If you’re flying on one of the four daily Singapore Airlines flights from London Heathrow this year, or on any other flight from Heathrow for that matter, and you don’t already have a Heathrow Rewards card, simply enrol and spend £150 (around S$280) across the many shops, duty-free stores and food outlets, and get a sign-up bonus of 3,000 points, which can be transferred into 3,000 KrisFlyer miles.
3,000 points is a nice little bump to your miles balance, and should be worth at least S$60 against future Singapore Airlines or SilkAir flight redemptions, potentially more if you redeem into business class or first class / suites. Bear in mind if you are interested in the promotion, that tobacco products and foreign currency exchange do not count towards the minimum spend.
Remember Singapore Airlines are flying their newest A380 products to London in less than two weeks time, and the service goes daily from April, so there’s never been a better time to make a trip to the UK to experience the new cabin products on the longest nonstop flight Singapore Airlines run using their A380.
What is Heathrow Rewards?
It’s a very similar concept to the Changi Rewards program, simply present your membership card when making a purchase at almost any outlet at the airport, including duty free shops and restaurants, and you’ll receive 1 reward point for every £1 spent.
Points can be used for instant redemption, for shopping vouchers, or (most importantly here) transferred to a frequent flyer program.
Unlike Changi rewards, where 1,500 points gets you a $15 shopping voucher or just 500 KrisFlyer miles (worth about S$10), in the Heathrow Rewards scheme 500 points will get you a £5 voucher (about S$9.30), or 500 KrisFlyer miles, so you aren’t losing out by transferring to airline miles.
How do I receive the offer?
Sign-up here, and make sure the offer code AVIOSAO18 is pre-filled in the ‘Promotion Code’ field, to be eligible for the offer (if it’s not there, just type it in).
Note that while the offer is promoted through Avios, the British Airways loyalty program, the bonus miles are credited as Heathrow Rewards points and you can transfer them into any of their participating airline frequent flyer programs, including KrisFlyer. Here are the terms:
New customer 3,000 extra Heathrow Reward points Terms & Conditions
- The extra points offer is available to new members of the Heathrow Rewards programme only who join using this link or register their card and enter promotional code AVIOSAO18 before 31 December 2018.
- 3,000 points will be awarded when £150 or more of qualifying expenditure is made in a single day before 31 December 2018 and the Heathrow Rewards card is presented.
- Only one offer per member.
- Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other joining offer.
- Offer not applicable to currency exchange purchases.
- Heathrow Rewards Terms and Conditions apply.
Some of our readers may also find this a useful way of topping up their other frequent flyer accounts, as the points can be used to credit 3,000 miles with any of these participating FFPs:
If you’re passing through Heathrow in the near future, there’s no need to register online as you can pick up a Heathrow Rewards card at the airport itself, then register the card number using the same online form above, but remember to quote AVIOSAO18 in the ‘Promotion Code’ field.
Alternatively, sign-up online with the code and Heathrow Rewards will send your membership card in the post, but you can use a mobile version in your Apple Wallet, or a virtual card sent by email in the meantime.
Hold out for a second bonus
Better still, Heathrow rewards run regular points transfer promotions for their airline partner schemes (the latest was a 50% bonus, which included KrisFlyer), so if you’re willing to hold onto the points for a while and wait for the next bonus to be announced you could even find yourself transferring 4,500 miles into KrisFlyer.
Just remember that your Heathrow Rewards points expire if you don’t have any new transactions for 3 years, so be sure to have transferred them by then, unless you’re a Heathrow regular in which case you won’t need to worry too much as all your points stay ‘alive’ provided you transact at least this often.
Should I be crediting anything else to Heathrow Rewards?
Yes! Even if you don’t think you’ll participate in the 3,000 miles bonus, it’s still worth getting the Heathrow Rewards card because of their partnership with Rocketmiles, letting you earn points for hotel stays. That might sound familiar, because KrisFlyer has a partnership with Rocketmiles too, but guess which scheme is more generous?
Yes you guessed correctly – crediting to Heathrow Rewards points generally results in a much higher accumulation rate than crediting to KrisFlyer.
Once the points are in your Heathrow Rewards account, just transfer them over to your KrisFlyer account at the 1:1 ratio, or hold out for a possible bonus miles offer if you don’t need them straight away as you may even get more.
Note that the minimum number of Heathrow Rewards points you can transfer to KrisFlyer is 250.
Hat tip to Head for Points for the sign-up offer.
(Cover Image: Maria Giulia Tolotti)