Yes, strange but true.
According to this Flyertalk thread, the earning rate on the bmi credit cards, issued by MBNA, has been increased. This is despite the fact that a) that you can no longer apply for these cards and b) no-one has been officially notified of this increase.
My own card statement is not triggered for another couple of days, so I don’t have personal proof of this yet.
However, based on the FT thread:
The bmi American Express card rate is increased from 1.5 miles per £1 to 2 miles per £1
The bmi Visa card rate is increased from 0.75 miles per £1 to 1 mile per £1
The (very old) bmi £60 Platinum MasterCard, which I still have, is increased from an already-crazy 2 miles per £1 to 2.5 miles per £1
The (very old) bmi MasterCard is increased from 1.5 miles per £1 to 2 miles per £1
There are no data points yet on the bmi ‘Plus’ cards, but presumably similar increases have been applied and they will be earning 2.5 miles on the Amex and 1 or 1.5 miles
Why is this happening? Does MBNA have a massive pile of pre-bought Diamond Club miles they want to use up before BA terminates their contract? Have customers started to drift away now that Diamond Club is effectively closed and miles can only be transferred to Avios? Have some people started using the BA American Express cards instead and MBNA wants to woo them back?
We don’t know. But with earnings rates like this, you’d be crazy to use any other card in your wallet at the moment.
(PS. None of these cards are available to new applicants, before anyone asks.)
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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