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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!)

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.

Heathrow Rewards

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 (January 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

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

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

(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)

  • Oliver says:

    Heathrow rewards hasn’t really grabbed me before but I have signed up now with this offer. I’ll be passing through heathrow and changing money there (pre-ordered of course) in late august so this is a good deal for me. My other half will probably buy expensive girly things there too.

    Thanks as always Raffles for your info

    • zark says:

      Yes, but raffles tells you that currency exchange is excluded. Shock, horror , you will need to spend £25 on your wifes’ behalf along with all she buys.

  • zark says:

    Not sure if your option ‘b’ would work as at checkout you are supposed to show the Heathrow card and boarding card which both have names on them which are supposed to match up. However, I suppose it would work if you do NOT show the card, save the receipts and then post to Heathrow Rewards.

    • thesaver79 says:

      They have never checked that the two names matched when I used the card.

    • Rob says:

      They don’t give a monkeys, despite the new rule. I always use my wifes card and don’t have any problems. It isn’t like Tesco, where Tesco runs the shop and the loyalty scheme – there is no incentive for a Heathrow retailer to give you any grief over the name on the card.

  • Andrew says:

    Do Heathrow express tickets count for this programme?

    • Volker says:

      “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).”

      A friend of mine signed up during a previous promotion period (at that time still BAA WorldPoints). As he wouldn’t travel through Heathrow before September, he bought a Heathrow Express ticket online which he intended to sell on eBay. He therefore chose a travel date at the end of the three-months validity period.

      Disappointment no.1: The points still hadn’t appeared in his account a week before the closing date of the promotion (let alone the promotional points). He got the following reply from customer services: “We advise that WorldPoints for Heathrow Express tickets booked online are not credited to accounts at the time of booking. Providing you have appended your WorldPoints card number to your booking the associated points will be automatically credited to your account within 3 working days of your travel date.”

      My friend told me that they were eventually credited, but outside the promo period, therefore no Avios windfall.

      Disappointment no.2: He didn’t know (nor did I, by the way) that you aren’t allowed to sell train tickets in the UK unless authorised by Railway Byelaws, made under Section 46 of the Railways Act 2005, therefore no eBay sale.

      Result: A few Avios earned at a ridiculous rate of 100p per Avios… I suppose that’s what’s meant by the expression “to learn the hard way”.

      My advice: If you need to book a Heathrow Express ticket anyway, do so to trigger the sign-up bonus. But choose a travel date well ahead of the closing date of the promotion even if you travel on a later date. Your ticket will remain valid until you have actually used it (up to three months from purchase date).

    • Rob says:

      Yes, if booked online, where you can enter your HR number as part of the process

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  • Frenske says:

    Of course this offer pops up just a week after I ordered my card through http://www.britishairways.com/travel/collect-avios-heathrow-rewards/public/en_us with only 500 points after £30 to spend. You will find me in the whiskey section in a couple of weeks! 😀

  • Me Again says:

    I still have a really old BAA Worldpoints card before the days when they had names on them.

  • v8gaz says:

    Does this work for drinks at plane food? If so, woohoo!

  • Richard Lander says:

    Does Heathrow express spend count as day of travel or day of booking as you can’t book online on day of travel?

    • Volker says:

      Day of travel – please read about my friend’s experiences above.