£875 Iberia business class return tickets to Rio de Janeiro!

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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.

Iberia A330 350

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.

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  1. Any idea how many tier points you get for ams-gig-ams? Also when I tried a dummy booking I had a message saying ‘the option to use your avios to save is not available on this flight’ is that because the ams-mad sectors are with Iberia express?

  2. Would it be possible to build a huge stopover between the short haul and long haul sectors?

  3. Kinkell says:

    Sounds a great deal, just wrong timing for me. Am going to Rio in Feb, using 2-4-1 in First with BA, booked ages ago, AND I need to build up the TPs as have fallen out of Silver. Oh well, win some ……. Not this time!

  4. Ronster says:

    This is a great deal. It would save me using avios, for a FRA-MAD-SCL redemption in J on LAN, to get there. I could then use the saved avios on seeing more of South America

    Also just bagged 4 club return tickets from OSL-LHR-JFK for £359 EACH. This was via BA’s Norwey home page. Deal is now dead.


    • That New York price is amazing! Wish I’d known about that.

      • Fat finger pricing error by BA which unfortunately happened when I was ‘off grid’ on Thursday and was over before I saw it.

        • That’s a pity – it’s always better when these things are genuine fares as they might come back then. Do BA honour these deals once the error is realised? It looks a bit like a “palpable error” in betting, which would allow the bookie to refuse a payout.

          Still, great work, Ronster. That is absurd value – surely the cheapest CW ticket ever?!

        • They have not been cancelled so far ….

        • Brendan says:

          You think that was cheap…SFO was only about £10 extra and you could get the a380 one way and the 747/321 sharklets the other way if you wanted. I’m kicking myself I didn’t book another trip now but I’ll have to settle for my MIA/MCO open jaw!

      • Blimey, that was cheap!

    • Scottnothing says:

      Thanks to a tip-off from an FT hawk I was fortunate enough to bag that deal as well: OSL-LHR-MIA // MCO-PHL-LHR-OSL in Club which nets 400 TPs for under £350 and for the added nerd factor, I get to try the new AA business class on the 77EW.

      On Friday I booked OSL-LHR-HKG-SYD-SIN-LHR-OSL for Easter next year which nets 660 TPs for £1732. It’s the first time I have seen sub-£2,000 J fares to Australia since I started reading HFPs 2 years ago, so am quite chuffed. Thanks for all your hard work Raffles!

      • Brendan says:

        I booked a similar trip OSL-LHR-MIA-MCO // MIA-LHR-OSL for Easter but only realised after that both TATL legs are scheduled in the old 772 which I’m a bit bummed about! Hoping for an equipment change or at least a retrofitted 772 (although doubtful considering the slow progress and the fact that MIA is probably a high yield for premium passengers and the retrofit gets rid of first class)

      • Are those oslo-sydney prices available until a particular date or is it ongoing for now?

        • Particularly good prices just now, but they’ve been sub-£2k for about 9 months or so now ex-OSL, seems a fairly long-term price.

        • Scottnothing says:

          I think I read somewhere on FT that the current ex-OSL to SYD fares had to be ticketed before 7 September. Don’t quote me on that, as I may be getting confused with another promotion. I had been seeing prices around £2,000-2200 for about 9 months but not as low as £1732, which was why I jumped. ITA Matrix is still showing £1732 available up to April next year.

  5. Really good deal!!! Better than the BA Club world sale that will happen (being really hopefull here) in late november as they did for the last couple of years where you can score Club World for around £1000 return in those destinations…
    worth considering indeed…

  6. Firstclasslad says:

    I can’t seem to include the free stopover to Buenos Aires on the way back::


  7. Ronster says:

    Thank you Nick

    I was extremly lucky. In a moment of boredom I went onto the Flyer Talk forum. I had to rub my eyes at what I was seeing. That is one of the best Fat Finger rates I have ever seen!!

    I saw the announcement just under an hour after it had been posted. With some birthday and business trips in nyc, lined up over the next 6 minths, I bought all I needed.

    Thanks again Rob for that Iberia tip


    • Could we please ask if you spot a fat finger J flight like that again, could you PLEASE post it here for the likes of us who don’t check FT as much as you do. We would have loved a cheap J trip to NYC. And a trip to OSLO too thrown in…What a fab lucky chance you managed to take advantage of. Well done to you all.

      • I was frustrated myself to miss it – I was taking my daughter to Germany to stay with a friend so I had a ‘wake up, dress, taxi, flight’ morning which meant I did little more than check my emails until I got to my hotel in Dusseldorf (review to follow) about 7 hours later.

        • Hi Raffles, sorry you missed out on the deal also. No my email was aimed at the lucky three who got the cheapo deals as Ronster, Scott and Brendan. Wish you guys had posted it in BOLD for the likes of us, if you had a minute to spare after you had done your own bookings. Like the moment I got that QR sub 1k email, I posted it in BOLD, and lots of people on this site took advantage. Some even cancelling their 241 long haul, like we did to KUL and bought ex CPH Instead. Just fantastic if we could have got that deal. aw well, as they say, we won’t see the likes of that again, for a while. Still thrilled some people got to benefit though….

        • I am re-thinking the idea of a HFP forum at the moment, because I have found a software package which I like. Let’s see ….

      • Scottnothing says:

        Much to my surprise, I received the following email from BA at lunch time today:

        “It has come to our attention that for a short period of time there was an obvious pricing error for business class seats from Norway to a number of US destinations. The correct prices have now been reinstated. Your recent booking was concluded on the basis of the invalid fare, which may have been up to six times lower than the actual fare for that journey, and ordinarily that booking would be void. However, we have decided in this instance we will allow you to travel the full itinerary as planned.”

        I suspect we will not be seeing many more BA “sales” like that one.

  8. Ronster says:

    I’ve often thought if an early warning special deal, flyer talk app could be available?

    The moment special deals appear, you would receive a quick text.

    In the same way Award Wallet texts you when various hotel or air line balances change.

    I would certainly consider paying a premium for this.


  9. Thank you so much for flagging this deal. Managed to get return business flights over christmas and new year period for £987. Took a little bit of fiddling with dates and Iberia’s system didn’t allow me to book online – I had to call them to book.

  10. Peter Taysum says:

    Am VERY interested by this! 🙂

    Can I ask possibly a silly question?

    If I book on Iberia and use AVIOS to get discount, will I still get Tier points for BA or will it count towards Iberia? I’m now Gold (thank you) and want to maintain this…


  11. Thanks for this Raffles. That’s New Year’s Eve sorted!

  12. umichguy says:

    Booked it. The AMS-RIO flights via MAD came to £875 and the LON to AMS and back in economy cost £35 +8000 avios through RFS. All booked through BA phone booking.

    Will be my first thanksgiving in Brazil!

    p.s: Yes, I am from the U.S., currently based in London.

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