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Save 40% on Avios flights from the UK to Madrid

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Iberia, BA’s sister airline, is offering a 40% saving on Avios redemption seats to Madrid for the next five months.

This offer is only available when you book via Iberia Plus.  You need to have an active Iberia Plus account which is more than 90 days old, as you cannot otherwise transfer Avios from BA or avios.com.

This is why I recommend that EVERY HfP reader should have an Iberia Plus account.  You might think that you don’t need one, but an offer like this will suddenly turn up and you find that you cannot take part due to the ’90 day’ rule.  Get over to the Iberia website and sign up now.

Here are the rules:

You can only book Iberia flights to Madrid, not the BA ones

It is available on all Iberia departures from the UK to Madrid

You must book by 21st October for travel by 16th March 2016

You cannot travel between 18th December and 7th January 2016

As Iberia does not have ‘Reward Flight Saver’ you will be paying slightly higher taxes than a British Airways redemption – but the saving in Avios easily outweighs this.

The discounted prices are, on off peak dates:

Blue Class (economy) – 7,800 Avios + £58 return

Economy (available when Blue is sold out) – 11,700 Avios + £58

Business – 15,300 Avios + £71

For comparison, an off-peak redemption on BA would cost 13,000 Avios + £35 in EuroTraveller and 25,500 Avios + £50 in Club Europe.

Remember that BA and Iberia have different peak and off-peak charts – February half-term is peak for BA but off-peak for Iberia.  Just to make things more complicated ….

Iberia is running similar offers from other European cities and has also reduced the cost of domestic connections in Spain as well.  With Winter drawing in, a weekend in Madrid may be just the ticket – Business Class is especially good value.

Remember that some Iberia flights, usually around 6pm departures from Heathrow, are operated by long-haul A330 and A340 aircraft for cargo reasons.  Redeem for those in Business Class and you get a flat bed for your flight to Madrid.  I did such a flight which I reviewed here.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

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:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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 (25)

  • xcalx says:

    The discounted IB business class flights to the Dominican Republic, Panama etc are still available for 31875 Avios plus £70~ OW

    • Sebastian says:

      Is there a link to any information on this?

      • Rob says:

        Madrid to Santo Domingo, book and fly by 30 November, 15900-ish each way in Business.

        • Paul says:

          I checked and it’s priced 63,750 RT from MAD (24oct – 3nov). Can you tell me on which dates biz is available for 15900?

          • Rob says:

            Dunno! This was what IB said was meant to happen:

            Band 6: From 15,938 Avios one-way:
            – From/To Madrid to Bogota.
            – From/To Madrid to Cali.
            – From/To Madrid to Medellin.
            – From/To Madrid to Panama*.
            – From/To Madrid to Santo Domingo*.

            Offer valid for flights bought and flown from 01/09/2015 until 31/10/2015.
            *Excluding Panama and Santo Domingo. From 01/09/2015 until 30/11/2015.

          • Paul says:

            I think I figured it out. It’s possible to buy from 15,938 using Avios & Money… Madrid to Cali RT 31,876 + £650.60 🙁

        • xcalx says:

          Blue 15937 Avios
          Economy 24000 Av
          Business 31875 Av

          SDG- MAD 22 nov 2015

          Iberia website is a mess. Most times you wont find any info regarding deals just chance by them when looking to book a reward flight.. But I love it

  • xcalx says:

    OW from Madrid the A340-500 with flat bed seats leaves at 1545 and costs 7650 Avios plus £15

    15:45h Madrid Adolfo Suarez Barajas (MAD)Terminal 4S
    Duration: 2h 25m 17:10h
    London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 5
    Flight operated by Iberia IB3166 Iberia Airbus A340-500

    • Simmo says:

      Really recommend this flight!

      I was 1 of 4 people in the whole cabin!

      (Same couldn’t have been said for the BA 767 on the way back! – at least that was bed eats too i guess)

  • chris says:

    Are these flights available from Manchester?

  • Liz says:

    I have been searching for flights from Edinburgh and can only find direct flights to and from Madrid on a Friday and Sunday. Is this the case the whole year round or is there normally more direct flight availability during the summer months does anyone know? Random dates in Nov are coming out at 18900 Avios + £69.55 for Business.

  • Liz says:

    How is Madrid for a city break holiday for 5 days. Is there enough to see and do? We will be hitting our IHG free night voucher target soon so could use it for one night at the Intercontinental.

    • Stephen C says:

      There’s plenty to see and do in the city itself plus lots of good day trips as well. Public transport is excellent and relatively cheap, Toledo and Segovia are my top recommendations for day trips.

      • Liz says:

        Thanks Stephen C – we are seriously considering a wee mini break now!

    • Liz says:

      I’ve just jumped in and booked a 5 day city break in March to Madrid – cost was only 18000 + £69.55 for business direct from Edinburgh! Also used CMA to transfer my points across. Buying the wine from Vino Seleccion earlier in the year triggered my account and allowed me to do this spur of the moment extra trip for next year. Thanks Rob and others for all the advice on this site!

      • Worzel says:

        Liz, seems as though you’ve done really well- as others have posted there’s plenty to do in Madrid.
        We were there in March this year for 4 nights and the weather was very pleasant. Then off to TFS in Business class with Iberia-very nice lounge and flight.
        If you were to struggle for places to visit, you could always take Hubby to Real Madrid’s Stadium 🙂 .

        • Rob says:

          Real Madrid tickets available for Emirates Skywards redemption, remember!

        • Liz says:

          He’s was drowning his sorrows last night after Scotland’s match! I draw the line at a football match but I don’t mind going to the stadium for a look – we did the Barcelona one a few years ago. Wish there was more availability to Europe from Edinburgh/Glasgow without having to go via London. Although we did book for Munich in Dec for the Xmas markets before the changes in April to get the free connecting flight.

  • dynamo says:

    Iberia website refusing to offer me direct flights LHR to MAD on avios. Will do direct back.

    IT error? I have checked a range of dates.

  • Lyssie says:

    Rob – did you have a website with the Ts&Cs of this? Cannot find and my redemption went up in Avios midway through (on the 21st). Trying to get IB to honour and return Avios difference so looking for “evidence”!

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