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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.

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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.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2022)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 unbeatable travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (43)

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  • Winston says:

    Yes I had a surprise 500 point bonus yesterday when I checked my account balance.
    But even more surprising, was a 9000 point transaction in connection with my economist subscription, even though I cancelled this within the 14 day eu cancellation period, seems they gave me the points anyway!

  • JK says:

    Iberia regularly sends offers from Vinoseleccion where you can earn Avios for buying wine. 2 cases of Marques de Caceres arrived yesterday bringing in 960 Avios. Not a bad way to activate the Iberia account…

    • Pete McAllister says:

      Hi JK, that sounds like a good plan – am struggling to register on the vinoselection website though: region and postcode it won’t take, they need to be in Spain I guess? Any tips for UK registration and delivery? Thanks!

  • Ralf says:

    Do you know if the 500 points will be credited for a Membership rewards transfer?

  • MIM says:

    Just signed up and got the confirmation email mentions ‘500 Avios as a gift’.

    The exact wording is “So that you have Avios from the very first day, we will give you 500 Avios as a gift if you use your card on your next flight or with one of our Partners within 45 days”.

    What’s the cheapest option to secure these?

  • Gman says:

    500 points if you have a flight or transaction with partners in 45 days. Quote from the welcome e-mail: “500 avios as a gift. So that you have avios from the first day, we will give you 500 avios as a gift if you use your card on your next flight or with one of our partners within 45 days”

    • Rob says:

      Thank you!

      In that case, definitely sign up and move 1000 Amex points!

  • Graeme says:

    Slightly OT but this article is nicely timed for me, so apologies….

    My mum, my partner and her sister recently got 12,500 Avios in their new Iberia accounts through the Economist offer and the bonus above. Since they’re all such nice people, they want to give the Avios to me. From what I understand from other HFP articles, I think I need to open each of them an Avios account, combine the Avios, then put us all together as a household account, then eventually write to Avios to split that account and leave the Avios with me.

    Is that right? Is there a simpler way to get them all in my account? Thanks all!

    • Rob says:

      Correct. Assuming you don’t want to open a BA household account, you need to move each persons points to avios.com, form an avios.com household account, wait a couple of months then post back the HHA break-up form indicating that 100 per cent of the Avios should be given to you.

  • Lee says:

    I tried to register and it wont accept my UK passport number. Anyone else experience this?

    • AndyGWP says:

      Is it because you may already be registered?

      My (now) wife currently has a massive 220 points in her account, and I am struggling to change her surname using Iberia Customer Service, so thought this was a good opportunity to bin off the old account and start a new one.

      Is reporting the passport number issue here to (she hasn’t changed her name on her passport yet), so the only thing I can think of for me, is that it’s already got it in the system somewhere.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Ah – fixed it… it thinks it’s being clever and has spotted an error in the format of your passport number.

        Enter something like this:
        AB123456C

        It should accept it… you can then go into your account settings when registered, and change it and it will save (though still throws a validation wobbler!)

        • Jason says:

          I put a P in front of my pasort number. I think it might be Spanish passports have letters in there numbers.

  • Jono says:

    HI,

    Don’t have any amex points or hotel points to transfer to Iberia plus?
    Whats the next easier way to “earn” a point quickly? How would I go about buying wine and use my account to credit points?

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Heathrow Express has an option to credit to IB if you book via heathrowexpress.com/avios

      I trashed a recent email offering wine but someone may still have it.

    • Liz says:

      Hi Jono,
      I don’t collect Amex rewards or hotel points either. Go to the email you got from Iberia when you registered – click on “check partners” then go to Purchases – look for Vinoseleccion – click on the promotion/offer at the bottom then click “here” to get the 6 bottles of Marques de Caceres – change to English at the top of the page – 480 points and hopefully the bonus 500 plus free delivery for your first order.

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