Bits: more on combining Avios from Iberia Plus, up to 50% bonus buying Flying Blue miles

Some news in brief:

More ideas if having trouble using Combine My Avios with Iberia Plus

I wrote an article last year on how to do ‘Combine My Avios’ from an Iberia Plus account.  Reader David dropped me a note with another hint.

When you log in at Iberia Plus, the password checker is NOT case sensitive.  You may originally have registered ‘RaFfLeS’ as your password but ‘raffles’ would work.  On Iberia Plus.

When using ‘Combine My Avios’, however, the password check is case sensitive.  ‘raffles’ would therefore not work.  If you have been having issues then this might help.

The other tip when getting Avios out of Iberia Plus is to combine them into an avios.com account and do the transfer from inside the avios.com site.  This is generally more successful than converting to a ba.com account, and you can of course immediately move them from avios.com to ba.com anyway.

Flying Blue promo

Up to 50% bonus for buying Flying Blue miles

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running a bonus promotion for anyone who is looking to top up their account.

Until July 21st, the following bonus is available when you buy miles:

  • Up to 2,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 4,000 – 8,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 10,000 – 18,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 20,000 Award Miles = 50% Bonus

Members can buy up to 75,000 miles per year, excluding bonuses. Elite members have no cap.

At the top end, buying 75,000 miles with an extra 37,500 will cost €2,062.  That works out at 1.3p per mile which is not a massive bargain.

At the end of the day, though, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this. It is also worth remembering that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner – why pay for a pile of FB miles when you can take out an Amex Gold and get 20,000 miles free (22,000 if I refer you)?

If you are interested, the link to buy miles is here.

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Comments

  1. Since March I haven’t been able to use BA or IB’s combine tool. Only avios.com works to transfer between all 3 programmes.

  2. Lee Thornton says:

    Buying miles could be useful if combined with the monthly Flying Blue Promo awards where selected reward flights are offered at up to 50% off (although there aren’t many good offers this month). The deal is outlined here:
    http://pointsandoffers.com/airlines/50-bonus-on-flyingblue-purchases/

  3. Doodles says:

    I tried to transfer from IB to BA in May 2014. It failed but Avios were still taken from my account. I am still trying to get them back. I have called (30 minutes on hold), sent emails, contacted IB on Twitter. Most recently I was told I had to send proof that the transfer was not successful. Iberia’s customer service is far from helpful.

  4. I had problems a few weeks ago, whichever route I tried. Until I closed my BAEC Household Account, then the IB Avios transferred immediately. It seems that was the problem all along – just a shame there was NO warning info during the process itself.

    • Transferring via Avios.com works for me. Iberia -> avios.com (not household) -> BAEC (household)
      Direct from Iberia to household BAEC; no chance.

  5. Iberia Plus customer service is an absolute nightmare. They ask the same information multiple times and don’t deal with the actual problem. And the number of mistakes they make is shocking. In my experience they really have the worst cs for any loyalty programme. The new Iberia refurbished planes however are quite nice.

  6. Iberia Plus is truly awful. To combine my Avios, which always fails, I’ve been asked to change my email address, deregister household account with BA, and (upon supplying scans of my passport) asked to change my correct Surname to an incorrect one, so that it goes into their computer system.
    None of which worked and after several emails, phone calls and twitter messages, nothing. And their attitude is one of ‘don’t care’! Basically I have lost my Iberia Avios.