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BACK AGAIN: Get 3,000 Avios or other miles with the Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has brought back its generous sign-up bonus worth 3,000 points for 2019.

3,000 points is a very generous sign-up bonus for Heathrow Rewards.  It is especially generous given the recent 50% and 100% transfer bonuses offered to airline partners or into shopping vouchers.

If you sign up now, the minimum spend to trigger the bonus is £150 in a single day before 31st December 2019.

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.

What is my bonus worth?

You can redeem your 3,000 points for 3,000 Avios or miles in Virgin Flying Club, Aegean Miles+Bonus, Miles & More, Emirates Skywards, Royalskies (Royal Brunei) or Krisflyer (Singapore Airlines).

Alternatively, you could take £30 of Heathrow shopping vouchers or Heathrow Express vouchers, or £60 of vouchers towards the official Heathrow car parks.

As Heathrow Rewards has been offering transfer bonuses recently (in December they offered a 50% – 100% bonus on Virgin Atlantic transfers) the sign up bonus could be worth 4,500 Avios or other miles if you sit on the points until a transfer bonus turns up.

Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here. To get the bonus you need to make sure you add the promotion code BA2019 at the bottom of ‘contact information’.  Whilst the code is from the BA website, it doesn’t stop you moving the points to a different airline if you wish once you have triggered the bonus.

Check the small print before you make your purchases at Heathrow as some items such as tobacco or foreign currency transactions do not count.  Gift card purchases do not count if they are for the store where you buy the card – eg M&S gift cards bought in M&S do not count (and a friend recently tried this as a test) but third party gift cards bought in WH Smith seem to be OK (but don’t blame me if it fails).

You may well already have a Heathrow Rewards account.  If so, consider persuading someone who shares a BA or Avios household account with you to open one too.

If you are flying this weekend, don’t worry about not receiving your plastic card in time.   You can use the Heathrow Airport app to add your Heathrow Rewards card to your smartphone wallet.  Alternatively, save your receipts and scan or post them to Heathrow Rewards and they will add the points manually.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

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 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (99)

  • RakishDriver says:

    OT Recieved a couple of amex cards today – trying to add to individual, existing accounts but error says can’t, need to create a new online account.
    Fails both on apps and website – should I wait if an IT issue at amex or ring ’em now?

    • tartan says:

      I believe you have to ring them up. I just created a new online account and then rang them up a few weeks later to have the new one merged with my old one

    • Nick_C says:

      Had the same problem on Thursday. Tried to add a new SPG card to either of my two on line accounts. Failed on both of them. Phoned Amex. Got an overseas call centre. They took my details and said they would send a memo to a team who could add it for me.

      Logged on this morning and it is there.

      • Anna says:

        I’ve just had to create a new account for my gold card which arrived (finally) yesterday. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing though, from prior conversations I’ve had with CS they can only see the account you are contacting them about!

    • Alan says:

      I was never sure about linking to existing accounts, so have always created new ones. Perhaps unnecessary by the sounds of it?

      • Alan says:

        I’ve got all my old cards in one account, I find it keeps things together and never had a problem with it.

  • Steve O'Hara says:

    Signing up to HR as have got a trip planned for next month and my wife has an eye watering purchase lined up in the airport 😩 have signed myself up using BA2019. If I refer her to sign up, I see there is a referral bonus of 500 points possible if spend £50 or more in first transaction. Could she sign up via my referral, and also use the BA2019 code for herself when registering – effectively getting me 500 points and herself the 3000 bonus points when making said purchase? I know it says can’t be used in conjunction with any other sign-up bonus but wasn’t sure if a referral counts as that or not? Cheers!

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