Heathrow Rewards, the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme, has an interesting partnership with hotel booking site Rocketmiles which can earn you 2,000+ easy Avios or other airline miles.
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.
If you’re not a member of the scheme yet, you can find out how Heathrow Rewards works in this article.
What is Rocketmiles?
Rocketmiles – if you are not familiar with it – is a similar website to PointsHound, Agoda and Kaligo.com. You can earn airline miles and other loyalty points in a wide variety of schemes when you book your hotel stays via rocketmiles.com.
The one downside of Rocketmiles is that your stays will be treated as ‘non-qualifying’ by the hotel. This means that you won’t earn points in the hotel’s own loyalty programme and you probably won’t get your status benefits either. Rocketmiles, Kaligo.com etc are best used when booking a stay at an independent hotel or at one where you don’t actively collect their points.
Before I get to this new deal, let me repeat why I like this partnership.
Why is this new Heathrow Rewards partnership interesting?
Usually, when you earn miles via Rocketmiles, they are sent directly to the partner of your choice – Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Etihad Guest etc.
However, if you credit to Heathrow Rewards instead you will get substantial extra flexibility.
Why? Imagine a hotel stay booked via Rocketmiles which would earn 2,000 miles or points. Send those to Avios and you get 2,000 Avios. This is fine but of course you’re not getting any flexibility. Send those to Heathrow Rewards and you would have the choice of:
- 2,000 Avios
- 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
- 2,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles
- 2,000 Royal Brunei RoyalSkies miles
- 2,000 Emirates Skywards miles
- 2,000 Aegean Miles&Bonus miles
- 2,000 Miles & More miles
- £20 Heathrow Airport shopping voucher
- £40 Heathrow Airport parking voucher
…. and you could even mix and match across the various redemptions. You can leave your points sitting in Heathrow Rewards until you are firm about where you need them.
(Note that Etihad Guest is no longer a partner with Heathrow Rewards.)
There is also the opportunity for a transfer bonus
Heathrow Rewards has been running some aggressive transfer bonuses recently. We have seen, for example:
- 100% bonus on redemptions for Heathrow shopping vouchers
- 50% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club
- 50% bonus on transfers to Avios
- 100% bonus on transfers to Miles & More
Even if your only interest from Rocketmiles is earning Avios, it may well make more sense to credit your stays to Heathrow Rewards and wait for a transfer bonus. If there is no bonus, you can still convert at the standard rate and you aren’t any worse off.
Get 2,000+ Heathrow Rewards points with your first Rocketmiles booking
Via this special link, you will earn 2,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points, on top of your base Heathrow Rewards points, when you make your first booking through Rocketmiles.
Note that this offer is NOT valid for Premium member of Heathrow Rewards or for existing Rocketmiles customers.
You have until 22nd April to book and the stay can be at any point in the future. There is no minimum spend.
Think this through. You will pick up 2,000+ Heathrow Rewards points which – at the very worst – you can, at a time of your choice, move into either 2,000 Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei, Aegean or Emirates miles. You could also take a £20 Heathrow shopping voucher or a £40 Heathrow parking voucher.
However ….. if Heathrow Rewards keeps running transfer bonuses ….. you would get somewhere between (as a minimum) 3,000 and 4,000 airline miles depending on the size of the bonus when you transfer! Alternatively, if they repeat the ‘100% bonus on conversions to Heathrow shopping vouchers’ offer, your 2,000 points would be worth £40 to spend at Heathrow.
And, with no minimum spend, you could do this on a £50 hotel room if you can find one. Even without a transfer bonus, you could redeem the points for a £40 Heathrow Airport Parking voucher and almost break even.
The special booking site is here. Remember that you must be a first time Rocketmiles customer.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)