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Code for 1,000 Avios for opening a BMI Diamond Club account still works

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I must admit, I was pretty surprised when I read this Flyertalk thread, but it seems that it is correct. 

You still receive 1,000 BMI Diamond Club miles – instantly – when you sign up for BMI Diamond Club and use promotional code 1JA1KD.  I tried it yesterday and it works!  However, I expect BA to close this down pretty quickly.

(If there is already something in the Voucher Code box when you click on the link above, delete it before adding the 1JA1KD code.)

Since July 3rd, you have been able to transfer BMI Diamond Club miles to British Airways Executive Club Avios, using the BAEC ‘Combine My Avios’ function in Manage My Account. 

You cannot transfer BMI miles into an or Iberia Plus account directly, but this is easily worked around by transferring them first to BAEC and then to or Iberia.

So … if you or anyone in your family does NOT have a BMI Diamond Club account but does have an Avios account, here are 1,000 easy miles.  Sign them up to BMI Diamond Club and then transfer the 1,000 mile bonus out.  You must have a matching date-of-birth in your BA and BMI accounts in order to do the transfer.

Note that you cannot do this for children because kids can only join Diamond Club via a family account, and the sign-up form for that does not allow you to input a promo code.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (32)

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  • John says:

    Just did it, works in Firefox. Thanks. BA / Avios owe me 2500 avios, so that’s 1000 down.

    • Jo says:

      Over 1,000 new DC sign ups in 30 minutes…..that’s 1,000,000 Avios. Redemptions are going to be scarce at this rate.

      • Mummy55 says:

        How many times do you think you can do this with different email addresses? Surely they won’t let you do this over and over?

  • Free 1000 Avios for creating BD account - Page 3 - FlyerTalk Forums says:

    […] Originally Posted by spankytoes No, 2 are teenagers. But it says that you can do it for your kids too. Check this blog post for why those 18 and under won't work:…t-still-works/. […]

  • DaninSTL says:

    Worked for me as of today but make sure your not logged into or cookied by the BA site and do it through the BMI site link seemed to help me.

  • PanGalactic says:

    Just created 2 brand new BMI accounts for my sis and her boyfriend and transferred the 1000 point bonuses to their newly created BAEC HHA and it worked just fine.

  • Kadence says:

    Two accounts I created today FINALLY gave me the 1,000 miles, it must have been my work computer that didn’t like the code. But today I can’t get the invitation email for the household account to show up at the address I sent it to and I can’t log in to the BMI account account I made for my husband….. IT maintenance maybe?

  • Angie says:

    Definitely fixed now – just set an a/c up for my partner and no miles have been awarded. I got mine on Sat though so thx for the tip.

  • reuvenhunt says:

    Did I join the party too late?
    Just opened an account and the mileage balance is showing a big fat ZERO.

    • Raffles says:

      Yes! Sorry!

      • reuvenhunt says:

        I heard that some people who opened several hundred accounts and went on dream five star vacations the following day or two (out of fear that BA would close their accounts). How many miles did you churn out of this awesome loopwhole?

        • Raffles says:

          Personally, none. As I wrote on The Avios Habit page above, I play this game for the long haul. I have been doing it for over a decade and should manage another 25 years! Why would I put my long term relationship with BA at risk? I would have done 1 account for any family member without one, but they all had one already.

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