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Heathrow Rewards mega-bonus on electronics, watches and jewellery is back

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There is good news for Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest and Lufthansa Miles & More members.

Tomorrow, 1st November, Heathrow Rewards is launching its annual mega-bonus promotion on electronics, watches and jewellery, keen to tap into the Christmas rush.

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.

Heathrow Rewards

Worth noting is that World Duty Free is included this year which gives you a far broader choice of products to earn on. Only jewellery, watches and electronics in WDF are included – not perfume, alcohol or giant Toblerone.

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a large pile of miles.  Dixons Travel is included so this is a good opportunity to cash in on a new iPhone purchase.

Here are the details of the offer, which runs from 1st November until 31st December. Remember that you can convert Heathrow Rewards points into Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest and Lufthansa Miles & More miles as well as into Heathrow shopping vouchers.

If you are not already a member, you can earn an additional 3,000 points (=3,000 miles) when you spend £150 in one day via this promo.

Here are the deals for 2017:

15,000 extra points when you spend £4000 or more at Bulgari, Cartier, Dixons Travel, Harrods Fine Watch Room, Rolex, Swarovski, Tiffany, Watches of Switzerland, World Duty Free

5,000 extra points when you spend £1500 – £3999 at Bulgari, Cartier, Dixons Travel, Harrods Fine Watch Room, Rolex, Swarovski, Tiffany, Watches of Switzerland, World Duty Free

1,000 extra points when you spend £350 – £1499 at Dixons Travel, Swarovski, Tiffany, World Duty Free

500 extra points when you spend £150 – £349 at Dixons Travel, Swarokski, Tiffany, World Duty Free

I took advantage of this deal a few years ago when I bought my wife a watch at Watches of Switzerland.  I then sat on the points – over 20,000 in total, including double base points as I was a premium member of Heathrow Rewards – and converted them to Avios when BA joined the programme. They were offering a 100% transfer bonus at the time, and I netted almost 50,000 Avios if I remember. That was a serious rebate on the price paid for the watch.

Full details will be available on the Heathrow Rewards website from tomorrow.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (82)

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  • Alex W says:

    I’ve no flights planned this year 🙁 so are any of these shops landside? Thanks

  • Tilly says:

    Oh dear. Rest of my travel this year is from Gatwick.

    • Lee says:

      Just book a cheap flight to the continent. Who says that you have to fly, just leave the airport once purchased 😉

      • Tilly says:

        Hahaha! If only I had the time. Can barely fit in a meal with a mate before the new year let alone an additional trip to Heathrow to go shopping. Temptimg though, do like the T5 shopping centre. Think the husband likes it when we have lounge access as it keeps me out of the shops.

      • Andrew says:

        How do you do that at Heathrow?

        I’ve never spotted a way out. Although my old boss was terrified of flying and would only manage to board, on average, one flight in four – so it can’t be too difficult. (His wife used to divi up his clothes between the rest of the family as she was fed up of her holiday being delayed as the ground crew recovered his luggage.)

        • Rob says:

          You ask the info desk in the middle of the terminal to be escorted out. They do a ‘walk’ once an hour. Happens to loads of people whose meetings get cancelled or flights get delayed and they decide not to go.

        • Gavin says:

          Get the transit to 5C and stay on until it moves round to the arrivals side and exit via the UK Border

          Don’t forget your passport!

        • Nick says:

          Much easier at T3 as there’s an ‘arrivals’ chute from the main departures area where you can self-arrive before you’ve even left. Try to do it with an airline you don’t like though, as they’ll run around trying to page you before offloading!!

  • Lee says:

    I suppose any purchase of less than £3,000 is better done on a new card with the Avios bonus code than on a card that has previously triggered the double bass points. I assume that the double Base points option does not expire and you are not downgraded.

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Interesting perspective on BA and private jet travel in GQ (referenced on FT)
    http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/british-airways-private-jet-service

    • Alan says:

      Unfortunately, I am one of the HFP readers that can’t afford Business/First flights. That said, I used to be happy to spend the premium for economy on a major carrier over the budget airlines. I used to actively seek to fly economy on BA rather than Ryanair or Easyjet. Unfortunately, BA’s race to the bottom in economy has meant that this is now no longer an option.

      I guess there aren’t enough people like me (can’t afford business, but happy to pay a bit more for decent economy) to base an airline structure around.

      I used to enjoy flying. Now, with crap flights and horrendous airport queues everywhere, I dread the thought of actually departing these shores.

      • TripRep says:

        Alan, I’ve never paid just ££££ for premium or business class, always combined with using miles, that’s why I visit here…

      • JamesB says:

        Where are you flying Alan? It sounds like shorthaul; if so you can have an experience akin to CE on easy jet for a lot less excepting blocked middle seat. Longhaul, there are always possibilities to get premium seats at less than BA WT but not as easy as it once was due to the low £.

        • Alan says:

          Thanks for the responses guys. I do both short haul (most commonly) but also the occasional long haul holiday.
          Think I might look into the Easyjet option, thanks for the tip.

          My last 2 short haul holidays were with BMI out of Bristol. Have to admit the experience was much better than the current BA economy offerings.

  • Wally1976 says:

    Not sure I’ll be partaking in this. I think my entire lifetime spend in airport shops probably comes in under £150!

    • LB says:

      +1. Am I the only person who cannot see the “savings” from buying stuff at the airport? Granted, “exclusive” whiskey/ drinks packages may tempt a collector but for me it seems a waste of effort and money.

      • Jonathan says:

        I bought my wife a Mulberry purse for John Lewis for around £300 in September. I gave it to her on our anniversary and to her credit she didn’t open it because we were going on holiday the next week to DXB from LHR. I signed up for Heathrow rewards at a time with 3000 bonus points, and in the Mulberry shop it was £50 cheaper. I also needed to replace my sunglasses as salt water had speckled the polarization away so i got some from Sunglasses hut. All in all we only bought what we would of anywhere else. Saved about £100 all in and earn’t 15,000 Avios due to all the promotions that were on at Heathrow – most, i didn’t even know where on. I also returned the purse to JL on our return. So YES, you save money at the Airport you can even be better off too all things considered.

      • Rob says:

        There are no real savings on perfume and often very little on alcohol compared to supermarket special offers.

        The real money is from the designer shops, and I think it is less about the saving than about the fact that many highly paid people simply don’t have the time in their day to day life to saunter down Bond Street on a regular basis and like having everything side by side in the airport where they have enforced downtime.

        (Obviously the same applies to less highly paid people who don’t have time to saunter down Oxford Street on a day to day basis, but the reality at Heathrow is that shop rent is based on a % of turnover and it makes sense to put in designer brands.)

        • Wally1976 says:

          Sometimes I think I don’t ‘fit’ on this site despite having a job that pays around double the national average (and my wife’s job pays well over national average too). Typically I pay less than £2 for a pair of sunglasses (managed to get some England football ones for 10p once after they’d crashed out of a world cup) and definitely less than £10 for a purse/wallet. I’m a keen runner and have paid £200 for a GPS watch once but that was with money collected from various people for my birthday (and I made my previous one last over 10 years)! Most I’ve paid for a non sport watch is less than £30. Most I’ve paid for a mobile phone is £110; never have a contract that includes paying for a phone and make them last at least 3 years. Most for a computer of any sort: £395.

          Each to their own though. And to be clear I find this site extremely useful and am not being critical, just saying that many on here seem to live in a different world to me.

          I’ll stop rambling now!

        • RussellH says:

          They do not have any of the designers I go for at Heathrow.

          Primark, Matalan, George, or perhaps more exotically Neues Kaufhaus Deutschland (pack of 3 pairs Pierre Cardan socks for €2 last September).

          🙂

        • Wally1976 says:

          Sounds like you live in my world RussellH 🙂

        • JamesB says:

          Have a friend who has got his wife her Xmas present from a petrol station or motorway service centre more than once!

        • the_real_a says:

          You are missing the “playing the game” aspect. You can order your electronics to be delivered at Dixons after getting them to beat Amazon via the phone line, you buy 2-3 months worth of supermarket gift vouchers for waitrose at John Lewis. Do the same for boots and M&S… Stamps at WH Smiths. Top up your families phones with credit etc etc.

      • DV says:

        There are good savings on electronic goods. Macs and iPads are cheaper in T5 Dixons Travel than on the High Street. Thats before you add the Heathrow Rewards discount, which with a bonus is substantial.

      • Tilly says:

        I do stock up on my Clarins skincare as cheaper than in the department stores I normally get them from.

        Also, if there is a product I am wanting to buy from a designer store I try to wait for my hols to get cheaper in duty free. Have saved quite a bit waiting until I’m at the airport. Have to know what you’re buying and what ot retails for outside the airport.

  • Phil says:

    OT – Is it possible to make a switch from (free) BA Amex to the new membership reward credit card, while getting the bonus and not making a new credit application?

    • Jonathan says:

      You’ll get the bonus if you haven’t had a MR card in the past 6 months. It’s debatably if you’ll credit file will take a hit – generally as an existing Amex card holder for me, they use internal details rather than existing agency data.

      • Nick says:

        Data point – they check me fresh every time, regardless of whether I hold a card already.

  • Anna says:

    I’ve got a new Heathrow Rewards account and am planning to spend £150 on L’occitane products at T5 in November (they are marginally cheaper). Will this net me 3650 HR points?

    • Rob says:

      No, because the World Duty Free element of this does not apply to cosmetics, ignore what I wrote in the email today. You’ll get 3,150 HR points (actually 3,250 because there is usually another 100 points welcome bonus added).

  • Bill says:

    OT read elsewhere that IAG Level are coming to LGW using Monarch slots

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