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What benefits does Heathrow Rewards Premium membership get you?

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Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for the shops and car parks at London Heathrow, has a little known ‘Premium’ tier. 

If you are planning a shopping spree at Heathrow in the coming weeks, it is worth knowing about the benefits.

How do you earn Heathrow Rewards points?

We wrote a full review of how Heathrow Rewards works in this article.

Heathrow Rewards Premium tier review

In summary, 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).  There is also a partnership with Rocketmiles to earn points from your hotel bookings.

Once you’ve earned points you can exchange them for miles or shopping vouchers.  The airline transfer partners are:

  • Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • Asia Miles
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Aer Lingus AerClub
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • Royal Brunei Royal Skies
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Virgin Flying Club

The minimum transfer is 250 Heathrow Rewards points = 250 miles.

As the alternative is swapping 500 points for a £5 Heathrow shopping voucher (or a £10 parking voucher), you are effectively ‘paying’ 1p per airline mile.  This is still a good deal in most cases but bear the alternative in mind before you transfer.

The smallest voucher redemption is for 500 points, so if you only have 250 points and are unlikely to earn any more, airline miles are your only redemption option.

Heathrow Rewards Premium tier review

What is the Heathrow Rewards Premium tier?

Heathrow Rewards has a Premium tier. 

You need to spend £750 in a calendar year to qualify. Travelex and Rocketmiles spend is not included in the £750 target.

When you hit £750 of spending, you will receive Premium status for the remainder of the current calendar year and all of the following year.

What are the benefits of Heathrow Rewards Premium?

The core benefit of being a Heathrow Rewards Premium member is double base points.  You will earn 2 points (so 2 airline miles) per £1 spent, rather than 1 point per £1 spent.

You also receive:

  • 750 points for referring a friend to Heathrow Rewards who spends £100 in a single transaction (500 points for standard members)
  • 150 bonus points when you book Heathrow Porters (not available for standard members)
  • 150 bonus points with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking (not available for standard members)
  • 150 bonus points when you use Collect On Return (100 points for standard members)
  • 150 bonus points when you use Reserve & Collect (100 points for standard members)
  • 150 bonus points when you use Home Delivery (100 points for standard members)

Is Heathrow Rewards Premium worth having?

It isn’t worth pushing for, no.

There is some value to it – mainly an extra 1% return on your spending for the rest of the current and all of the following year – but this isn’t worth much. Premium did have some interesting benefits when first launched, such as Heathrow Express upgrade vouchers, but these have fizzled out.

Of course, if you can hit Premium naturally via your airport spending then you should definitely ensure you claim your points.

Comments (16)

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  • Metty says:

    When similar articles have appeared over the last 2/3 years we’ve pointed out that Lufthansa Miles & More transfer points link is broken. Indeed, I have an email from HR saying ‘Lufthansa Miles & More is no longer a partner of Heathrow Rewards’. I assume this is still correct…. or are they back?

    • memesweeper says:

      Looks like it’s back for me — although I have no desire to send any points to test!

  • SteveJ says:

    When does the higher earning rate kick in, mid transaction or after a few days?

    I.e. If you were to make a 1k purchase, would that whole purchase track at the lower rate and then the next purchase (same day? next day? more?) track at double points? Or will £750 track at the lower rate and £250 at double?

    • Paul says:

      You have to be upgraded before the higher rate kicks in and it will be days before it does

  • Paul says:

    I havnt earned many HR rewards since 2018 when I first became a premium member on the back of several large ticket item purchases. I re qualified in 2019. HR were the only loyalty scheme which refused to extend membership during Covid and consequently I dropped out. Now when I occasionally wander around the shops, I am struck by how stupidly expensive everything is. Most booze can be obtained in my local Tesco for less than at Heathrow and in most cases now the is a real duty free in when you arrive so if I need anything I get it on arrival in my destination.
    For big ticket items, tax free shopping overseas seems to be the way to go. One of the very few benefits of Brexit and one I’d gladly sacrifice to get my FOM back.

    • Mikeact says:


    • mzb says:

      I disagree, you can get pretty good deal on booze. Typically 1L bottles will be selling (I buy mostly gin) for the same price as 0.7L found on the high street. Add to it a 10% discount from either Dufry or Reserve & collect (if you plan ahead).

      • Mikeact says:

        And I suppose Gin is normally higher % proof than the high street.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Depends what you are buying.

      Most duty free is bought by visitors leaving the country whose first thought isn’t “I could have got it cheaper in Tesco” but “that’s cheaper than at home”.

      • Chabuddy Geezy says:

        Dufry 10% discount on booze and perfume can definitely move the dial a bit. Interestingly before Brexit some UK airport stores would give you a VAT free price even if travelling domestically, (I think VAT was paid but they discounted these sales.)

    • Jack says:

      Eliminating Duty Free on the luxury boutiques killed off the value at LHR

  • flyforfun says:

    Tried to use my Heathrow Rewards card last time I was at T5. Lady at the counter at Itsu said they don’t accept them anymore, but I could send my receipt in if I wanted to. The robot teller at Boots just ignored it when I scanned it in. Anyone else having issues with it being accepted elsewhere or have I just been unlucky?

    • Rob says:

      Used mine as Costa in T5 arrivals and WHS in T5 departures last week with no issues.

    • Mr Benjamin Murphy-Ryan says:

      It has to be scanned usually in another machine at boots manned counters – haven’t tried in dining venues, but used to work

  • DavidB says:

    Lost all my points last year because I’d not earned any for two years…two years during which COVID grounded most flying and LHR went through its massive melt down…every frequent flyer and hotel stay program suspended their inactivity clawbacks and protected elite status but not Heathrow Rewards.

  • Mikeact says:

    Both ours were cancelled for the same reason…no exceptions. Who cares….we try to avoid LHR wherever possible. Gatwick or SOU over to AMS or CDG for a far better experience. Regrettably, we have little choice but T5 in Sept for a particular one off flight.

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