BACK AGAIN: Get 3,000 Avios or other frequent flyer 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.

(The original source of this code is this page of the BA website.)

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).

Heathrow Rewards sign-up code

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.

PS.  If £150 spend is too much, Lufthansa has a lower value offer.  Sign up with code LH2019 and you get 1,000 points for spending £80 in a single day.  You need to do your spending before 31st January, however, which makes it a lot less flexible than the BA offer.  The Lufthansa small print is here.

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  1. Platinum ambassador status was suppose to expire on 31/12/18 but still showing as my status and platinum card.. even has the expiry at the bottom as 31/12/18. Anyone in a similar position..? I did have the IHG premium card as of June last year

  2. I have received some more Marriott points from the recent competition. Yesterday and today I received the 500 points I won but did not post on 11th December. Still waiting on the 2 * 1000 points I won lol

    • Me too – I was waiting for one lot of 500 pts – received 500 yesterday and 500 today! Also finally received my HH pts from my MR transfer – 2nd time lucky.

  3. OT: Amex related. All available offers disappeared from Plat, BAPP and SPG cards.

    • All showing up fine for me in the Android app. The website (assuming you’re using that) can be a bit flaky at times both with displaying offers and progress bars.

    • Same here, but already saved offers are visible.
      I wouldn’t hesitate to use the offer if you already knew what the offer was – likes of £200 off £600 spend on Amex Travel

      • The Amex Travel offers always the best for me, used within a few days of available. Never had a problem booking BA/AA flights at same cost as Matrix.

        • Where as I have never got a fare via Amex Travel which bears any relation to the price when booking direct….slightly better luck with hotel rooms but not much.

    • Same here – I think the website is just being buggy.

      • Me too. The Amex offers on the app seem to be a bit clunky this week but I’m sure they are still saved to your cards.

        • Points still not displaying correctly in the Amex app (Android at least) – totals fine but only shows bonus points for individual detail, not actual purchases. Technology ticket lodged with Amex a couple of months ago and screenshots sent in – still no resolution. Looks like the programmers have only pulled in the bonus points column in the table and not the main one!

    • Likewise.

      Saved offers are fine, but there were 32 offers showing yesterday and nothing showing on either the website or the App today.

      • My saved offers are still showing but the unsaved ones have disappeared for now, despite being present earlier.

  4. Would paying for Heathrow Parking trigger the reward?

    • No, there is no option for direct parking unless you use hotel stay + park package if offered by Amex Travel

    • Yes, but the parking would need to be £150 in itself because you don’t know what day the transaction will go through (at a guess). Do they charge the day you arrive, in advance or when you leave?

  5. OT_ Amex Platinum seems to have a new benefit – Preferred Golf

    Preferred Golf – Premium Membership
    Complimentary Premium membership, normally US$295.
    Room upgrade and late check-out when available.
    Round of golf with a two-night stay at participating properties.

  6. 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?

    • 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

    • 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.

      • 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!

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

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

  7. 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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