bmi Diamond Club: 31 March Deadline for Star Redemptions?Back to Forum
Well it is not March 31st as the thread auggested. I think the April proposal is more likely to align DC into Avios than continue in *A but i think there will be a notice period, following the loss by DLH of their recent court case in Germany. Many are posting instant changes to routes, planes and FFP’s. I believe there will have to be a transition period to minimize disruption, keep focus on operations and not harm revenue.
Do not forget BA and LHR are gearing up for the Olympics, I think integration will probably start to motor after this.31 Mar 2012
I wouldn’t be surprised if there is no alignment of Diamond and Executive Clubs until the autumn. LH had their fingers well and truely burned over short notice changes and I doubt want to repeat it but the same thing could equally happen to BA if they change DC too quickly. The change may even be that for a while DC members can book both on *A and BA flights. That should suit everyone!31 Mar 2012
I too got the email and noticed a subtle variation in the use of language in the two halves. in the first part, talking about the summer it refers to ‘Diamond Club miles’; for the longer term it talks only of ‘Diamond Club destinations miles’. To me this suggests that destination miles can be collected and used alongside Avios, but that status match will be more complicated. Maybe I am reading too much into this, but it strikes me that an email such as this would have been worded very carefully.31 Mar 2012
As posted prior. dlh have just lost a ciurt case in Germany for making changes to M&M without reasonable notice. The case has gone to appeal. I think European carriers specifically ones owned by dLH will be very careful in making any announcements on service changes until the Appeal is decided.31 Mar 2012
More broadly, I think all European airlines should be wary of making the changes LH have been in trouble for. These days, what applies in one country can often apply in another. The LH Group and IAG are probably both very mindful of the judgement and neither will want any resulting problems from getting this wrong.1 Apr 2012
I think a month’s notice should be adequate.
Remember, the scheme will still be available on bmi operated flights. It’s just the Star Alliance options they’re pulling. April 20 is the likely date..1 Apr 2012
I believe the German court held 1 month as a minimum and 4 months as preferable. I would think a longer period to Star Alliance closure would suit BA as it lessens any equitable liabilities from the DC membership.1 Apr 2012
Lucky white heather as we say – I get an email from DC congratulating me on achieving lifetime Gold membership, then 2 hours later I get another email informing me of the sale approval and the date of 20th April for finalising details.
No chance of BA giving this so I could be the last to get it and it then lasts about 3 weeks. With 750,000 miles to spend I suppose they would be better transferred to Avios but would prefer *A1 Apr 2012
ROTFL how very BD!
I guess like lifetime on SIA you still get a new card every year with an expiry date on it? Otherwise you could try getting past the lounge dragons for years to come!1 Apr 2012