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:
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.
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.