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 Class based 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.
PS. Iberia has made some changes to its reward chart as well – more on that tomorrow
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