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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

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 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 UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year 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.

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