BMI Changes

Discussion in 'Airline Frequent Flyer Programs' started by neil_gardner, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. neil_gardner

    neil_gardner Intern

    Nov 26, 2004
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    Received a letter in the post the other day. Summary of changes are

    1) Any status miles earned in one year over and above 55,000 are autoamtically converted to additional destination miles for redemption (effectively 2 for 1 earn rate)

    2) Monthly bonus for BMI flights moved to 35% of monthly earn. *A remains at 25%.

    3) Silver Card for partner at 16000 destination miles if you achieve 55000 status miles in a year.

    4) Lifetime gold if 10 consecutive gold years.

    5) Auto-upgrade on both paid flights and award flights (BMI flights only). This may have already been there but I am not sure.

    It looks like they are trying to create a pseudo-platinum level within the limitations of the *A 3 tier system. That's a good move as I am sure there are plenty of folks out there like me that do one trip a year in paid J which earns them the 38,000 to retain gold. I may nowthink about flying more SQ over QF.....it depends on how close I am to QP.

    For me, 1) is the most valuable ; 2 is worth less as I never fly on BMI - am currently living in Melbourne. SQ and UA allow me to retain gold.
    3) is redundant as my wife is already BMI Silver - thanks to her annual trip home to UK with SQ.
    4) Could be very useful - not sure how it copares to Lifetime Gold wtih Qantas
    5) Like 2), as I never fly BMI isn't much good - but I am sure very valuable for others.
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  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Does 1 apply to status miles earned only on bmi or any status miles?

    If any status miles, then for someone flying eg 110,000 miles on *A in business the earning rate effectively becomes 3.25 and for first 4.75!

    Now to get a UK address :lol:
     
  3. neil_gardner

    neil_gardner Intern

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    It doesn't actually mention any limitation, whereas it does for other changes...therefore I have assumed that it doesn't exist.

    However have noticed that SQ J & D now only earns at 1.5 times, not 2. Singapore F earns at x2.

    Thai is still x2 for J%D and 3x for F
     
  4. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    No change to cash & miles I presume?

    Wow this change is big. Luckily I have a bit of time before my next big trip to think it over but on the surface it is very good news for my travel patterns. Shame it wasnt announced 6 weeks ago (already have 200k status miles on *A this year).
     
  5. neil_gardner

    neil_gardner Intern

    Nov 26, 2004
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    It says the changes are valid from Feb 2006, so I guess it applies to new bookings. I have 86000 status miles so assume any future trips will earn at 2.25 times and then more depending on class flown.

    No changes to cash and miles as far as I can see (definitely non on the Zone 9 -> Zone 1 or intra zone 9) - Althoguh the typo is still on the earn table as follows

    Zone 9 - Zone 9 = 30000 miles or 40000 + GBP100 !! Assume it should say 15000 not 40000
     
  6. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Thanks for posting this neil_gardner 8)


    For me (1) is very valuable. I now need to rethink my whole *A strategy :lol:

    (2) is worthless - very little bmi flying, and that only UK domestic
    (3) is worthless - I already have 2 partner status cards of higher value, although could be worthwhile for some when in europe (bmi silver gets BD & LH lounge access)
    (4) very valuable - as long as *G benefits include extra baggage and lounge access, looks to me to be easier than QF lifetime gold (especially if flying premium classes)
    (5) already exists I think - no value to me
     
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    This news has me flummoxed. Given bmi's continual "enhancement" of product I had expected the Diamond Club to go the same way. A pleasant surprise to be wrong.
     
  8. neil_gardner

    neil_gardner Intern

    Nov 26, 2004
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    Their long haul route expansion is also interesting. If they could fly to LAX rather than Vegas, that would be great as my family is all up north and a direct flight into MAN would be a blessing. :D

    Also, they are pushing into Middle East and India - but so far with a mix of coseshares. If they then went a bit further to compete with SQ into MAN (or if SQ wanted to stop the service) then that would help me out also - but deny a few in the know of the Zur-Man intra-europe opprtunity....
     
  9. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    I doubt SQ will stop MAN service. It will be switching to the new 777 a/c later this year (or early next) and I understand daily nonstop (currently 2 per week via ZRH).

    ZRH-MAN-ZRH is a nice PPS run in RTW tickets (too expensive as stand alone ticket).
     
  10. BlacKnox

    BlacKnox Active Member

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    Likewise, I appreciate the update neil_gardner.
     
  11. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    From the discussion on FT its not as good as mentioned here.

    The extra redeemable miles are capped at 25,000 per year.
     
  12. neil_gardner

    neil_gardner Intern

    Nov 26, 2004
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    Will check FT tonight...work blocks my access :x

    However, there is no mention of the cap in any of my literature :?
     
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