I wrote last week that reports of the death of BMI Diamond Club were greatly exaggerated.
However, here is another nail in the coffin, from the Qatar website:
This is to inform you that effective 28th October 2012, British Midland Airlines will no longer be our Airline Partner. Therefore, Privilege Club members can no longer earn Qmiles or request an award ticket on bmi from 28th October 2012.
If you have flown with bmi on or prior to 27th October 2012 and still haven’t received your Qmiles, you can claim for these Qmiles up to six months from your date of travel.
Award tickets requested for travel on or beyond 28th October 2012 must be issued by 27th October 2012. Any changes to the tickets will not be permitted from 28th October 2012 onwards.
Please note that in the event a bmi flight number is changed to another airline flight number,you will not be able to earn Qmiles for travel on this flight or request for redemption even if travel date is before 27th October 2012. For any further queries regarding the above, please contact our Member Service Centre at +974 44496449 or write to [email protected]
You should assume that this works both ways, and that any redemptions using BMI Diamond Club miles on Qatar Airways must be made by 27th October. You should be able to book up to 11 months ahead, though, which covers next Summer.
Once Qatar is gone, I will move my DC miles over to BAEC – I can’t see any reason why I would be redeeming on Jet or Transaero, BMI’s remaining partners.