Iberia Plus launched a very low key offer last week offering 25% off redemptions to various destinations in all classes.
As Iberia Plus is already a more attractive redemption option than British Airways for a couple of reasons, this offer is a great extra bonus.
Here’s the deal which you can find on the Iberia website site here:
Book between 8th and 14th February
The following routes and travel dates are included:
Madrid to Zurich, London, Vienna and Moscow between 8th February 8th and 14th June
Madrid to Bogota, Medellin, Johannesburgo, Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Panama, Shanghai, Mexico and Lima between 8th February and 14th June, except April
Madrid to Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Havana from 1st May to 14th June 14th
The following dates are excluded for all routes: 7-18 April, 21-24 April, 28-29 April, 2-3 May, 6-8 May, 9-12 June
There are three good reasons to redeem on Iberia from Madrid (and one bad reason – you need to get to Madrid first):
Taxes are very low – not only because there is no Air Passenger Duty but because Iberia adds lower fuel surcharges than BA.
Some destinations require far fewer Avios than an equivalent redemption on BA from London. Off peak, for example, Madrid to Boston / New York / Chicago is just 68,000 Avios return.
Iberia has a different calendar of peak and off-peak dates than BA which means the savings can be even greater. This week, for example, is peak on the BA calendar due to half-term but off-peak for Iberia.
You can find out more about redeeming Avios on Iberia in my “Avios Redemption University” article on Iberia which is here.
Here is a typical sale deal
The screenshot below shows Madrid to Chicago in Business Class, one way, for just 25,500 Avios plus £101 of taxes. This is the usual 34,000 Avios each way reduced by 25%.
However, I should add that availability – at least for the US routes – is pretty poor in Business Classbased on some examples I ran last night.
To book these deals, you need to move your Avios into an Iberia Plus account. The Iberia account must be 90 days old and have ‘earned’ one Avios point (the easiest option is an Amex Membership Rewards transfer) before transfers are allowed.
If you don’t have an Iberia account, you can’t take part. Open one and make sure you ‘earn’ 1 Avios in it ASAP – you will then be well placed next time such an offer turns up.
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.
(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.)