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Iberia launches its own version of the ‘30,000 Avios for a Club World return’ promo

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Earlier this week I wrote about the ‘30,000 Avios for a return Business Class flight’ promotions being run by BA and American Airlines.  Both of these had a nasty catch, though – to do the BA one, you would have had to move your account to a European address.  If you went with the AA version, you would have some miles stranded in American Airlines.

Iberia‘s version offers a decent compromise, as long as you are flying to North America.  You still get the bonus if you fly BA, Finnair or American, not just Iberia. 

The small print on routes actually says:

Avios offer valid for direct flights between Spain and America operated and sold by Iberia. This is also valid for transatlantic flights operated by American Airlines, British Airways, and Finnair between the European Union (plus Norway and Switzerland) and the United States, Canada, Mexico, or Puerto Rico, and sold by any of the four airlines.

There are no residence restrictions on this deal as far as I can see, so you don’t need to relocate your Iberia Plus account to a non-UK address. 

That said, the IB website was playing up when I tried to sign-up and I couldn’t get to the relevant page.  The promo link also says that the promotion is targeted, although that would be a little odd as the BA and AA versions or not.  Let’s see what happens.

There are some odd rules, though (assuming you can manage to sign up):

Travel period is 1st September to 15th December

Tickets must be bought after 20th August

Tickets must be bought before 20th October according to the main body of the email, but the small print says 15th December!

Bonus Avios will not be added until January 2014

Further details and registration can be found here.  As I mentioned above, I could not sign myself up when I tried this but I’m not sure if that was IB’s rubbish website or not.

As you can transfer your Avios points from Iberia Plus to British Airways using ‘Combine My Avios’, this is an easier way to pick up the bonus rather than messing about with your BA account or building up a balance in American’s programme. 

Of course, it only works if you are heading to North America – if your Club World flight takes you elsewhere, you will need to consider whether you want to compromise your BA account by signing up for that version.

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

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (13)

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  • Richie says:

    I got a shock when I read the title, when I saw it I was thinking 30k for a club world return redemption……if only.
    However its Still a good deal .

  • Al Rees says:

    Sorry if this is a stupid question – I’m pretty new to all this; I’m looking to fly London – JFK in this period, but if I book a BA flight through Iberia would I still earn any tier points in my BAEA?

    Loving the blog, thanks.

    • David says:

      Ahh I was thinking the same thing. I have a feeling you have to make a choice so aside from earning Avios for miles flown:

      1) Credit flight to BAEC and you get BA tier points;
      2) Credit flight to Iberia Plus and you get 30k Avios bonus and Iberia’s equivalent of tier points ‘Elite Points’.

      You can’t exchange Elite points for Tier points .

      Personally I need the tier points to requalify for silver but I can imagine for those that don’t need tier points (low end silvers, golds or those that don’t care about status), taking advantage of this makes a lot of sense.

      • Alan says:

        Yep I’m wanting the TPs, so stuck with having to credit to BA. Was half-toying with moving a/c, but also wanting to use these segments for the triple OB points so realistically probably won’t be able to get anything out of this promo 🙁

      • Sir Stamford says:

        Don’t forget to factor in the cabin bonus you earn as a BAEC Silver member into the equation.

        For example, on a return CW flight from LHR to JFK, you would earn 6,916 bonus Avios.

        By crediting to Iberia Plus, you would have forgone 280 tier points (more if flying from LCY) for an extra 23,084 Avios (i.e. 30,000 less 6,916).

        Sir Stamford

    • David says:

      Further to that, try not to think about which site you book the flight on as it doesn’t make a difference for this promotion, it is about which loyalty programme you credit your flight to.

      Raffles, the URL and a T&C clause suggests this may have been targeted, hence why you may not been able to sign up!

      • Rob says:

        Yes, I saw that. However, as the other (AA, BA) versions are not targeted, it seemed a bit odd if Iberias was.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, as long as your BAEC number is in the booking. However, I’m not sure why you would be booking a BA flight via the Iberia website?

  • Al Rees says:

    Thanks David, snap – I’m trying to move up through the tiers so perhaps I’m better served missing out on this chunk of Aviois… Hmmm.

  • Max says:

    Should one pay with Amex Gold charge card or BAPP card when booking on Iberia or BA?

    • Sir Stamford says:

      It depends on what you are trying to do, which you didn’t provide any details.

      So the headlines are:

      BA website
      BAPP – 3 Avios per £1
      AMEX Gold – 2 MR per £1 (being 2x travel bonus)

      Iberia website
      BAPP – 1.5 Avios per £1 (you don’t get the BA bonus)
      AMEX Gold – possibly 4MR per £1 (being 2x travel plus 2x foreign spend, if the tickets are priced in €)

      Sir Stamford

  • Craig says:

    Just log into your Iberia Plus account normally. It should jump straight to “My Promotions” if you’re eligible to sign up for this promo… Did for my anyhow, but I’m Spain-registered…

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