Apologies for the basic questions but members here seem to be tolerant of newbies. 1) BA have stated that they will not close Diamond Club. Why would they need to keep it running after May 31 anyway, when * Alliance miles can no longer be earned? Why not simply integrate DC into EC? 2) What is now the next 'best' *Alliance airline to work towards achieving *S and *G status? And the most generous for miles? Turkish and Aegean seem to be fairly generous. 3) A previous thread in this group hints at the fact that there is better value in crediting any new BA and BMI miles to DC rather than EC; is this correct? 4) As DC Gold, I will be tier matched to EC Gold, presumably until the end of my current DC points year. As I have no hope of getting EC Gold, am I better off crediting BMI flights to another *Alliance programme by May 31st? 5) Finally, adl73x mentions a 'soft landing' to BA Silver after a year of BA Gold in this thread http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/diamond-club-avios.33981/. Is this true, and automatic? From the tone of the announcements and FAQs, all information currently available seems to be very short-term. I guess we will know more when BA announces tier match info in May and the transfer tool in July.