I am running two articles today featuring all of the new British Airways Executive Club promotions that have just launched. These appear to be aimed at grabbing your attention in the run up to the main holiday season.
This post covers Heathrow Rewards, valet parking, Holiday Extras and Gate 365.
Heathrow Rewards is the Heathrow Airport loyalty scheme, offering points for any shopping spend at the airport as well as parking, currency exchange and Heathrow Express tickets.
There are a number of decent sign-up deals for Heathrow Rewards available at the moment. The new British Airways deal offers 1,000 bonus points when you spend £25 in one transaction.
As you can convert 1,000 Heathrow Rewards points into 1,000 Avios (or Virgin, Miles & More or Etihad miles) this is a good return on your spending.
There is a better deal though. The current Virgin Atlantic deal offers 1,000 points for spending just £10.
The Virgin deal expires on 31st May however. Unless you can spend £10 at Heathrow before then, you are better off with the BA deal which runs until 14th July. Full details of the BA offer can be found here – scroll down to the Heathrow Rewards bit.
Remember that Heathrow Rewards memberships are one per household and it will reject duplicate addresses. To sign up another member of your household you need to change your address slightly, eg use 18a High Street if your main account is at 18 High Street.
I doubt many HfP readers would use this but you can earn double Avios if you use valet parking at Terminal 3 or Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
You drop your car at the dedicated valet drop-off point and it will be waiting for you in the short stay car park on your return.
More details on ba.com here if you scroll down. The offer runs to July 14th.
The earning rate is pathetic – you only earn 50 Avios per day, doubled to 100 per day under this offer, with a cap of five days. As far as pricing goes, I was quoted £79.90 for 23 hours of valet parking at Terminal 5 ….
Holiday Extras is BA’s partner for ‘off airport’ car parking and for booking airport hotels with inclusive car parking.
The standard earning rate is 5 Avios per £1 spent. Under this promotion, if you book any ‘hotel with parking’ package before 14th July you will receive 600 bonus Avios.
Finally, a slightly eclectic offer from BA’s Gate 365 online shopping portal. It is offering double Avios for purchases over £150 at johnlewis.com until 9th June.
This takes the earning rate to 4 Avios per £1.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.