If you have a stack of Heathrow Rewards points sitting around, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to unload them.
(Heathrow Rewards is the loyalty scheme covering the shops, restaurants, money exchange and parking facilities at Heathrow Airport. You earn 1 point for every £1 you spend, or 2 points per £1 once you’ve spent over £750 in a year and been upgraded to the Premium tier. Points can be redeemed for Heathrow shopping vouchers, Heathrow Express tickets, parking vouchers or miles with a variety of airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Aegean, Royal Brunei, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.)
Starting today, and running until Monday 30th July, you will receive a 100% bonus when you transfer your Heathrow Rewards points into Heathrow shopping vouchers.
Every 250 points you transfer will get you a £5 Heathrow voucher. This can be spent on virtually anything in the airport, except foreign currency. Vouchers are valid for 12 months.
This is a very strong deal. It makes little sense to redeem your points for airline miles at 1 mile per point when you could get 2p of shopping vouchers instead.
Heathrow Rewards has been running transfer bonuses on points into airline miles recently. These may or may not come back. However, even if you hold off in the anticipation of a 100% bonus, you would still be ‘paying’ 1p per mile compared to cashing in now. More importantly, 100% airline bonuses now seem to be restricted to ‘Premium’ members of Heathrow Rewards – standard members have only been offered a 50% airline bonus in recent deals.
If you’ve got a stash of Heathrow Rewards points, and as long as you are passing through Heathrow on a regular basis, you should have a serious think about redeeming this week.
The offer will be live at some point during today. If it isn’t showing when you log in, I recommend waiting for a couple of hours and trying again. Do not redeem your points until you see this offer on the Heathrow Rewards website.
Please note that, whilst Heathrow shopping vouchers normally arrive in the post within a few days, because of the anticipated demand for this offer Heathrow Rewards is saying that you may need to wait up to 28 days to receive them.
There is also an interesting but complex deal you can do to get 1p per American Express Membership Rewards point if you redeem them now. I have done a separate article today (click here) on how that works.
PS. If you are heading to Heathrow in the next 48-72 hours, you could use this offer to get a very generous rebate on a purchase. Via this offer, new Heathrow Rewards members get 3,000 bonus points when spending £150. This means that someone opening a new account and spending exactly £150 would receive 3,150 points plus another 100 points joining bonus.
As long as you redeem by 30th July – and HR points usually post within a couple of days – your 3,250 points would get you £65 of Heathrow vouchers. This is an excellent return on £150 of spending.
Whilst the link above is an Avios offer and talks about converting your bonus to Avios, in reality you can send the 3,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points wherever you want – including for shopping vouchers.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)