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bmi Diamond Club and bmi credit cards

bmi Diamond Club closed when British Airways acquired bmi British Midland. It still lives on via the bmi Diamond Club credit cards. Whilst no longer available, existing cardholders were allowed to keep them and continue to earn Avios points at a rate far higher than the official British Airways credit cards!

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own

18 months ago I ran this post on ‘What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?‘.  This was fundamentally about which cards you should, long term, end up keeping in your wallet and generated a lot of discussion.  I will run an updated version soon. […]

I get legged over with MBNA’s replacement for Diamond Club!

Letters started to land on doormats yesterday from MBNA explaining what rewards scheme would apply to ex-bmi Diamond Club credit cards now that the Avios scheme has closed. Interestingly, MBNA has decided to make different offers to different people.  It isn’t yet clear if they […]

Last chance: Avios from Tesco gift cards, Avios from LEGO, Avios from Diamond Club credit card

We will shortly be saying goodbye to three generous Avios collection opportunities.  If you want to take advantage, this weekend is the time to do so. Last day for 360 Avios per £50 Tesco gift cards On Sunday, Tesco is ending its longest running – […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for September – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our updated directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

MBNA Diamond Club credit cards to end 30th September

I knew it was coming, but I thought we may get more notice than this.  It seems not. If you still have an MBNA bmi Diamond Club credit card, you will no longer be able to earn Avios after 30th September 2016. This is, to […]

Bits: last day to get 2400 Avios with a LEGO purchase, do you have unclaimed BMI miles?

News in brief: Last day to get 2,400 Avios with a £60 LEGO purchase! A quick reminder that today, Monday, is the last day to earn 1,000 Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club) when you spend £60 on LEGO at Tesco Direct. […]

Bits: 10% BA Diamond Club discount is back!, 30% off in the Accor Summer Sale

News in brief: The BA Diamond Club discount is back! Well, here’s a surprise.  At the end of May, the 10% discount on British Airways flights offered to holders of the old bmi British Midland credit cards stopped working. We had all forgotten that the […]

Bits: 10% Diamond Club discount on BA flights ends, Heathrow deals with minicab misbehaviour

News in brief: 10% Diamond Club discount for British Airways flights ends If you have one of the old bmi Diamond Club credit cards, you probably remember receiving a letter in March 2015 telling you about changes to the earning rates. There was also a […]

Big news – HMRC cuts credit card fee to 0.4% which means VERY cheap points!

One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect in December, was that the Government itself was ignoring them.  The fee for paying your tax with a credit card actually rose in January to 1.5%. The great news […]

Five frequent flyer perks I still get as an old-timer but you can’t!

One reason that ‘old timers’ in this hobby may have a more positive attitude to the constant changes to programmes is that they are getting a better deal than you!  It is not uncommon for schemes to change but for existing members to retain certain […]

Bits: Four Seasons walks away from the Wharf, latest Amex offers, Tesco NOW TV offer

News in brief: Four Seasons walks away from Canary Wharf Four Seasons announced yesterday that it is dropping management of its hotel at Canary Wharf in London.  This is presumably linked to the opening of its new Tower of London project in a couple of […]

The Daily Mail writes about (a HFP reader?) buying Royal Mint coins for Avios and trying to cash them in!

Well, I never expected this story to reach the hallowed pages of the Daily Mail, but there you go!  I’m a bit annoyed that I didn’t get a mention I have, a couple of times, mentioned that it is possible to buy face value commemorative […]

The Government turns the screw even further on your reward credit cards

I have written extensively about the new European Union regulations on credit card interchange fees which came into effect last week. This article covers the key information. You could (note, could) have summarised the situation as follows: The EU is capping the interchange fee (roughly equivalent […]

Amex ‘Shop Small’ is coming – get £5 back on every £10 transaction for 2 weeks

Saturday 5th December is the third outing for the UK version of ‘Small Business Saturday’, a slightly more welcome US import than Black Friday! It is, in theory, little more than a PR exercise for small traders and the benefits of shopping at local small businesses […]

Changes to the Avios earning rate on the 7 (!) bmi credit card options

For those people lucky enough to still have the old bmi British Midland credit cards issued by MBNA, some unwelcome news dropped through the letterbox yesterday. Not for everyone, just for some. There are, unbelievably, SEVEN different bmi credit card packages out there.  Whilst everyone […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

(EDIT:  This article was updated in April 2016) When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty […]