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Free First Class upgrade on Heathrow Express for BA Executive Club members

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British Airways and Heathrow Express have joined up to offer a FREE upgrade to First Class if you book a Heathrow Express ticket before August 31st.  You can travel at any time until the end of November.

This offer is ONLY available if you book via the dedicated Heathrow Express / British Airways website.  The good news is that you will also receive a handful of Avios points with your purchase.

Heathrow Express

The discount only shows if you click through from ba.com (Heathrow Express does this quite often these days with special offers).  You need to visit this page on ba.com and then click the link to go to the Heathrow Express site.

The (minor) downside is that the upgrade is not genuinely free.  You can currently save 12% on a Heathrow Express ticket by using the special Mastercard offer I outlined here.

This means that the upgrade is costing you the 12% differential in ticket price between the BA site and the Mastercard site, albeit this is offset by the 100 Avios earned.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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 (32)

  • Robin says:

    Imagine you’re a tourist, you fall for the Heathrow Express ticket touts as you come out from arrivals and pay the exorbitant fare … and when you arrive at the platform you see a Heathrow Connect about to leave and only taking 3 minutes longer in journey time and at a fraction of the cost. Welcome to Britain?!
    What’s worse is that the electronic departure boards are placed at platform level after the ticket office thus making it difficult for even those in the know to make a proper choice …

  • Roger Wilco says:

    Just a note – the booking page said 400 Avios for a 1st class r/t ticket.

    Thanks for the tip, a free upgrade is always better than a fist in the eye 🙂

  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    Extended to 30th Sept 2014

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