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Transferring points to BA discussion

Old Jun 25, 12, 1:48 am
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Transferring points to BA discussion

First of all, I'm sure this topic is covered in one of the sticky threads, but none of them jumped out at me, so I'm starting this new thread.

My questions:

1) How do I transfer miles to BA (I'm on flybmi.com right now, and have yet to figure out the means to make this happen)?
2) Is there any reason for me to keep miles in my BD account?
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Old Jun 25, 12, 1:56 am
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1) Use the transfer tool when it is launched on July 3.
2) Depends on what you want to do with the miles - if you want to redeem on a partner that can be redeemed in DC but not in BAEC, then keep them in Diamond Club
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Old Jun 25, 12, 2:34 am
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1) Use the transfer tool when it is launched on July 3.
2) Depends on what you want to do with the miles - if you want to redeem on a partner that can be redeemed in DC but not in BAEC, then keep them in Diamond Club
I didn't realize we couldn't make this happen yet. My dilemma is that I have 20k in my BA account and 300k in my BD account, and I want to fly a friend over here on July 6 (LAX-PVG); seats exist now, but who knows what the situation will be like on July 3.

Regarding #2, are there any BD partner awards out there that are superior to BA?

Off topic, this BA gold status thing is simply awesome; I've been treated like a king during my recent trips.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 3:02 am
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But you can redeem your DC miles for BA flights now. BA is now a Diamond Club partner airline.

http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/loya...r-flights.aspx

Edit: Just saw your route, of course that's not a BA route. Sorry.

I guess you'll just have to wait until next week.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 4:06 am
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Silly question. Assume that you can transfer more than once.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 9:52 am
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I got an e-mail regarding transfer today that says, among other things: "Transfers can be made between individual accounts, but unfortunately transfers into Household Account balances are not possible." Not sure if this was publicized by BA/discussed in FT previously but this seriously sucks. I have several BM (love the acronym) accounts for my kids that I intentionally just combined into one household BM account, and did the same on the BA side, thinking I was being smart in getting ready for July 3. Did I screw myself? Is there a way to unlink household accounts? And the message above is not clear whether they are saying that transferring is prohibited both if you have a BA household account and/or a BD household acct. And furthermore this doesn't make sense. If I had not combined accounts now, how would they prevent people from transferring miles in individual accounts and then combining them to a BA household account after that? Special flagging for accounts that contain miles from BD? Thoughts?
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:00 am
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Perhaps you could post the email?

It seems to me they mean that there's no way to simply spread the outgoing miles across the constituent BA accounts in a household grouping that are receiving the bmi transfer. If it doesn't mean that, it gets messy very quickly.

I'd like to caution to all-and-sundry against wild speculation and the usual stupidity that ensues round here when people pick apart the flecks on non-information that combine to indicate that 2+2=436.41. When BA publishes the plan a week from now, I reckon it will be very clear what is possible.

I imagine it will simply be a mechanism for transferring miles from one specific bmi account to one specific BA account, where the names, emails, dates of birth etc. match

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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:02 am
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"Now that you're a Member of the Club, I expect you're keen to enjoy the benefits available to you. To get started, you may want to transfer your Diamond Club destinations miles to Avios. As you may already be aware, we're creating a tool to make this easy for you and it will be live from 3 July. You can transfer as many destinations miles as you like at the rate of 1:1. To do so simply log into your Executive Club account and go to the 'Manage My Account' page. Here you'll find a link to the transfer destinations miles tool under the 'Your Options' section. Before you start a transfer please ensure that your contact details, including your name, email address and date of birth, are up-to-date in both your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts. Transfers can be made between individual accounts, but unfortunately transfers into Household Account balances are not possible. Don't forget, you can start using the transfer destinations miles tool when it goes live on 3 July. And if you have any other queries about your Executive Club membership, and what the bmi integration with British Airways means for you, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page which is updated regularly."


Actually this message was addressed to my daughter's BA account, which was one of the new ones I created and then combined into a family account. So they are attempting to limit transfers into new accounts? Or family accounts? Or both??

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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:14 am
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Transfering BMI status miles.

I curently have 15,600 bmi status miles, i am 400 off silver card. As far as I can see you can only transfer from bmi status to ba tier if you are silver card? Unless i am wrong. Does this mean that i will lose all those status miles unless i take a bmi flight before 3rd july?
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by gil123 View Post
So they are attempting to limit transfers into new accounts? Or family accounts? Or both??
As I understand it, BA family accounts have a sort of shared balance, (for example when you make a redemption, the sum is skimmed proportionally off each constituent account's balance) to my limited understanding, so it seems to me, they simply intend members to understand that incoming bmi miles won't be spread across the pool, but ratehr to the constituent sub-balance.

In this case, your daughter's bmi miles will transfer to her BA account balance, yours to yours etc.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:19 am
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Transfering BMI status miles.

I curently have 15,600 bmi status miles, i am 400 off silver card. As far as I can see you can only transfer from bmi status to ba tier if you are silver card? Unless i am wrong. Does this mean that i will lose all those status miles unless i take a bmi flight before 3rd july?
bmi has frozen the downgrade process for its status levels. If you are currently silver, you will not be downgraded; if you are blue and a whisker off silver, you will indeed need to earn the 400 status miles that you are short to make the tier match rewarding. Easily and cheaply done, if you can find a bmi route remaining.

As to your miles - they can be transferred from bmi blue to blue avios without any reference to your status level.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:22 am
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thanks for that, as you say need to find a flight, but little time left, daft question I know, but if you buy the ticket and check in, but don't take the flight, do you still get the status miles. kirk
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by GoldCircle View Post
As I understand it, BA family accounts have a sort of shared balance, (for example when you make a redemption, the sum is skimmed proportionally off each constituent account's balance) to my limited understanding, so it seems to me, they simply intend members to understand that incoming bmi miles won't be spread across the pool, but ratehr to the constituent sub-balance.

In this case, your daughter's bmi miles will transfer to her BA account balance, yours to yours etc.
Appreciate your thoughts, hope you are right, and agree with your warning not to blindly speculate-- but to me the "transfers into Household Account balances are not possible" seems pretty unambiguous. And not being able to transfer combined accounts could make a huge difference for a lot of people. Guess we will find out in a week.

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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:25 am
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thanks for that, as you say need to find a flight, but little time left, daft question I know, but if you buy the ticket and check in, but don't take the flight, do you still get the status miles. kirk
No way. Sorry. Gotta get your bum on seat.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 10:29 am
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well thats a bummer, can't take a flight by the 3rd, dear me years of status flights gone
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