New 2,500 Avios or other miles Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up bonus which is worth up to 2,500 points.

This is as good a sign-up bonus as you will ever see for Heathrow Rewards although the minimum spend this time is higher than in the past.

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 2,500 points for 2,500 Avios (in either 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.

The offer you choose will depend on how you spend money at Heathrow:

This offer is sponsored by BA although you can send your points to any airline partner.  It triggers your 2,500 bonus points (= 2,500 miles) with a £150 spend in one day before December 31st.  The sign-up link for this deal is here – make sure the code BAAPR16 is the ‘promotional code’ box.  

If you can’t manage £150, you will receive 1,000 points with a £75 spend in one day before December 31st.

Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here but to join and get the bonus you need to use this link.

Check the small print before you make your purchases at Heathrow as some items, such as tobacco, do not count.

It is not clear if your first purchase on the card must be for £75 or £150 or if you simply need to spend that in one day at some point between now and the end of the year.  I am guessing the latter given that you have 8 months to achieve the target.

I checked the other Heathrow Rewards airline partners (Lufthansa, Virgin, Emirates, Etihad) and none had a competing active offer.

Heathrow Rewards

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 £75 or £150 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.

Note that Heathrow Rewards only allows one account per address.

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 base points.  Full details are in this article.

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  1. Can you clarify “random name”, Raffles?

    I take it you mean a consenting friend rather than making one up?

  2. Do not forget spend £500 and become a primium customer earning 2 points per £1.

  3. Sorry OT

    My wife is flying out of T5 today, what’s her best lounge option pls? (Lounge Club)

  4. For the Ethiad offer (for premium membership) when you click through to register for it, it asks for your last name and User ID. What is the User ID? It’s not my H.Rewards card number, nor the username for my MBNA account? Appreciate help

    • I think it wants the registered email address for your LHR Rewards account.

      • Not quite as good as the 3,000 bonus a couple of months back but still pretty decent.
        Just be advised-the scanning and sending your receipts is limited to 10 times/receipts a year. Whether they enforce this in practice or not is another matter.

        • Useful to know… Got the Mrs to email me her receipt from T5 yesterday… She refuses to play the points game but is willing to do this, go shopping via Tesco for vouchers etc with a little gentle persuasion!

  5. Genghis says:

    Just before xmas when HR had the 3,000 point bonus, my wife and I each spend just over £100 at Travelex. We had to wait 40 days after purchase due to the Travelex buy back guarantee time frame. I chased HR on exactly 40 days and the bonus points posted straight away. This could be an easy way to trigger the bonus.

  6. Do you get points for parking and would this count toward the spend in one day? Are there any ways to get discounts on official heathrow parking?

    • You get points in the official car parks. Not sure when the points are dated if you ay in advance however.

      • Sussex Bantam says:

        Points are posted a day or so after you actually use the car park.

        • Official car parks are on the cash back sites

        • But when are they dated? As long as they are dated the day you pay it would count towards £150 of daily spend.

          • Sussex Bantam says:

            Good question – I’ve just checked my account – they are dated the day of payment not the day of parking.

    • Genghis says:

      Drop customer service an email and ask. They’re very helpful

  7. I got the Etihad match last year without having the Etihad MBNA – just chanced an application, so I don’t think there’s much checking involved. Seemed to disappear once I achieved “normal” Premium though

  8. Russell Evans says:

    If I spent £1K in one transaction and become a “premium member” do I earn 1000 points for that one transaction or 2000? I am assuming you trigger Premium status after the transaction which takes you >£500 spend and therefore this would only attract 1000 points? Many thanks.

  9. Hiya,

    Would i get the bonus points if buying currency via travelex online for pickup at Heathrow or is it available when purchasing currency at Heathrow?

    • Don’t think so because currency is only 1 point per £10. Also, purchasing currency at Heathrow – without prebooking – is unbelievable crazy given the bad rates.

    • Genghis says:

      We did this prior to Xmas in the previous offer. I got confirmation from HR rewards that it was OK. We then prebooked some currency from collection from T5. My wife and I then went down to pick it up. It lost us a couple of quid over the best FX rates. Had to wait 40 days for the HR points to post (due to Travelex buy back) but an easy 2 x 3,000 HR points.

  10. Jordan D says:

    Anyone know if buying a Heathrow Express carnet (£198) would trigger this bonus?

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