Iberia Plus has launched an amazing HALF-PRICE sale on Avios redemptions! This applies to both Economy and Business seats.
There are some excellent deals to be had here, even though you need to change in Madrid.
Business Class from Madrid to New York is just 40,000 Avios plus €172! This compares with 80,000 Avios and £500 for a similar British Airways flight booked on Avios!
(The taxes figure is not reduced – €172 is the standard taxes number for a long-haul Iberia redemption booked via iberia.com. It is shocking, frankly, that if you try to book exactly the same redemption on the same plane via ba.com they will charge you £500!)
Note that the Iberia website, on the promos page, still shows the December offers with different discounts. However, do a dummy booking and the deals below will show.
Let’s look at the small print:
Book by January 7th
Fly by April 8th
Valid on ALL European routes flown by Iberia and Iberia Express
Valid on the following long haul routes:
You must book via iberia.com. This means that you must have an ACTIVE Iberia Plus account, ie one that has been open for 90 days and has earned at least 1 Avios.
As long as you have an active Iberia account, you can transfer over the Avios you need from avios.com or BA using ‘Combine My Avios’.
You have one decision to make when booking. If you book from London to, say, New York on one ticket then you incur UK Air Passenger Duty at the long-haul rate – your taxes rise to €360 return in Business. If you book London to Madrid on a separate ticket to Madrid to New York, your taxes will be a lot lower. However, you then lose your legal rights to be put on another flight if your inbound flight is delayed. To be honest, I would be happy to be on separate tickets on the basis that both flights are on Iberia, but you may think differently.
When it comes to seat, you may be lucky and get the new Iberia fully flat seat, which I reviewed here:
You may also be unlucky and get the old sloping seat. However, at these prices, you can’t really complain.