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500-1000 Avios, Miles & More, Etihad or Virgin miles with new Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in conjunction with Lufthansa, although you can redeem the bonus with any of their partners.

These sign-up bonuses come and go.  This one is not as good as some we have seen in the past.  However, as you receive double miles if you convert your points to Etihad or Miles & More before 31st December, it is more generous than it looks.

Heathrow Rewards gives you 1 point for every £1 spent in Heathrow (1 per £10 on foreign exchange) or on Heathrow Express tickets (online bookings only).

You can redeem your points for Avios (in either or British Airways Executive Club), Virgin Flying Club miles, Etihad Guest, Miles & More miles, Heathrow shopping vouchers and some other odd bits and pieces, usually at 1 point = 1 mile.

Because of the double miles promotion until the end of the year, you will actually receive 1,000 airline miles if you convert the 500 Heathrow Rewards points.  This does NOT apply to Avios or Virgin, though, only to Lufthansa and Etihad Guest conversions.  (EDIT: correction)

Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here.

New members who join Heathrow Rewards will earn 500 bonus points when they spend £30 in a single day at Heathrow before December 31st. You will also receive 100 points for signing up.

Whilst Lufthansa is sponsoring this promotion, you are not obliged to send your bonus points to Miles & More. You could claim Virgin miles or Avios points instead, or take a £5 shopping voucher.

To sign up:

Visit this page on the Lufthansa website and click through to the Heathrow Rewards joining page

Complete the application form – you MUST insert code ‘MM1’ in the ‘Promotional Code’ box on the application form if it does not appear automatically

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 – you could get a card in a random name, spend £30, 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, Etihad or Miles & More if you usually send them to Avios (or vice versa). Do not use the same Avios number on two accounts.

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 and they will add them manually.

Comments (18)

  • JK says:

    I hadn’t realised they were offering double Avios on conversions until the end of the year! Thanks for pointing that out, albeit indirectly! I don’t think they ever offer better than that, do they? So presumably worth converting my small balance?

    • JK says:

      Ahh, ignore me. Just looked it up, and it doesn’t apply for Avios. I had misinterpreted your post! Sorry!

      “Double Miles with Etihad Guest and Miles & More will be applied on all conversions made between 7 October and 31 December 2014.”

    • Rob says:

      They’re not.

      They are only doubling other airline miles. I mistyped.

      • JK says:

        No worries, I shall continue to sit on my points. I don’t need them anyway. Have just under 14,000 now, worth an “Instant Reward” value of £135 or so. Not bad!

  • Brian says:

    Surely the problem with opening an account for somebody in your household account is that that person will have the same address, and there seems to be no possibility of having two accounts at the same postcode…

  • Shaf says:

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to spend 30£ online to be eligible for the promotion and collect the item when I next visit Heathrow in January 2015?


  • Euflyer Tom says:

    I’m not convinced you can use this offer for the Etihad/M&M double miles. The M&M ts and cs say that “Bonus points will be credited to members’ accounts within 28 days of the closing date”. Given that the closing date is 31 December 2014, it seems your bonus 500 points will credit within 28 days of 31 December 2014 (but not before).

    As such, you won’t have the 500 bonus points in time to make the double miles conversion.

    Not a big worry as there are quite regular double miles promotions, so I am always sitting on a Heathrow Rewards balance, waiting for a conversion bonus to come along.

    • Rob says:

      In the past bonus points have posted with the original transaction and the wording was just a ‘get out clause’ in case they didn’t.

  • Dave says:

    One thing not a lot of people seem to know (including the car hire people themselves!) is that you also get Heathrow Rewards points on car hire at Heathrow. In the old BAA Worldpoints days it also applied in other BAA airports, but of course is now LHR only.

    Like I say if you mention it at the car hire desk they’ll probably look at you funny as they’re not aware of it. However, everytime I’ve hired a car from LHR I’ve sent in my receipt (a scan will do) and have had the points posted.

    It can be a nice little earner if you hire cars every so often from the airport.

  • Joel says:

    For those who just signed up and heading to heathrow before their card arrives (like me) can also download the passbook app if they have iphones and just scan their card using their phone… will try it out on thursday!

    • Rob says:

      Passbook only seems to work at World Duty Free but other outlets can manually type it in when you show them the number.

      • Alan says:

        Plus their customer service team are fantastic at issuing retroactive credit if you send a photo of the receipt 🙂

        • Waribai says:

          Ok, do you mean for transactions which fail to post points automatically?

          • Alan says:

            Yes, or in cases where you didn’t have your card with you or the store didn’t swipe it properly/their machine wasn’t working. They’ve always been excellent (had a BAA Worldpoints card for years!), I wish others were as good as them.

  • Johnny5a says:

    Just received this in an email from BA, seems to contradict what you’ve found out.

    “Join Heathrow Rewards before you fly and collect points on your airport spend. And, if you join and spend £25 in a single transaction before 4 January 2015 you’ll collect 1000 bonus points which you can then exchange for Avios.”

    • Rob says:

      My promo was a Lufthansa one – although you could use the points for Avios. The BA one does seem better, I will have a dig.

  • ADS says:

    I’m sure I saw a promotion that if you spent 15 pounds at WH Smiths and used your Heathrow Rewards card, you would get a 5 pound discount.

    I spent the required amount last night, typed in my card number, but no discount. And now I can’t find the email with the promotion !

    If anybody has an email with the offer, please let me know (I’ve tried googling and can’t find it online).