Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why I'll Gladly Grab Points on Obscure Frequent Flyer Programs

I signed us both up for BMI's Diamond Club a few months ago because they were offering 1000 miles for new members. What can you get with 1000 Diamond Club miles? Nothing. Was I ever expecting to get more miles on BMI? No. So why did I do it? Well, for one, they were free. For two, it had already been made public that BMI was being bought by BA, and it seemed reasonable to assume that Diamond Club miles would eventually be converted to BA Avios.

Sure enough, it is now possible to transfer miles between the two programs. So what can you get with 1000 BA Avios? Nothing. But what can you get with 4500 Avios? A one-way flight from NYC to Toronto (or any other destination serviced by AA within a 650 mile radius). So for nothing more than the time it took to register, we each got 1/9th of a roundtrip flight to Toronto!

BMI Diamond Club miles now transferable to BA Avios

Which obscure programs are offering free points/miles for signing up right now? Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any. But I'm sure there will be more promotions in the months ahead, and we've got a small handful of miles on Air Canada, Alaska Air, Frontier, Kingfisher, Jet Airways, LAN, and Virgin America just waiting to be put to good use :)

Anyone else have any rogue balances with obscure programs, or programs they never have any intention of using? What are you planning to do with them?

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