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How to cash out your Amex Membership Rewards points or Emirates Skywards miles for 1p each

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In our main article today I wrote about the very generous ‘double up’ bonus which Heathrow Rewards is running from today, 24th July, to Monday 30th July.  During this period, every 250 Heathrow Rewards points you convert will get you a £5 Heathrow shopping voucher instead of a £2.50 voucher.

There is an ‘advanced’ way to work this offer.  I have put it into this separate article in order to not dilute the main message of the ‘double up’ deal for those readers who are less keen on the sort of creativity I am about to outline.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that there is a second Heathrow Rewards bonus running at the moment.  You receive a 50% bonus when you transfer Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards.  This offer runs until 31st July.  Full details are in this article.

You should also remember that American Express Membership Rewards points convert to Emirates Skywards miles at a rate of 1:1.  This transfer is instant as long as your accounts are already linked and should be done within a day if they are not.

This means you can get creative …..

It is possible, for the next seven days only, to get 1p of Heathrow Airport shopping vouchers per American Express Membership Rewards point or Emirates Skywards mile you have.

This is how:

Step 1:  Transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to Emirates Skywards via this page of the Amex website 

The transfer is instant if your accounts are already linked and should be fairly quick even if they are not – although there is a risk.  You need to transfer in chunks of 500 American Express points with a minimum of 1,000.

Step 2:  Transfer your Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards points via this page of the Emirates website 

You need to convert at least 6,000 Emirates Skywards miles which, under this offer, will get you 3,000 Heathrow Rewards points instead of the usual 2,000.  Larger transfers must be in multiples of 2,000 miles.  The transfer was instant when I did this a couple of years ago.  The risk here is that the bonus does not post immediately.

IMPORTANT:  Heathrow Rewards points transferred from Emirates can only be used for shopping vouchers, Heathrow Express tickets or airport parking.  They cannot be transferred out to another airline scheme.

Step 3:  Redeem your Heathrow Rewards points for Heathrow shopping vouchers via the Heathrow Rewards website 

As long as you order your vouchers by 30th July, you will receive 2p per point instead of the usual 1p.  You need to redeem in multiples of 250 Heathrow Rewards points.

So ….

6,000 American Express Membership Rewards points converts into

6,000 Emirates Skywards miles which converts into

3,000 Heathrow Rewards points (with the 50% bonus until 31st July) which converts into

£60 of Heathrow Airport shopping vouchers (with the 100% bonus until 30th July) which are valid for 12 months

That is 1p per American Express Membership Rewards point or Emirates Skywards mile.

There is, of course, some risk here and if it all goes goes wrong, don’t blame us:

Emirates Skywards transfers from Amex are instant but if your accounts are not linked it may take a day

The one time I did a transfer from Emirates Skywards into Heathrow Rewards it was also instant, but that was two years ago – I don’t have any recent experience

I’m not sure if the 50% Heathrow Rewards bonus posts immediately or not

As you have a full week from today to order the vouchers from Heathrow Rewards, the risk is manageable in my view.  1p per American Express Membership Rewards points is a good return although, of course, you should really have something in mind to buy and be planning a visit to the airport.

Heathrow Rewards is expecting high demand during this promotion and is warning that it could take 28 days for your shopping vouchers to arrive in the post.  Do not order if you must have them sooner, although it may well happen.


How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (December 2022)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (106)

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  • MD says:

    all worked as suggested. Had a bit of trouble setting up Emirates as a partner and had to call AMEX helplines (they mentioned they had had several call today from people trying to do this and hitting a glitch).
    good way to use up expiring Skywards points. Thanks HFP!

  • Joe says:

    Does anyone know how long it takes for the 50% bonus to hit Heathrow Rewards account from the Skywards transfer?

    • J says:

      Was immediate for me.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Immediate for me. But now can’t login to Heathrow rewards site, ironically from T5 🙂

      PS, thanks Rob for the tip, thought my 6.7k Emirates were a write off

  • AVM says:

    or buy a sainsburys gift card in store for £60 and no fee?

  • Mr Dee says:

    Wonder how many extra Amex points will be transferred today, must be millions haha!

    • the real harry1 says:

      Not sure – I’m not interested as cashing out of Amex into a currency I don’t want is not for me.

      0.5p never was in my case, so there’s no doubling, I always get way more than 1p in Avios value (otherwise they stay in the bank & I pay cash).

  • Peter K says:

    Or rather, load £51.50 then withdraw £60.
    Good spot, thanks for that.

  • Charlie T. says:

    O/T as no bits today.
    I have an AMEX 2-4-1 that is about to die and am making a redemption booking for me + a lap infant. Is there any way to use the voucher to get them a seat? Thanks!

    • the real harry1 says:

      Sure, I think airlines always allow you to buy a full seat for infants – so this should be fine

  • RIccatti says:

    Has anyone tried purchasing M&S giftcard and apply Heathrow Rewards landside (before security)?

    • Mr Dee says:

      Interested to know if there are any gift cards available to purchase, I know it mentions not buying own store ones but there might be other companies gift cards?

      • Mark2 says:

        Many WH Smith branches sell gift cards, but don’t know about Heathrow.

        • Alex says:

          Done it in Heathrow ok.

        • Mr Dee says:

          Nice way to get some better value from the MR points if they have a good selection, anyone know what gift cards WH Smith stock?

        • Rob says:

          Might work. Do NOT buy M&S gift cards in M&S though, this definitely does not work. 3rd party gift cards in WHS are more likely.

    • Rob says:

      Doesn’t work, friend of mine tried it.

  • KBuffett says:

    OT – I forgot to hit my £1000 spend on my SPG Amex (was deadline was 16th July). Do you think they will extend this if I call them?

    • Genghis says:

      Only one way to find out…

      • KBuffett says:

        False alarm. I logged into the website and it states I have until 24th August to hit the £1000 spend and get 10000 bonus points (I’m sure it was supposed to be 11000)?

        • Rob says:

          It doesn’t adjust for referred people. You still get the 11k.

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