Almost a year after the launch of Avios, Iberia has finally caught up with BA and launched ‘Avios and Money’.
This may be relevant to you, because Iberia redemptions booked on the Iberia website tend to carry far lower taxes than the same flight booked on ba.com (see here for more).
Once your Iberia account has been open for 90 days, you can move Avios points back and forth from BA or avios.com using ‘Combine My Avios’.
A quick trial shows similar pricing to BA. A Reward Flight Saver from Madrid to Dakar in Business Class will cost you either 40,000 Avios + £34 or, on a sliding scale, down to 20,000 Avios + £194.
You are therefore effectively ‘buying’ 20,000 Avios for 0.8p each, which is a pretty good deal. I would have taken the 20,000 + £194 option in these circumstances.
The effective price is the same for economy redemptions, which are 20,000 Avios airmiles + £27 down to 10,000 Avios + £107. Note it prices in Sterling because I am logged in with a UK address.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.