When I tried transferring some of my BMI Diamond Club miles to British Airways Avios back in July, it was an utter failure. The website wouldn’t work at all and the transfer didn’t go through. I predicted that the service would be up and running at some later date.
Now, I would have some use for Avios and decided to try this functionality again.
It is difficult to find the correct option on BA’s website. You need to scroll down once you have logged in to your Executive Club account to find the correct “Combine My Avios” tab.
You will then get a screen with British Airways, Iberia, and BMI logos and some text explaining about the Avios. Both British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus use Avios as their miles currency.
Once you choose “Combine My Avios” you will get another screen. You need to plug in your BMI Diamond Club account number and the password.
Then you need to decide the number of miles that you would like to move. It shows the number of miles you have in your Executive Club and BMI Diamond Club accounts. In my case the Executive Club account balance is zero.
Once you have plugged in the number of miles you will get one more screen that shows the direction and number of miles. You need to confirm this one more time.
You will see the “Please wait a moment” interstitial for few seconds.
And if you combine was successful you will shortly see a confirmations screen.
You will receive two emails two; one from British Airways and another one from BMI.
When you go back to your Executive account the transferred miles are already there and ready for use.
At least the transfer tool moving BMI Diamond Club miles to British Airways Executive Club Avios is now working. Unless you have use for BA Avios there is no need to initiate the transfer before the Diamond Club is finally laid to rest. This should happen sometime later this year.