British Midland Posts

Putting those BMI miles to use

As some folks know bmi miles have been rather valuable since they have some great redemption opportunities.  With bmi's Diamond Club going away sometime next year, I figured it was a good time to start some redemptions. 
I decided that I wanted to use my miles for ...
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British Midland to Serve Tripoli, Libya

When it comes to picking a travel destination, not only am I attracted to places off the beaten path, I am attracted to places prone to violence or relegated to "axis of evil" status. Libya has fascinated me for years and I've wanted to visit to "Qadafi Land" to get a sense for ...

Star Alliance Lounge Access for $249 from US Airways

US Airways is offering lounge memberships for only $249 (+ $50 initiation fee for new members) through September 29. The membership will be good for one year and is a substantial discount off the $450 regular price (discounted by as much as $125 for US elites).
Membership ...

Time to Invest in a Lifetime Continental Presidents Club Membership?

I'm at the point of the year again where I've reached a fork in the road. I've re-qualified for 1K status on United, so my elite benefits are safe through at least January 2012, but now I must decide whether to continue to credit to UA (where I earn double RDMs on most flights) or pursue status on ...

10% Off BMI Flights

It's not much, but if you are planning a trip on British Midland in October or November, you can save 10% by entering 10FLYBMI in the promotion code section.

The promotion only discounts the base fare, is only valid for economy fares, and is only valid on BD metal. Book by August 1st for travel from October 1st to November 30th.

The Future of BMI's Diamond Club = Miles & More

A little more light was shed on the future of British Midland and their Diamond Club mileage program at the Lufthansa Investor Day in Frankfurt on Monday. 
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, BMI's CEO presented this.
There's a lot of info packed into the 17-slide presentation, but a blurb on ...

Lufthansa To Cut More BMI Capacity

As if BD's route map hasn't been thinned out enough the last two years:
<paragraph_body> <paragraph_body> <paragraph_body> <paragraph_body>The Lufthansa Group plans to cut 25 percent of the capacity of its recently acquired United Kingdom subsidiary BMI, according to ...

BMI Diamond Club to cease


Based on this thread on Flyertalk, it appears that BMI's Diamond Club will cease to exist in the next few days and be migrated to Lufthansa's Miles and More.

This is truly sad but honestly I can't say that I'm surprised.

bmi 20,000 mile promo


With our recent podcast on BMI and the growing interest, I figured i'd share a great promo.  Wyndham rewards has recently become a partner of bmi and is offering 5,000 miles per stay, up to a total of 20,000 miles.

Details can be found here.

In the states, this promo includes such fine brands as Howard Johnson, Super 8, Travelodge and Ramada. 

This is an amazing return for a small outlay of cash.

Upgrd 53: BMI Diamond Club Gold Status

This is probably the shortest elite status podcast ever but we covered some listener questions about BMI Diamond Club. Since we recorded this last week there have been some changes - Fozz will be posting some updates on his blog about this soon.

This week we discuss BMI, their frequent flyer program, and why so many Upgrd contributors have BMI Gold status as one of their "backup" programs.

Please send in your comments about BMI's program or anything we missed or has changed.


British Midland to Eliminate Business Class on London Routes

I received the e-mail below from British Midland yesterday:
Dear Mr. Matthew,
As a valued Diamond Club member we want you to be one of the first to know about some changes we're making.
From 27 January all our UK and Ireland flights to and from London ...

Travel Goals for 2010

Note: Sorry this is one day late. I hate some issues with finding a wi-fi connection in Algecias, Spain last night. I am currently sitting in a train station in Tangier, Morocco waiting for my overnight train to Marrakech.
A new year and a new decade is upon us and it is fitting that I lay ...

BMI Number One Lounge


This year for Thanksgiving I decided to visit one of my favorite cities, London.  Yes, I realize there is a certain irony about visiting England for Thanksgiving, that's part of the fun.

On my way back, I had the opportunity to stop in the new BMI Number One Lounge.  It was an amazing lounge, even at 6am.   Parts of the lounge reminded me of night clubs in the aspect of design and features (there were even beds in one of the corners).  The true challenge was finding the lounge itself as it's as hidden as the bat cave, but in the end I did manage to find it.


BMI's future

For a few months now there has been a lot of speculation as to what will happen with BMI (British Midland) and its Frequent Flyer Program, Diamond Club since Lufthansa acquired the remaining shares earlier this year. 
This was one of the questions that was ...

Pursue MMer Status on United or Dual Star Gold Status?

I'm up to nearly 200,000 EQMs this year on United and have some domestic trips in paid First Class coming up next month. With more than enough miles to qualify for elite status for 2010,  I am having trouble deciding whether to credit my miles to United or to re-qualify for Gold status on ...