Iberia and Iberia Plus

Spanish airline Iberia is a sister company to British Airways and also offers Avios points via its Iberia Plus reward scheme. This leads to various opportunities to arbitrage the best of the BA and Iberia programmes. One article worth reading is this one on how to make substantial tax savings by booking Iberia redemptions on Iberia.com rather than ba.com. You can find out more about the Iberia Plus scheme on Iberia.com.

Redeem Avios on Iberia’s new San Francisco route – when they fix the taxes

Iberia, BA’s sister airline, has announced a new route between Madrid and San Francisco for Summer 2018. This is an opportunity to redeem Avios on a route where it can be tricky to find seats, and where you will often need fewer Avios and pay […]

Get an Iberia Plus status match for Miles & More and Topbonus members

Finally some good news for airberlin Topbonus members – and an interesting opportunity for any reader with a Lufthansa Miles & More status card. After airberlin’s filing for insolvency there was a period when Topbonus was frozen with no miles collecting and spending at all.  […]

Bits: HMRC miles alternative?, Groupon / Avios deal back, ‘Credit Card Reviews’ returns

News in brief: The only alternative to HMRC’s credit card ban? Earlier in the week I explained how HMRC is banning tax payments on personal credit cards from 13th January (click here). For those of us who make direct PAYE, VAT, corporation tax or self-assessment […]

Vueling Club is live – how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling flights

IAG’s Spanish low cost carrier Vueling (pronounced bwelin) joined Avios yesterday.  This is worth knowing about because of Vueling’s strong regional presence at UK airports. The options are very confusing for me to follow, so heaven knows how members of the public are meant to cope. To […]

Get 500 FREE Avios for joining IHG Rewards Club – no stay required

Avios (via Iberia Plus) and IHG Rewards Club have joined forces to offer you 500 Avios points for signing up – no stay required. Full details are on the IHG website here. IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty programme for Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Holiday Inn […]

How to maximise your Avios earning when flying with BA airline partners

It seems strange, but British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus do not have the same earning rates for oneworld partner flights.  This means that, in some cases, it is preferable to credit a cash flight on a specific airline to Iberia Plus rather than […]

Why Iberia’s long-haul business seat is better than BA Club World (and low taxes too!)

This is my review of Iberia’s long-haul business class seating. It is almost four years since I flew Iberia’s long-haul business class so I thought it was time to take another look.  We are running a series of reviews over the next few weeks on […]

My review of Iberia Express in Business Class (a good redemption from UK regions)

This is my review of Iberia Express and its business class product. Over the next few weeks we are going to review the premium cabins of all of the other IAG airlines, apart from British Airways.  First up is Iberia Express.  Later this week I […]

A change in how ‘Combine My Avios’ works, and a reminder of its quirks

Whilst you can earn Avios in avios.com, Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club, the system is designed so that you can move points from one to the other using ‘Combine My Avios’. In theory it is foolproof: There is no limit to how many […]

NEW! Earn Avios at Best Western – and how to get a status match

Avios and British Airways Executive Club have a new hotel partner – Best Western. You may be surprised to learn that Best Western was not already a partner.  It was an existing Virgin Flying Club partner.  (This HFP article lists other hotel chains which are Virgin […]

Which is the best hotel at Vienna Airport? NH or Moxy?

This is my review of the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel. I wasn’t actually planning to review the two nights I spent at the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel this week.  However there is a new MOXY (Marriott brand) hotel directly behind the NH […]

The best Avios and Virgin miles-earning wine deals currently available

If you are thinking about topping up your wine stock as the darker Autumn nights approach, there are a few interesting offers about. Iberia Plus: Iberia works with a well regarded wine company called Vinoseleccion.  Importantly, Vinoseleccion ships from the UK and it has special […]

Bits: BA long-haul cancellations for 2018, 13200 Avios with an Economist subscription (again)

News in brief: British Airways long-haul cancellations for 2018 Earlier this week we covered the new British Airways long-haul services from London Gatwick to Toronto and Las Vegas.  These flights are currently wide-open for Avios redemptions if you want to book. I was wondering where […]

Bits: Lloyds Avios card bonus gone, City Airport winners, Iberia / Groupon 1p Avios deal back

News in brief: Lloyds Avios Rewards refer a friend bonus dropped Avios has dropped the 4,500 Avios ‘refer a friend’ bonus that it has offered on the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card for the last couple of years. The referral site stopped working last week […]

New: earn Avios and save 5% at World Duty Free / Dufry stores across Europe

I’ll get to the Avios part of this deal in a minute, but first some background information …… You might not know the name Dufry, but it is the dominant global duty free retailer.  As well as owning World Duty Free in the UK, it […]