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If you collect Avios, you should have an Iberia Plus account. This is because, should you ever choose to redeem your Avios points for a long-haul flight on Iberia, you will pay substantially lower taxes by booking via the Iberia website rather than the BA site.

This article shows how much cheaper taxes can be when booking via Iberia Plus.

You can move Avios to or from BA, Iberia and avios.com for free, instantly, using ‘Combine My Avios’. However, there are two hurdles you need to jump over before you can move Avios into Iberia Plus:

Your Iberia Plus account must be 90 days old, and

You must have ‘earned’ 1 Avios in Iberia Plus

The second point can be a bit messy, requiring you to credit a oneworld flight or a hotel stay to Iberia, to transfer some American Express Membership Rewards points over or to buy some over-priced Iberia miles.

There is now an easier way.

Iberia has launched a promotion offering 15,000 bonus Avios if you collect miles from 10 of their partners. Now, frankly, this is not going to be possible if you don’t live in Spain. You might manage 3 or 4 via hotel stays or car rentals, but the bonus is pathetically small (150 Avios for 4 partners) and you really need to hit 10 to get anything worthwhile.

However … posting this promotion on your Facebook page earns you 15 Avios.

Here is the webpage for this promotion. It is in Spanish, so using Google Chrome is an idea if you have it, as it will translate it automatically.

Click of the ’15 Avios’ bit in the bottom right and let it install the Facebook app. (You can delete the post from your wall immediately afterwards.) When it takes you back to the promotion home page, there will be a box where you need to input your Iberia Plus number to get your 15 Avios.

You can actually repeat this once a day to get 15 additional Avios but for me it is too much of an effort! It is well worth doing this once, though. Even if you don’t plan to book an Iberia flight now, you never know when you might want to do it, and having an ‘activated’ Iberia Plus account would be required.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (32)

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  • Steve @ Canadian Travel Hacking says:

    Thanks for this tip – I am looking to use my Avios the next few months. How long does it take to transfer Avios to Iberia?

  • rob says:

    yeah, i cant get it to work. i get the first little guy with my head, then get to select a friend on the second and just get “An error occurred. Please try again later.” 🙁

    • rob says:

      ok – figured it out, there was some cookie thing that i needed to relax.

  • Neil says:

    Anyone know how long it takes for the points to post? I did this yesterday but no sign in my Iberia account yet – don’t want to have to go to the hassle of doing it again if it’s not necessary!

    • Stephen says:

      Just did it for the third day in a row – still no sign of the Avios in my Iberia account.

  • Whamer says:

    My points from Wednesday haven’t shown up yet either. Does the “friend” have to click the link on their wall I wonder?

    • Rob says:

      These things take time. It wouldn’t surprise me if they took a few weeks to show up.

  • lorcancoyle says:

    may be useful – earn with one of the non-standard partners by requesting a brochure

    http://www.sheffield.es/iberiaplus

    • lorcancoyle says:

      Just noticed that Hilton stays get more Avios with Iberia than BA (750 base vs. 500) – d’oh, missed out on some in last few months. But anyway, that’s two partners, transfer some Amex MR and it’ll be 3 (I think). Chic Outlet Shopping has Bicester Village (4 partners), if you’ve got an Accor stay coming up as well up to 5, fancy an economist subscription (6) and then you could possibly justify spending €50 on a Microsoft cloud subscription to get the 5,250 for 7 partners…
      (or buy a cheap cinema ticket online for €9)

      Look what you’ve done to me Raffles!!!!

      • Craig says:

        Not sure where on the cinema purchase you can input your IB+ number… but check smaller towns and midweek during the day to get the cinema ticket for way less than 9 euros…

        • Rob says:

          I have a post on this promotion – now that they have launched the details in English – in a day or so, so please chip in again then.

  • kevino says:

    I have done the facebook 15 everyday, since this post, and not 1 avios has been added to my account yet!

    • Rob says:

      This is one of those things where the Avios will turn up a long way down the line, I am pretty sure of that!

  • Craig says:

    For those looking for partners, I’ve just bought the minimum 1000 Melia points (with 25% bonus) for 8 euros and transferred them over to Iberia. The conversion rate is awful (100 Melia = 15 Avios), but if you’re looking to get from to 10 partners somehow it’s a reasonably cheap option…

  • J Dook says:

    Maybe there has been a change in T & Cs.

    I just went through a booking in avios.com and it offered the extremely generous low taxes iberia plus was offering. I don’t think we need to be chasing iberia plus to keep/activate our accounts to redeem the iberia flights.

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