The first phase of the Avios changes kicked in on March 1st when Iberia Plus published its new earning chart for both Avios points and Elite Points.
What I wanted to know was this – going forward, will it be more worthwhile crediting BA flights to Iberia Plus if you are looking for status (lounge access etc)?
The Iberia Plus elite status levels are outlined here – click on Iberia Plus then Elite Points and Earn Elite Points.
In summary, the Iberia scheme works like this:
The main status levels in Iberia Plus are Silver (= BA Bronze, no lounge access), Gold (= BA Silver, lounge access) and Platinum (= BA Gold, lounge access)
Unlike BA, where all members have different qualifying years, Iberia uses a fixed scheme running from April 1st to March 31st
You need 1,100 Elite Points for Silver, 2,500 for Gold and 6,250 (or 12,500 over two years) for Platinum
I don’t know if Iberia Plus has a ‘soft landing’ if you fail to retain status
In scale, the Elite Points rates for Iberia flights seem similar to the British Airways programme. British Airways will give you 140 tier points each way (25% of BA Silver) for the longer one-way long-haul routes whilst Iberia gives 500-600 Elite Points (25%-ish of Iberia Plus Gold).
More relevant for HfP readers is what happens if you credit British Airways flights to Iberia after April 1st. You can see the British Airways Elite Points earning rate here – click on ‘View earning tables’.
You will get 500-600 Elite Points per one-way British Airways long-haul flight so around 25% of Iberia Gold (= BA Silver in terms of benefits). That is little different from earning 120-140 BA tier points via the Executive Club.
At the bottom end of the scale, giving 15 Elite Points for discounted economy – when you need 2,250 for Iberia Gold (= BA Silver) – is little different from British Airways giving 5 tier points and requiring 600 for British Airways Silver.
There may be some quirks in these charts which I haven’t yet picked up. For now, though, I don’t see any good reason to start crediting your flights to Iberia Plus instead of British Airways, despite the reduced BA tier point earning for discount economy. You will need a similar number of flights to earn status and there is the guaranteed ‘soft landing’ with BA if you drop down.
There MAY be good reasons to credit your British Airways flights to American Airlines or other oneworld partners after April 28th. We need to wait and see if all of BA’s other partners follow the lead of Qatar Airways and adjust their BA earning chart.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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.
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.
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