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.