Many people forget that Iberia also has Avios as its reward currency (since BA and Iberia have the same parent) and that you can transfer your Avios into Iberia Plus.
(Transfers of Avios to Iberia Plus can only be done on Iberia Plus accounts which are 90 days old and which have earned 1 Avios.)
Iberia is very attractive to Avios collectors because it charges very low taxes. As my July post pointed out, a business class ticket on Iberia from Madrid to New York is 80,000 Avios plus £89 of tax (when booked on the Iberia website). A BA flight from London to New York in business is 80,000 Avios plus £520! If you don’t mind buying a separate flight to Madrid, you can save a lot of money.
Unfortunately, Iberia is a financial basket-case, losing €1.7m per day. In an attempt to restore profitability, it is taking a knife to certain routes for 2013.
As Business Traveller reports, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Montevideo and – annoyingly – Havana are to go.
The remaining long-haul (non Europe) destinations are, I think:
- Africa – Accra, Algiers, Casablanca, Dakar, Luanda, Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Oran
- North America – Chicago, Miami, New York, Boston, Los Angeles
- South America – Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala City, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lagos, Lima, Mexico City, Mauritania, Panama City, Quito, Rio do Janeiro, San Jose (Costa Rica), San Salvador, Santiago, Sao Paulo
- Asia – none
- Middle East – Tel Aviv
The better news from Iberia is that it will be rolling out its new business class seat across its A340-600 fleet and the A330′s due for delivery in 2013. They will be a variant of the EADS Solstys seat, so will look similar to the image below: