Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
I certainly miss bmi (British Midland International), a former British airline and Star Alliance member that was acquired by British Airways in 2012. Not that I flew it much…
The airline’s real value was in its Diamond Club loyalty program, which offered tremendous values on redemptions around the world and helped to influence some of the sweet spots in BA’s current Executive Club pricing scheme. I held Gold status with bmi for several years, but did not renew it when it became clear the program would no longer exist in 2012.
That’s a shame because every year I received upgrade coupons I could not use. Finally, in 2012, I had my first chance to fly bmi: from London to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via Baku, Azerbaijan. Sadly, by then my upgrade coupons from the previous year had just expired and I spent the flight economy class even though business class was virtually empty. At least the economy class seats were fairly comfortable.
We departed London in the late morning and lunch was served after takeoff. It included chicken with potatoes and chickpea salad. I’d describe as the quintessential mass-produced 1950’s frozen dinner.
The flight landed in Baku before continuing to Bishkek. After we took off again, a second meal was served, this time vegetarian pasta with cake.
Neither meal was healthy or tasty…sadly this flight is how I will forever remember bmi catering.
Writing about this brings back so many memories about bmi redemptions over the years. Boy do I miss this program. The food…not so much.