Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in association with British Airways.
This is the most generous sign-up deal that I have seen for Heathrow Rewards. I think the previous best offer was 2,500 points. With this deal, you will receive 3,000 bonus points (= 3,000 Avios or miles) when you spend £100 in one day before 28th February.
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 for points but unless you are spending £100 in one go it won’t help you trigger the bonus as you cannot control what date the transaction posts to your account.
You can redeem your 3,000 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 £30 of Heathrow shopping vouchers or Heathrow Express vouchers, or £60 of vouchers towards the official Heathrow car parks.
Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here. The offer itself appears on the Heathrow Rewards website here.
Whilst British Airways is sponsoring this promotion, you are not obliged to send your bonus points to Avios. You can redeem for any of their airline partners or for something else.
Here is the small print:
*3000 bonus points offer is available to new members of the Heathrow Rewards programme only who join using the above link or register their card and enter promo code BAAMNOV15 before 28 February 2016. Points will be awarded when £100 or more of qualifying expenditure is made in a single day before 28 February 2016 and the Heathrow Rewards card is used. Only one offer per member on the first £100 of spend only. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other joining offer.
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 £100 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.
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