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New Iberia Avios redemption options – Dominican Republic and Montevideo

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Slowly but surely, Iberia is coming back to health.  The Willie Walsh-led restructuring, which has seen massive job costs, has reversed the €1m+ per day loss that the airline was making.

As new long-haul aircraft are delivered, Iberia is beginning to expand its long-haul network again.  As a reminder, this is what was on offer when I updated my Avios Redemption University article last year:

  • Africa – Accra, Algiers, Casablanca, Dakar, Luanda, Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Mauritania, Oran
  • North America – Chicago, Miami, New York, Boston, Los Angeles
  • South America – Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala City, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lagos, Lima, Mexico City, Panama City, Quito, Rio do Janeiro, San Jose (Costa Rica), San Salvador, Santiago, Sao Paulo
  • Asia – none
  • Middle East – Tel Aviv

Remember that taxes on Iberia business class flights should be around £150 if you book via  Do NOT book via as you will charged nearer £550 return!  This is explained in more detail in the Avios Redemption University article.


Two new routes

Iberia has recently announced that it is launching two new long-haul routes this Autumn.  These are both routes that were dropped when the airline hit financial trouble.

Of most interest as a holiday destination is Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. 

This route will be offered five days per week from September 1st.  Avios redemptions from Madrid (booked via are:

50,000 Avios + £152 in Economy class (at ‘Blue’ saver level)

75,000 Avios + £152 in Economy class (at the standard availability level)

100,000 Avios + £168 in Business class

If Iberia seats are not available, remember that airberlin also offers three different airports in the Dominican Republic.

The second new route is Montevideo in Uruguay.

This route will also start on September 1st and will be flown four time per week.

Avios redemptions in economy will cost 60,000 + £143 in ‘Blue’ class or, if that is not available, 90,000 + £143 in economy.  A business class return is 120,000 + £159.

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Comments (13)

  • xcalx says:

    Nice to see Iberia re-opening the old routes, on a purely selfish basis I was hoping for the re-introduction of the Madrid-San Juan PR flights

    • Will says:

      Thinking Tier Point run, I’m currently waiting for my 35th flight of a TP run, a positioning flight to SJU with avios would open up some very cheap TP routes to HNL.

  • Andy says:

    Hi Raffles,

    I can see the flights SDQ-MAD but cant seem to get any prices for SDQ-LHR or SDQ-MAN. I assume these would be the same number of avios points but maybe not loaded yet?? did you come across any?

    • Rob says:

      No, it won’t require the same number of Avios – it will require more. Avios charges by flight, remember. It is not a zonal system.

      You might as well just book SDQ-MAD as one booking and then do MAD-LON/MAN as a separate booking. You are probably better off booking MAD-UK via as Iberia’s website does not allow Reward Flight Saver and, if you book BA planes, the flight is NOT cancellable and NOT changeable.

      • Andy says:

        Thanks Raffles, was getting confused with the free domestic connections. SDQ-MAD then a reward flight saver it is

  • needroos says:

    I am trying to use my avios to get 2 reward seats from London to Santiago, Chile. My avios are currently in my BAEC account. I have opened an Iberia Plus account and seats are available at lower tax, but is it the case that my Iberia Plus account needs to be open for 90 days before I can transfer avios from BAES to IB Plus?

  • Nun says:

    I just want to add that in the past, award availability on MAD-SDQ was relatively good the 2-3 times I checked when trying to put together a trip.

  • Som says:

    is there way of getting any miles from avios redemtion flights


    • Rob says:

      ONLY if a) you book a European short-haul flight and b) you book it on and c) it is a ticket which does not show as being available on

      This will often credit to Iberia Plus or BAEC.

      No chance – at all – for any other flight UNLESS you try to credit it to another oneworld airline (American, airberlin etc). Sometimes these airlines get confused over ticket classes and will credit redemption tickets.

      • Andy says:

        Thanks Raffles, didn’t know this. Do you get tier points too if you credit to BAEC? Have you had more success getting the miles with Iberia Plus or BAEC?

        • Rob says:

          Yes, would be 10 tp’s. I have never done this to either scheme as historically I redeemed via to get the ‘no change fees for Gold’ benefit.