The earnings rate on the old bmi credit cards has been secretly increased!

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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

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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!)

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  1. andy21 says:

    The stealth offer gets better – on my April statement there is, in addition to the 2 miles per £1 spent, a further ‘bonus miles’ amount showing which is equivalent to twice the value of my spend on during the period. So I got 4 miles per £1 for spending with BA – what a good offer, if only we knew in advance and how long it was going on for!

    • BD701 says:

      Strange because I didn’t get it. I just got a straightforward 2 per £.

      However mine is the very old fee free Mastercard

  2. I was sent a comprehensive online survey to complete about the BMI Amex/Visa combo. From the questions asked data is certainly being compiled regarding customers’ attitudes, spending patterns etc. I can’t see BA wanting a redundant brand earning Avois – it’s a matter of time that an offer drops on the mat for a BA branded card.

  3. Do I read correctly that you get extra miles for spending on with a BMI MasterCard? I now seem to get 2 miles per £ for everyday spend which is great, but would I get 4 miles per £ spend on

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