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‘Secret’ 20% Heathrow Rewards transfer bonus to Avios appears to be on

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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!

Heathrow Rewards

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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year 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.

Comments (18)

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  • John says:

    Didn’t the rate use to be 250 for 300 (i.e. 20% bonus) earlier on this year? Maybe a glitch.

  • Richard says:

    I made a transfer end of July and got 20% extra it was only 500 points for 600 BA so not a big deal

  • Andrew says:

    Likewise, I did a transfer recently and got the old conversion rate rather than the lower advertised rate – I think either LHR or BA just haven’t updated their systems to reflect the new lower rate.

  • Maja says:

    Were the transfers to avios or to BA Executive Club?

  • Thomas says:

    Great chance to win a million clubcard points with amex.

    • Rob says:

      NOT transferable to Avios, must be used in store. See small print!

      • Gloop says:


        Guess I could use the points to buy gift cards and then spend the rest of my life eating in Nandos!

  • david flacks says:

    I can confirm this was still valid on 26th sept.

    Transferred 750 HR points to BA and was credited 900 Avios this morning.

    • Trevor says:

      On the other hand, I can confirm it wasn’t valid on the 27th Sept… I transferred 250 HR points to BAEC and this morning received 250 Avios. Hardly going to cry about 50 points, but a shame…

      • david flacks says:


        Maybe the HR people read HFP and fixed the glitch.

        • Rob says:

          They do read Head For Points, I’ve had press releases from them in the past

        • Rebecca says:

          Actually I also transferred 750 points on the 26th September as soon as this post came out and only received 750 points the next day! 🙁 oh well…

          • Rob says:

            Sorry about that – nothing lost, anyway. Odd that some people got them, although it does now seem to be dead.

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