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1,000 free Avios in Iberia Plus if you have an Android phone

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For the last couple of months, the taxi ordering app Hailo – which is now operating in Madrid and Barcelona – has been running a special promotion with Iberia Plus.

If you download the Hailo app and create an account, you get 1,000 free Avios in Iberia Plus.  No purchase required.

Full details can be found on the Iberia website here.

Hailo ad

The snag is that the Hailo app knows where you are, thanks to the GPS system on your phone.  You are only able to add your Iberia Plus number to the app if you are in Spain at the time.

Thanks to readers Craig and Paul, we have found a solution.

You need an Android smartphone to do this.  It seems that you cannot fake the GPS co-ordinates of an iPhone without jailbreaking it, which is not recommended.

This is what you do:

If you don’t already have Hailo on your phone, download the app and create an account.  Use the same name as the name on your Iberia Plus account.

Download a free Android app called Fake GPS

Open Fake GPS and move the marker on the screen to Madrid in Spain

Re-open Hailo.  You see will a message on screen saying ‘Welcome to Madrid’.

Click on ‘Profile’ in the menu section of the app.  Scroll down to the bottom and you will see a menu item called ‘Iberia Plus’.  Click on this and enter your Iberia Plus number.

That’s it.  1,000 Avios points should arrive in your Iberia account.  They only seem to post them once a month so you may have a bit of a wait.

As well as getting you 1,000 Avios, this activity will also ‘activate’ a new Iberia Plus account and therefore allow you to move your points to and from ba.com and avios.com.

This offer closes on April 30th so I would get onto it ASAP.  You can find out more on iberia.com here.

If you happen to be in Spain before April 30th, you can also earn 10 Avios for every €8 you spend riding with Hailo.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 long list of travel benefits 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 (79)

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  • Rob says:

    My 1,000 posted overnight.

    Combine My Avios seems to be down (again) though so they may be sitting in IB for a while ….

  • Dominic says:

    My 1,000 points have posted but now my points are stuck in Iberia Plus as I can’t pull them into Avios for some reason.

    • Rob says:

      Mine are stuck too – seems to be linked to the need to reset my password after the hacking fiasco. Tempted to sit it out rather than waste my life on the phone to them.

      • Alan says:

        Have got mine now too – had to reset my PIN though as it seemed to have been locked out. Will hold of transferring for now as only 1250 in the account after I cleared out the Economist ones earlier in the year!

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