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Did you know iberia.com shows more Iberia business class Avios seats than ba.com?

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It turns out that Iberia offers better Business Class reward availability via iberia.com than it offers on ba.com.

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 iberia.com than British Airways will show you on ba.com.  That article is here.

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):

Booking iberia flights with Avios

but iberia.com 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 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:

Booking iberia flights with Avios

and here is iberia.com 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 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.


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 (41)

  • 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

    iberia.com has more Avios seats than ba.com!

  • 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?

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  • yanky says:

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    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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