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