Update-03/25: BMI has already downgraded people to Blue status. If you have been downgraded it’s now too late to call for a Silver card!
BMI sent out a mass email today telling people who signed up for the instant BMI Silver status that they would be downgraded to blue status. Thanks to the 253 of you who forwarded me that email 😉
It’s a shame but after the deal was posted here it was reposted all over the internet, so the sheer amount of people who signed up forced BMI to do something. Can’t have everyone being elite for free! You win some and you lose some. No harm, no foul, except for the waste of a couple minutes of your time. There’s no need to send me nasty emails or comments. I knew as much as you did about the deal and there was no information on the BMI link that said it was targeted to a specific group or people.
1. I posted a similar BMI Silver offer in April 2010. After that deal as well they emailed everyone that they would be downgrading them to blue status. Ultimately they decided to just leave everyone who did last year’s deal at the Silver level. My hunch is that this time they will actually downgrade people.
2. You can still call up BMI at +44 (0)1332 648768 and ask for your Silver membership card while you are still Silver. You should still be able to use that card for free luggage on partner airlines like Air Canada, Continental, United, and USAirways until the card’s expiration date. Just be sure to bring a copy of the Star Alliance Silver baggage policies from the website of the airline that you are flying to show at check-in if you don’t get the free baggage automatically.
3. You can request a status match from airlines like Delta. Just send them a screenshot of your Silver status and ask to be matched. From Delta you can match other airlines as well, such as AA, or do a challenge with Continental or United. Just remember that most status matches are officially just a once in a lifetime deal.