It is, not surprisingly, quite a while since we have seen a sign-up bonus for the Heathrow Rewards loyalty scheme.
British Airways is now offering a promo code for signing up. Whilst it is an BA code, the bonus points can be transferred to Virgin Points, Emirates Skywards or any other partner if you wish.
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?
Under the BA promotion, you will receive 1,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points when you join Heathrow Rewards and spend £80 in a single day before 31st December.
You can redeem your 1,000 Heathrow Rewards points for 1,000 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 £10 of Heathrow shopping vouchers or Heathrow Express vouchers, or £20 of vouchers towards the official Heathrow car parks.
Heathrow Rewards has, in the past, offered generous 50%-100% transfer bonuses to certain airline partners. This could make your sign-up bonus even more valuable if these returned.
How do I sign up?
To get the bonus you need to make sure you add the promotion code BA2021. You are looking for the line ‘Seen a promo? Add the code to be rewarded.’
Whilst the code is from this page of 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 seem to count if they are for the store where you buy the card, although third party gift cards seem to be OK.
You may already have a Heathrow Rewards account. If so, consider persuading someone who shares a British Airways 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 bring up your card via the Heathrow Airport app.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.