Exclusive: Get 100% bonus using Heathrow Rewards for shopping vouchers

If you have a stack of Heathrow Rewards points sitting around, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to unload them.

(Heathrow Rewards is the loyalty scheme covering the shops, restaurants, money exchange and parking facilities at Heathrow Airport.  You earn 1 point for every £1 you spend, or 2 points per £1 once you’ve spent over £500 in a year and been upgraded to the premium tier.  Points can be redeemed for Heathrow shopping vouchers, parking vouchers or miles with a variety of airlines including British Airways, Miles & More, Emirates, Etihad and Virgin.)

Starting today, and running until next Monday 29th May, you will receive a 100% bonus when you transfer your Heathrow Rewards points into Heathrow shopping vouchers.

Heathrow Rewards

Every 250 points you transfer will get you a £5 Heathrow voucher.  This can be spent on virtually anything in the airport, except foreign currency.

This is a very strong deal.  It makes little sense to redeem your points for airline miles at 1 mile per point when you could get 2p of shopping vouchers instead.

Heathrow Rewards has been running a series of 100% bonuses on transfers of points into airline miles.  These may or may not come back in the future.  However, even if you hold off in the anticipation of a 100% bonus at some point, you would still be ‘paying’ 1p per mile compared to cashing in now – and that assumes that airline transfer bonuses will come back.

If you’ve got a stash of Heathrow Rewards points, and as long as you are passing through Heathrow on a regular basis, you should have a serious think about redeeming this week.

The offer will be live at some point during today.  If it isn’t showing when you log in, I recommend waiting for a couple of hours and trying again.

PS.  There is an interesting arbitrage here for unloading any spare Emirates Skywards miles you may have.  As I wrote here, you can transfer Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards points at a ratio of  3:1.

The transfer is instant.  You can only move in chunks of 6,000 miles (2,000 points).  The points are ring fenced so they cannot be used for airline mile redemptions, only for Heathrow shopping vouchers.  Assuming that the transfer bonus also applies here, and I have been told it will, you would be getting 0.66p of Heathrow shopping voucher for every 1 Emirates Skywards mile you transfer.  This is very good value for a non-flight redemption.

PPS.  If you are heading to Heathrow in the next 1-2 days, you could use this offer to get a very generous rebate on a purchase.  Via this offer, new Heathrow Rewards members get 3,000 bonus points when spending £150.  This means that someone opening a new account and spending exactly £150 would receive 3,150 points plus another 100 points joining bonus.  As long as you redeem by next Monday, your 3,250 points would get you £65 of Heathrow vouchers – an excellent return on £150 of spending.

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Comments

  1. Stephen C says:

    Connecting through today having transferred 96k Skywards miles back in December (then flew Qantas on Emirates metal to retain BA Gold). Not sure I can change terminals, print 192 £5 vouchers in the lounge, spend them, get something to eat and get on my flight to Belfast in two hours, but I’m willing to give it a try!

    • Stephen C says:

      Duh, just realised they arrive in the post. Guess I need to book another flight to Heathrow soon

  2. Excellent deal – received email from HR about it today too. Have passed on to my folks (we emptied their soon-to-expire Emirates miles into HR a couple of years ago) – looks like a good way to cash out. Sadly it means the VS miles I got under the promo a month or so ago weren’t quite as good a deal as I hoped 😛

    • Genghis says:

      And the 50% avios bonus I got actually cost me 1,33p (vs the 0.66p I thought) but it’s all notional.

      • Hehe yeah – after making my UC redemption I felt best to replenish my VS miles a bit and I rarely buy anything in LHR anyway. Will be a good deal for my folks though – great cash discount on their EK fare to NZ a few years ago!

        • Genghis says:

          @Alan @Triprep. Booked our Scotland trip for first full weekend of Oct. We’ll be in Glasgow on the Fri and Sat night and Edinburgh on the Sun night. More of an FYI at the moment as I’m not sure Mrs G will want to talk points, although she enjoyed talking to @Ro in the CCR last month.

        • cool – Sun night in Edin could def work for me, just depends if end up being away that weekend or not (all depending on a dreadful combo of Avios + my friend’s work availability!!)

        • Ah glad to hear we didn’t bore her senseless Genghis!

  3. Rob, you previously mentioned that other airlines were due to join the Heathrow reward programme. any update as to which Airlines may be joining.

    Thanks.

    • No, no news yet.

      • Cheers. Was hoping AA or Alaska would be joining.

        • Alaska would be amazing

        • My money would be Flying Blue or Qatar but that is wild speculation. I know that Qatar wants to do more to promote QMiles here but is clearly stifled by the fact that most people in the UK credit Qatar flights to Avios.

  4. Gin and Tonic Please says:

    OT – Now TV boxes are back in stock. 🙂

  5. Alex W says:

    Not sure there is anything I need to buy at Heathrow at the moment! I think I’ll wait for the next 50% bonus on VS miles.

  6. nicholas danks says:

    Brilliant thanks for the headsup… 37000 points duly exchanged for vouchers 😀

  7. Does buying HEX tickets work for this offer?

    • nicholas danks says:

      Voucher can be used for, or towards, the purchase of goods and services at any of the participating outlets at Heathrow. Voucher is not transferable nor exchangeable for cash and cannot be used for purchases made for less than the full value of the voucher presented. Only the original voucher is valid. Photocopied, damaged or defaced vouchers will not be accepted. Passengers may still be liable to various taxes which will vary depending on the ultimate destination. Voucher is valid for one year (12 months) from the date of issue. Expired vouchers cannot be replaced or reissued.

      Voucher is not valid in the following outlets: Bureaux de change, vending and gaming machines, Staff Eurest restaurants and the BA Highlife staff shop. This voucher is not valid for transactions for medicines, prescription items, infant formula, gift vouchers, postage stamps and tobacco products or for Heathrow Express train tickets.

      • I was thinking whether this counts towards qualifying spend in order to receive 3,000 bonus points as a new Heathrow Rewards member. Cheers

  8. Hello

    Hope you don’t mind my asking a couple of questions here. I have approx 600k Skywards which I’m considered burning with this Heathrow Rewards promotion. I won’t have opportunity to use them for flights in the near future and figure that £4000ish of Heathrow Rewards vouchers is probably more valuable than other non-flight redemptions such as hotels. So, first question, would you agree this is a reasonable use of the skywards?

    Secondly, I don’t have any flights from Heathrow coming up until December (and then it is long haul to Oz so I don’t fancy carrying £4000 of goods all that way and back again). Is it possible to go shopping at Heathrow without flying anywhere? I’d envisaged booking the cheapest possible internal flight in order to get a boarding pass, going on a shopping spree, advising the airline that I would not be traveling, that leaving through arrivals with the goods. Would this be possible?

    Apologies for any naivety that these questions display!

    • You can do that – as long as you have a boarding pass for an EU destination (and so you have actually paid VAT on whatever you buy) you can ask to leave the terminal without flying.

      I have actually done this a couple of times, once because my flight was cancelled and the other time at Terminal 2 after it opened in order to review some of the lounges.

      Remember that there are lots of smokers in transit at Heathrow and they all have to be walked out of the terminal, landside, on a regular basis. You won’t be on your own. You may have to wait – I think T5 does one ‘walk out’ an hour from the info desk in the middle of the lower level – but that is the only issue.

      PS. Obviously this works best if you want, say, a designer watch because you can ask the shop to order it in for you. Turning up with £4k of vouchers and no plan of what you buy could be tricky.

      • thanks Rob.

        Just completed an order for £4290 of vouchers. I wonder if that will raise an eyebrow somewhere!

  9. Gurdeep says:

    That was an excellent article and I have just ordered my points. £245 should be worth double, enough for a new iPad I’ll be needing soon with some change.
    Thank you very much for the heads up.

  10. Just did £150 shopping at duty free, at check out, they applied £10 discount plus a free Elizabeth Arden cream. No idea what is the offer for, but had to buy something extra to take me to the £150 limit to trigger bonus.

  11. I have 42200, worth 420 pounds, but when i try to convert, the maximum its allowing is 100 vouchers, which will amount to 500 pounds.

    Is there a limit on conversion?

    • Have you tried doing a repeat conversion after the first one? They may have just limited their system to batches of 100…

    • Per transaction, but not overall.

  12. Just cashed out 3250 points for 13 vouchers, 3000 of them bonus joining points thanks to HFP link
    Thanks guys

  13. WorldTraveller says:

    Heads up, they send the vouchers by mail instead of instant confirmation via email! Here is the message I received, so plan accordingly…

    “Please allow up to 10 working days for voucher delivery in the mail. Vouchers are delivered to the address registered to your Heathrow Rewards card – please check this address is correct and up-to-date before proceeding.”

    • The shopping vouchers have always come by post, though? Not sure where email delivery was mentioned?

  14. Anybody got their vouchers yet? Flying out on Saturday so hoping they come in the next few days!

    • Not got mine and ordered on first day.

      • Still waiting for mine too and ordered on first day like Rob.
        They do say to allow 10 working days for delivery – although I have a feeling they may have underestimated demand which has come from this coverage on HFP. Will they have enough vouchers…?