Are you one of the many people who still holds one of the old BMI (British Midland) credit cards? You would have been pretty crazy to cut them up, given that you will be earning up to 2.5 Avios per £1 on a MasterCard!
If you have one of these cards, you will be using ‘Combine My Avios’ every month to move your Destination Miles from Diamond Club across to British Airways Executive Club or avios.com.
Here is something I have noticed recently …..
Usually, with ‘Combine My Avios’, your details need to match PERFECTLY for the transfer to work. Full name, home address, email address and date of birth – it seems that at least three of these need to match.
When moving Destinations Miles into Avios, though, the restrictions are weaker. From a bit of testing, it seems that only surname and address need to match.
This means that you may be able to transfer Destinations Miles into the Avios account of another family member. For example, my Mum has a BMI credit card and her Avios account is now at exactly 18,000 Avios (enough for a Club Europe redemption).
I decided to ‘freeze’ her account at this level, and have been moving her Destinations Miles into my own BA account. (Not a fortune, just a couple of hundred a month.) We only share surname and account address, not email address or, obviously, date of birth, but the transfers are going through OK.
If you or a family member still have a BMI credit card, you may be able to use this to distribute your credit card miles in a more effective way ….