Iberia Plus has launched an interesting promotion called Partners Gym. The aim is to get you to collect Avios points with as many of Iberia’s partner programmes as possible.
To get started, you need to log in at this website using your Iberia Plus credentials. (If you are not an Iberia Plus member yet, you can join at iberia.com – assuming the site is working properly …..)
There are two parts to this promotion – one is easy but not very worthwhile, the other is generous but very difficult if you live in the UK!
Part 1 – earn 15 Avios per day until 31 January for logging in to the site
If you go to the site above and link to either your Facebook or Twitter account, you will earn 15 Avios per day. (With Facebook, remember that you can set it up so that when you ‘share’ the promotion it is only visible to you and not your friends.)
I’m not sure this is worth the trouble, to be honest!
However, everyone should do this once. Why? Because you need to earn at least 1 Avios in Iberia Plus to activate your account. Only once your account is ‘active’ can you move Avios back and forth and to book redemptions via iberia.com (where the tax, for Iberia flights, is 75% lower than using ba.com).
So, do it once, bag your 15 Avios and keep your Iberia Plus account active.
Part 2 – collecting with Iberia partners
Iberia is offering you a bonus – which won’t arrive until the end of March - based on the number of different partners from whom you collect Avios points between now and January 31st.
The bonus is:
- 4 partners = 150 Avios
- 5 partners = 750 Avios
- 6 partners = 1,500 Avios
- 7 partners = 6,750 Avios
- 8 or 9 partners = 9,000 Avios
- 10+ partners = 15,000 Avios
If you live in Spain, this should be doable. Most of us, of course, do not!
And that is the problem. Whilst Iberia has 70 partners, a lot of them are only available in Spain. You could – if you stayed in a lot of different hotels across a lot of different chains – possibly get up to 10. The same goes for someone who does a lot of car hire. Transferring Avios from American Express Membership Rewards is the only easy one to get, as would be buying some Avios, albeit at a poor price!
This is annoying, because it is very generous if you can hit 10. Below 10, though, it isn’t really worth the trouble given the number of hotel and car hire transactions required – plus the time it will take to ensure that they all post in your Iberia Plus account.