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Big discounts on Avios redemptions on Iberia – book by 31 October

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Iberia Plus has launched a new promotion offering aggressive discounts on Avios redemptions on a number of Iberia routes. These include both European (although not to/from the UK) and long-haul.

Buenos Aires is the stand-out deal. This is available for just 30,000 Avios, return, in Economy if you can find seats at the ‘Blue’ level. This compares to a standard price of 60,000 Avios.

(Note that if you cannot find seats at Blue saver level, it is not such a good deal. A standard Economy redemption is 60,000 Avios in this sale – reduced from 90,000 – which is the same as the 60,000 Avios required at – albeit you have better availability and lower taxes.)

The same deal is also available to Panama and San Jose de Costa Rica.

Madrid to Dakar is just 10,000 Avios return if you can find a Blue ‘saver’ award and 20,000 Avios return in Economy otherwise.

European flights, from Madrid to Brussels, Nice, Lyon, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bologna, Copenhagen, Oporto, Copenhagen, Marseille, Brussels and Vienna cost from 8,000 Avios return at Blue level and 16,000 in Economy (this is less interesting).

There are also internal Spanish flights available, although again the discounts are hardly huge unless you find Blue class availability. Madrid to Barcelona, Bilbao, La Coruna, Oviedo, Vigo and a few other destinations cost 4,000 Avios return in Blue class and 8,000 if you can only find fully priced Economy returns.

(Note that both Blue and Economy book into the Economy cabin. Blue is a deep discounted Economy redemption that Iberia uses to fill more lightly loaded services.)

Unfortunately, none of these deals are available in Business Class.

You must book at by 31 October for travel by 20th December.

Taxes are also very low

Iberia has lower taxes than British Airways. Even Iberia flights booked on using BA Avios have substantially higher taxes than the same Iberia flight booked on

As an example, Buenos Aires return incurs taxes and charges of €189. If you could nab a return ticket in Blue class for a pre-Christmas break for 30,000 Avios plus €189 then I think you’d consider that a decent deal.

Remember, these are Iberia Plus deals ONLY

You can ONLY book these flights on the Iberia website.

You can ONLY book these flights using Avios in Iberia Plus.

If you don’t already have an Iberia Plus account then you are stuffed, unfortunately (although I have suggested many times that everyone should have one, specifically for promotions like this.) Even if you open an Iberia Plus account today, you cannot transfer Avios across from BA or until it has been open for 90 days.

I assume you could buy the Avios you need if you opened a new Iberia Plus account, but I cannot be 100% sure if a newly opened account is immediately able to purchase Avios points.

You cannot add a connecting BA flight to the same ticket

You don’t want to, because it would trigger long-haul Air Passenger Duty.

Your connecting flight to/from Madrid should be booked separately. If using Avios, it is 20,000 return in Economy from the UK.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

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:

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (9)

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  • Flyersj18 says:

    One quick point: UK to MAD is only 15K Avios return rather than 20,000. Especially at this time of the year it may be worth considering a LoCo carrier to Madrid such as Easyjet, especially if Heathrow is not your closest airport.

    As an example I could travel EDI-MAD direct for £58 return in December. Adding hold baggage would take it to £90. Given that the RFS would be 15K and £35 I would probably choose the direct flight every time.

  • What's the Point says:

    Good luck trying to get any bookings out of the website (GB version) its shocking. Been trying for over 3 weeks now to check availability MAD – Costa Rica, but keep getting the same two errors:
    -return date must be after departure date
    or the classic catch all
    -We have encountered some difficulty in dealing with this booking. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask you to please try again after a few minutes. If the error persists please contact us

  • Stuart says:

    Nabbed myself a Beunos Aires flight from Saturday to Saturday in late November. £160 plus 30000 avios is an awesome deal, perfect for a week in the Uruguayan sunshine!!!

    • Richie says:

      I’m guessing you know buenos aires is in brazil , not Uruguay . Are you connecting overland or do you take a ferry?

  • BlackberryAddict says:

    That’s funny – Buenos Aires is in Argentina, not Brazil. And there is quick ferry across with BQB.

    Iberia does have these promotions in business class as well sometimes. Got my son to Lima in C for 50k miles return and IIRC around £100 in taxes/charges. And a BA reward saver to get to MAD. With bags checked through – great deal

  • Morgs says:

    With regards the Iberia issue not accepting bookings, I too looked for SJO (Costa Rica) and it seems that the dates are set up for US style dates rather than UK

    • What's the Point says:

      I was able to check availability ok a few weeks ago, and they have not changed the way you interact with the website. So it must be something behind the scenes on how the website is actually looking at the dates?

    • callum says:

      When I did it, the dates were constantly flipping between US and non-US. I.e. I was looking for 01/08/14 – 12/09/14 and it interpreted that as the 8th January and the 12th September!

      It wouldn’t let me navigate through a calendar either so I ended up searching on BA until I found the exact flights I wanted then going back to Iberia and going directly to them. A lot of hassle but I thought it would be worth it in the end – until I was only offered it for 60,000 avios no matter what I did, came back here and discovered it was only for travel until 20th December!

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