Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in conjunction with Etihad Guest, although you can redeem the bonus with any of their partners.
This sign-up bonus is different to many we have seen in the past:
The offers runs for the whole of 2015 so there is no rush to sign-up
You receive 1,000 miles (more than usual) for a spend of just £25 (lower than usual)
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 avios.com 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.
Even though you will be joining the scheme via a referral from Etihad Guest, it makes ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE as to where you can redeem you points.
New members who join Heathrow Rewards will earn 1,000 bonus points when they spend £25 in a single day at Heathrow before December 31st 2015. You will also receive 100 points for signing up.
To sign up:
Visit this page on the Etihad website and click through to the Heathrow Rewards joining page
Complete the application form – you MUST insert code ‘EGJAN15’ 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.
Note that the Etihad website says that the £25 must be spent in one transaction. However, the small print confirms that you simply need to spend £25 on the same day. This is normal rule for Heathrow Rewards offers.
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 £25, 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). If you have only ever converted to British Airways, you could still convert to avios.com via a new account. Do not use the same frequent flyer 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.
PS. If you have the Etihad Guest credit card, you are entitled to join the premium tier of Heathrow Rewards for free! This means that you will receive 2 points per £1 spent instead of 1 point. You need to activate this feature by following the link on this page.