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Checking oneworld availability via Iberia Plus instead of

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I will, at some point, do a full post about seeing full oneworld availability using websites other than BA’s.

For a moment, though, take a look at a couple of screenshots that I did whilst researching yesterday’s article on redeeming Avios points via Iberia Plus

These show London to Bangkok redemptions, first screen is 28 May 2013 outbound, second screen is 11 June 2013 inbound (click to enlarge)

As you can see, there are some substantial benefits here over the booking screen:

1.  Iberia shows availability across all classes at the same time – no need (unlike BA) to do separate searches for First and Club World

2.  Because of 1., you can mix and match classes with no problem

3.  You see a number of decent OneWorld alternatives, involving Finnair, Cathay and a BA / Cathay mix (via Delhi, interestingly!).  And, again, you can mix and match classes on each leg at the click of a mouse.

What you CANNOT do with the Iberia website tool, unlike, is see a month-by-month view of when seats are available.  However, if you are tied down to specific dates, the Iberia website is easier to use than BA’s.

Please note that I am NOT recommending booking such redemptions on the Iberia website because their cancellation policies on OneWorld awards, including BA, are far stricter than BA.  However, you can use the Iberia site to see what is available for Avios redemption and then either try to force the same result on or call BAEC.

At some point I will do a fuller post exploring the same functionality across Qantas and other oneworld partners.

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.)

Comments (2)

  • DV says:

    Very helpful.

  • Tim nice but dim says:

    Bizarre, I just checked a HKG-TYO redemption in Cathay business class using Iberia’s search. comes back at 81,000 Avios plus £73.86. BA’s search engine comes in a 40,000 plus £65.80.

    Both are non-stop flights. I wonder if IB has a separate policy on cross-Oneworld carrier redemptions?