BMI Diamond Club Update – British Airways Executive Club Status Match

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The deal between the Lufthansa and IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, closed yesterday. Today is the first day that the British Airways is in control of the BMI and the following announcement about the future of the BMI’s Diamond was just emailed:

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Based on the previous announcements made by Lufthansa, BMI, and Asiana, I already predicted earlier that the Star Alliance status & ability to earn and burn on Star Alliance carriers (excluding Lufthansa group of airlines) would stay in place until the end of May. This was the case.

The new twist was the instant equivalent status in BA’s Executive Club for BMI Diamond Club members, and the ability to transfer Diamond Club miles and Avios points between accounts starting from July.

Also, the partnership with other airlines including Virgin Atlactic, BA’s bitter rival, will stay in place for now.

I would encourage everybody to take advantage of status match opportunity from SAS.

BMI has a very useful timeline on their website:

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Overall, I think that this is an amicable solutions for winding BMI Diamond Club down. BA matches status and you can freely transfer your Diamond Club miles to Avios. Eventually BMI Diamond Club will cease to exists and merges to Executive Club.

Here are Frequenty asked questions:

What is happening to the Diamond Club?

bmi will be sending Diamond Club members further communication shortly.  Our call centres do not have any further information at this time so please refer to flybmi.com to keep up to date

Will I be offered the chance to join the Executive Club?

Anyone can join the Executive Club – just log on to ba.com and enrol here

I have a future booking with bmi, bmi Regional or bmibaby – will I continue to earn status and destinations miles?

You will continue to earn status and destinations miles on bmi flights

What if I have a future award booking using my destinations miles on bmi or any of it’s partners?

Any future award bookings will be honoured

When can I earn destinations miles on BA?

You can earn destinations miles for flights taken from 20 April 2012

When can I spend my destinations miles on BA flights?

We are working with bmi to allow members from both the Diamond Club and the Executive Club to spend on BA and bmi as soon as possible.

I have a future booking on bmi – will I still earn destinations and status miles?

Any future bookings on bmi will continue to earn Diamond Club destinations and status miles on bmi operated flights

I have a future booking on a BA operated flight – as a Diamond Club member can I earn destinations and status miles on a BA flight?

You can earn destinations miles only on BA operated flights.

I am a member of both the Executive Club and the Diamond Club – can I earn both destinations miles and Avios?

No, you can only earn either destinations miles and status miles OR Avios and Tier Points – you cannot earn both

How do I earn destinations miles on BA?

You need to add your Diamond Club number to your BA booking on ba.com

How do I add my Diamond Club number to a BA booking?

You can add your Diamond Club number on Manage My Booking at ba.com or through your local bmi or BA service centre.

I have a future booking on bmibaby – will I continue to earn destinations miles?

Yes you will continue to earn destinations miles

I have a future booking on bmi Regional, will I continue to earn destinations and status miles?

Yes you will continue to earn destinations and status miles

Will I continue to earn Lounge Access as a Diamond Club Gold/Silver member?

You can continue to access the bmi lounges and the BA lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick – please bring your card as you will be asked to present this

Which lounges can I use?

You can use the bmi lounges at London Heathrow and the BA lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick – please bring your card as you will be asked to present this

Here’s the announcement from BMI:

Star Alliance Exit

Status Miles Earning

Up to and including 31 May 2012 status miles will continue to be earned by Diamond Club members when travelling on a bmi or a Star Alliance operated flight.

Destinations Miles Earning

Up to and including 31 May 2012 destinations miles will continue to be earned by Diamond Club members when travelling on a bmi or a Star Alliance operated flight.

From 20 April 2012 destinations miles can also be earned by Diamond Club members when travelling on a bmi or a British Airways operated flight.

Other Diamond Club Airline Partners

Diamond Club members will continue to earn destinations miles with Diamond Club airline partners who are not associated with Star Alliance. These airline partners are:

  • Transaero
  • Virgin
  • bmibaby
  • Qatar
  • Jet Airways

Retrospective Flight Claims

From 1 June 2012 any retrospective claims made by Diamond Club members, for flights flown up to 31 May 2012 on Star Alliance member carriers but not credited to Diamond Club member accounts, will be accepted by bmi up to and including 31 October 2012.

Any retrospective Star Alliance claims made by Diamond Club members after 31 October will not be credited to Diamond Club members’ accounts.

Award Flights

When is the last date that I can make an award flight booking for a Star Alliance member flight?

The last date that a Diamond Club member can make an award flight booking on a Star Alliance airline is 31 May 2012.

Will my award flight booking be honoured after 31 May 2012?

Any award flights booked and ticketed, on a Star Alliance airline, on or before 31 May 2012 will be honoured.

Can I change my award flight booking after 31 May 2012?

The last time that you will be able to make a change to an award flight booking for travel on a Star Alliance airline is 31 May 2012.

If you need to make a change to an award flight booking after 31 May 2012 the booking would need to be cancelled because no changes can be made after this date.

Lufthansa Group Airlines

As communicated to Diamond Club members on 11 April 2012, the earn and spend agreement with the Lufthansa Group ended on 19 April 2012. This included Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. This means that Diamond Club members are no longer able to earn destinations and status miles and are also no longer able to spend destinations miles on these airlines.

All other Star Alliance benefits associated with membership tier level (such as lounge access) will still apply on flights with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines until 31 May 2012.

Can I change my award flight booking on Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines?

Award bookings changes are no longer allowed on these 4 airlines. If a change needs to be made, alternative award flight options can be discussed with bmi reservations, by reviewing alternative available award flights on other Star Alliance airlines, subject to availability. Alternative Star Alliance award flight options can be booked subject to availability until 31 May 2012.

If there is no suitable alternative award flight available, the award flight booked for travel on Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines may be cancelled.

Can I transfer my miles to another Star Alliance frequent flyer programme?

The Diamond Club programme will remain in operation after the sale of bmi to British Airways and therefore, as usual, there is no option to transfer miles to another Star Alliance frequent flyer programme.

Key Dates

Key Date

19 April

bmi Star Alliance Exit

20 April

Diamond Club members can no longer earn status and destinations miles on Lufthansa Group airlines – Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines

31 May

Last day for earning status and destinations miles on Star Alliance airlinesLast day for booking Star Alliance airline reward flights using Diamond Club destinations milesLast day for changing Star Alliance airline award bookingsLast day for Diamond Club members Star Alliance tier benefits

31 October

Last day to submit retrospective claims for Star Alliance airline flights taken on or before 31 May 2012

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