Hilton ‘Double Your HHonors’ promo for March-May now active – combines with Avios and Virgin offer

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Hilton HHonors has announced that it is cutting back on global promotions and spending more effort on individual targeted deals for specific customer segments.  The slightly clumsily executed ‘100,000 free points for some but by no means all Diamond members’ offer was part of this. […]

25% off Avios redemptions to Spain on some Iberia routes

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Earlier in the week I wrote about the new routes Iberia was launching from the UK over the coming months: Edinburgh to Madrid Manchester to Madrid London Luton to Vigo London Heathrow to Gran Canaria / Las Palmas London Heathrow to Tenerife North Iberia has […]

Hats off to IAG as Iberia returns to profit – and why you may be flying it more often


A self-congratulatory page has appeared on the Iberia website celebrating the return to profit of the airline.  For once, I don’t blame them for running it.  (Click ‘Idioma’ on the top line if it comes up in Spanish.) Some people hold the view that the acquisition […]

More UK-Spain Summer sun routes launched by Iberia – possible Avios redemption ideas


I have written before about the new Iberia services which are starting from Manchester (September) and Edinburgh (March).  These will offer a direct route to Madrid, bookable with Avios points, and an easy option for connecting to an Iberia long-haul Avios redemption. This all seemed […]

Iberia launches flights to Cuba – a great new Avios redemption option


BA’s sister airline, Iberia, has announced that it is re-launching flights to Havana in Cuba after a hiatus of a few years.  This is an ideal opportunity to visit before the influx of American tourists begins, which will surely change the character of the island […]

25% bonus when you buy Avios – worth it so you can book before devaluation?


I normally do not recommend buying airline miles unless you need to ‘top up’ an account for an immediate redemption.  With a few exceptions, buying a large proportion of the miles you need is rarely a good deal. Iberia Plus is currently offering a bonus […]

Avios changes 9: what will happen to partner airline earning rates?


Executive summary:  BA has not yet released its new partner earning rates but we know that changes – for the worst – are coming to certain airlines Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on ba.com, ‘Club Changes’ page on iberia.com (If you are new to Head for Points, […]

Avios changes 8: oneworld partner redemptions may be cheaper via Iberia Plus

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Executive summary:  instead of charging for partner airline redemptions by segment, Iberia is using an ‘all-in’ pricing chart.  This will make some redemptions cheaper than booking via BA. Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on ba.com, ‘Club Changes’ page on iberia.com (If you are new to […]

Avios changes 7: big Avios savings (up to 43%!) on long-haul when you redeem on Iberia

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Executive summary: post April 28th, you can make SUBSTANTIAL business class savings to certain cities, especially on some BA peak dates, by redeeming your Avios on Iberia via Iberia Plus rather than on British Airways Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on ba.com, ‘Club Changes’ page on iberia.com […]

Bits: Virgin Trains cuts Traveller, Amex airport cashback, 20% off ALL Flybe routes, Iberia Avios via HEx

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I continue my attempt to empty my inbox by running various short pieces on items which don’t justify a full article! Virgin Trains puts the breaks on Traveller Hot on the heels of news that the generous East Coast Rewards loyalty scheme will be wound up at the […]

Flying long-haul planes on short-haul redemptions!

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This article is about how to fly – often redeeming your Avios – on short haul European flights which are flown by long-haul aircraft (ie a 747, 777, A380, A330, A340 etc). Why would you want to do this? Well, for fun! European business class flights are rarely […]

The Economist back-pedals on the 12,000 free Avios promotion

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Back in November I wrote about a very generous promotion that The Economist was – and still is – offering in conjunction with Iberia Plus. You will receive 12,000 Avios for taking out a £155 subscription to the magazine for one year.  Whilst this is not […]

Which 37 airlines can I use my Avios points on?


I occasionally get asked for a full list of Avios airlines, or whether there is somewhere online that has a full list of Avios redemption partners. The bottom line is that there isn’t one, because each of the three main Avios programmes has their own […]

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com

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Because you can book redemption flights on Iberia via ba.com, the vast majority (99%?) of British Airways Executive Club members who want an Iberia long-haul flight do it that way.  They are making an expensive mistake. When you book a long-haul Avios redemption flight on Iberia, you […]

750 free Avios in Iberia Plus from e-rewards

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(EDIT, March 2015:  The direct application link has now been removed and it appears you need to wait until Iberia emails you with an invitation.) I have written about e-rewards before as it is a long established partner of British Airways and avios.com.  It is […]

New Avios routes to Madrid from Edinburgh and Manchester with Iberia


Iberia, BA’s sister airline, has announced a number of new UK routes. The first to arrive will be a service from Edinburgh to Madrid.  This will launch in late March with the start of the Summer timetable.  It will initially operate four times a week but will […]