My main article today summarises all of the Avios changes that took place yesterday.
Everything is as we expected. Except one thing.
As you will know if you followed my articles on the changes, Iberia is introducing its own reward pricing chart with its own peak and off-peak dates. It looks like this:
What I didn’t expect is this:
ba.com is using the Iberia pricing chart to price Iberia rewards.
Here is the proof from ba.com:
This flight – if priced using the British Airways chart used for BA and all other partner airlines – should cost 120,000 Avios. However, ba.com is pricing it using the Iberia pricing chart and applying the Iberia off-peak calendar.
You should still not book this flight on ba.com!
If you move 68,000 Avios to Iberia Plus and book it that way, the tax will fall from £323 to £137. However, not everyone can move Avios into Iberia Plus because a) your Iberia account must be open for 90 days before you can transfer and b) you must have earned 1 Avios point in the account.
If you can’t fulfil both of the criteria above, booking via ba.com will be your only option. I can see a lot of people heading down to Madrid in the near future ….