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50% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Avios – sign-up promo now worth 4,500 Avios

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Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for shopping at Heathrow, will today launch a 50% bonus on transfers to Avios.

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). Once you’ve earned 250 points you can exchange them for miles or shopping vouchers.

The offer should be clearly flagged on the Avios page of the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.  If it isn’t showing, wait a couple of hours as it may not yet be live.

This offer ONLY applies to Avios and does not apply to:

Emirates Skywards

Virgin Flying Club

Etihad Guest

Lufthansa Miles & More

…… although there is an existing 50% transfer bonus to Lufthansa which is still running for another week.

The bonus applies to all transfers to any of the Avios schemes (AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, made before 30th September.

The minimum transfer is 250 Heathrow Rewards points which, with the bonus, will get you 375 Avios.  The main alternative to taking miles is waiting until you have 500 points and exchanging them for a £5 Heathrow shopping voucher.

Do NOT convert Emirates Skywards or Lufthansa Miles & More miles into Heathrow Rewards in order to send them on to Avios, as that isn’t possible.  Transfers into Heathrow Rewards from Emirates and Lufthansa can only be used for shopping vouchers.

Heathrow Rewards

This is why the deal is especially interesting:

You can currently earn 3,000 Heathrow Rewards points by opening an account and spending £150 in one day.

This is a very generous offer – as good as it has ever got with Heathrow Rewards.

You can combine these two deals as long as you do your qualifying spend this month.

Open a Heathrow Rewards account, spend £150 in a day and you will receive your 3,000 points.  Convert these to Avios before 30th September and you will receive 4,500 points!

The link to the 3,000 point sign-up offer is on the website here.

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

Comments (67)

  • Lee says:

    Maybe my Teddy needs a Heathrow Reward card? Afterall he does go through Heathrow on a regular basis. Can’t see anything in the rules that exclude bears!

    • Roger says:

      But the key question is where do you spend £150 on the day?
      I have flown for last 2 consecutive weeks and could not see anything that I needed could be bought at LHR.

      I also tried to buy Curry/PCW gift card at Dixons Travel and was told cannot be used to get Heathrow Rewards points.

      Any ideas which other potential Gift cards can be bought at LHR?
      I am flying later today.

      • Genghis says:

        Don’t WH Smith’s sell gift cards?

      • mark2 says:

        Do they sell gift cards at WH Smith at Heathrow?

        • AVM says:

          As reported before – lots of them, I prefer Waitrose/John Lewis one.

          • Harpo says:

            John Lewis gift cards via WH Smith @ T5 did me about 3 months of Waitrose shopping earlier this year – helped everyone in our house (minus teddy) get a signup bonus.

      • zsalya says:

        If you drink champagne, then three double packs in the arrivals “duty free” shop gets one to GBP150 and is feasible for most people to get home.

      • Lee says:

        Teddy has said he wants to buy his mum a nice handbag from one of the posh stores so he can travel in it!!

    • Fenny says:

      Hmmm, perhaps my Action Man should join too. As he’s going to be 50 next year, I think it’s about time he started adulting a bit more. Not that he travels much these days. He comes to work with me occasionally, but we stopped going on holiday together about 40 years ago!

    • the_real_a says:

      WH Smiths also sell stamps…

      • Genghis says:

        That’s a lot of stamps! Especially when I buy them half price on shop small.

        • Roger says:

          Bought JL cards.
          There is also an UBER card if that is your thing.

          Prepaid cards limited to£25 with usual fees

  • Alex W says:

    Any ideas if/when there might be a HR transfer bonus to Virgin?

  • Amex Platypus says:

    OT: Just booked Virgin Atlantic Shanghai-London economy one-way for only 12,500 points. Seems very cheap. Fees were reasonable too, only £97.

    • Frenske says:

      Well depends how much effort you put into getting the Virgin miles.

      That said, I switched my air miles earning focus from Avios earning to Virgin Miles. We have friends in Yucatan and with BA it’ll costs 300.000 Avios and with Virgin it will costs 120.000 for the whole family and probably lower taxes too.

    • John says:

      One word. ‘Economy’.

  • Brighton Belle says:

    Is there anything like Heathrow Rewards at Gatwick? I use Gatwick once a month and Heathrow once a decade.

    • Rob says:

      No, not since Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick were broken up.

    • Fenny says:

      I’ve just joined “My Gatwick”. No points on things, but they do some passable discounts. I’ve already booked vouchers for discount on breakfast and assorted other bits & pieces for when I’m there next month.

  • bill says:

    OT – Avios related.

    Vueling is joining Avios

    • bill says:

      Just like you did with Punto, you can book flights using Avios for yourself or whoever you want, with no restrictions on dates or destinations.

      Plus, with Vueling Club you’ll still be able to receive any Avios you forget to collect when booking your flight.

      So what will happen to your Punto points?
      Don’t worry, we’ll handle the “currency exchange” and, as soon as the exchange is made, all the points you had in your account will become Avios. In the next few days we’ll send you an email with the Vueling Club launch date and the steps to take to start enjoying your Avios.

  • Liz says:

    Rob, do you think they will ever run the 100% bonus offer again?

    • Rob says:

      They seem to be settling down to 50% although it is still early days for their bonus offers and they may still be testing.

      What they are going to realise soon is that people stop converting at all outside of bonus periods, because they get used to expecting another bonus to come along if they wait, which will mess up the economics of the scheme ….

  • xcalx says:

    “Open a Heathrow Rewards account, spend £150 in a day and you will receive your 3,000 points. Convert these to Avios before 30th September and you will receive 4,500 points!”

    Hi Rob. It’s possible to squeeze an extra 375 Avios out of this offer. Eg HR signup bonus = 100 HR. Spend £150 =150 HR. £150 spend offer = 3000. Total 3250 x 50% transfer bonus = 4875 Avios.

  • Matt says:

    Has anyone pre-booked car parking on the official Heathrow site and had that count as a £150 spend in one day? We need parking but not until May next year…..I wondered if prebook qualifies?