Get 250 bonus Heathrow Rewards points (=250 miles) with every Heathrow Express purchase!

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(EDIT: some people are having trouble with points posting if they buy the cheapest £5.50 tickets.  Reader feedback generally seems to be that they will appear but after a delay, whilst the bonus posts immediately for other ticket types.)

Heathrow Rewards and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer a generous bonus promotion.

Between 1st December and 31st December, you will receive 250 bonus Heathrow Rewards points with EVERY Heathrow Express purchase you make.

This is on top of the standard – and pretty feeble – earning rate of 1 Heathrow Rewards point per £1.

You need to book your tickets on the Heathrow Express website here.

The offer does not show on the Heathrow Express website but is explained clearly on the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.

(EDIT:  I forgot to add this originally, but you should also check if you have a targeted ‘£10 cashback on £35 Heathrow Rewards spend’ offer sitting on one of your American Express cards.)

Heathrow Express Heathrow Rewards offer

Are there any conditions?

It seems not, except that it cannot be combined with the employee discount scheme.  You can earn the bonus as many times as you wish during the promotional period.

Since you get 250 bonus points PER TRANSACTION, it makes sense to break down your purchase into multiple transactions.  If both you and your partner are travelling, buy your tickets in separate transactions.

However, since return tickets do not cost much more than single tickets, it is NOT worth buying two single tickets instead of a return.

You should also check that the Duo Saver (two standard class returns for £55.50) and Group Saver (33% off when 3+ adults travel) ticket offers are not better value than multiple single purchases.

What are the cheapest Heathrow Express tickets?

You can now get significant discounts if you book 30 / 60 / 90 days in advance, especially as weekends.

The cheapest ticket is a £5.50 single ticket, booked 90 days in advance for weekend or Bank Holiday travel.  Getting 250 Heathrow Rewards points on top of this is a good deal.

Remember that children now travel free on Heathrow Express.

Heathrow Express Heathrow Rewards offer

What are Heathrow Rewards points worth?

Heathrow Rewards points transfer at 1:1 into airline miles in the following programmes, in chunks of 250:

British Airways Executive Club / Aer Lingus AerClub

Asia Miles

Emirates Skywards

Virgin Flying Club

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Aegean Miles&Bonus

Royal Brunei Royal Skies

Lufthansa Miles & More

Alternatively, you can convert them into Heathrow shopping vouchers at the rate of £5 per 500 points.

Occasional transfer bonuses see your points being worth 50% – 100% more.  For the last two years, there has been an annual 100% bonus on transfers to Heathrow shopping vouchers, so you got a £5 voucher for just 250 points.  There is currently a Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus running, which we will cover tomorrow, worth 50% for standard Heathrow Rewards members and 100% for Premium members who have spent over £750 in a year.

Is this a better deal than earning Avios from Heathrow Express?

Good question.  There is a long-running Avios deal with Heathrow Express, which few people know about because you need to visit heathrowexpress.com/avios to qualify.

This is very generous – you earn 10 Avios per £1 spent.  It is more generous, for flexible return tickets, than the Heathrow Express offer.

The snag is that the Avios offer does not apply to advance tickets.  The only tickets you can buy via heathrowexpress.com/avios are flexible ones.  You won’t find the £5.50 advance tickets here.  The only tickets covered by the Avios offer are:

  • Express single: £22
  • Express return: £37
  • Business First single: £32
  • Business First return: £55

If you want to earn Avios, as opposed to Virgin / Emirates / Lufthansa / Aegean / Singapore / Cathay / Royal Brunei miles, the bottom three deals above are more generous that taking 250 bonus Heathrow Rewards points.   On the other hand, a 50% transfer bonus into Avios at some point next year would wipe out the benefit except for the £55 ticket above.

To summarise ……

In virtually all cases, the new ‘250 bonus Heathrow Rewards points with any purchase’ option is better than the Avios-earning option.

Even when the difference is marginal, remember that transferable / flexible points (and Heathrow Rewards points are very flexible due to the number of redemption options) are more valuable than fixed points such as Avios.  You should value 250 Heathrow Rewards points higher than 250 Avios, for example, because the former can become the latter (1:1 conversion rate) but can also become lots of other things.

Because of this, I would take the Heathrow Rewards points rather than Avios (via heathrowrewards.com/avios) if you can.

Remember that bookings must be made by 31st December to qualify for the 250 bonus Heathrow Rewards points.  The small print says that bonus points may take up to 30 days to arrive.

(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.)

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Comments

  1. OT – I’m going to Tokyo for a week at the end of January. I’ve already booked a redemention 5 nights at the ritz. For the other two nights I only have IHG points, what is better the ANA intercontinental or the Tokyo Bay Intercontinental? Thanks for your advice!

    • Ana is more convenient in terms of location and is a good property. Bay is further away but is immaculate in terms of staff, cleanliness, and soundproofing. I was really amazed to get a bay view high floor corner room upgrade while I was only gold and stayed on points. I was expecting the worst room allocation.

      • IC The Strings also looks good, would be interested in any thoughts re area for it. Redeeming IHG points looks like a good plan – 50-55k/night vs £350 (The Bay) £450 (The Strings) or £550 IC Tokyo for my days!

        • It’s very convenient for airports and getting around as it is attached to Shinagawa station.

          • Yes, am flying into and out of Haneda (ANA F redemption on VS miles for 120k + £400 :D) so it looks extremely convenient for that!

        • IC The Strings is excellent, stayed last year on points but as Spire Ambassador, great service and room was very high quality. There are a shops and cafes in all directions in the area. Shinagawa station is adjacent, and the spectacle of the morning rush hour(s) as the masses come out of the station is an incredible sight.

          Against it, although connected to station it is a little far away from main tourist destinations and there is a lot of time spent on trains getting to places, but could say the same about London. Then again trains to/from both airports pass through.

        • I agree with CV3V 100%. Did 2 award nights at the strings recently, it was an excellent hotel, good service and room very nice. But due to the distance from the main tourist attractions I wouldn’t stay there again.

          The Tokyo metro was a right faff. The different lines have different tickets so you have to buy a new ticket when you change trains. Furthermore the ticket machines don’t take western credit cards. Had to get cash out, neither curve nor debit cards accepted! Add a buggy into the mix and it was pretty stressful. Apparently you can get some universal Oyster card type thing which works on all lines. I forget the name of it and no one told us about it beforehand.

    • I actually prefer The Strings.

  2. Remember you can get railcard discounts on HEX too. If you have a Network Railcard or Gold Card (annual travelcard) up to 4 can get 33% off and you CAN split those ones into separate transactions as long as the railcard holder travels with the 4.

    If you have a two together railcard you can’t split the booking as the two people need to book in the same transaction.

    • Jonathan says:

      Yes, a network railcard is well worth buying for anyone making more than 2 HEX returns a year. Just make sure you buy tickets on app/website as the ticket machines/onboard won’t allow you to get railcard discount

      • Still no railcard discounts on the HEX ticket machines? Now the HEX ticket offices are gone I would have thought they’d have to. Always a good idea to buy your railcard discounts online/app anyway so you can get your Heathrow Rewards (Avios doesn’t work for discounted fares).

        If you do need to buy your ticket at the station, the National Rail machines at Paddington will offer you the railcard discount. I think there’s also National Rail machines at the Heathrow end too but I’ve only used them to collect tickets.

  3. O/T Was looking to churn on BAPP, and realised I had my wife’s BA (Blue) supplementary card still on my online Amex account. Is the 6 month window based on when you were the main cardholder (I cancelled my BAPP end of June 2018) or when you cancelled the last “BA card” on your account regardless if it was a supplementary card? I assumed it would be the former but the guy on Amex customer service call centre implied it was the latter.

  4. O/T again and one that’s been done to death but unable to find in old comments.

    NYC – I have a free night IHG Creation voucher to use next year and IHG points to burn. Where do you recommend to stay for 3-4 nights? Points range from around 34k to 70k. Happy to consider range of these for value. What are your preferences please?

    • Anywhere specific in the world?

      • Genghis says:

        NYC?

        • Yes, NYC. Thanks.

        • Shoestring says:

          New York City

        • Sorry, yes New York City, Manhattan.

          Thanks Harry

        • Shoestring says:

          That’s very unfair you guys. Why should getting an airport code right even matter? It wasn’t even meant to be an airport. I hate this 3 letter code stupidity/ not in the club snobbishness

          • Ermm this thread seems to be getting all a bit confusing! I think Genghis was just replying to Lumma pointing out that NYC had already been specified by the OP as where they were looking at using the voucher…

        • Genghis says:

          @Alan correct. NYC is the IATA for New York City as well as being the generally accepted accronym.

        • Genghis says:

          And to add a bit of value, IC Boston was excellent (though not New York of course; I’d heard they’re bed factories).

    • @graeme we stayed at IC Times Square which I was pretty happy with. No other experience though. Try to get max value out of the creation voucher though, 35k per night would seem a bit of a waste! Ambassador could work out good value even for 1 weekend only.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Can’t recommend based on personal experience, but i’ve just used my free night & points on the Kimpton Eventi… close call with the Indigo LES and IC Barclay.

  5. OT: I went on a BA Holiday (flight + hotel) in Oct and haven’t received the bonus Avios. It’s been 6 weeks. The flight Avios came within 2 days of the flights. Anyone else have them not appear?

    • In my experience they either post within a week or so, or never. It’s a manual process apparently. You will need to phone BA holidays to chase up but they have been super-helpful in the past.

  6. OH Hilton gold status. If my gold status (via Amex Platinum) expires, but I’ve spent the required amount on the HH visa, do you just carry on automatically as gold or do you have to re-apply for the status (I had to nudge them a bit to make me silver when I first got the HH visa)?

  7. The Original Nick says:

    O:T, I’ve just installed BPme app to my phone to take advantage of the Amex £10 off £30 fuel. I was asked to add a Nectar card which I did. “Under Offer” is 1000 bonus points when fill up and swipe at BP. Valid for 9 days.
    Nectar isn’t that important to me but I’ll take them.
    Could be handy for some.

    • Did you find when you added your Amex payment card to the bpme appthat it would only allow you to enter 3 digits for the security code?
      I entered the first three and it worked ok, but seemed strange given the amex promo not to be configured properly.

  8. OT
    There is an Air China competition to win two business class tickets to the destination of your choice at https://www.landyourdream.co.uk/

  9. Avios eshop

  10. Benylin says:

    OT: does anyone have a link to the website laying out the global benefits of having the HSBC Premier MasterCard?

    • It would be the one that comes up at the top if you Google ‘mastercard world elite benefits’ 🙂

  11. Looks like the T&Cs now include a point 7, “Only one offer per member”. Had this been there before?

    I booked 2 journeys on Sunday and don’t remember seeing this in there. Booked 8 more today so will see if the points come in for all of them.

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