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Iberia launches Avios sale – 50% off 17 business class routes & 50% off London

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I spent some time on Thursday and Friday looking at the British Airways and November sales. These offer redemption flights from £1 of tax on short-haul and a 25%-50% discount on selected economy long-haul routes.

BA’s sister company, Iberia, is having an Avios redemption sale of its own.

The most interesting part of the deal is that 17 business class routes are on offer at a 50% discount.  These are:

40,000 Avios return: Chicago, Luanda

50,000 Avios return: Mexico, Guatemala, San Salvador, Panama, San Jose, Caracas, Bogotá, Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

60,000 Avios return: Santiago, Montevideo, Buenos Aires

You should remember that taxes on Iberia redemptions are 75% lower than the taxes on a similar British Airways redemption.  A return business class flight to Santiago is just 60,000 Avios plus €191.

Here is the small print:

All of these prices are for flights from Madrid

The discount pricing will only appear if you book direct Madrid to XXXX flights.  Any connection from London to Madrid must be booked separately.

One-way tickets can be booked for half the above numbers

The deadline for booking is November 15th

You must travel between December 1st and January 31st

You must have an Iberia Plus account to book these deals.  You can move your Avios from or to for free, instantly, via ‘Combine Your Avios’.  This is only possible if your Iberia Plus account is 90 days old AND has earned at least 1 Avios point.

(If you don’t have an Iberia Plus account, I would recommend you open one and try to earn 1 Avios point in it – credit a BA flight or move some hotel points or Amex points – so that you are able to take advantage of these offers the next time they come up.)

You can book these deals at here.

Get 50% off short haul too

Iberia is also offering 50% off the following short-haul routes from Madrid in economy and business class.  The economy prices are:

4,500 Avios return:  Barcelona, La Coruna, Bilbao, Oviedo, Santander, Lisbon, Geneva, Oran, Algiers, Casablanca

7,500 Avios return:  Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Paris, London, Brussels, Venice, Rome, Milan, Munich, Zurich, Prague, Vienna

10,000 Avios return:  Athens, Moscow, Istanbul, Dakar

12,500 Avios return:  Tel Aviv, Lagos, Malabo

You will see that London is included.  However, it is NOT a no-brainer to book a flight to Madrid via Iberia.

Using, a one-way to Madrid in economy is 7,500 Avios + £17.50.  Using it is (in the sale, booking Blue class) 3,750 Avios + £45.15.  This big price gap opens up because Iberia does NOT have Reward Flight Saver.

Using, a one-way from Madrid in economy is 7,500 Avios + £17.50.  Using it is (in the sale) 3,750 Avios + £16.40. 

The logical thing to do is therefore to book your flight TO Madrid on and your return flight home on!

Don’t forget that, if you want to come back in business class, some Iberia flights to London are operated by A330 aircraft with fully flat beds in business.  This is DEFINITELY worth spending the extra 7,500 Avios over economy class.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 a huge range of valuable 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (18)

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  • Aceman says:

    If I have an Iberia avios account that’s been open 5 months but with no activity, will I be able to defer avios into it? Or can I buy 1000 and then immediately xfer into?

    -is all avios flat bed? I have an ORD redemption on ba in December, wondering if it’s worth changing…

    • Rob says:

      BA is all flat bed, not sure if Iberia is fully converted yet. For a day flight it would not matter so much.

      You need activity. Transferring Amex points would do it or buy 1,000.

      • Colin MacKinnon says:

        IB is all flat bed, but as mentioned in a later comment there are new flat-bed (very very nice – but I would recommend the window seat as a single or the middle pair if a couple.)

        The layout is a staggered 1-2-1:

        1x 1xx1 x 1
        x1 x11x 1x
        1x 1xx1 x1
        x1 x11x 1 x etc

        I would avoid the aisle seats as your legs are exposed to nudging by passing people and trolleys.

        And leave space – on both types – for the Perdo Ximenez sweet sherry. #50 a half litre in the UK!

      • Lady London says:

        Revised Iberia conditions sent out in past few days specifically exclude transfers of points being counted as activity.

        • jakobv84 says:

          Do you have a link? I’ve just transferred 10k of Marriott (my first, last and only 10k as I don’t like their hotels much anyway) to Iberia in the hopes of it initiating my account.

    • jose armas says:

      I have tried to transfer IB avios to ,but all I get is that I am only to transfer to Iberia but no the other way around!

      Also now for some reason the Iberia page is not loading. is anyone having the same problem?
      Does anyone have any tricks on how to move the avios from Iberiaplus?

      • Rob says:

        I wrote an article recently on how to do it from Iberia if you have not seen that. Also try IB to BA then BA to

  • N says:

    Are there any direct flights from the nice bits of the UK to MAD?

  • James says:

    Another bonus is the free domestic connection in the uk.. Not sure if booking on will have the same privileges (I guess not).

    Also all IB a330s are the new 1-2-1 layout, most of the a346s have it, but the a343s are the old 2-2-2 layout and should be avoided really for long routes (they show up on the London route fairly often too).

  • Craig V says:

    Every time I look on the Iberia web site, i only ever see Economy redemptions. Is there a trick to bringing up Business Class? Do I need to transfer enough Avios first?

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  • Ivor says:

    Thanks for this! Just booked a very nice trip to Ecuador in Biz for £150!

  • James says:

    I will be talking further of my disastrous experience with Iberia regarding this promotion, including being kept for 2 hours on hold to Spain from the UK then being hung up on within two minutes of the call… but in the meantime I thought I would share this, as I have had an extremely similar experience in terms of customer service to many of the people below:

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