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Up to 35% discount on Avios redemptions via Iberia Plus

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Iberia Plus is having a sale on Avios redemptions on certain routes.  See here for details.

The routes are:

  • 2,295 Avios each-way – Madrid to Lisbon or Oran
  • 6,500 Avios each-way – Madrid to Athens or Nouakchott (look it up!)
  • 8,125 Avios each-way – Madrid to Accra
  • 13,000 Avios each-way – Madrid to Luanda

  • 15,000 Avios each-way – Madrid or Barcelona to Boston, Chicago, New York or San Juan (Puerto Rico)
  • 18,750 Avios each-way – Madrid to Los Angeles, Miami or San Salvador
  • 22,500 Avios each-way – Madrid or Barcelona to Buenos Aires

These are all for Economy redemptions, booked for travel before the end of October. 

You must book via Iberia Plus, not British Airways Executive Club, and you can only transfer Avios to IB if you have been a member for 90 days.  To get the Economy redemption numbers listed above, you need to select ‘Blue’ level redemptions, which are Iberia’s discounted Economy redemptions.  (Unlike BA, Iberia has two levels of Economy redemptions, with ‘Blue’ being cheaper than ‘Economy’.)

Whilst you have to get to Madrid to pick up these redemptions, you will also benefit from substantially lower taxes and charges on Iberia redemptions compared with BAEC.  I discussed this is in more in detail in this post – ‘Dramatically cut your taxes with long-haul Iberia redemptions‘.

You will also avoid long-haul Air Passenger Duty if you book UK-Madrid and Madrid-XXXX on separate tickets, although this can leave you exposed if your first flight is delayed.

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.

Comments (6)

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  • cal says:

    Hi I just checked MAD-SJU for 11 Sept and it looks like the 35~% discount also applies to business 40,000 down to 30,000.
    Great blog
    H4P is the 1st email I open each day.

    • pazza2000 says:

      Even with the positioning flights to MAD, this is a great deal; 60k + £70 rt MAD-SJU in Business for eg.

      Shame that travel must be completed before the end of October, and the limited availability will make this difficult for most to take advantage of.

    • Raffles says:

      Good spot. I have updated the text to reflect this.

  • paul says:

    I did some tests on IB for MAD-JFK.
    One way in J: 30000 + E71
    J/Y 52500 + E110
    Y/J 62500 + E110
    J/J 70000 + E110
    These discounts are only one-way?

    • Raffles says:

      I get J/J as 60,000 (out 16 Oct, back 26 Oct) plus Euro 110 for MAD to JFK. Were you trying to return after the 31 October deadline?

  • paul says:

    You’re right. 1st November! Doh. Cheers

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