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Get 2,500 Avios or other miles with a Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – launched a generous sign-up bonus in April worth up to 2,500 points.

I thought it was worth reminding you about this deal today as the code is still valid until the end of the year and you may be heading off to the airport for half-term soon.

2,500 points 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

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.  Foreign currency transactions are not meant to count but I know that some people have changed £150 at Travelex and found that it triggered the bonus …. I cannot promise that this will work for you.

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.

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.

Comments (43)

  • xcalx says:

    OT. Anyone know if the VTEC £5 F/B vouchers for Virgin trains have an expiry. Just noticed I have £20 worth from early September and no train travel planned for the rest of the year.

  • Sagaran Reddy says:

    Please more information on Avois

    • Genghis says:

      Heathrow Reward points transfer to avios at 1:1. Back end of last year there was a 100% bonus.

  • Alastair says:

    While signing up for this, I noticed a bonus offer for transferring Emirates Skywards miles (useless to me) to Heathrow Rewards points. However, the T&Cs state: “Skywards Miles converted to Heathrow Rewards points cannot be converted to any other Heathrow Rewards loyalty currency.” So in theory I couldn’t convert them onward from Heathrow Rewards to Avios. Does anyone have any experience as to whether that’s actually the case?

    • Alastair says:

      Ignore me, I see Rob answered this exact question the other week.

      Looks like it’s just LHR gin vouchers or EasyJet then 🙁

  • Kal says:

    If you already have a Heathrow Rewards account registered at your home address – how can you open an account for someone else who shares a BA or Avios household account with you, then transfer the Avios to that account. This first option in the article doesn’t make sense as the family members will have the same registered address for a BA exec household account.

    Am i missing something here ?

    • Rob says:

      Set it up as 2a High Street or whatever.

      • Alan says:

        Or speak to customer services who can manually override it (they did it without an issue for my parents)

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