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Transfer Your BMI Diamond Club Miles Before They Expire!

Back in January, British Midland International (BMI) was awarding 1,000 Destination miles for signing up for a frequent flyer account.  IAG, the owner of British Airways bought out BMI and thus the Diamond Club program was acquired by British Airways.  As a result, BMI released the following statement:

“As part of the ongoing transition of bmi into British Airways, we looked at the future plans for Diamond Club and after careful consideration, have taken the decision to close Diamond Club for members outside of the UK and South West Pacific on 31 December 2012.”

While you could theoretically switch you address to a UK address to keep your BMI miles–a slightly risky option I seriously considered, it would do no good since you have to transfer them to Avios Adios Points to redeem them anyway.  Anyway, this implies you cannot transfer BMI Diamond Club Destination Miles after December 31.

British Airways is a fickle website to navigate, so it may prove helpful to describe the steps necessary to transfer your BMI Diamond Miles over.  Honestly, the frustrating was a little frustrating, and perhaps British Airways likes it that way..grr.

To start with you will need both your British Airways and BMI account information handy.  In my case, I use AwardWallet to track all of that for me.

Next, you will need to access the “My Account” section of the BMI Diamond Club website.  Once you are on the “Transfer Destination Miles” page, click on the “Transfer Now” button toward the bottom.

1-Transfer Screen

After doing so, you will see a page describing British Airways’ mergers.  Proceed by clicking the “Combine my Avios” button at the bottom.

2-Combine

Then select the “Diamond Club” from the “Select your programme” (gotta love the Brits) drop-down menu.

3-Diamond Club

After selecting the “Diamond Club” option, you will be able to enter your Diamond Club Membership Number and Password.

4-Membership No.

After doing so, you will be able specify the amount to be transferred in the “Enter Amount” field.

5a-Enter Amount

Click the all-important mandatory, boring checkbox.

5-Confirm

After doing so, you will see the “Success” page of relief:

6-Success

Finally, enjoy your BA Avios points, and hopefully (ideologically) you can redeem them without mega surcharges!

Get in on 1,000 FREE British Midland Miles While You Still Can

British Midland, International (BMI) a favorite loyalty program for Star Alliance award redemptions, was finally acquired last month by IAG, the owner of Oneworld Alliance alirlines British Airways and Iberia.  The announcement of IAG’s proposal last December proved quite controversial, as many including Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson are afraid the move will increase British Airways’ monopoly of Heathrow Airport–among the busiest in the world.

Politics and economics aside, this means the transition of British Midland Dividend Miles into highly criticized British Airways Avios seems inevitable. Currently BMI is giving away 1,000  for new account sign-ups:

BMI Sign-Up Bonus

British Airways household accounts can be combined for up to seven members residing at the same address.  So theoretically earn up to 7,000 miles through this way.  Then, as As Ben of One Mile at a Time suggests, ONCE they transfer over  to Avios you could then combine miles for a short-haul, one-way award ticket.

Anyway, I would get in on  FREE miles with BMI, while you still can!

Tip of the hat to One Mile at a Time.

RealtyTrac – Avios Update

Sometimes great deals come along, and if they seem to be too good to be true–they probably are.

I received word from The Points Guy tonight that there is a dispute between British Airways and their marketing agency.

According to TPG, the CEO of RealtyTrac stated that the 3,000 Avios promotion though the British Airways Estore “is unauthorized and  they will be canceling every single account signed up through this promotion so no one will be charged a dime.”

While I certainly did hope it would work, I was left wondering (and still am) if the promotion would be honored or was simply too good to be true.   The offer is after all almost enough Avios points (I have trouble just calling them Avios) for a short-haul one-way flight.

There have been similar shopping portals  offering lush bonuses within the last year or so  that have crashed in a similar way, in which getting your money back is not the norm.  Thus it is at least re-assuring to see that they will make sure no one is charged anything through this.

Hopefully they still suck it up and offer the points as a gesture of goodwill, but we shall see…..

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Quick Hits: Delta SkyMiles Bonus & Free Avios

There are some great deals going on right now that I thought I would just touch on briefly.

As I alluded in my post Burn Your Miles Wisely, through March 31, Delta is offering a 75% bonus on purchased SkyMiles.

Delta 75% Bonus on Purchased Miles

While normally Delta SkyMiles can be purchased (up to 60,000 in a year) at a rate of  3.5 cents per miles, through this offer you are able to get them at a rate of 2 cents per mile.  This is great if you are looking to top off your account for an award ticket or looking to play the mileage upgrade game.  Tip of the hat to One Mile at a Time has a great post on this, which can be found here.

 

Also, per The Points Guy, you can receive 3,000 British Airways Avios points–FOR FREE by signing up for a free-trial of RealtyTrac.com.  Just make sure to cancel your membership within 7 days if you don’t want to be dinged with the $50 monthly fee.

RealtyTrac.com Sign-Up

There was some skepticism about whether or not signing-up for a free trial would work for earning the 3,000 Avios points.  Although I am still waiting for my “purchase to post,” TPG has verified that the points will at least post as pending!

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