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It turns out that Iberia offers better Business Class reward availability via than it offers on

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.

Two months ago, I wrote about how Iberia opens up substantially more Economy redemption seats via than British Airways will show you on  That article is here.

There is a reason for this, however.  It is because Iberia has two ‘classes’ of Economy redemption and 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, has nothing on Iberia in Business Class (click to enlarge):

Booking iberia flights with Avios

but does have seats on one of the flights:

Booking iberia flights with Avios

There were actually THREE business class seats on the Iberia flight available if I booked via

Here is another example, out from Madrid to New York on 12th October.  Here is with no Iberia availability at all in Business:

Booking iberia flights with Avios

and here is with a seat available on the later flight:

Booking iberia flights with Avios

Any sane Head for Points reader would be booking long haul Iberia redemptions on anyway.  This is because taxes are roughly 75% lower when booking the SAME Iberia flight via compared to booking it via  This article explains it in more detail.

You might, as I would, start off by checking availability on with the intention of booking on later.  That would be a big mistake as these examples show.  If you are looking for Iberia reward availability, you MUST search at 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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (41)

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  • harry says:

    It was good while it lasted!

    RIP Tesco conversion

    However, lazy people can STILL get £50 of Tesco conversion to Avios in this year if you buck up tyour ideas 🙂

    =12500 Avios (from memory lol)

  • Tilly71 says:

    Maybe a full article on this on here tomorrow. So, maybe a list of very fast payout merchants required ASAP.
    I still have £25 worth of redemption potential in my account. Any ideas peeps?

    • World Traveller says:

      I meant to write ‘approved’ (not ‘payable’) so there’s a skill chance transactions done this week or next week will be paid in time for you to withdraw to Tesco before the cutoff date.

  • Arun T says:

    For what its worth I think people need to stop panicking about losing the Tesco > Avios conversion. Its based on nothing but pure speculation. Avoid/BA feature Tesco very prominently in videos/articles, so Tesco would need a very good reason to stop this.

  • home business magazine pdf says:

    home business magazine pdf has more Avios seats than!

  • NYC123 says:

    Just signed up to iberia plus, whats the cheapest easiest way of earning the single avios needed to or can i simply transfer from BA?

    • Keith says:

      I’m in the same position, and was wondering the same thing. Anyone replied to you elsewhere?

  • Finding Extra Award Space to Europe and Squeezing More Passengers on the A380 - View from the Wing says:

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  • yanky says:


    old news dont publishe such deals because it will get killed by the program

    • Rob says:

      No it won’t! There are 2m Spanish Avios members happily booking these seats, I doubt selling a few more to HFP readers makes the slightest difference.

  • Mr Fluff says:

    I am booked on a BA business class reward flight from LHR to Vancouver in August, and am trying to find a way of getting a reward seat for a friend on the same flight, economy or business. Cash costs are crazy now…is there any way of being notified if a reward seat becomes free other than repeatedly checking the website? (The Iberia website is coming up with an error when I look on there…) Thanks.

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