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New Avios opportunities with Sixt and Iberia Express

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There are two recent Iberia partnerships worth knowing about. 

You will need an Iberia Plus account to earn Avios points with these, but they can be quickly transferred across to an or British Airways Executive Club account using the ‘Combine My Avios’ feature online.  The only condition is that your Iberia Plus account must have been open for at least 90 days before you can transfer in or out of it.  I have already joined up.

Iberia Express is the new low-cost airline formed by Iberia to compete with Ryanair etc, and has been the cause of the recent industrial action by Iberia staff.  Iberia Express flights earning NOTHING if credited to BAEC, but they do earn in Iberia Plus at the same rate as standard Iberia flights.

Current overseas destinations are Dublin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Riga, Naples and Mykonos, all from its Madrid hub.  (I understand that you WILL earn Avios in BAEC if you book an Iberia Express flight under its BA or Iberia codeshare via or but you will not earn anything in BAEC if you book it directly via Iberia Express’s website.)


Sixt is now a car rental partner with Iberia which is handy as it is not a BAEC partner.  (Here is my previous overview of car rental earning opportunites to gain Avios, although Europcar is no longer a BMI partner.)  Until 31st August you earn double Avios points with Sixt when credited to Iberia Plus.  Standard rates are 300 per day for a Standard or Tiny car and 400 for a Compact or larger (less 50% if booked on a corporate rate code), with a maximum of four days. 

During this promotion, the maximum earning is therefore 3,200 miles (400 x 2 x 4 days).

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

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