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bmi Diamond Club and bmi credit cards

bmi Diamond Club closed when British Airways acquired bmi British Midland. It lived on via the bmi Diamond Club credit cards. Whilst no longer available, existing cardholders were allowed to keep them and continued to earn Avios points at a rate far higher than the official British Airways credit cards!

Changes to the Avios earning rate on the 7 (!) bmi credit card options

For those people lucky enough to still have the old bmi British Midland credit cards issued by MBNA, some unwelcome news dropped through the letterbox yesterday. Not for everyone, just for some. There are, unbelievably, SEVEN different bmi credit card packages out there.  Whilst everyone […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

(EDIT:  This article was updated in April 2016) When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty […]

Get £50 cashback when you spend £150 at American Express Travel!

This very generous offer – £50 cashback – has just been launched as part of the American Express partnership with TripAdvisor. The Amex / TripAdvisor arrangement is an odd one.  Once you have linked your American Express account to your TripAdvisor account, a little mark will appear […]

£10 cashback via Amex with £60 World Duty Free spend

This deal has been around for a few weeks but I never got around to giving it a full post – the time has come to rectify that. Until 30th September, you will receive a £10 American Express statement credit when you spend £60 at […]

Five frequent flyer perks I still get as an old-timer but you can't!

I received an email from a reader on Sunday asking whether Amex Platinum cardholders still get a free British Airways Premium Plus American Express card (they can’t!).  It made me think about something …. What perks do I have via ‘grandfathering’ that are no longer available […]

What credit card should I use to pay for my holiday?

By the time you read this post, I will be back in London.  However, as I edit this post, I am still sitting in Dubai pondering how to pay the hotel bill. It’s not that I can’t afford it – I was more concerned with […]

An interesting one for BMI credit card holders

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 […]

bmi Diamond Club – the final curtain for members down under

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 […]

What is the best FREE Visa or MasterCard for earning miles and points?

(EDIT:  This post was updated in January 2015) I was thinking of making this post part of the ‘Preparing for Summer’ series.  After all, it is very common to find yourself on holiday in a small town where American Express cards are looked at like something […]

Happy days! Amex Shop Small is back – get £5 for every £10 purchase in July

American Express is bringing back its ‘Shop Small’ promotion this July.  And this means a potential £50 for every American Express card you hold! Lloyds TSB and MBNA Amex cards are included as well, so this could be a very generous deal for some people. […]

Amazingly, the old bmi credit cards just got better!

If you hold one of the old BMI credit cards, you probably had a text message recently telling you that MBNA was writing to you with details of enhanced benefits on the cards. You probably thought that this would relate to the improved mileage earnings […]

Why don’t I write more about credit card ‘churning’?

I had an email from a reader recently who asked me about how easy it was to ‘churn’ various credit cards, ie cancel them and then reapply, picking up another sign-up bonus. He suggested that I write a specific post about it. I said that […]

A sneaky way to hit the £5,000 spend target on the AA credit cards

I received some good news by email yesterday – I have been approved for the American Airlines credit cards with the fantastic 35,000 miles sign-up bonus! I was a little worried, to be honest, since my BMI MasterCard has a substantial £20,000 credit limit, and I wasn’t sure […]

Earning Avios for paying your council tax – and other utilities

One of the joys that greeted me on our return from Dubai was our council tax bill for 2013/2014. Earning Avios or other points by paying your day-to-day bills is something which a lot of people ignore. Unfortunately, because of the huge range of utility […]

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

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 […]

Meet the newest member of BAEC (or, how to earn Avios when your child flies)

I’d like to welcome the newest member of the British Airways Executive Club: … ie, my youngest. We are in Dubai again this week (we have family here, which is why we pop down quite a bit). My original plan was to make this my last BMI […]

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