A Last Star Alliance Fling? To Chicago – Part II – To London

A Last Star Alliance Fling? To Chicago with United Airlines and Air Canada LHR-IAD-ORD, ORD-YYZ-LHR To London and Lounges Index: An Apology and The Introduction To London Heathrow, BMI Lounge, Star Alliance Lounge (this entry) United UA923 London Heathrow – Washington Dulles International TSA Shenanigans, United UA221 Washington Dulles to Chicago … [Read more...]

Little reminder: Time to get those Diamond Club Miles converted…

If you haven't have done already, and you're outside the United Kingdom, it is coming to the last gasps of BMI Diamond Club, and you should be getting your Diamond Club Miles converted to Avois by 31st December. It is easy enough to do, takes 5 minutes tops.  I've published a little guide how to transfer your Diamond Club miles to Avois. Just ensure that all your details … [Read more...]

A letter from Diamond Club

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I hate the post some days. Be it bills or letters about the lack of stability in my real world job (oh yes, than you Andrew Lansley MP for South Cambridgeshire, Ex Secretary of State for Health and  for adding a layer of uncertainty to my post so I might not make it past 1st April 2013 in my current job). Sometimes it brings joy in the form of membership kits, but otherwise, … [Read more...]

The last day: British Midland International

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For those of us who watch the skies, the sight of the White and Blue whale will soon disappear from the sky on bigger birds as British Midland Internationals Operating Certificate expires today. BMI Airbus A320 at London Heathrow A short potted history: The Early Years bmi began life in 1938 as Air Schools Ltd, specialising in RAF pilot training In 1949, the … [Read more...]

Approaching the end: BMI Diamond Club *UPDATED*

With latest email from BMI, it seems anything useful with BMI Diamond Club is coming to the end. During the past few months, we have been in contact with you regarding a number of changes that have been made to the Diamond Club, following the sale of bmi to IAG, the owner of British Airways. Following a detailed review of the Diamond Club, we would like to announce a series … [Read more...]

BMI and Qatar earning/burning deal to end on October 28th

For those of you still with Diamond Club, another redemption partner will be closing its door soon. Qatar Airways has posted that is withdrawing earn and burn on BMI from 28th Octotber (the date where all BMI aircraft should be operating on BA certificates) According to Qatar Airways: This is to inform you that effective 28th October 2012, British Midland Airlines will … [Read more...]

IAG turns in a loss

International Airlines Group (BA/Iberia/BMI) is having a bad time of it - loosing €390m  ($476m; £306m) loss for the six months to the end of June. This is especially bad as the group turned in a €39 million pre-tax profit in the same period in 2011. Revenue increased in the period by10% to €8.5bn vs €7.8bn in the same timeframe. Whilst revenue has been up, costs has also … [Read more...]