British Airways has acquired British Midland, and now they’ve made available the website to match bmi Diamond Club elite status to equivalent status in the British Airways Executive Club program.
I’m a bmi Gold elite member, and am working through my best strategy here.
The primary value for me in BA’s Gold status will be that I’ll receive access to American’s Flagship lounges even on domestic US itineraries, I don’t otherwise have much use for BA Gold as an American Executive Platinum. I do not intend to requalify as a British Airways elite.
- I’m looking for a non-U.S. Star Alliance program to reach Star Gold status with, preferably one that bonuses premium cabin fares and has a reasonable award chart. I do like that Asiana status can last up to 4 years and that their shorter-haul rewards are reasonable (80,000 points for business class East Coast to nearer Europe roundtrip in their distance-based chart, with two stopovers permitted each direction, though they add fuel surcharges). I also like that Turkish has been status matching, and that requalification is quite generous. I had hoped for a Star Alliance-wide status match offers for displaced bmi elites, but none has so far been forthcoming. The ring of Miles & More Senator sounded pretty good…
- I had to decide when to status match over to British Airways. Once I’m made a BA Gold that status will last for 12 months. I may want to push the validity far out into the future. But there’s no indication how long the status match offer will be available. My bmi status currently runs through end of November, but will BA allow me to wait that long to request the match?
Folks who are British Airways flyers already, note that when you process a status match from bmi your membership year resets and your current elite status credits reset to zero.
Meanwhile, I really probably should burn my 70,000 bmi miles before they become Avios…