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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 from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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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