It’s hard to believe, but for anyone unlucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand (not that there is anything unlucky per se about that!) and a member of bmi Diamond Club, their miles have now been frozen for almost a year.
Here is a quick reminder of what happened. As part of its deal with Qantas when BA and Qantas had a joint venture on flights to Australia, BA agreed to ban residents of Australia and New Zealand from joining the Executive Club.
bmi, of course, had no similar rule with regards to Diamond Club. When BA acquired bmi, it was not able to offer these people the chance to transfer their miles across to Executive Club, unlike the rest of us. And, of course, all of the other redemption options from Diamond Club were removed!
When the BA and Qantas joint venture ended in March 2013, most people thought that BA would allow Australian and New Zealand residents to join BAEC once again. However, it seems that the legally binding contract between the two airlines does not break even if the flying joint venture is broken. (Bit of poor negotiating there, BA ….)
Anyway, the following compromise has now been posted over at diamondclub.org:
As a South West Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) based Diamond Club member, what will happen to my account and destinations/status miles?
As we do not have an Executive Club programme in Australia or New Zealand, we advise you choose one of the following options available:
Existing Executive Club Members
If you are already an Executive Club Member registered at an address outside of Australia and New Zealand, or would like to register as a new member with a valid address in a country where we have an Executive Club programme, you can transfer your destinations miles to Avios using the Combine My Avios tool by logging into your Executive Club account on ba.com.
Temporary Enrolment in the Executive Club
If you do not have an address outside of Australia or New Zealand, we will be happy to enrol you as a temporary member so that you can transfer your destinations miles to Avios, which you can then spend on flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire. Your temporary membership will be valid until 31 December 2013 and all destinations miles must be transferred to Avios and used before 01 January 2014. After this time any unused miles and Avios will be expired and your temporary membership will be closed. To enrol in the Executive Club, please contact us using our online query form with your full email and date of birth and we will create your temporary membership for you.
Transfer your destinations miles to another Executive Club member
If you would prefer to transfer your destinations miles to another Executive Club member please let us know using our online query form, providing your name, Diamond Club account number and the name and Executive Club number of the person you would like to transfer these to. When the destinations miles are transferred to Avios in the account of the Executive Club member you nominate the Avios will belong to them and only the member can spend them under the Terms and Conditions of the Executive Club.
If you do choose to enrol on a temporary basis or transfer your destinations miles to another member, please allow 7 days for us to process this for you. Any destinations miles not transferred to Avios using one of the options detailed above by 31 December 2013, will expire and the Diamond Club and temporary Executive Club accounts will be closed.
This is certainly a bit of a fudge. However, at the same time, if you know someone with a bmi account in Australia or New Zealand, this is a chance to a deal with them so they agree to transfer their miles to your Avios account!