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£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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (32)

  • Jay says:

    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.

  • 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…

    Thanks,
    Peter

    • Rob says:

      Once ticketed, you can change over the number in the booking to a BA one, either by ringing IB or waiting until check-in and doing it then.

  • colm says:

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

  • 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.