at what basis, 1 for 1 seems reasonable and would not alienate people, but who knows?30 Mar 2012