I have, once, written about how to redeem Avios with Spanish hotel group Iberostar.
It was back in January 2014 so I won’t blame you if you have forgotten.
Whilst not a chain I have ever used, Iberostar runs a large number 4- and 5-star ‘Summer holiday’ properties in Tenerife, Majorca etc. They are also in Bulgaria, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Greece, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.
As per the Iberia website, the earning rate if you stay at an Iberostar hotel is 150 Avios points per night. These Avios must be deposited in an Iberia Plus account, although you can move them across to BA or avios.com via ‘Combine My Avios’.
What is more interesting is that you can redeem your Avios via Iberia Plus for Iberostar properties at the following rates:
Premium Gold and Grand Collection – 12,500 Avios per night
Premium and Classic – 7,500 Avios per night
A HFP reader had not forgotten about the Iberostar deal and dropped me a line to share his experiences.
He booked a week in Majorca for August for 52,500 Avios (7 x 7,500 Avios). The cash rate for the same hotel would have been £1,500.
I asked him to tell us how he booked it:
“Essentially, we wanted to go to Majorca during the Summer. For a little while now, I’ve been looking at the Iberostar hotels since you mentioned them. Going on their chart they seem to offer incredible value if you go for ‘room only’ at a Premium / Classic hotel. Breakfast – which being Spain they hardly ever check if you’re actually eligible for – would have added an extra 8,250 Avios per day. For a Gold or Grand property, breakfast adds an extra 13,750 Avios per day!
What we wanted was a decent beach with kids entertainment and solid F&B options. I did some research and Albufera Playa (this is NOT the hotel in the photo above) seemed the best option for us. I based this on tripadvisor reviews, kids entertainment and the equivalent cash cost on say hotels.com.
I called the number given on the iberia.com Iberostar webpage. Not being a Spanish speaker, I braced myself for a Spanish speaking hotline. To be honest, I couldn’t have been more surprised. I first asked if it was OK to speak in English. “Yes, sure” was the answer! A short hold ensued then “Good Morning Iberostar, how may I help you?”
I explained I wanted to use my Avios to redeem for an Iberostar hotel and she couldn’t have been more helpful. She just needed the hotel name, dates. She then checked for availability. The dates I wanted were available. She finally explained that you can cancel until 24 hours before check in. We were then all done. By the time I’d put the phone down the confirmation email had arrived!
Just a final note – I didn’t check availability at other properties but in theory you could get even better value. The Iberostar Portals Nous is more expensive for cash (£3,000 for a week) but it is adults only, for example, so would not have worked for us.”
Remember that you can only book these deals using Avios in Iberia Plus. In order to be able to transfer your Avios into Iberia Plus, your account must be at least 90 days old and have earned 1 Avios point.
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