Well the 20:00BST deadline has passed. In four hours time, the reciprocal agreements between BMI and Star Alliance come to an end.
So what’s left to redeem those Diamond Club miles on?
- BMI Metal flights
- BMI Baby (itself being wound down)
- Jet Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
Not the biggest list in the world as you can all agree.
Also from tomorrow, the BMI Great British Lounge gets yet another re-branding. This lounge (originally called the BMI Number 1 Lounge, then the Great British Lounge) will become the British Airways International Lounge – with deep access restrictions to BMI Diamond Club Gold and Silver on a BMI flight, and British Airways Gold and Silvers. Whilst there is no news on The London Room (The BMI Domestic and Ireland lounge), you can safely assume these new rules will match.
An important thing to note is that there will NO access for other OneWorld Elites or Star Alliance Members. Whilst British Midland International is owned by British Airways, it is NOT a OneWorld affiliate or member.
So if you’re travelling on a OneWorld card, you’re stuffed. Star Alliance Golds can head off to the darkness that is the Star Alliance Lounge over in the other side of LHR T1. Star Alliance Silvers are also free to enjoy the
calm and peace pain of LHR T1’s public areas.
Or pay up for Priority Pass membership.