Long term readers of Head for Points will have lived through the acquisition of bmi British Midland (as was) by British Airways and the integration of Diamond Club into British Airways Executive Club.
If you were not taking your frequent flyer miles so seriously a couple of years ago, it is possible that you may have had some BMI miles which you had forgotten about or which you assumed had expired.
This is not the case. They were frozen and are still accessible using your old Diamond Club credentials at www.diamondclub.org
Wednesday 30th November is the last day to move miles from Diamond Club across to British Airways Executive Club. Please do one last check to ensure your family accounts are empty.
I know what you’re thinking – “Rob, do you seriously think that I would have forgotten about Diamond Club miles in one of my accounts?“
And yet, I originally started this campaign in the Summer because I got this email:
I used to have the old BMI Diamond Card but forgot about it, and all the points I had. It turned out that I had a balance of over 40000 BMI points which I could convert to Avios. I was under the impression that these points were to be expired as I had not used the account in five years, and I thought the scheme had closed!
I first wrote about this back in August. This is what turned up in the comments section that day:
Not as exciting as your emailer, but I’m now 300 avios better off!
I’m 50 Avios better off! Every little help
I was sure mine had automatically transferred, but I logged in and I’m 3,000 points better off now!
Thanks for the reminder about BMI Diamond Club. I’d transferred about 250K miles a few years ago after the acquisition but was still using the credit card. Just found another 65,000 logging in today!
So glad I read this post, I’m now 27,500 avios points better off! Thanks
When I log in to the diamond club website it does show that I have quite a few thousnad miles.
So …. there do seem to be quite a lot of people out there who unknowingly still have some Diamond Club miles sitting around. You only have a few days to ensure that you don’t lose any points you may have forgotten about.
If you think that you may have once had a bmi Diamond Club account and have a record of your account number somewhere, it is worth taking a look at diamondclub.org to see what is there. Any balance can be moved to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)