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There is good news for Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Emirates Skywards, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Aegean Miles+Bonus, Royal Brunei Royal Skies and Lufthansa Miles & More members.

Today, 1st October, Heathrow Rewards is launching its annual 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.

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Long-term readers of HfP will know that this promotion usually starts in November.  Heathrow Rewards has decided to trial an earlier start this year, possibly to catch the half-term traffic at the end of the month and the new iPhone launch.

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

Here are the details of the offer, which runs from 1st October until 31st December. Remember that you can convert Heathrow Rewards points into Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Emirates Skywards, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Aegean Miles+Bonus, Royal Brunei Royal Skies and Lufthansa Miles & More miles as well as into Heathrow shopping vouchers.

Heathrow Rewards has been running regular transfer bonuses over the last couple of years.  If you don’t need the miles or shopping vouchers immediately, I recommend that you don’t transfer them into miles immediately.  You risk missing out on a potential 50% or 100% transfer bonus at some point in the future.

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

Here are the deals for 2018:

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

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

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

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

The offer runs from today until 31st December.

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! This was a serious rebate on the price paid for the watch, which was already reduced by the equivalent of the VAT.

World Duty Free is not part of the mega bonus promotion but is instead running a double points promotion on £100+ spend.

Full details will be available on the Heathrow Rewards website from some point today.

Comments (75)

  • maz says:

    When I try to register with Heathrow Rewards using the link, the promo code does not appear. In fact it asks for the card number of the recommender.

    Any thoughts?

    • Rob says:

      Type in the promo code manually. There is a BA version of the code as well if you look at ba.com.

  • Max says:

    Anyone know if the vouchers they send you for £5 are really tied to a particular card?

    In other words could I lump together vouchers from two cards?

    Doubt you get points when using vouchers – would be nice!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You get the points. In fact you earn the points on the value before the voucher.

      Ive only used the voucher with the card it wasn’t issued to but the voucher has the name/card number on it so if the cashier looked they’d see they were all for different people.

    • mr dee says:

      You don’t need to show your card to use them unless you get a cashier that is demanding

  • pommy ray says:

    if you have premium status do you get double the points ?

  • Louie says:

    OT sorry: Amex Plat Hertz codes. Are both 633306 and 211762 OK for a UK card? I’m getting a better rate using the latter.

    • Max says:

      Probably. Hertz care little about the rate used. Not sure which rate I am using and it doesn’t say in the profile, so I can’t tell you. Unless there is a way to find out.

    • Alan says:

      Must say I mainly use the latter. Often works very well, esp with the extra 4h allowance. Equally other times they’re just ludicrously overpriced and better going elsewhere. I’ve had some very keenly priced SUV rentals with them tho.

    • Jovanna says:

      Check both and scroll through all vehicles. You might find a sweet spot on what you would expect to be a higher priced car.

  • KevMc says:

    Is there any reason to think that buying something and then returning it for a refund at a different store (ie a high street location) might allow a refund without the points being taken back? …asking for a friend 🙂

    • Chris says:

      Highly unlikely to work, the refund will reduce your MR balanced I’d have thought?

    • Kai says:

      Any refund to the card leads to a point reduction.

      • Genghis says:

        HR points?

      • KevMc says:

        I’m talking about the Heathrow Reward points, not the Amex Membership Reward points

        • Shoestring says:

          Worth a try, their systems are probably not that sophisticated. To lose the points, HR would have to be tracking that particular purchase (@ – say – Dixons) & get the information that it had been returned. Pretty sure Dixons shouldn’t be giving that information to 3rd parties. You might do equally well buying something airside then returning it 30 mins later – buyer’s regret.

        • MikeMcM says:

          I’m sure that info is shared between eg Dixon’s and HAL – its a basic audit requirement, and how do you think you get the points in the first place?

        • Genghis says:

          I’d suspect a one way feed from Dixon’s LHR to HR, not full access by HR to Dixon’s systems.

        • Shoestring says:

          Same suspicion here – HR card is scanned at till/ point of purchase. It collects date, time, purchase amount, location etc. No other information would pass between Dixons & HR after that.

    • mr dee says:

      The Heathrow Rewards system is separate and they use a different POS machine to allocate the points, if you have ever dealt with Dixons retail stores you will probably know their systems are not cutting edge technology….

  • Alan says:

    Not bits but LHR-related. Aspire Reward scheme now launched – app-based, earn 50 pts per visit per guest. 500pts for free lounge visit (although can’t just give card to someone else like before) and 700 pts for £5 gift voucher at M&S, Amazon, Debenhams, Pizza Express, John Lewis.

    Collected 50pts in EDI this morning no problem but LHR T5 then refused saying they hadn’t heard of it. Twitter team then confirmed that lounge is excluded.

    Not particularly exciting TBH. Apols if already covered but couldn’t remember seeing it mentioned.

  • mr dee says:

    Probably can but does anyone know if flying domestic say London to Manchester will I still be allowed to purchase from Dixons Travel?

  • Adam says:

    I’m about £25 away from reaching Heathrow Rewards Premium and am thinking of buying a something from Tiffany and Co for around £400 that’ll take me into premium. My question is, should I wait until I hit the £750 spend before making the £400 purchase? Or would that purchase count as the Premium tier. Equally, if I spend the £25 on the same day before the £400 would that also count?

    • Norman says:

      In the T&Cs it says that the extra points apply from the transaction after you qualify for Premium- so yes better to make a smaller one first. I think the same day won’t matter, they should be time stamped.

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