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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.

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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 and

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

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (79)

  • Ashley says:

    I’m in the US, my iPhone has a US number with US/Canada-only calling plan. I followed the set-up steps described in this article, installed fake GPS, successfully entered my credit card number and Iberia plus number, but the App never told me to wait for a code text to my iPhone to register the account. I also never received a confirmation email and text message to confirm the submission of my registration form, as per what Hailo’s UK web site said should happen as soon as a registration form is submitted. However, the app shows taxis available in Madrid (where I pretend to be) and my credit card is on file, as if the account is up and running and ready for use. What is the 3-digit registration code that folks wrote about on this thread for? Since I never received this code, does this mean my account is not yet properly set up to enable me to activate my Iberia Plus account?

  • JQ says:

    Wonder if you can use the same phone to get the bonus for multiple IB accounts.

  • Lawro says:

    Wondering the same thing as JQ…anyone have any ideas?

  • Fenny says:

    My Starbucks app is happy to tell me where all the nearby coffee is in central Madrid, but Hailo still thinks I’m sitting on my sofa faking my location and tells me there are no cars in my area.

  • Roberto says:

    I downloaded the Hailo app and did the fake GPS thing added my IB number and logged out. I then re-opened the app and created an account for my OH and added her IB number. I deleted the app (as it dont cover my area) and hopefully earned us 2000 avios in the three mins it took to drink a cup of Nespresso.. Lets see how long it takes to post..

    Thanks for the tip..

  • Stuart says:

    Do you get any sort of confirmation? I did this but didn’t see anything confirming the points would be added.

  • mikeact says:

    Award Wallet has just popped up…500 Avios, not the expected 1000.
    Ah well, no big deal.

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