How to use Avios for a good value summer sun holiday with Iberostar

It’s a little known fact that you can redeem Avios with Iberostar, a Spanish hotel chain that runs a lot of 4 and 5 star summer holiday properties.  Iberostar owns hotels in Mallorca, Tenerife, the Dominican Republic and various other places.

Last year we wrote an article about how to book and redeem which you can read here.

Reader Kwab, whose stay was the basis of the article last year, dropped us a note to say that the amount of Avios you need to redeem has since gone up very sharply this year – in fact, it has almost doubled.  That said, it still seems a decent redemption rate if you can get a Spanish 4* or 5* beach resort during the peak Summer season.  Here are the prices:

Iberostar

The Grand Hotel Portals Nous in Mallorca for 2 adults from 21st July for 8 nights Bed and Breakfast, for example, costs £4,081.

Looking at the chart above it would cost 35,000 Avios x 8 nights which is 280,000 Avios.  At 1.45p per Avios this is quite a good deal.

Iberostar with Avios

However as you would expect from iberia.com there is no small print and you cannot book online.  You need to call Iberia to find out whether you can actually book that hotel for those dates with Avios.  The phone number for bookings is + 34 902 03 04 55.  Your Avios need to be sitting in Iberia Plus to do this – see our Iberostar article from last year for details.

There is currently an offer running in case you want to book a last minute Easter break. You will get 20% off any Iberostar hotel when booking to stay before 30th April 2017 with Avios.  The Iberia website page for Iberostar redemptions is here.

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Comments

  1. Wow – some people really pay £500 / NIGHT just for a hotel in Majorca?

    Makes the Maldives seem very reasonable in comparison.

    • When we went last August, the 5-star waterside options eg St Regis, Park Hyatt were £700 per night – and we needed 2 rooms. Partly why we ended up at the inland Hilton Sa Torre instead. Was still £600 a night I think for something big enough for the four of us.

      Makes you realise why more people are heading to the Middle East in August despite 50 degree heat – you pay far less for a far higher quality experience. Just avoid the sun between 11 and 3!

      • We’re trying the Caribbean this August instead of winter/Easter – prices around half of what they are in high season, managed to use my 2 4 1 to get CW on the outbound, temperatures expected to be around 32 degrees; Southern Europe can be much hotter than this in the summer.

        • Yes, nothing wrong with thr Caribbean that time of year – it is only cheap because people don’t want to fly that far for the same weather as Spain. The truth of course is that a Caribbean beach is substantially more enticing that your average Spanish beach.

          • Peter K says:

            It is hurricane season as well don’t forget. Low chance maybe but still a chance!

          • Not August, not really. And I think Barbados was last hit in the 1950’s?

          • David P says:

            Only by a technicality. ‘Tropical storm’ Matthew hit Barbados last September but it was upgraded to a hurricane about 12 hours after passing over the island.

          • Barbados was last hit in October 2010, 2 days after we left!!!!!!

          • dgsupersonic says:

            Tobago is outside the hurricane belt. Good scuba dive destination.

    • wally1976 says:

      Ha ha we got 8 nights ALL-INCLUSIVE in Mallorca for 4 of us at May half term 2 years ago for less than £400 IN TOTAL! Perfectly decent hotel too. Don’t think you’d get it at that price now, however. And no doubt wouldn’t be an acceptable hotel to most on here.

    • James67 says:

      LOL, check out Conrad Samui, £500 would not get you day use at standard rates. It’s totally crazy given the standard of many independent hotels in south of Thailand at under £50/night. However, still a fun redemption if a couple have a pair of Hilton free nights.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Having done the 5 star stuff in M.E, , Maldives and UK, I think it’s a bit like “The Emperors new clothes” complete waste of money for a lot of insincere adulation.
      TBH I bet the children would much prefer the freedom and fun of a Eurosites type holiday

      • I disagree.

        Whilst I never to go the Middle East and never will, I am shallow enough to use their airlines and their fabulous premium product.

        On hotels, I laugh at the garish Arabesque poor taste and my behaviour would surely give rise to a beheading at dawn or some other barbaric medieval punishment but in Asia and the western world, I do like the finer hotels, as does my daughter. You can have freedom with luxury if you know where to look.

      • Waribai says:

        TBH, that’s the big draw for us with Spain. With a young kid in tow, it’s great to be off a plane within two hours. The kids discos are not my thing but they are lapped up by my offspring. I also don’t mind Iberostar as it’s off the main Thomson and Thomas Cook radar so there is less of a Brits abroad ‘drink and shout’ summer crowd.

  2. This was a fantastic deal when the grand collection was only 12,500. We used it last October and I was anout to book a couple of trips this year when the increase took the shine off

  3. Dannyrado says:

    Anybody know how the AI properties work in the Americas? Do they charge you room only, then you pay up to AI with cash? Or charge you full board and then you have to pay for drinks??

    • plastikman says:

      free ‘house’ spirits infused with arsenic and daz. Pay for premium drinks.

  4. Cinitum says:

    There is also an Iberostar in New York now. I tried booking it through Iberia with Avios a few months ago before the increase with no luck. I wonder if they now include it with the increased rates. That could be good value if now possible.

  5. Check out the rates for paying for breakfast at the hotel rather than using an additional 11,000 miles per night. At our hotel it was about £15 per person so paying £30 for the room breakfast was much better than the extra miles. The gap between breakfast and half board is much better though.

    • Waribai says:

      Yes, avios for B&B is not worth it really. Especially since in my experience most Spanish resort hotels do not check as to whether you are entitled to breakfast or not.
      We always get ours free including last year at Albufera Playa where we even partook a couple of times in the evening all inclusive buffet!

  6. O/T I sent Emyr a request on Sunday evening and still to hear back?

    • wally1976 says:

      Email Rob directly. He mentioned Emyr has problems receiving messages from some email addresses.

      • Especially Yahoo email addresses. It isn’t Emyr’s fault, it is something to do with the Contact Form.