This is a tricky article to write, because it has the potential to go wrong and I cannot test it myself.
However, two people I know have made transfers from Heathrow Rewards, the airport shopping loyalty scheme, to British Airways during the past 10 days.
In both cases, they received a 20% bonus on their Avios points!
There was no mention of another transfer bonus in the most recent Heathrow Rewards newsletter or on their website. However, as BA is currently running transfer bonuses on a lot of hotel programmes and on American Express Membership Rewards transfers, it is not a total surprise.
Unfortunately, my Heathrow Rewards balance is 19 points so I can’t test this. There is also the risk that, even if there is a bonus, it may have stopped by the time you try it.
I am therefore NOT advocating that you jump in and do a huge transfer to Heathrow Rewards. However, if you were thinking about doing one, now is as good a time as any. You will have no recourse to Heathrow Rewards if you don’t get a bonus, though!
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.