Well the tool is live… so it’s time to convert those BMI Diamond Club Destination Miles to British Airways Avios (unless there’s a reason you want Diamond Club miles – eg redemption space on Jet, Qatar, Virgin Atlantic or Transaero).

An update before you begin from BMI – Ensure the following is up to date:

  • Contact details
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of birth

in both your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts. Also note that into Household Account balances are not possible.

How to do it:

1) Go to www.britishairways.com and log into your Executive Account Page

2) Go to Manage My Account

3) On the next page click Combine My Avios

4) You’ll be presented with a screen. Read the T&C’s, and hit Combine my Avios

5) There will be a short load period, and then you’ll be asked what you wish to combine. Select bmi Diamond Club:

6) Next you need to log into your Diamond Club account FROM THIS PAGE to extract the Avios. Fill the form in and press LOG IN AND CONTINUE

7) We’re now getting to the serious bit. If the tool recognises your BMI details, you’ll get your BMI Balance on the right. Now, here’s the biggie. THIS IS A ONE WAY TRANSFER, and you will not be able to move your miles back to BMI.

Providing your happy with this, enter the amount of miles you wish to convert into Avios, and press “Review Combine my Avios”

 

8) We’re almost at the point of no return now. Read everything on the screen and ensure you’re happy with the amounts. If you’re not happy in any way, hit “Go back a step”.  If you are happy, and agree to the T&C’s, click the check box and hit “Combine my Avios”

9) And now. Wait. It takes a minute or so to complete.

10)  And if all goes correctly, you’ll get this screen:

That’s it! Your Diamond Club Miles have been moved successfully. To check it, ignore the big screens and head to your statement. (Click Manage My Account, then My Statement)

11) You should get something like this:

Give it 30 minutes (or log off and log back in again), and the big balances on the right hand side should have updated successfully. You’ll also get two emails – one from your Diamond Club Account and one from your British Airways Executive Club Account.


And that’s all there is to it. Again, make sure you’re happy to remove your BMI Diamond Club Destination Miles as it is a one way process from Diamond Club to Executive Account.

If you’ve got problems transferring, head to The BMI Diamond Club FlyerTalk Thread – http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/bmi-diamond-club/1362406-diamond-club-baec-avios-transfer-tool-report-successes-issues.html where a lot of questions have been already answered.

Happy converting!

Posted by Kevin M GhettoIFE | 37 Comments

37 Responses to “A Guide to migrating your bmi Diamond Club Miles to British Airways Avios….”

  1. [...] A Guide to migrating your bmi Diamond Club Miles to British Airways Avios…. [...]

  2. Awesome! Thanks for putting together such a great tutorial. I can’t wait to transfer all my free BMI miles I’ve gotten over the years to Avios.

  3. [...] GhettoIFE walks you through the transfer process, step-by-step. [...]

  4. Mike says:

    Why am i not seeing the link? Its missing. I know where im supposed to look.

  5. Kevincm says:

    I’ve had a quick look, and it seems to be there. You need to log into your BA Exec Account, and then follow the steps.

    It dissapeared earlier today, but has been visible for most of the day today…

  6. Stephan says:

    Worked great from my individual BMI DC account (and my wife’s) to our BA Avios household account.
    thanks!

  7. Paul says:

    I tried, the system took ages, then bmi diamond club was missing as an option. I have tried again (several times) now it is just saying “combine my avios is not available at the moment. Please try again later”. They are obviously experiencing high demand.

    • Kevincm says:

      As most people were expecting this to be available today, I’m not surprised there’s a rush and the servers are under pressure… and BMI dissapering.

      If you’re in Household accounts, read Lucky’s post. It might have more answers…

  8. JD says:

    Also found BMI not to be an option.

  9. Paul says:

    Finally managed after several attempts! It is very quick once the system is working.

  10. alan o'm says:

    I keep getting this message and I cannot transer my points. Help!”Combine my Avios is already open. This session and any related sessions have now been cancelled. Please try again later”.

    • Kevincm says:

      From the looks of it, an odd cookie is at work. Flush out the cookies for britishairways.com and try again. Or else, try a different browser. Keep only ONE session of britishairways.com open though.

  11. Mike says:

    not seeing the option in my account either.

  12. Kevin says:

    Every time I try to combine accounts, I get a message that says my session has timed out and I have to re-login. I really hate BA.

  13. Pramod says:

    Not seeing Combine Avios option in my BA account..Cleared cookies and tried already…anyone else have this issue?

  14. Rachel1 says:

    Same issue, Pramod — I go through the steps and “Combine My Avios” isn’t an option for me either :-/ I wish this would work!! Thanks for the tutorial, anyway, Ghetto IFE.

  15. [...] destination miles that were basically worthless to me.  Several blogs have noted step-by-step instructions on how to combine your miles, so check them out if you need some assistance.  Miles will transfer [...]

  16. Oliver says:

    Did anyone work out how to overcome the missing “Combine My Avios” link problem?

  17. Brian says:

    Worked 1st time and put Avios into a BA Household a/c.

    Excellent tutorial; perhaps the clearest I have seen.

  18. [...] you need help combining your BMI miles & BA Avios, here are some great step-by-step instructions, and if you’re new to both programs, here are a few pieces of inspiration on how to spend [...]

  19. Ari says:

    As Stated by others i also am Not seeing Combine Avios option in my BA account..Cleared cookies and tried already several browsers.

    any ideas why?

  20. mark says:

    Dead …..

  21. Glenn says:

    I had trouble getting the “Combine my Avios” link to appear for my wife’s account, after being successful with my own. Went to a different computer and that finally seemed to do it. I clicked on the link and that DIDN’T work, just took me to my “Welcome to the Executive Club” page. But Clicking on “Manage my account” produced a “Combine my Avios” link over on the RIGHT (not left), under “Your options”. That worked. What a pain…

  22. I don’t have the “combine avios” link either. could it be because I’m only a Blue on British Airways and you are a gold member?

    • Kevincm says:

      I had a friends who is BA Blue and Diamond Club Blue who managed to combine her Avios without a problem….

  23. you can get to the transfer tool via the Frequently Asked questions portion of the BA website.

    http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bmi-faq/public/en_gb?cookiesAccepted=existpop

  24. that’s not working for me either. once I get to the transfer tool, it hangs. I’ll check from another computer.

  25. [...] 1000 Free British Airways Avios: You can still sign up for a BMI Diamond Club Program and receive 1,000 British Airways Avios via coupon code “1JA1KD”. Here’s how: upon joining you, will receive 1,000 BMI miles. You can then combine the BMI account to your BA account to transfer the points over to British Airways Avios. With this offer, you can get up to 7,000 British Airways Avios if you create a Household Account and combine everyone’s BA points into one account. Details about how to transfer the BMI miles to BA Avios can be found in this great step-by-step post. [...]

  26. James Neidorf says:

    Is it possible that BA has fixed the problem of getting BMI points into BA Household Accounts? I know this has been a problem and I’ve been dreading the process of cancelling Household, putting BMI points into wife and my accounts and then setting up Household again. However, I note that Brian (comment 20 on August 11) seems to have solved the problem. What have you heard on this issue? Thanks.

  27. Seymour says:

    Re: No Combine My Avios Link. When I first signed on to my BA account I couldn’t find a Combine My Avios link either. After much exploring and experimentation, I discovered that I needed to complete the Advance Passenger Information section of my profile. I think they need your birthdate to confirm you’re over 18. Once I did that, the link appeared and I was able to complete transfers in both my and my wife’s accounts. Bottom line: make sure you have completed the Advance Passenger Information section of your profile.

  28. [...] BMI Diamond Club party is slowly coming to an end – time to transfer those Destination Miles in Avios when the options start to dry [...]

  29. AlanB says:

    Seymour is correct, to find the “Combine my avios” link you need to complete the “Advance Passenger Information” section on the BA website. They need your Date of Birth.

  30. Deckard says:

    Thank you Seymour, your advice finally solved the problem!

  31. [...] Transfer BMI miles to Avios before 12/31/12: If you still have miles floating in your BMI account, be sure to transfer them to your British Airways account by year’s end. Details about how to transfer the BMI miles to BA Avios can be found in this great step-by-step post. [...]

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