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The Official Announcement - Migration to Avios & Status Match Confirmed: Discuss Here

The Official Announcement - Migration to Avios & Status Match Confirmed: Discuss Here

Old Apr 20, 12, 2:20 am
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The Official Announcement - Migration to Avios & Status Match Confirmed: Discuss Here

I am posting this at the request of Keeley Downing, Diamond Club Manager

Dear Diamond Club Member

I'm writing to advise you of some important changes to the Diamond Club programme following the sale of bmi to IAG, the owner of British Airways, on 20 April 2012.

As a result, there are some key changes to your Diamond Club membership, which I would like to outline below, which also includes an invitation from British Airways.

1. Announcement of bmi's exit from Star Alliance
2. A new partnership with British Airways
3. Business as usual for Diamond Club

1. bmi's exit from Star Alliance
I'd firstly like to advise that from 20 April bmi will no longer be a member of Star Alliance.

However, you will still be able to enjoy the following Star Alliance benefits associated with your membership tier level until 31 May 2012.

You will continue to earn membership status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on bmi and Star Alliance carriers (excluding Lufthansa Group airlines) until 31 May 2012
For all Star Alliance carriers you will also be able to take advantage of your bmi and Star Alliance status benefits, including lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding until 31 May 2012
From 1 June 2012 any benefits associated with your tier membership and the ability to earn status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on Star Alliance airlines will end
Star Alliance award bookings made before 31 May 2012 will be honoured
For further information including changes to award bookings, retrospective claims and award flight bookings please visit flybmi.com

2. A new partnership with British Airways
We're pleased to announce that Diamond Club members will benefit from a new partnership with British Airways from 20 April 2012.

All members will be able to earn destinations miles on BA, for flights taken from 20 April 2012, and we will shortly introduce the option to spend your destinations miles on BA award flights
From today, Diamond Club Gold and Silver members will be able to access the British Airways lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick, when flying with bmi or British Airways - please present your Diamond Club Gold or Silver card on arrival to gain access
As part of the transition of bmi into British Airways, from 1 May 2012 British Airways is inviting you, as a Diamond Club member, to also join the Executive Club at your equivalent tier status level. Diamond Club Gold customers will be invited to become Gold members of the Executive Club and Silver members to become Silver, which will be in addition to your Diamond Club membership. Further details will follow shortly.

You will also be able to transfer your destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1. British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer from Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1. For example 100 destinations miles could be transferred into 100 Avios points and vice versa.

We are creating an online tool that will allow Diamond Club and Executive Club customers to undertake transfers, which will be available from 3 July 2012. We will contact you nearer that date to explain how the tool will work and how to access it.

3. Business as usual for Diamond Club
Although today we are announcing a number of changes to the programme, we would like to assure you that it is business as usual for Diamond Club, including members who have a bmi Credit Card Account with MBNA.

We very much appreciate your loyalty to bmi and hope that you continue to enjoy the benefits of Diamond Club membership.

For more information on the changes please visit flybmi.com

We look forward to welcoming you onboard again soon.

Regards


Keeley Downing
Diamond Club Manager
GoldCircle
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:50 am
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:51 am
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Looks pretty decent. While a 1:1 switch isn't stellar value it isn't bad either and the opportunity to shuffle miles the other way opens up some opportunities.

DC Gold to BA Gold is pretty generous too.

having until 31st may to spend on *Alliance is also great news. Gives me chance to firm a couple of plans up and leverage a last couple of excellent value rewards.

Overall - I'm pleased.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:52 am
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Looks MUCH better than expected!!! Very happy, considering...
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:52 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
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And happy that I as a doubter was wrong!
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:53 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
Looks pretty decent. While a 1:1 switch isn't stellar value it isn't bad either and the opportunity to shuffle miles the other way opens up some opportunities.

DC Gold to BA Gold is pretty generous too.

having until 31st may to spend on *Alliance is also great news. Gives me chance to firm a couple of plans up and leverage a last couple of excellent value rewards.

Overall - I'm pleased.
Indeed, I'm rather pleased that until DC is eventually shut down completely, I have a Mastercard that lets me earn Avios at a decent rate.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:54 am
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Originally Posted by Tiger_lily View Post
Here you go - e-mail
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Hugs n kisses

Keeley Downing
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Why did your email contain "Hugs n kisses" but Flying Lawyer's email doesn't? Guess we know who they like and who they don't.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:55 am
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Right then, where's the eejits guide to Adios?
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by A_Lee View Post
Why did your email contain "Hugs n kisses" but Flying Lawyer's email doesn't? Guess we know who they like and who they don't.
A bit of fun, the bolding was mine as well.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:56 am
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OK so a bullet point summary on the DC side of things is:

- Equivalent status match BD*S to BA Silver, BD*G to BA Gold as of 1/5/12
- BA lounge access for BD*S/*G by showing DC card as of today
- 1:1 Avios to DC miles conversions either way via transfer tool as of 3/7/12
- earn & spend on *A excl LH group until 31/5/12
- status benefits on all *A until 31/5/12

Overall it gets a big ^ from me - I was getting worried I'd be stuck with them all in an orphan DC miles account. Also means I'll be BA Gold in time for my existing long-haul MFU booking with them at the end of May

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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:56 am
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Not bad - not bad at all.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by Tiger_lily View Post
Right then, where's the eejits guide to Adios?
The FT BAEC Forum Dashboard would be a good start.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:58 am
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I think that is a better outcome than many expected.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:58 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
DC Gold to BA Gold is pretty generous too.
But nothing extra for those of us above the 55K level or massive number of status miles.

And no mention of doing anything for current lifetime golds or those in the works.

Of course such a brief letter doesn't have the space to go into all the details, so perhaps we'll be surprised once the complete details are released.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:58 am
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BA seem to have done right by DC ^
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