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Good 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 Etihad Guest.

This is one of the most generous sign-up deal that I have seen for Heathrow Rewards.  With this deal, you will receive 2,500 bonus points (= 2,500 Avios or miles) when you spend £150 in one day before 31st December 2017.

A smaller bonus of 1,000 points will be earned if you spend £75 in a single day this year – but you can only earn one bonus.

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).  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 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.

If you’re lucky, you may even get a conversion bonus.  Lufthansa is offering a 100% bonus until 31st January, for example, and I took the opportunity to empty out my Heathrow Rewards balance to take advantage.

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 Etihad website here.

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

Here is the small print:

The 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 EGAPR17 before 31 December 2017. 2,500 points will be awarded when £150 or more of qualifying expenditure is made OR 1,000 points will be awarded when £75 or more of qualifying expenditure is made in a single day 31 December 2017 and the Heathrow Rewards card is used. Only one offer per member. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other joining offer. Spend at any currency change will not qualify for this 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 £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.

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.

Comments (109)

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  • Genghis says:

    I presume valid for £150 currency purchases like the past few promos? I did alright out of them, especially when employer was paying the spread

    • JohnW says:

      How did you actually do the currency purchase? Just make an order for currency collection with Travelex and then show your HR card to the person on the desk when you collect? I know that it might not actually work this time but I was wondering how you did it as I might risk it.

      • Johnny_c-l says:

        That’s how I’ve done it before, just ordered it online and shown them my card when collecting.

        • Genghis says:

          I pre-ordered for better rates. You then pay formally at the airport I believe (you needed to put your card in anyway). I did it a few times. Whether it works this time, who knows. Take one for the team?

        • Keith says:

          Yes, exactly that worked for me – twice. My new account and wife’s – at different addresses 😉 IIRC HR only allow one account per address. Bagged the 2500 bonus on foreign currency each time – just made sure the sterling amount was at least £150.

        • JohnW says:

          Yes, more than happy to take one for the team. Won’t be at Heathrow until end of next month though.

        • Alan says:

          @Keith HR can manually override this to allow another card at the same address, or you can subtly change your address to make it different to the existing one but still something the postie will deliver to!

  • xcalx says:

    “Spend at any currency change will not qualify for this offer.”

    Says not, But did it say this for the last offer. I have a hospital appointment in London in a few weeks time. Hope someone can confirm before then.

    • Nobs&Dials says:

      Does Heathrow car parking qualify?

    • Genghis says:

      Thanks xcalx. Didn’t read the article properly. The last times it didn’t say anything. I even got an email from HR CS confirming currency purchases OK. Oh well.

      • Pieter says:

        I believe formally currency transactions were excluded last time too, but I got the points anyway for buying $ for £150.03

  • Harold says:

    Avios own promo is better if it’s only Avios you want – 3000 points for £150 spend in a single day this year.

    • Anna says:

      Thanks Harold, I only found that by specifically searching the avios site. I’ve got a trip in August where I can make very good use of this bonus.

    • xcalx says:

      Join Heathrow Rewards today and use promotional code ‘AVIOSAO17’ to receive 3000 points when you spend £150 or more at Heathrow**.

      I take it that the 3000 points will be Heathrow points so transferable to other programmes.

  • JP says:

    OT: the Economist triple avios offer is back on. 13,200 avios for £179 / $190 (USA)

    There’s no Canadian option

    subscription.economist.com/OA/partners/Avios/Trpl

    • Ro says:

      Excellent! I missed out on this last time

    • Rob says:

      There is a US option though ….. covering over the weekend.

    • Marwan says:

      I find the page misleading on the whether renewing an existing subscription would also drive the bonus Avios.
      My subscription is about to lapse, need to figure out whether to renew or just start with a brand new subscription.

      • mark2 says:

        I let mine lapse and took out a new one in my wife’s name, for several years.

  • Liz says:

    Can you do the £150 spend including whisky on the way back in to the country at Heathrow before boarding a flight to EDI or do you have to buy spirits on the way out and show an international boarding pass – having a debate with my hubby.

    • Rob says:

      Arrivals shop counts. Even shops airside count.

    • Anna says:

      I should think you can buy them on the way back, you just pay the higher EU price rather than the non-EU one if you’re coming from outside Europe. This is unavoidable, sadly, if you are only carrying hand luggage, one of my pet peeves about having to go everywhere via Heathrow, not being able to buy cheap booze at the start of the inbound journey unless you’ve got the time and patience to check in it at Heathrow!

      • John says:

        There is no difference in the price you pay.

        If you are going to EDI, the shop has to pay 16.67% of the purchase price to HMRC. If you are going outside the EU, then it doesn’.t

        • Liz says:

          Thanks for explaining that! Hubby can choose his whisky and I can stock up on Baileys Vanilla and Cinnamon that you can’t get outside airports!

  • Michael J Hones says:

    But it only costs £45 to buy 3,000 miles, so unless one is spending £150 in one day, then better to just buy them

    • Frenske says:

      You are not suppose to bin the £150+ item(s) … in my case I would drink the whisky in weeks after.

      • Anna says:

        Quite – all my male relative get birthday and Xmas presents from the Heathrow whisky shop!

    • Genghis says:

      Funniest comment I’ve seen on here for a while… 🙂

      • Brian says:

        Michael should start up his own alternative blog to expose the wider world to such ‘tips’… :)))

  • Anna says:

    I’ve signed up me and the hubby, fortunately the promotional code is already on the application form or I would have completely missed it!

  • Vish says:

    O/T – I have the Amex Gold card and hit the 2k spend for the 30K MR points

    Can I cancel the card but keep, and use and lounge passes even though the AMEX is cancelled?

    • Charlie says:

      Cancel the Gold card, the lounge passes are cancelled too.

    • Mike says:

      This just happened to my sister, she thought they would still be available after cancelling and I advised her accordingly. I’m using my 2×2 vouchers for our party of 4 next week, the first time we have actually managed to use a lounge voucher via Amex gold. The 241 vouchers we earn take precedence, so BA lounges prevail – at the moment anyway.

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