British Midland Diamond Club officially coming to an end on October 28, 2012

British Midland sent out the following email to Diamond Club members this morning: During the past few months, we have been in contact with you regarding a number of changes that have been made to the Diamond Club, following the sale of bmi to IAG, the…

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British Midland/Virgin Atlantic partnership to end on August 31, 2012

British Midland has long had a partnership with Virgin Atlantic, though that will be coming to an end on August 31, 2012. After that date British Midland miles can no longer be redeemed on Virgin Atlantic, and vice versa. So while you still have a few…

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British Midland Diamond Club miles now transferable to British Airways Avios!

As I posted about last month, British Midland Diamond Club miles were supposed to be transferable to British Airways Avios points as of July 3. It appears as if they’ve made the online tool available earlier, as I just completed a mileage transfer…

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British Midland makes everyone lifetime elite (and simultaneously takes away everyone’s lifetime elite status)!

Don’t worry British Midland, the irony isn’t lost on me! British Midland just updated their membership benefits page to add the following: Please note, we are implementing a “status freeze”, which means that until further notice no Diamond…

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British Midland Diamond Club miles to be transferrable to British Airways Avios on July 3

I just received the following in a British Midland newsletter: From 3 July 2012, Diamond Club members will be able to transfer their destinations miles to Executive Club Avios at a rate of 1:1. The online transfer tool, which will be available from 3…

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More details about British Midland takeover emerge

While the British Midland takeover is quickly becoming an episode of Maury (“In the case of 47 year old British Midland, British Airways, you are NOT the father”), more details are emerging as to when British Midland will end their participation…

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One week left to burn those British Midland miles…

As I posted about last week, British Midland announced that they will begin the process of leaving the Star Alliance around April 20 due to their takeover by British Airways. While British Midland as an airline wasn’t all that exciting, they had…

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British Midland to leave Star Alliance around April 20

With the sale of British Midland to British Airways nearly complete, some details are emerging as to when British Midland will be leaving the Star Alliance. Per British Midland’s Facebook page. Q. What happens once the sale completes? It is the…

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Four Continents and 37,000 Miles in Two Weeks: Austrian Business Class Lounge Vienna, British Midland Business Class Vienna to London, Great British Lounge London

After a quick ride on the City Airport Train I made it to Vienna Airport about 90 minutes before my flight. I had a bit of trouble finding the British Midland check-in area, until I realized that Austrian Airlines handles their check-in. Vienna terminal…

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It’s official: bmi is actually an airline!

Trust me, I’m as shocked as you guys are. Well, I just got off my first flight on British Midland from Vienna to London, and I’m surprised to find out that they’re a real airline. With real airplanes. And real people. If you have no clue what I’m talking…

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British Midland adds redemption surcharge for connecting in different zone

While there are many reasons to love British Midland’s Diamond Club program, one of my favorites has to be their ability to make changes with a) no formal annoucement b) no advance notice c) so ambiguous that no one has any clue what they’re…

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Bye bye, bmi!

As reported by Musings of the Global Traveller, bmi’s Diamond Club program will be merging into Lufthansa Miles & More by mid-2011 at the latest. For those of you not familiar with bmi, they’re a great airline to credit miles to, even…

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Financial Times: Lufthansa to take control of bmi

Long story short it looks like Sir Michael Bishop will be selling his stake in BMI to Lufthansa, which means they’ll basically have full control. Yadda yadda yadda. If you want details on the business end of the deal, check out the Financial Times…

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Why I’m starting to love BMI…

Unlike many of my friends I haven’t quite caught the British Midland “bug” that so many people have. While I have liked their program and loved their cash and miles as well as one way awards options, I never actually made the switch.…

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