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).
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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