Miles are pointless on BMI

Old Jun 28, 11, 1:57 pm
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Miles are pointless on BMI

BHD - LHR 1st Feb 13:10

Pay with cash? 33

or for the bargain price of 35.50 you can part with 2250 miles too.

Or for 15 you can part with 4500 miles.


What a choice. Think ill just pay with cash, get bonus with my status and spend the miles on an airline that actually gives you something for 'loyalty'
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Old Jun 28, 11, 2:02 pm
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Almost all redemptions are like this though. It's an unwritten rule that you don't redeem for economy class and you certainly don't redeem for short-haul economy class unless it's close to the travel date and the fares are very high. Miles bookings are also generally more flexible than super-cheap economy class bookings.
For the record BA are exactly the same. I was going to post an example here but sadly their 'systems are not responding' so I can't give you one.
On the other hand Diamond Club miles do allow you to make some fantastic value redemptions. Try a cash+miles redemption to somewhere like Brazil and you will save thousands on the published fare.

EDIT: BA's systems have come back to life and a quick check shows that I can get myself on the 18:40 GLA-LHR flight for 40 cash only or 49.50+2,300 miles.
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Old Jun 28, 11, 2:03 pm
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Short haul, economy fares are rarely a good use of miles on any FF program to be honest. I don't think bmi is unique in this.
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Old Jun 28, 11, 2:15 pm
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Be grateful you aren't in M&M. UK to Hamburg in Y is 35,000 miles plus 215 of taxes ... cash ticket is usually under 150.
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Old Jun 28, 11, 3:30 pm
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Ah, but if you want to have the ability to cancel them at short notice, they do perhaps have a benefit...
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Old Jun 28, 11, 4:02 pm
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Originally Posted by olybeast View Post
Miles are pointless on BMI
Fish tastes like crap.

Justin Timberlake stinks.

Just another two very subjective and pointless statements. I took the time to open this thread - waste of time - so figured I'd add something along the same lines...
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Old Jun 28, 11, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by colmc View Post
Short haul, economy fares are rarely a good use of miles on any FF program to be honest. I don't think bmi is unique in this.
Here are some screengrabs from a redemption I priced up on FlyBe last year:

Pay with Rewards4Nobody points...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesbr...ad/5199152204/

...or pay with cash...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesbr...ad/5198557565/

...the choice is yours

Incidentally, if like me you have a pile of FlyBe points you think are worthless, may I recommend you cash them in on a Loganair-operated flight. As a result, I think, of the Scottish subsidies or exceptional tax arrangements, you can get a real bargain redeeming FlyBe points on those routes (in my case, GLA-LSI for 35 return instead of 180).
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Old Jun 28, 11, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by G*G View Post
Fish tastes like crap.

Justin Timberlake stinks.

Just another two very subjective and pointless statements. I took the time to open this thread - waste of time - so figured I'd add something along the same lines...
Did you mean to say...carp tastes like fish?
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Old Jun 28, 11, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by jbfield View Post
Did you mean to say...carp tastes like fish?
Carp definitely does taste more like crap than fish.

The Germans like it though.
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Old Jun 29, 11, 1:51 am
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I think we're done on this one, before we torture the language anymore. There are plenty of other "you're a mug for redeeming miles on cheapo economy-class off-peak short-hauls" threads to continue on, if you're interested.

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