Today, Saturday 27th, will see the last bmi flight land at Heathrow. All of the ex bmi flights will now be officially operated by BA under BA flight numbers, although some bmi painted planes will continue to operate for a while.
Today is also the last day that flybmi.com will exist. From tomorrow, the new Diamond Club website will go live, but this will enable you to do nothing more than check your DC balance.
And now, the final straw. The end of an era, in fact. BA has said than bmi’s credit cards will continue well into 2013. I had therefore assumed that new applicants would continue to be accepted as well.
Earlier this week, the application form link on the MBNA website went down, but I assumed it was a fault as the card was still being promoted there. Yesterday, though, Head for Points reader Ben called MBNA, and they confirmed that the cards were pulled on Monday. The link on the flybmi.com website is now also dead.
Assuming this is true and not a temporary hiatus, it is the end of an era – and the end of the best sign-up bonus of any UK credit card. I am travelling at the moment, but next week I will try to put together a longer post about my very prolific relationship with the bmi credit card!
RIP, bmi the airline and, it seems, bmi the credit card.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
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The Platinum Card from American Express
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Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
American Express Business Platinum
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American Express Business Gold
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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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.