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NEW: convert Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards (or vice versa)

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Here is an odd one I didn’t see coming – but which could be very handy for a lot of Head for Points readers.

The first bit of news is not hugely surprising.

Emirates Skywards has joined Heathrow Rewards as a transfer partnersee here.   As British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Etihad are already transfer partners, it is not a surprising addition.

The transfer rate is the same as the other airline partners.  250 Heathrow Rewards points gets you 250 miles.

Heathrow Rewards

You earn 1 Heathrow Rewards point for every £1 you spend in the shops at Heathrow, in the official car parks or on the Heathrow Express website, plus 1 point for every £10 of currency you exchange in the airport.

The second bit of news IS surprising.

You can transfer Emirates Skywards miles INTO Heathrow Rewards. The details are here.

Here are the rules:

The minimum Emirates transfer into Heathrow Rewards is 6,000 miles

The conversion rate is 3:1 so 6,000 miles gets you 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points

The maximum conversion per transaction is 54,000 Emirates Skywards miles

As 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points gets you a £20 shopping voucher, you are getting 0.33p per mile

You CANNOT convert Heathrow Rewards points gained via Emirates into airline miles

I wasn’t sure that Heathrow Rewards would have the IT to impose that final rule, so I took one for the team and tried it out.

My first surprise is that the transfer was INSTANT.  I logged out of my Heathrow Rewards account, logged back in and the 2,000 points were there.

Next to your points total online is a little question mark.  Click on this and a box pops up which says:

Heathrow points:  xxx

Emirates converted points: xxx

I went over to the Avios conversion page.  I got a message “You do not have enough points to redeem for this reward” – which was true, excluding the Emirates miles.

I then went to the shopping vouchers page and WAS able to redeem for £20 of shopping vouchers without any problems.

Find out more on the Emirates website here.

Emirates A380


This IS an excellent way of using up some spare Emirates Skywards miles (minimum 6,000) especially if they are about to expire.

Don’t forget the other two ways of using up small amounts though – Arsenal football tickets and redeeming for easyJet flights.

You CANNOT use this as a method of converting Skywards miles into Avios by laundering them through Heathrow Rewards – the IT works and those redemptions are blocked off.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (June 2021)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (18)

  • headformiles says:

    Is the page to transfer miles to points down?

    Cant find it anywhere on the website ):

  • Chris says:

    If you click on the “Details are here link” there is a link back into the emirates site that lets you do it …

    Just swapped for £40 some just about to expire miles 🙂

    • Holger says:

      Still unable to find it 🙁
      Can it be due to the fact that I cannot link my Emirates account to the Heathrow Rewards account ?
      I always get the message “Loyalty number is invalid” no matter if I try with or without blanks and with or without the EK in front. My EK number works when I use it at Emirates website
      Linking the BA number worked without problems as well

      • Holger says:

        Oops, I just found it by going via the Emirates webpage 🙂 Have not tried the transfer yet, but as I can enter my Heathrow Rewards account number over there I think it will work

  • Baggageinhall says:

    Well timed! I have 9000 miles that expire next Friday and I thought I was resigned to losing them!!

  • Alan says:

    Anyone know how strict the name checks are when matching accounts or would it potentially be possible to credit to the same Heathrow Rewards account as long as surnames match?

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      I have several family member accounts with 7500 miles each. These miles would be useful if I could move them to one account. Otherwise they’ll be spent on the emirates store on junk.

  • Andrew says:

    One thing worth mentioning is that you must transfer in multiples of 6000 skywards miles. Bit of a shame since I have 9000 sitting unused.

  • RT says:

    Woo nice. done. Now I just need something to buy…

  • Danksy says:

    Don’t forget to check your emails and claim a bonus of 100 Heathrow rewards too… I got an email from Heathrow Rewards thanking me for voting for them! – Although I don’t remember doing so!


    • ankomonkey says:

      I have the e-mails, but can’t log-on to the site – it times out. I’ve been trying since about 4pm!

      • Fenny says:

        I’ve had the same problem. I even got as far as the “click here to claim your miles” page, but no idea if it actually worked or not.

      • Kris says:

        Me too

      • TimS says:

        The email link is working again now.

        I’ve just logged in and claimed my 100 points. They won’t post for a while yet though.

        • Alan says:

          Is it a generic link? Nothing received here 🙁

          • Alan says:

            Thanks, Rob – done. Feel slightly dirty somehow accepting that LHR won a Skytrax ‘best airport’ award though – how?!! 😛

  • Monty says:

    Will a £20 voucher from converting 6000 miles and £5 of cash trigger the £25 minimum spend for the Etihad sign-up bonus or will only cash count?

    • Rob says:

      I will be trying this in a couple of weeks so I will let you know! Historically the register price is the one that counts – if you use £5 off vouchers at World Duty Free you get points on the full value.

      In the past, I am sure I had points on the full value once when there was a ‘3 for 2’ on something!

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