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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

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 to see what is there.  Any balance can be moved to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (35)

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  • Alex W says:

    Rob you could get a sales job with one of those PPI companies!

  • M101 says:

    If you transferred your BMI points in October, check your balance again! I had additional points posted in November from purchases between 28th – 30th September. You may have more points left to transfer!

  • Rob says:

    Slightly OT, but it seems I am not getting the sign up bonus for my recently LH application, in line with the rules. I have had the card before – twice – but it has been at least 2 years since I last cancelled it so I thought it might slip through.

    No bonus posted with first month spend though …..

    • James67 says:

      IME they have often, but not always, delayed posting bonuses until the second statement after reaching qualifying spend. I always presumed this was a precaution against people qualifying and cancelling but that would only delay the inevitable by a month if that were peoples intention. If you don’t get the bonus next month there would be no harm in expressing your displeasure. After all, you have been a good long term customer and they failed to recognise this with your DC offer. I have always had the feeling there are two levels of CS at MBNA, if you can get an issue elevated to the higher level they seem much more efficient and customer-focussed. With HFP you probably drive a lot of business their way so the way I see it, they owe you.

      • Alan says:

        Definitely – especially as they should make it more explicit at time of application if you’re not going to receive it.

  • RICHARD says:

    Rob – Is there a phone number for them as I can’t seem to reset my password…

  • Serena says:

    I kept on getting kicked out of the BMI Diamond Club website – didn’t like my first name (but did like “S” as a first name) and there aren’t easy ways to talk to them. Then in the vortex of “new password/don’t like my details”. I’d previously given up at this point.

    I did, however, call BA bronze club and they found 2,400 avios and transferred them over to me immediately. No idea that I had those! One happy HFP reader. Thanks Raffles.

  • Serena says:

    Just an addendum to my post above. I’ve not used the BMI card or had any flights with them for more than about 10 years. I’ve not logged in or done anything to keep them live in that time. It is definitely worth calling BAEC with your Diamond Club number just in case.

  • Serena says:

    Further to my posts above – having been told verbally over the phone that there would be 2.4k points transferred, I have subsequently received an email from BA saying that they are not able to transfer the points due to inactivity on the BMI account for 2 years.

    Very, very disappointing to be told one thing by BA on the phone and then hear this some time later. Anyone else with these experiences?

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