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I’m now an Iberia Plus member

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About 10 days ago I decided that I should join Iberia Plus.  There is no particular reason at the moment, but there are a few arbitrage opportunities available whereby you will earn more Avios from crediting something to Iberia Plus than to BAEC.  

(I have already discussed car rental opportunities and will do a post on hotel opportunities soon.) 

You can then transfer your IB Avios across to BA Avios using ‘Combine My Avios’ (under ‘My Account’ under the BAEC bit of ba.com).

Fuel surcharges for Iberia long-haul redemptions are also a lot lower if you redeem via the Iberia website instead of the BA website …. something I will look at soon.  This would involve a transfer in from BAEC or avios.com to IB.

However, there is a catch.  For some reason, an Iberia Plus account must be open for 90 days before you can transfer in or transfer out.  I have therefore got myself an IB account.  They have been supremely efficient – more so than BA, who can take weeks and weeks – and my card arrived from Spain within 10 days of joining up.  It is a worrying Blue colour, and I don’t see that changing!

As far as I could find, there is no sign up bonus available for Iberia Plus so you might as well just sign up directly on the website.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)