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Earn Avios with Iberostar Hotels in Spain – and redeem them too

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Iberia Plus has announced a new tie-up with Spanish hotel chain Iberostar.

Whilst not a chain I have ever used, Iberostar appears to run a large number 4- and 5-star ‘Summer holiday’ properties in Tenerife, Majorca etc.  They are also in Bulgaria, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Greece, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.

The main Iberostar website is here if you want to see what they can offer.

As per the Iberia website, the earning rate if you stay at an Iberostar hotel is 150 Avios points per night.  These Avios must be deposited in an Iberia Plus account, although you can move them across to BA or avios.com via ‘Combine My Avios’.

What is more interesting is that, from March 1st, you will be able to redeem your Avios for Iberostar properties.  The Iberia website is showing the following rates:

Premium Gold and Grand Collection – 12,500 Avios per night

Premium Classic – 7,500 Avios per night

As you would expect from iberia.com there is no small print and you cannot book online.  You will therefore need to rustle up a Spanish speaker and call their Spanish number in order to attempt to book.  On the face of it, though, these do not appear to be bad redemption rates if you can get a Spanish 4* or 5* during the Summer seasons.

You can find out more about Iberostar here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 (12)

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  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Some of their properties are all-inclusive, so potentially great value if they are included. Perhaps 2p/Avios redemption value. Never stayed at one personally, but there were some good-looking Iberostar Grand properties in the Carribean eg:

    http://www.thegrandcollection.com/en/hotels/punta-cana/iberostar-grand-hotel-bavaro/introduction

    I imagine redemptions could be hard work though.

  • Corrine says:

    I’m guessing at this stage it only applies to the Spanish Hotels in the group ? we are looking to book an Iberostar in Mexico in the next few months !! it would be amazing if we could earn/redeem Avios on this booking !! 🙂

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Nope. You might be in luck.

      Choose from our many Spanish destinations in Andalusia, Majorca or the Canaries, get deep into Mediterranean charming towns in Tunisia, Greece or Montenegro, or explore the exotic landscapes of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Cuba or Jamaica collecting or redeeming Avios in all these destinations.

      • Corrine says:

        WOW – thanks for that – I’d anticipated paying cash for this part of our holiday…. fingers crossed !! just need to find availability for my VFC UC flights first !!

  • Mark says:

    We’re about to stay at Iberostar Bavaro, Punts Cana, booked through hotels.com. does it look like the you need to book direct to be able to earn avios?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Call the number and ask. Can’t hurt to try.

    • Rob says:

      Presumably you would, but no harm in trying. They don’t give Avios for in-hotel spending, unfortunately.

      • Angela says:

        We have stayed at both the Grand properties in the Dominican and Mexico and are returning to the Dominican later in the year
        Would be good to get avios but direct price from iberostar is often not the cheapest so shop around don’t just dive in for the avios

    • Halo says:

      I stayed at the Iberostar Bavaro Punta Cana on Friday night, due to a flight delay – but the Check-In Staff didn’t understand how to put swipe my Iberia Avios card. If you can upgrade to the adults only Iberostar Grand Bavaro instead I would do so – that is a Wow hotel, a true 5-star the Bavaro (as opposed to Grand Bavaro) is in reality a 4-star family hotel.

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