In response to a KLM fare sale, Iberia has launched an aggressive £875 return business class fare to Rio.
This is a very, very good deal, and makes it worth cancelling any Avios redemption you have booked to Rio in return for an Avios and tier point earning cash ticket.
Here are the rules:
You must book by August 15th
Your outbound flight must be before December 31st
You cannot route on BA flights via London but you can use TAM and potentially other oneworld partners. You will probably be heading Amsterdam to Madrid to XXXXX.
One free stopover is allowed in each direction – this would allow you to stop in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo, potentially.
You can book on iberia.com. If you want to build in stopovers, start with iberia.com and then move on to expedia.co.uk if necessary and try their multi-city tool. Remember that you MUST start your trip in Amsterdam.
Availability is good in November and tighter at other times. The available flights clearly show at £400+ each way in the booking engine.
If you ONLY have Iberia flights in your itinerary and book on iberia.com, you can even use ‘part pay with Avios’ to reduce the cash cost further. An ‘Avios discount’ logo appears next to qualifying flights on the Iberia website. You need to move Avios into Iberia Plus to do this, which means having an ‘active’ Iberia Plus account over 90 days old.
These flights will earn Avios and tier points as Iberia is a BA partner in oneworld (and, of course, is owned by the same company). Iberia’s business class product is very good these days and is arguably better than Club World.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.
(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.)