This is a bit bizarre, I admit. I’m not entirely sure why this fact isn’t common knowledge – probably because of the hoops you need to jump through to redeem on Iberia.
There is a reason for this, however. It is because Iberia has two ‘classes’ of Economy redemption and ba.com only shows you the slightly cheaper ‘Blue Class’ seats.
What makes no sense, however, is what I found out last week. There are more Iberia business class seats available if you book on the Iberia website.
Here are some examples. Flying to Miami from Madrid on 18th November, ba.com has nothing on Iberia in Business Class (click to enlarge):
but iberia.com does have seats on one of the flights:
There were actually THREE business class seats on the Iberia flight available if I booked via iberia.com.
Here is another example, out from Madrid to New York on 12th October. Here is ba.com with no Iberia availability at all in Business:
and here is iberia.com with a seat available on the later flight:
Any sane Head for Points reader would be booking long haul Iberia redemptions on iberia.com anyway. This is because taxes are roughly 75% lower when booking the SAME Iberia flight via iberia.com compared to booking it via ba.com. This article explains it in more detail.
You might, as I would, start off by checking availability on ba.com with the intention of booking on iberia.com later. That would be a big mistake as these examples show. If you are looking for Iberia reward availability, you MUST search at iberia.com to see the full range of available seats.
Remember, though, that in order to move your Avios points to Iberia Plus via Combine My Avios, your Iberia Plus account MUST be 90 days and MUST have earned 1 Avios point. If you have never done this, I would prioritise it because you never know when you might want to book.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)