British Midland sent out the following email to Diamond Club members this morning:
During the past few months, we have been in contact with you regarding a number of changes that have been made to the Diamond Club, following the sale of bmi to IAG, the owner of British Airways.
Following a detailed review of the Diamond Club, we would like to announce a series of further changes.
From 27 October 2012, the following benefits will no longer be available:
• Earning and spending your destinations miles on bmi operated flights with a bmi flight number
• Earning and spending your destinations miles on airline partners British Airways, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways
and Transaero Airlines
• Earning destinations miles on bmi hotel partners, WorldPoints, through American Express Membership
Rewards or when you shop online
• Buying destinations miles
• Upgrading your flight with destinations miles
• Earning status miles
However, Diamond Club customers will still be able to earn destinations miles by using the bmi Credit Card and can transfer these into Executive Club Avios at an attractive rate, using our transfer tool. Find out more about transferring your miles here.
Please review the new terms and conditions here.
From 28 October 2012 you will not be able to access your Diamond Club account on www.flybmi.com. However, we have created a new website for our UK and South West Pacific members called www.diamondclub.org, where you can access your destinations miles balance and full account information. The new website will be available from 27 October 2012.
Tier match with the Executive Club
If you are a Diamond Club Gold or Silver member, don’t forget you can still apply for matching tier status within the Executive Club until 31 December 2012 at ba.com/tiermatch.
Gold and Silver members can also continue to access the bmi and selected British Airways lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick until 31 December 2012.
British Airways is inviting all Diamond Club members, who are not already members of the Executive Club to enrol at ba.com/welcomebmi.
For more information on the changes please visit ba.com/diamondclub.
Hugs and/or kisses,
Of course this hardly comes as a surprise given the takeover by British Airways, though now we finally have an official date when the program will end, which is October 28.
In May British Airways started matching British Midland elite status and in July they started allowing miles to be transferred from Diamond Club to Executive Club. Ever since they’ve slowly been eliminating Diamond Club benefits and airline partnerships, including with Virgin Atlantic on August 31. Their few remaining partnerships, including the one with Qatar Airways, will be terminated as of October 28, at which point Diamond Club accounts can no longer be accessed.
I’ve already transferred all my Diamond Club miles to Executive Club Avios, so the only significance of October 28 for me is that I’ll be removing my family’s British Midland accounts from Award Wallet.
RIP, Diamond Club, you were good to us.
(Tip of the hat to Miles from Blighty)