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500 Avios points sign-up bonus with Iberia Plus

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Iberia Plus is currently offering 500 bonus Avios points when you sign up and have some account activity within 45 days.  This could be as simple as transferring 1,000 Amex points or some hotel points.

If you’re not a member, now is the time to join.

I continually stress on Head for Points that every reader should have an Iberia Plus account and should try to earn 1 Avios point in it.  Once you have earned 1 point and your account is 90 days old, you are allowed to transfer Avios points to and from British Airways and avios.com.

Iberia A330 350

The benefit of this is that, when Iberia runs a good promotion, you are in a position to take part.  They run occasional Avios redemption sales like this one which can be excellent value.

Iberia Plus redemptions are also the ONLY way to book yourself onto Vueling using Avios points.  There are also other exclusive Iberia partners such as Royal Air Maroc.

In any event, taxes on Iberia long-haul redemptions are 75% lower than taxes on British Airways long-haul redemptions – as long as you book them via iberia.com and not ba.com.  You can learn more about that here.

After the Avios devaluation, there will be another reason to book Iberia flights via Iberia Plus.  All Iberia redemptions via BA will be priced at ‘peak’ rates after April 28th.  Iberia redemptions will have peak and off-peak pricing – leading to large savings on off-peak dates – when booked via iberia.com.

If you’ve never opened an Iberia Plus account, this 500 Avios points bonus seems as good a reason as any.  Head over to iberia.com here.

You can generate some activity by transferring 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points, crediting a BA or oneworld flight or crediting a car rental or hotel stay.  Unfortunately the e-rewards sign-up link, which was any easy way of banking 750 Avios points in Iberia, no longer works.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (43)

  • Justin says:

    Off topic: Can anyone remind if I earn Avios based on marketing carrier or operating carrier? E.g. Should I use AA or Finnair Avios table, if I fly on a AA-operated flight sold under AY code?

    • Rob says:

      oneworld is based on marketing carrier, Star Alliance by operating carrier.

      Leads to the odd position that if fly a Finnair flight with a Lufthansa codeshare on it, you can’t get miles in either programme! Fly a Lufthansa flight under a Finnair codeshare and you can claim miles in both!

  • Umberto says:

    I opened my account a couple of months ago to take advantage of the Economist 9000 avios offer. When the miles posted I also received 500 additional miles.

  • ADS says:

    This made me wonder what other frequent flyer accounts I should open ?

    A few weeks ago I was trying to move some points around for an upcoming reward flight, and one of the frequent flyer accounts (possibly US Airways) required it to be open for about a week before it would allow transfers. This rule meant I couldn’t get the reward flight I wanted – which again made me think that I should open lots of frequent flyer accounts!

    Any ideas ?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, the US airlines generally have a deadline before you can buy or transfer points, as does Avianca. That said, it is rare that you would need points quickly from scratch.

  • Tim says:

    It looks like I will get 800 Avios plusvthe 500 opening offer for downloading the Hailo app and entering my IB Plus number.
    Havent tried it yet but IB website suggests it wilk work

    • Liz says:

      Where did you enter your IB Plus number

      • Tim says:

        I am still figuring it out. I think it is the Spanish Hailo for Madrid and Barca that you need. I have only got as far as the London App. I will try again tomorrow, but google “Hailo Iberia plus” if yoh want to try yourself

        • Liz says:

          I’m trying that now – downloaded the link for iphone but it has put the app into iTunes – and I don’t know how to get it onto my phone from iTunes – I tried it before just downloading the app but it didn’t give any option to enter your IB number. duh! not great with iTunes technology!

          • Tim says:

            Ill let you know if andriod works

          • Tim says:

            An update to my investigations.
            Unfortunately Hailo only gives you an option to enter an IB Plus number if it thinks you are in Madrid.
            You have two possibilities here. The first is to go to Madrid. Not worth a special trip but if you are passing though anyway in the next 45 days that might be an option.
            The second is to trick the Hailo app into thinking you are in Madrid. If you are using andriod, you can do this using the ” fake GPS ” free app. You also need to turn off Wifi based location from settings and use settings/devloper optoons to enable “use mock location”.
            It took me 2 minutes to do this on my Andriod tablet. On launching the Hailo App the Add Iberia Account option appeared.

            Apparently the points take a week or two to arrive, so now I am waiting.

          • Tim says:

            I should add that I dont think faking a GPS locatoon on iOS is quite so easy. Not unless you have friends in the US military 🙂 Sorry Liz that this answer might not be useful to you.

          • Liz says:

            I could use my husbands android phone – what fake gps app did u download?

          • Tim says:

            Have a look a thttp://boostyourpoints.com/category/iberia/

          • AndyGWP says:

            You could also use something called “Andy” which is an android emulator for the PC…

            just google: android emulator andy

            it’s the first result 🙂

          • Liz says:

            Thanks Tim – I’ll try it over the weekend!

          • Colin JE says:

            There isn’t a way to fake your gps location on iOS unless it’s jailbroken (not recommended for something like this!) but with Android I used the ‘Fake GPS’ app on Google Market. Found a position in Barcelona, then clicked ‘Start’, then went to my Hailo app and under my account the option to add an Iberia Plus was there. It took just over a week for the points to appear. This’ll work on the oldest Android too, so long as Hailo works on it.

          • Rob says:

            Amazing!

          • Tim says:

            I was certainly amazed at how easy it was. Btw keep up the good work

  • gs says:

    I assume that moving across avios from BA to IB does not reset the mileage expiration date on either side?

    • Colin JE says:

      I thought it did, or at least is away of protecting points about to expire. Or am I wrong folks?

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  • AndyGWP says:

    Setup Iberia Plus account on Thursday
    Setup a first-time transfer to Iberia Plus on Thursday night (immediate)
    Transferred points
    Points arrived Friday
    Bonus arrived today

    Can’t believe how quick and easy that was. As mentioned earlier, I have spent weeks going back and forth with Iberia customer service on how to get my wifes account with it’s paltry 220 points in over to her married name. This was so much easier.

    As always, thanks Raffles 🙂

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