Iberia Plus is, apparently, 25 years old. To celebrate, Iberia has launched a genuinely valuable promotion.
Until 11th April, you will receive 25% off all Iberia Plus Avios redemptions, in all classes.
You must fly between 27st March 2017 and 15th June and between 1st October and 15th December. There are some extra black-out dates which are the ‘peak’ dates in the Iberia Plus redemption calendar which you can see here.
These deals are only valid for flights on Iberia, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum.
There are some deals to be had here. More spectacularly to New York, Boston and other East Coast US cities.
For odd reasons, Iberia’s reward chart differs from the British Airways chart when it comes to the pricing zone which covers the US East Coast.
On off peak dates, Business Class redemptions to New York from Madrid only require 68,000 Avios return, compared to 100,000 Avios with British Airways from London.
Under this promotion, Madrid to New York, business class, is just 51,000 Avios + £159 of taxes and charges.
You need to get to Madrid to start and finish your trip, of course. That should be a relatively modest cost. The Iberia flights depart at 5pm and 9pm so you won’t need to stay in Madrid overnight.
There are plenty of other good deals too. Madrid to Tokyo in Business Class, for example, is 89,300 Avios + £162. This compares with a stunning 150,000 Avios + £539 required for an off-peak BA ticket.
Iberia’s business class is very good
Iberia has a fully-flat business class seat which is superior to Club World. All seats have direct aisle access for a start. I tested it out on a Madrid to Heathrow flight a couple of years ago – here is my review.
Iberia has recently launched Premium Economy
We didn’t cover the announcement much on HFP, but Iberia has recently launched a Premium Economy product which is included in this sale:
And another benefit …..
Iberia has different peak and off-peak dates to British Airways. Take October half-term, for example. This is a ‘peak week’ on British Airways and so redemptions cost more. On Iberia, it is not a peak week. This makes the difference in pricing between BA and Iberia even starker.
For clarity ….
To get this 25% reduction, you MUST book via the Iberia Plus website. You will not get the discount if you try to book these Iberia flights via ba.com.
You can transfer Avios between ba.com or avios.com and iberia.com by using ‘Combine My Avios’ on any of the three websites. Remember that moving to Iberia from BA is very buggy – but 99% of the time it works if you go BA to avios.com and then avios.com to Iberia.
However, you CANNOT transfer into Iberia Plus unless your Iberia account is 90 days old AND has earned at least 1 Avios point. The easiest way to do this is transfer 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points over.
(If you do not already have an active Iberia Plus account then you can’t take part in this promotion. This is why I continually stress on HFP that you should have an active Iberia Plus account even if you have no immediate plans for it. You can then jump in when offers like this come along.)
Remember that you should NOT include a connecting flight from London on the same ticket unless you want to incur long-haul Air Passenger Duty. On the other hand, if you book your flights on separate tickets you will have to collect your luggage in Madrid and check it in again.
If you want to know more about redeeming on Iberia, take a look at our ‘Avios Redemption University’ article here. That article also includes a slightly-out-of-date route list.