Update 6: BMI is informing people that they won’t be honoring the Silver status. You can try to match your status to an airline like Delta while you are still Silver!
Update 5: DEAD!
Update 4: Commenter “bored” gives us a new signup link for Silver status!
Update 3: DEAD!
Update 2: The original link has been killed, but I’ve updated the link below with a new link that still works for now. Grab it quickly if you want to get Star Alliance Silver!
Update: Continental and United are now only giving Star Alliance Silver members 1 free bag for tickets bought on or after 03/10/11. If you bought your ticket before then you will still get 2 free bags. If you bought your ticket after that date you may only get 1 free bag or you may still get lucky and get 2 free bags. You’ll be able to tell how many free bags you have with Continental when you checkin online 24 hours before your flight and use your BMI mileage number. If you’re traveling soon let us know how many free bags you get!
Air Canada and USAirways still officially give 2 free bags to Star Alliance Silver members.
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You will get Star Alliance Silver status immediately upon opening your account and verifying your email address. You will have to open a new mileage account to get the status. I posted a similar BMI offer last April and people that took advantage of it are still getting free bags for themselves and their travel companions!
Star Alliance Silver is extremely valuable for anyone who doesn’t yet have elite status on a Star Alliance carrier. As you can see from dansdeals.com/baggage, Star Alliance Silver members get 2 free 50 pound checked bags for themselves and all traveling companions in their reservation when flying Star Alliance airlines such as Continental, United, USAirways, and Air Canada. You’ll also get other benefits like priority standby (very useful during bad weather when there are lots of canceled flights!) and elite security lines which take some of the hassle out of traveling.
You do not have to accumulate the flight miles on BMI in order the reap the benefits of Star Alliance Silver. On United for example you can provide one mileage number for mileage accrual and another for Star Alliance benefits. When flying Continental you can provide your BMI number when you make your reservation, when you check-in online, or at the airport to get the Star Alliance Silver benefits. After checking in your luggage you can change your mileage number at the kiosk or just ask any agent to change your mileage number to the airline on which you want to accrue miles. Just remember to do it before you board the flight! That way you can accumulate miles on any Star Alliance carrier. Accumulate on Continental for their all-around great mileage program, on ANA for their well-priced awards, on Air Canada for their amazing mini-round-the-world awards, or even on Aegean if you want easy access to top-tier Star Alliance Gold status (with 3 bags of 70 pounds each for you and each travel companion on many airlines and free access to nearly 1,000 lounges worldwide) when you accumulate just 19,000 elite miles!
“Silver status will be awarded for 12 months, during which time members will need to earn a further 16,000 membership status miles to maintain Silver status ”
BMI Silvers also get to use the BMI lounge in London Heathrow when flying BMI.
You should also be able to get airlines like AA (OneWorld Alliance), Delta (SkyTeam Alliance), and Alaska to match your BMI Silver status, giving you free checked baggage for you and your travel companions on every major US carrier. But bear in mind that status-matching is generally just once in a lifetime and that airlines from the same alliance generally won’t status match each other’s elite members.