As Avios can be transferred from an Iberia Plus account into a British Airways Executive Club account – as long as the Iberia account is 90 days old – an Iberia promotion is as good as a BA promotion when it comes to increasing your Avios balance.
Here are the three new deals:
1,000 bonus Avios with a 2+ night Starwood stay
Starwood (Le Meridien, W, Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, St Regis etc) is offering 1,000 bonus Avios points on stays of 2+ nights.
To take part, you need to switch your Starwood Preferred Guest account from earning points to ‘airline direct deposit’ and choose Iberia as your airline partner.
The snag with this offer is that you must book a special rate code, AIRPRO. You must book via spg.com and add AIRPRO in the promotional code box. Make sure you compare the price to the standard rate without the code, just in case you are being charged extra.
This offer is valid for stays until 31st December 2016.
1,500 Avios at NH Hotels
NH Hotels is one of those niche European hotel chains that is rarely seen in the UK (although there is one in London) but crops up quite frequently on the continent. As well as the main NH Hotels brand, the group also includes Hesperia and nhow.
The standard earning rate with NH Hotels, Hesperia and nhow is shown here at iberia.com. You earn 450 Avios per night for a 5-star, 350 per night for a 4-star and 200 Avios per night for a 2-star.
Until 30th June, you will earn double Avios on a stay which includes a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All hotels in the chain seem to offer a 3pm check-out and breakfast until noon on Sundays so they are not a bad choice for a weekend break.
Looking at the small print, the text infers that this offer only includes hotels in Spain so the London property may be out but it isn’t totally clear. More details on the NH / Iberia web page.
Double Avios at Melia Hotels International
It is unlikely this deal will work for many HfP readers but I will mention it for completeness.
Melia is offering double Avios for 5+ night stays at Melia or Sol hotels in Spain. You must book at melia.com by the end of June for stays by 15th September.
Full information is on the Melia page of iberia.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.