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BMI Diamond Club – finally, the end is near

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If you’re a BMI Diamond Club member, you will have had yesterdays email announcing what is effectively the formal winding up of the club.  For the rest of you who are interested, here is a summary:

October 27th will be:

  • the last day to earn and spend miles on flights with a BMI flight number (which, anyway, is the last day such flights will exist I think!)
  • the last day to earn and spend will ALL other airline partners including BA.  That means no more redemptions on Qatar, Jet or Transaero.
  • the last day to earn via BMI hotel partners (that is the end of the very generous 1,000 miles per night from Hilton)
  • the last day to transfer Amex MR points and BAA WorldPoints to DC
  • the last day to use the BMI e-store
  • the last day to buy BMI miles

After this date, the ONLY way to earn BMI miles will be via the BMI credit card.  This will continue for the indefinite future, which is good news – if you haven’t got one, it is still worthwhile given the crazily generous 20,000 miles sign-up bonus.

The ONLY way to spend miles after 27th October will be to transfer them to BA.

flybmi.com will disappear after this date.  A new website will be created to view your miles balance at www.diamondclub.org

Tier matching to BA will continue, but only until 31st December.  This is also the last day to access BA lounges with a BMI Diamond Club Silver or Gold card.

After 31st December, this happens:

For UK members – your account remains open.  You can continue to collect credit card miles.  You can continue to cancel and receive a miles refund for existing DC redemptions.  You can continue to move miles to BA.

For non-UK and non-SW Pacific members – your account will be closed.  Any remaining miles will be lost.  If you cancel a redemption booking, you get your taxes back but not the miles.  Republic of Ireland residents are considered non-UK, it was confirmed on Flyertalk.

Finally, if you live in South West Pacific (and that’s not many DC members!) your account will be permanently frozen after 27th October.  BA is ‘consulting’ about what you can do with your existing miles balance and, more importantly perhaps, what happens if you cancel a redemption.

What I do not fully understand is this line:

In addition, please note that Diamond Club membership are no longer awarded Status Miles or allocated membership status. Existing Diamond Club Gold & Silver members are being welcomed to tier match into the British Airways Executive Club until 31 December 2012.

In theory, my BMI Silver card expires in November.  Does the above imply I will remain Silver for good?  In which case, I do not have to do a status match with BA until just before 31st December, which will given me 4 extra months of BA Silver.  The BA rep on Flyertalk believes that this is not the case and I would be downgraded on 9th November.

Looks like its finally time to move my chunk of DC miles over ….


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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 card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

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American Express Business Gold

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

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (6)

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  • DUB-LHR says:

    I’ve joined just few days ago (OK, knowing what’s coming) and they have sent me the welcome letter… Still saying that “they are part of Star Alliance”!!! Well done BD & Diamond Club!

  • Steve says:

    Nice to know these facts from here as I never received the email. Oh well, so long DC, it was fun whilst it lasted…

  • Chris B says:

    Do you think I would still be able to get the credit card after DC closes? I had about 6 credit checks in July and therefore should probably not apply for anything until January…

    • Raffles says:

      Good q. Card could close to new people … It depends perhaps on whether new DC accounts can still be opened.

      • Chris B says:

        Maybe, but I did open a DC account to get 1000 avios as you suggested a few weeks ago.

  • Andrew says:

    Worth noting that Virgin have already ended earning with DC.

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