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Best ever Heathrow Rewards sign-up deal – 2,500 Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Etihad or Emirates miles!

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in association with Lufthansa.

This is, by a substantial margin, the most generous sign-up deal that I have ever seen for Heathrow Rewards.  You will receive 2,500 bonus points (= 2,500 miles) when you spend £50 on two separate days before October 31st.

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).  Heathrow Express bookings do count towards this promotion as long as you spend more than £50 in one purchase – I recently triggered a bonus myself with a HEx transaction.

You can redeem your 2,500 points for Avios (in either avios.com or British Airways Executive Club), Virgin Flying Club miles, Etihad Guest, Miles & More miles or Emirates Skywards miles.

Alternatively, you could take £25 of Heathrow shopping vouchers or Heathrow Express vouchers, or £50 of vouchers towards the official Heathrow car parks.

Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here.  The offer itself appears on the Heathrow Airport website here.

There is one slightly odd thing about this offer.  It claims to be run in association with the Lufthansa Miles & More frequent flyer scheme.  However, if you visit the Miles & More website, it promotes a totally different deal – a smaller 1,000 point bonus from a smaller £25 initial spend.

As the 2,500 bonus points deal is on the official Heathrow Airport website, however, I don’t think you need to worry too much about getting your bonus.

Whilst Lufthansa is sponsoring this promotion, you are not obliged to send your bonus points to Miles & More. You can redeem for any of their airline partners or for something else.

Here is the small print:

*2,500 bonus points offer is available to new members of the Heathrow Rewards programme who join using the link above. Points will be awarded when you spend £50 or more in a single transaction on two separate calendar days before 31 October 2015 and the Heathrow Rewards card is presented. Only one offer available per member. Tobacco products and certain other products and outlets are excluded, see Heathrow Rewards programmes terms and coniditons for full details of qualifying expenditure.

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 the 2 x £50 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.  Thanks to James for this.

PS.  If you have the Etihad credit cards, issued by MBNA, you receive a free upgrade to the Heathrow Rewards premium tier which earns double points.  Full details are in this article.

Comments (33)

  • Scott says:

    I only have one return trip booked through Heathrow before the end date of this promo. Could you do one lot of £50 on the way out and then other on arrival? Do the landside shops or arrivals duty free (IIRC there is a shop just before you exit after customs) earn Heathrow rewards – would this count?

    • Rob says:

      Landside works fine. In theory, you could tube it to Heathrow, do a £50 weekly shop in the Marks& Spencer at T5 arrivals and go home!

      • Scott says:

        Thanks Raffles!

        I’m not sure driving from Warwick to Heathrow for my shopping is worth doing but as I am going to be there anyway I may as well give it a go.

  • Neil says:

    Hmmm. Looks like a good offer. Not sure what value these shops offer compared to the High Street however. Flying to the US from LHR in Aug and contemplating buying something to return. Or maybe Boots vouchers is a better idea! Would get something on return home too I suspect.

  • William says:

    Boots vouchers sounds like the way to go! Always useful + Xmas coming up.

  • William says:

    So I can use Boots airside on way out and then Boots landside on return?

  • T-money says:

    I very much doubt Boot’s cards will work to get points/benefit from that offer:

    from their terms:
    You will not be awarded Points for expenditure in the following outlets: betting shops, Post Offices, vending and gaming machines, petrol stations, Regus Business Lounges, Louis Vuitton, temporary retailers/services; or for Transactions in relation to the following: lottery tickets, tobacco products, medicine, prescription items, infant formula, the retailer’s own pre-paid gift vouchers…..