Amazing '50% off Avios redemptions' sale on Iberia – Europe plus New York, Miami, Chicago included!

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 It is shocking, frankly, that if you try to book exactly the same redemption on the same plane via 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:
New York

You must book via 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 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:

Iberia new business class seat

You may also be unlucky and get the old sloping seat. However, at these prices, you can’t really complain.

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  1. pazza2000 says:

    Just curious, has anyone snapped up an IB redemption under this sale? I flew LAX-GLA (via MAD) on IB last year and swore I would never again, the taxes saving did not justify the detour and lesser J product. Although with ex-UK taxes rising, & it being likely that Avios/BA have no intention to offer a J/F sale, I am tempted again…

    • Yes, I did.

      I got returns MAD-JFK for my wife and I (booked under separate IB accounts). Only problem is that for the outward leg my wife is in J and I am in Y. There is no availability for either and upgrade, or a downgrade! I am going to see what comes up, but would be interested if anyone else has any experience in how flexible IB can be in these sort of circumstances…

      • pazza2000 says:

        May I ask what taxes you paid, and how your getting to MAD out of interest? JFK looks like it has good success rate with the new biz product, shame you’re in separate classes on the outbound.

        • We paid c£140 in taxes each. Will probably try and snap up a BA redemption to MAD in the RFS £1 sale next week.