31,000 Avios with BA American Express Credit Card

British AirwaysUpdate: BA have changed this offer and the bonus is now 19,000 Avios.

Amex and BA have significantly increased the bonus Avios you receive for being referred for the British Airways Premium Plus Credit Card. This offer used to provide 19,000 Avios, but was recently reduced to 7,000 Avios.

However, Amex has today increased the bonus to a whopping 31,000 Avios!

To apply for the card, simply follow this link or visit this page for more details.

BA Announce Sale of BMI Regional

BMI Logo British Airways have sold BMI Regional to a Scottish consortium, Sector Aviation Holdings, previously referred to as Granite Aviation for a fee of £8M

BA will be happy with this not-insignificant price, but not as happy as the 330 staff that are expected to have their jobs saved as part of the deal.

Full story here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/10/british-airways-sells-bmi-regional

BMIBaby to be Grounded

BMI Baby

TravelMole is reporting that BMIBaby will be grounded from September, with some flights stopping next month, unless BA can find a buyer soon.

Bmibaby will be grounded from September, with some routes being stopped as early as next month, new owner IAG announced this afternoon.

The move by British Airways’ parent will affect almost 500 staff.

IAG said it was still willing to sell the East Midlands-based budget airline, but it said recently it didn’t expect to find a buyer for the carrier which is losing £25m a year.

IAG acquired bmibaby along with bmi from Lufthansa, but while bmi is being integrated into BA’s mainstream operations, BA has no desire to run the budget airline.

Full report here:

http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2001355

Integration of BMI with BA Continues

British AirwaysBritish Airways is hard at work integrating BMI into its operations. It has posted the following notices to its agents, detailing how BMI flights will be integrated:

Following the completion of the purchase of bmi on 20th April, British Airways is planning to integrate bmi into its operations.

The integration is likely to be a phased process, beginning on 23rd May. On this date, a number of bmi routes will transition to British Airways inventory control, using BA prime flight numbers.

Full details will be made available in due course.

The airlines will begin the process of moving bmi bookings into British Airways’ systems. This process will begin on 10th May when these changes will be actioned in both British Airways’ and bmi’s respective inventory systems.

In line with normal re-accommodation process, agents will receive a cancellation message from bmi, via the GDS, relating to the original bmi flight. The bmi flight code and number will change to a BA code and number. The flight will operate to the same schedule.

Trade partners with such bookings will be responsible for advising their customers of the changes and the corresponding re-issue of tickets.

British Airways requires that the e-ticket coupon and corresponding flight reservation match, which means that tickets will need to be reissued on an involuntary reroute basis. Specific ticket re-issue instructions will follow.

All tickets must be re-issued before a customer can travel. Failure to re-issue a ticket may result in customers not being able to travel.

The process of integrating two airlines the size of British Airways and bmi brings with it significant complexities. We are working hard to minimise the impact on agents and to keep agents up to date with our progress.

We ask for your patience and understanding during this period of transition and your support in helping customers so their travel plans are not impacted.

British Airways plans to operate bmi’s summer schedule and is not making any changes to the flight schedule as part of the re-accommodation process.

Further information will be made available closer to 10th May.

The original notice is here:

http://www.speedbirdclub.com/nl/all-news/news/twelve/maytwelve/bmiintegration/

BMI to BA Status Match Now Available

BMI LogoBMI Diamond Club Silver and Gold card holders can now activate their status match with British Airways, and will receive the same level. The form you need to fill in is here:

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/webforms/public/en_uk?eId=120001&wfpId=loyalty_card

However, don’t rush into doing this unless your BMI card is expiring this week or you have some British Airways flights in the next few weeks. It is recommended that you at least wait until after May 8th (all British Airways years start on the 8th of the month) which will give you an additional month of status with BA.

Additionally, if you are already a BA executive club member Silver or Gold member and do a status match, BA will reset your Executive Club year to the “current” month and will also remove any existing tier points you have, but then gives you 12 months at Silver or Gold from the date of the status match.

So, in general, you should take the following into account before deciding when you apply your status match:

  • Your BMI year end/status expiry date (this is not the date on yout BMI card)
  • If you already have status with BA,  your current BA status expiry date
  • Your BA travel plans for the next few months

Those that are new to BAEC and who want to quickly increase their Avios balance might want to check out the Amex Platinum Charge Card.