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.
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.