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.
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.
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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