British Midland Posts

Final Chance for Status Match + Points Transfer from bmi to British Airways

Come December 31st, now just two days away, the bmi Diamond Club will shut its doors for most of the world. If you've neglected transferring any destination miles from your bmi account to your British Airways Executive Club account, it is now or never. Same with a status match.
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Source: Virgin Atlantic to join Star Alliance

I’m told by a source at Star Alliance; Virgin Atlantic will be joining “very soon”. Again this is just leaked information. Richard Branson hinted that Virgin will be joining a global alliance soon. Star is the one that would not be a big surprise as Singapore airlines a Star ...
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Your know when you are an airline geek when....

  Tomorrow is a big milestone for me, I will have flown on every Star Alliance airline based in Europe. This hit me when checking in for my flight on Aegean the newest European based Star Alliance member airline. I know it is a bit geeky to care about this but you are reading a blog about this ...
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Going with your gut is the best policy when traveling.

I just returned home to the UK from a long weekend in the states. As a UA guy I booked Manchester (MAN) - Frankfurt (FRA) - Washing Dulles (IAD) round trip. Sure this is now a UA non-stop from MAN-IAD operated by B757 but upgrades are never opened in-advance on that flight. I was able to use my ...
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Final Week to Burn bmi Diamond Club Miles for Star Alliance Awards

As we enter the final week to redeem bmi Diamond Club miles for Star Alliance Awards, I want to review how you can effectively use your miles and share some of my recent redemption success stories.
First off, you should redeem in the next few days. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH! When ...
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Top up your bmi Diamond Club Miles with a 20% bonus

With just under two weeks left to redeem Diamond Club miles for Star Alliance flights, bmi has sweetened the incentive to burn your points now with a 20% bonus on purchased miles. If you are just short of another award (like I was), take advantage of this offer. The miles posted in about six hours ...
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Sad to see bmi Depart Star Alliance - I will miss you!

I’m going to miss bmi! I knew it was coming but it was very sad to see the Star Alliance logo taken off the bmi webpage. I moved to the UK a little under a year ago, and bmi was my UK airline, connecting me to the rest of the Star Alliance network. My home airport is Manchester and Lufthansa ...
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Transfer British Airways Avios to bmi Diamond Club at 1:1 Ratio

I received an update from British Midland International (bmi) this morning on their acquisition by British Airways and move out of Star Alliance. Most of the news was expected, but I did learn two new things: first, bmi Diamond Club miles will transfer to British Airways Avios at a 1:1 basis. ...
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Last Day to Burn bmi Diamond Club Miles on Lufthansa Group Flights

It's 6:00a here in Philadelphia and I still haven't gone to bed yet--I've spent the last three hours on the phone with British Midland International's Diamond Club award redemption center. My goal: burn my remaining miles in a cost-effective manner. So far, so good.
But that's not the point of ...
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Best Strategies for Burning Your bmi Diamond Club Miles

With bmi poised to leave Star Alliance next week, those sitting on a mountain of Diamond Club miles would be wise to burn as many possible before 18 April. Even if British Airways transfers Diamond Club miles into Executive Club Avios points at a 1:1 rate and even conceding that the new BA Avios ...
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The New System - How United is just falling apart - Trip from Hell part 1

I had the misfortune of traveling on United Airlines for the first time after the “new” combined UA/CO system was put in place. I have been reading post on United’s facebook page, flyer talk and mainstream media about all the issues United was having with this “new” ...
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Asiana: bmi Leaving Star Alliance on 18 April 2012

Asiana posted the following note to their Asiana Club website yesterday concerning bmi (British Midland International):
 
For those who cannot read Korean (ahem), a friend translated this for me. Per Asiana, bmi will be leaving Star Alliance on 18 April, just two weeks from today. ...

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on Air Canada, bmi, Lufthansa

I love adventures. From Iraq to Belarus, from Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus to the West Bank, from remote Bolivia to Iran, my sense of adventure has taken me to fascinating places around the world—and now I depart for a previously unexplored part of the world: the –stans.
A busy ...
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When Rules Should Be Overruled

Let’s have a debate about rules today. I’ve touched on the issue before and it usually draws a number of comments, most of them negative, stating that rules are on the book for a reason, we all should follow them, and I have to no right to seek exemptions. I beg to differ.
I start ...
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Sad times for Star Alliance!

Could 2012 be a sad year for the Star Alliance? Well looks like it, Star has lost some of it’s shine and could be more on the way?
The hard times for star started when Lufthansa sold off British Midland International (bmi) to their european rival IAG, the parent company of British ...
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Herr Doctor VS The Captain

Well this was a first for me, an airport Doctor fighting with an airline captain. With a nice and orderly on time boarding in Munich I took my seat 4D on a Lufthansa Flight operated by bmi for Lufthansa. (LH has BD operating flights for them from MUC and FRA to Manchester and Birmingham). The crew ...

Sorry! That Will Require 2 Tickets.

The other night I wanted to book a Star Alliance reward with my UNITED miles, so I called the 1K desk, I found the flights I wanted to get me from Manchester, UK (MAN) to Terceira, Azores (TER). I wanted to book MAN-FRA-LIS-TER and return, a reward within Europe for 25K miles. I wanted to route via ...
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bmi to sell bmi Regional

 Sources say that bmi is in advanced discussions to sell bmi Regional to a U.K investor group previously associated with the regional business. The sale would be in the form of shares of bmi Regional, all assets used in the bmi Regional business including the aircraft fleet, the existing ...
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Source: Virgin Atlantic to buy bmi and Join Star.

A very good source tells me that Virgin Atlantic will buy "most of" bmi (British Midland International) within 90-120 days and Virgin Atlanic will join Star Alliance within a year after that. The bmi name will go away and the Virgin Atlanic name will stay after they fully join. Lufthansa is ready to ...
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My Intra-Europe bmi Award to Armenia via Iceland

I recently redeemed a chunk of my British Midland International (bmi) points for an intra-Europe award that includes Iceland and Armenia. The trip is coming up soon, but the more I think about the itinerary, the more I think my points and money would be better allocated elsewhere.
First, the ...
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