Apparently when it becomes possible to transfer points between bmi Diamond Club and British Airways Avios, BA accounts set up for family membership won’t be eligible to do the transfers. Presumably this restriction will have to ultimately be lifted at such point as BA just shuts down Diamond Club. In the mean, you can of course de-link family accounts if you wish to make the transfers.
With South American airlines LAN (a oneworld member) and TAM (a Star Alliance member) under common ownership, the world has been waiting with bated breath for a decision as to which alliance the jointly-owned airlines would belong to. The smart money has been on oneworld. This eventuality became glaringly obvious when representatives from TAM were not on hand for the Star Alliance announcement of South American airliens AviancaTaca and Copa joining Star. It’s now official, as Wandering Aramean reports. There will be a six month wrapup for TAM’s exit from Star. While LAN and TAM are integrating, it’s not yet officially announced that TAM will actually join oneworld, however.
Meanwhile, award space on Avianca, TACA, and Copa is now bookable online on the United, Aeroplan, and All Nippon websites.