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.
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:
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.
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.
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.