I’m down to a little over 25,000 bmi Diamond club miles, what should I do with them?
The expectation was that Diamond Club would get folded into Miles & More by this summer, but that plan appears to be on hold. And I guess that also means if I want to be a Lufthansa Senator (not that I really do, I just love the name for the status) that I’ll have to qualify for bmi Gold status this year — assuming that the program gets folded into Miles & More next year. Which is still an assumption.
But I don’t want to wind up with a stash of Miles & More miles. They’re not great for a US-based flyer except single-continent travel, their award chart in premium cabins is pretty expensive for travel to, say, Africa via Europe. You do get better availability, especially in premium cabins and especially in first class, than they offer to their partners so that’s something. And pricing of US-Europe isn’t bad. Plus a Senator can redeem a companion award at 50% off for the second ticket and that really helps.
But on the whole bmi’s miles are more valuable than Lufthansa/Swiss/et al Miles & More miles. So my bmi miles will never be worth more than they are today. What to do with the last 25,000? Definitely open to ideas.
I could also boost that balance of course, credit some flights and get myself to a higher award plateau though the goal is to burn rather than to earn and hoard.
bmi’s cash and points award chart really stretches the miles, there are some nice values such as having taken my recent one-way Singapore – Bangkok – Phuket redemption in business class on Thai for just 7500 miles and about 100 pounds all-in in taxes and fees. Not that it would have been that expensive a ticket to buy in the first place, but of course I’m in burn mode with these.
But oh those fuel surcharges, if I want to avoid those I’ve got to focus on US Airwaays for transatlantic, though their new business class seat looks really good. Cash and points plus fuel surcharges and I’m looking at serious outlay of dollars for an ‘award’.
What’s my strategy with the remains of my balance?