More news in brief:
100 Heathrow Rewards points when you spend £70
Heathrow Rewards has launched a new promotion which will give you 100 bonus points when you spend £70 in one transaction before 5th September.
You don’t need to register for this offer.
It may or may not combine with the current ‘500% bonus points on Official Heathrow Parking’ offer – see here for my article on that.
If you are not a Heathrow Rewards member, read this article on how to get a VERY generous 2,500 bonus points for joining and spending £150 in one day. This would transfer into 2,500 Avios, Virgin or other airline miles.
New York JFK launching immigration kiosks in BA’s Terminal 7
Immigration queues at New York JFK may be about to get shorter with the launch of 14 Automated Passport Control machines in BA’s Terminal 7 next month.
The kiosks can be used by anyone travelling on a US or Canadian passport, the ESTA visa waiver programme, or a B1/B2 tourist visa.
You will no longer need to fill out a paper customs form. The kiosk will scan your passport, take a photograph and ask you various customs related questions similar to those found on the old paper document. A receipt is issued which must be presented, along with your passport, to an official to finalise your entry. More details on the kiosks can be found here.
I have never used one of these kiosks – there were not active in Newark when I landed last week – but anything which improves the situation at JFK is welcome. Having used Newark for my last three New York trips, I recommend that as a better way of avoiding long immigration lines – it is also a far quicker trip into Manhattan.
Last day to buy SPG Starpoints at 30% discount
Finally, a reminder that today is the last day to buy Starpoints for a 30% discount. As well topping up your Starwood Preferred Guest account for a hotel redemption, this can also be used as a way of buying cheap(ish) airline miles.
In particular, it is a way for Lufthansa Miles & More collectors to buy miles, given that Lufthansa does not sell miles directly. 20,000 SPG points would convert, with the 5,000 mile bonus for converting 20,000 points, into 25,000 miles.
You can combine this offer with the current British Airways ‘35% bonus on transferring your hotel points to Avios’ promotion. This lets you buy Avios points at 1.0p. If you can’t buy Iberia Plus Avios in the current sale for 1.0p due to your Iberia account being inactive, this is an alternative.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)