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Get 25% off selected Iberia Avios redemptions – New York in business for 51,000 return

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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:

Iberia A330 350

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.

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.

Full details of the deal are here on iberia.com.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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.

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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (33)

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  • Marc says:

    The changes in the reward chart are minimal. In fact, they were announced back in November and introduced in January. Full fare economy redemptions have become cheaper on long haul routes, just to fit the new premium economy redemptions – that’s it. Well, they’ve also added a new band 9, but keep your imagination open to why they’ve done this. It might be a new route or, probably, nothing exciting.

  • Crafty says:

    Thanks for posting. However, should you consider crediting the travel points blog you lifted this graphic from?

    • Rob says:

      Eh?! I did that screenshot last night? Or do you mean the plane, which is an Iberia supplied picture?

    • Crafty says:

      My apologies, I read the articles together in quick succession, and as both had chosen the same illustrative route, I jumped to conclusions!

    • Rob says:

      Not keen on the Lufty deal. Moving into the reselling arena which I try to avoid and the mileage is not hugely generous.

      • Brian says:

        Fair enough. I was thinking that, if you’re paying approx. £300 for something and getting 20,000 miles (worth £200 at 1p per mile), then you only need to resell for half price to get Lufty miles at a decent rate – as we know, it’s pretty difficult to earn them in the UK, otherwise.

        • Mr Dee says:

          Yes but the problem is when reselling high value goods if that people are on the look out for fakes and would rather buy from a authorised reseller never mind the fact it only take a couple of returns and you have some used items on yours hands with the reselling value a lot lower.

  • May says:

    Sorry as a non UK newbie, this seems a stupid question.

    If I open an Iberia account, buy some points from groupon per today’s post, then redeem to fly on iberia or its sister airlines i.e. BA, how do I get the perks of BAEC Silver in the said flight? Do I also need to fly on Iberia first to get the benefits & obtain Iberia status?
    Thanks

    • Alex W says:

      There is an option to put your frequent flyer number in during the booking process.

    • mark says:

      I use my QR status on BA flights, so i am sure you can use your BA status on Iberia – they are all part of the same group (one world) – so your status should be recognised regardless of the airline (as long as they are part of the sae group)

  • Anon says:

    Rob is there a typo here, ie should it contain the word “return”???

    “screenshot below shows Madrid to Chicago in Business Class, one way, for just 25,500 Avios return plus £101 of taxes. This is the usual 34,000 Avios each way reduced by 25%.”

    Makes more sense with it????

  • Anon says:

    Rob is there a typo here, ie should it contain the word “return”???

    “screenshot below shows Madrid to Chicago in Business Class, one way, for just 25,500 Avios return plus £101 of taxes. This is the usual 34,000 Avios each way reduced by 25%.”

    Makes more sense without it????

  • Timothy Arnold says:

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Struggling to find availability anywhere in Bis!

  • James says:

    Minimum transfer from Amex is 1000 points as far as I can see?!

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    The one bad point – a trip to Madrid – is a good one for me!

    It means a flight EDI – MAD rather than EDI-Heathrow. Now a night in Madrid has to be better than a night near/in Heathrow!

    • davef says:

      Me too which is why I had Man-Mad-Lim booked rather than going with my tour group from Gatwick. There are no Man-LGW flights, so it’s Man-LHR-coach-LGW-LIM. BA can stuff that.

      Thinking now to cancel the MAD-LIM in bus and rebook in the same, save 10800 avios but I don’t have enough in my account to rebook. Waiting on an SPG transfer to go through.

    • Alan says:

      Totally agree, any excuse to avoid LHR is a good one! 🙂

    • Mike says:

      I’m in Madrid at the moment having flown direct from Edinburgh – highly recommended and no connection via Heathrow.

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