I’ve no idea when this happened, but at some point in the last few months the Avios earning rate on Heathrow Express tickets has been halved.
You now earn 5 Avios per £1, instead of the previous 10 Avios per £1.
As a reminder, there are two ways to earn Avios by taking Heathrow Express.
The first is to collect Heathrow Rewards points on online bookings. This is a rewards currency offered by various Heathrow services, including duty-free shopping, and can be easily transferred into Avios (or many other frequent flyer currencies). You earn 1 point per £1 spent and these transfer 1:1 into Avios. This article explains more about Heathrow Rewards.
The second is to take advantage of a special Heathrow Express / Avios deal
To take advantage of the Avios offer, you need to book your ticket in advance via this special Avios / Heathrow Express link.
The promotion is significantly more generous than earning Heathrow Rewards points and converting them to Avios, even after the Avios rate was halved. You now earn 5 Avios per £1 spent. There is only one snag – you cannot use other promotional codes or book (cheaper) Advance Purchase tickets via this route.
If you are booking an Advance Purchase ticket or taking advantage of a package deal such as Duo Saver for a couple travelling together, the only reward you can claim is Heathrow Rewards points.
When choosing your means of travel from Heathrow to London you should consider what fits best for you. This article (click) outlines the various ways you can save money on Heathrow Express – including some non-Avios promotions – which may save you more money than the Avios collected.
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.)