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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).

Heathrow Rewards

You can redeem your 2,500 points for 2,500 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.

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.

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (28)

  • 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.

  • jen says:

    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?

    • Rob says:

      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.

  • Jordan D says:

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

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