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Get 1,000 Avios or other miles with a Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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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.

Get 1,000 Avios or other miles with a Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

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?

Full details of the Heathrow Rewards scheme are here.

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.

You can learn more about Heathrow Rewards on its website here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(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.)

Comments (2)

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  • Paul says:

    It’s all very well offering sign up bonuses but there are things they need to sort first
    1. The app is a mess now requiring you to know or easily locate a 10 digit membership number. In addition to email and password
    2. Access to WiFi should be automatic with a simple password either you own or like BA lounges. This too requires the membership number.
    3. When will they extend status to lrdmium members? Just 2 months to go and travel only now opening up. The £750 annual bar is not easy to achieve when long haul travel in particular has been curtailed!

  • Paul says:

    Premium members

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