(EDIT, May 2015 – this offer still works, but the bonus is now 400 Avios rather than 1,000.)
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.
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.