My favorite program for booking somewhat convoluted oneway awards has been the British Midlands (BMI) Diamond Club (DC). The booking process is not always the easiest, as one needs to call special Diamond Club number in the UK, from where the call is further transferred to the redemption “specialists” sitting somewhere in India.
Normally, when you do your homework well in advance using various tools for finding what ward availability is out there, the actual booking process is manageable.
This time my goal was to redeem from Male to Seoul with a further connection somewhere I wanted to go at a later time. I had another ticket booked out of Seoul (ICN) to South America.
It was surprisingly easy to find the Singapore Airlines business class availability from Male to Singapore. The availability that KVS showed to ANA members, however didn’t exactly match what was available for Lufthansa group reservations (BMI is owned by Lufthansa). Instead of getting the overnight flight from Male to Singapore, and saving hotel costs for a night, I had to settle down for a day time flight. The availability, that was shown for Singapore to Seoul and further to Siem Reap, matched what BMI was able to book and ticket.
The last flights was not available as a business class redemption at any date that would have been suitable for me. In that case, you can always voluntarily to ticket the segment in economy, if available. That was what I did. Unfortunately BMI won’t change award redemption once the trip has started even if the business class award space opens up closer to the flight date.
As I wrote before, these BMI redemptions are not cheap money wise. Normally, I always choose the Cash + Miles option. In this case the trip was from Zone 7 to Zone 10. The miles portion of this business class redemption was only 11250 miles and the cash 75 GBP. The taxes and fees, of which the greatest portion is fuel surcharges, came to 227.40 GBP.