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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
(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.)