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1000 Avios, Flying Club or Miles & More miles with new Heathrow Rewards promo

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus via partner Virgin Atlantic.

These sign-up bonuses come and go.  But this one is the most generous we have seen for a while, and the best since Heathrow Rewards replaced BAA WorldPoints.

(It could be better, though.  This deal requires a £25 spend, whereas the last 1,000 mile bonus required just £10!)

Heathrow Rewards

The way that Heathrow Rewards works is that you earn 1 point for every £1 spent in Heathrow (1 per £10 on foreign exchange) or on the Heathrow Express (online bookings only).

You can redeem your points for Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles, Miles & More miles, Heathrow shopping vouchers and some other odd bits and pieces, usually at 1 point = 1 mile.  Full details are here.

In conjunction with Virgin Atlantic, new members who join Heathrow Rewards via this link will earn 1,000 bonus points when they spend £25 in one day at Heathrow before 30th September. 

(The link does not specifically mention the 1,000 points promo but you see that a special Heathrow Rewards promotional code is automatically inserted.)

For the purposes of this promo only, bureau de change transactions are not qualifying purchases – although you still earn points when you exchange money at Heathrow.

You may well already have a Heathrow Rewards account.  If so, you have three options:

open an account for someone else who shares a BA or Avios household account with you, then transfer the Avios to that account

Heathrow Rewards now lets you transfer points between different people – this is a new feature as part of the relaunch.  You could get a card in a random name, spend £25, and then ring Heathrow Rewards to transfer the points to yourself.

if you have only previously converted to one airline programme, you could open another account in your name (different email, different postal address) and then send the points over to Virgin or Miles & More if you usually send them to Avios (or vice versa)

As an extra carrot, everyone who joins via this promotion will go into a draw to win £500 of Heathrow Rewards vouchers. 

(I wonder if they mean 50,000 Heathrow Rewards points or if they automatically convert them to HR shopping vouchers for you?!)

If your card does not arrive before your next Heathrow trip, don’t worry. Save your receipts and scan or post them to Heathrow Rewards.  Reports are that there usual ‘lightening fast’ response to queries is no more, but you should still get your points in the end.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (20)

  • mc says:

    I signed up using this link and got 100 not 1,000 Avios. This is btw what the link says. Where did it say that it’s supposed to give 1,000 points?

    • Rob says:

      You get 100 for signing up – everyone gets that.

      You get another 1,000 when you spend £25 in one day before 30th September.

      • mc says:

        Yup, I spent £25 in one day and didn’t get the 1,000 points. In the past (and I’ve done a fair amount of those 🙂 ) they used to be processed/credited at the same time, which makes me think I won’t get the other bonus this time.

  • sarah gorman says:

    I signed up for this – had also done the 500 point bonus and it was credited no problem. My new card arrived today and letter had two extra vouchers; 50 extra points if I spend at Giraffe, Bridge bar or V and a £5 voucher to spend on WDF, World of Whiskies, The Perfume Gallery, Cocoon nad Beauty Studio – great thing is no minimum spend!

  • palcsaky says:

    Does the £25 need to be spent in one transaction?

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