Iberia Plus Kids …. another way of earning Avios when your children fly

A few weeks ago I published an article on how to earn Avios points on behalf of your children – ie by signing them up to a British Airways Executive Club household account.

There is another option which I wanted to mention.  It is not ideal for most people, however, as I will explain.

Iberia runs a special loyalty scheme for children called Iberia Plus Kids.  You can find full details on the Iberia website here.

Iberia Plus Kids

It is open to children aged 2 to 11 at which point they graduate to ‘standard’ Iberia Plus membership.  Iberia Plus Kids members receive the snazzy card above and are able to earn Avios and status points when they fly.

This is a potential alternative for people who are not willing to open a British Airways household account purely to earn Avios points for their children.

However, there is a snag.  It doesn’t seem possible to get the Avios points OUT of Iberia Plus into a standard British Airways account:

you cannot move the Avios from Iberia Plus to avios.com because anyone under 18 cannot have an avios.com account

you cannot move the Avios from Iberia Plus to a British Airways Executive Club account which is stand-alone because you need to be 18 years old to have one

and, most complex:

you cannot move the Avios from Iberia Plus to a BAEC kids account which is part of a household account because of the rules on using ‘Combine My Avios’

Here is the key rule :

3. Members of a Household Account under the Programmes may not use ‘Combine my Avios’ other than (a) from a British Airways Executive Club Household Account to an individual account under the Avios Programme or the Iberia Plus Programme and (b) from the individual account under the Avios Programme to a Household Account under the British Airways Executive Programme. Any other Household account transaction will not be permitted under Combine my Avios.

This means that Avios points earned in an Iberia Plus Kids account cannot be moved until the child hits 18.

This is not necessarily an issue.  If your child earns enough points for a redemption in Iberia Plus Kids, you can simply redeem the points directly from there.  You may also be happy for the Avios to sit in Iberia Plus Kids for a few years until the child hits 18.

For most people, though, adding their child to a British Airways Executive Club household account will continue to be the best way of ensuring that their Avios points do not get wasted.

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Comments

  1. Peter K says:

    Wow, an article with no comments! I feel slightly sad to break the duck but I couldn’t resist being the first comment at 11.22pm 😀

  2. neuromancer says:

    Some years ago there was a bonus of 5000 avios (or miles, don’t remember exactly) when you enroll your child. Unfortunately was of no use (less than 2 years old at the time).
    Any idea if they still do it from time to time or it was a one off?

  3. thomas siva says:

    I am not sure if I did something wrong, but both my nephews have BAEC accounts though they are both under 18.

    When I tried to originally sign them up, it gave an error message stating that they were under 18 (from their birth date) and could not proceed.

    I then created profiles for them in household group. They were dispatched an e-mail to confirm if they wanted to join the group – they had to confirm their birth date too.

    NOW here is the main part – they were also asked if they wanted to join the executive club, I clicked yes on their behalf and after filling out normal info (including correct birthdate) they had an actual BAEC account.

    I can log in and view it just as I would view my own account. If I view personal information – under advance passenger information they have their under 18 birth date.

    Can send proof if needs be.

    Anyhow dont know how important it is, but one of my nephews (13 yrs) already has 10 tier points and some points.

    Don”t know the consequences if he tried to redeem however – just thought this would be a good heads up.

    • Genghis says:

      Thought Raffles had this covered, “For most people, though, adding their child to a British Airways Executive Club household account will continue to be the best way of ensuring that their Avios points do not get wasted.”