Iberia, BA’s sister airline, has announced a number of new UK routes.
The first to arrive will be a service from Edinburgh to Madrid. This will launch in late March with the start of the Summer timetable. It will initially operate four times a week but will increase to six flights per week over the Summer.
In September, Iberia is launching Manchester to Madrid. This will operate four times per week.
Gatwick is also welcoming Iberia next year, in the form of its low(er) cost Iberia Express subsidiary. There will be two flights per day to Gatwick starting in March.
The existing Heathrow services will continue as before, with up to eight Iberia services to Madrid each day plus a further five BA flights.
One upside for readers near Edinburgh and Manchester will be the ability to book Iberia long-haul redemptions more easily. Iberia now has fully flat seats in business class and its taxes and charges on long-haul redemptions are usually £300 or so lower than BA.
Flying to the US via Madrid may take a couple of hours longer than flying via Heathrow but the cost saving will easily make up for it – as long as you book the UK to Madrid leg separately to avoid long-haul Air Passenger Duty.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.