DC has to be re-tailored in the UK to compete with BA hence the current delay.aster wrote: This isn't BMI's decision but rather LH's. I wouldn't be surprised for BMI to maintain its FFP only in the UK and a handful of other countries, while switching everyone else to M&M. But it's still the only way to pool your family miles together on *A, unless you happen to be a resident of the Middle East:
http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/ ... 05951&l=en
Silver does give the benefits i listed and it is easier to obtain. Gold when flying in excess of 60,000 gives everything else and is easier to obtain but yes in OW terms instead of CX terms, you are correct.Incorrect as Cathay's Silver is rather devalued.ScoobyDoes wrote:Cathay gives Silver after 30,000 miles. This comes with priority check-in, priority baggage, priority boarding and lounge access.
Cathay Silver is NOT at all equal to BA Silver. Cathay Gold = BA Silver.
Status levels in OW from the highest to lowest are Emerald, followed by Saphire, then Ruby.
BA Gold is OW Emerald. BA Silver is OW Saphire.
Cathay Gold is OW Saphire, Cathay Silver is OW Ruby.
BA Silver gets you into lounges when flying on any OW flight.
Cathay Silver won't get you into any lounge unless you're flying Cathay.
Silver on BA requires 600-Tier Points equivalent to 10-return trips from Singapore to London in a year on discounted tickets and 4-flights must be on BA, Gold requires 25-return trips (your initial calculation was based on flexible tickets generating 60-points per sector). CX Gold requires 4.5-return flights and on any carrier, Diamond for 9-return flights (120,000miles).
Not a huge difference. I've been caught in disruptions a few times and in the end the airlines don't do much regardless of what card you have though, unsurprisingly, they do tend to look after 1st class passengers better. After that it is basically all the same.Both Silver and Gold on BA allow you to bring a guest into the lounge, except for the arrivals lounge. You also get access to First Class lounges with Gold status regardless of class of travel, and what's even better is that you can always access the BAEC lounge even when flying... a non-alliance carrier (cardholder only).
Plus you get access to seats that Silver members cannot book, and if anything goes wrong in terms of flight disruptions then you get treated better.
Pity OP doesn't originate from London then isn't it? There are often good deals on the non-home based airlines such as SQ from London or LH from Singapore, that's just the way of it. You did read the bit, though, where i said OW flies from Singapore to Frankfurt?SQ isn't the cheapest of airlines, though they usually have good deals for journeys originating from LHR. And it's good to have the option of non-stop travel to so many European destinations. Plus depending on where you need to go, LH might prove useful as you don't have to fly all the way to the UK to then piggy-back to continental Europe. I mean if you were flying to Warsaw or Prague you'd probably prefer to switch planes in FRA over LHR.
I say this as a KF member because 70% of my flights are regional and OW doesn't serve too well on that basis from Singapore. Of the rest, only half my remaining flights are on SQ because of cost. If OP wants to stick to *A then i think KF would be a better bet whilst based in Singapore and using local credit cards etc.