1,000 free British Airways Avios points

On Friday I wrote about British Midland’s announcement that they’d be leaving the Star Alliance around April 20. This is sad news because British Midland really did have a very good frequent flyer program, both in terms of earning and redemption opportunities. If you have a stash of British Midland miles, chances are you’re trying to burn them before they’re devalued and turned into British Airways Avios points.

That being said, if you’ve never been a Diamond Club member, they are offering a 1,000 mile bonus for joining.

I assume sometime in the next few months British Midland Diamond Club miles will be converted into British Airways Avios points, so you might as well sign-up for a Diamond Club account now. Now, that’s an assumption, but since British Midland is leaving the Star Alliance, I don’t know what else they could possibly do with the program.

Keep in mind that British Airways allows household accounts, so you can pool the miles from up to seven accounts as long as they’re registered at the same address. So that’s potentially 7,000 free miles to add to your British Airways household account at some date in the future. Keep in mind you only need 4,500 miles for a one-way ticket of under 650 miles, so you could conceivably sign-up five people in your household, and then when the accounts are merged that will be more than enough miles for a one-way ticket.

Comments

  1. AK says

    Thanks Lucky. I signed up a couple family members and the 1000 miles posts immediately upon enrollment.

  2. says

    And of course BA allows family accounts, as does bmi, so you can sign up lots of people and pool the miles

  3. Laurent says

    Hi, Can I potentially register 7 names under the same address although we do not have 7 family members living under the same address? I am sorry if it sounds like a stupid question.

  4. Corridor! says

    The link is no longer working as of 2/28, but there was a survey you could take that would earn an additional 1000 miles. This way you could earn 2000 miles per family member.

  5. lucky says

    @ Laurent — You’re only supposed to register real people, but in practice they have no way of tracking that, so you should have no issues doing that. Of course ethically it’s a different story…

  6. Seymour says

    @ Corridor! – I was just able to sign up for an account using the link in the blog post. Do you have a link for the survey? I couldn’t find it anywhere on the BMI website.

  7. Everett says

    @Gary How were you able to transfer the BMI points from family member to family member? When I create a family account and try to transfer, it tells me that the 1,000k points are “enrollment bonus miles”, and therefore non-transferable. Will I just have to wait till all 8 accounts shift over to BA?

  8. RakSiam says

    Hopefully this works. I just tried to sign up. Got an email with no membership number. And when I try to login with the email address and password I selected it tells me I am not a member.

  9. Seymour says

    @ lucky – You’re right. The survey is dead. Following the link you provided results in the following message: “This Survey was closed on 28.02.2012. Thank you for your interest.”

  10. RakSiam says

    thanks. finally filtered through their system and the 1000 miles were there right away

  11. says

    Ben-As a fellow blogger, I tried to authenticate for myself that you can combine household accounts.
    Is it anywhere on BMI’s website? I couldn’t find it anywhere on their Diamond Club Terms & Conditions page.

  12. lucky says

    @ Bryce — You have to actually log into your account, and then on your membership page there’s a button on the left menu that reads “Family membership.” That being said, unless you intend to redeem Diamond Club miles I wouldn’t create a family account. Instead I’d wait till the miles are combined with Avios, and then create a household account.

  13. lucky says

    @ Bryce — It’s British Airways that limits household accounts to seven members, and that’s what I was referring to. I really don’t think it’s worth creating a bmi household account before the merger with British Airways is complete since it could just screw up a household account sometime down the line.

  14. PatMike says

    per #5 of the terms and conditions:
    “Enrolment bonus miles are non transferable; they cannot be transferred to other Diamond Club member accounts within a Family Membership”

    I would just wait until they become Avios…

  15. zakon says

    Seems dead – the link takes you to the main page instead. I tried signing up someone else and after a few hours no points…

  16. CG says

    I just registered with Diamond club using the link, but I do not see 1000 miles in my account. How much it takes for these points to posted?

  17. lucky says

    @ CG — It appears as if they’ve had a site redesign and no longer offer the bonus points. Sorry!

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