On Friday, the European Commission gave approval for IAG, British Airways’ parent company, to purchase BMI (British Midland Internation) from the Lufthansa Group. While BMI is expected to fly its existing routes through this summer, it has been reported that integration will happen relatively quickly and BA has already stated that it intends to integrate the BMI flights into the BA brand.
The one thing that has not been clarified yet is what is going to happen to the Diamond Club, the BMI Frequent Flyer program, but there is a very good chance that the scheme will be merged into the BA Executive Club.
So, for those willing to take a little bit of a gamble, this gives us an opportunity. Similar to the BA branded Amex Credit Card, BMI has its own credit cards and you can get bonus miles for applying and being accepted. You get 20,000 BMI miles for taking out the free card, or 24,000 miles for taking out the one with the £85 annual fee.
If you’ve got an OK credit rating, and are not concerned about another search on your record, it really is a bit of a no-brainer to apply for the free card, and there’s a very good chance that the BMI miles will be converted into Avios, hopefully on a 1-to-1 basis.
You can see more information on the cards, and apply for one, here:
If you’re looking for other ways to increase your mile balance, also check out this post.