Iberia Plus is, apparently, 25 years old. To celebrate, Iberia has launched a genuinely valuable promotion.
Until 11th April, you will receive 25% off all Iberia Plus Avios redemptions, in all classes.
You must fly between 27st March 2017 and 15th June and between 1st October and 15th December. There are some extra black-out dates which are the ‘peak’ dates in the Iberia Plus redemption calendar which you can see here.
These deals are only valid for flights on Iberia, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum.
There are some deals to be had here. More spectacularly to New York, Boston and other East Coast US cities.
For odd reasons, Iberia’s reward chart differs from the British Airways chart when it comes to the pricing zone which covers the US East Coast.
On off peak dates, Business Class redemptions to New York from Madrid only require 68,000 Avios return, compared to 100,000 Avios with British Airways from London.
Under this promotion, Madrid to New York, business class, is just 51,000 Avios + £159 of taxes and charges.
You need to get to Madrid to start and finish your trip, of course. That should be a relatively modest cost. The Iberia flights depart at 5pm and 9pm so you won’t need to stay in Madrid overnight.
There are plenty of other good deals too. Madrid to Tokyo in Business Class, for example, is 89,300 Avios + £162. This compares with a stunning 150,000 Avios + £539 required for an off-peak BA ticket.
Iberia’s business class is very good
Iberia has a fully-flat business class seat which is superior to Club World. All seats have direct aisle access for a start. I tested it out on a Madrid to Heathrow flight a couple of years ago – here is my review.
Iberia has recently launched Premium Economy
We didn’t cover the announcement much on HfP, but Iberia has recently launched a Premium Economy product which is included in this sale:
And another benefit …..
Iberia has different peak and off-peak dates to British Airways. Take October half-term, for example. This is a ‘peak week’ on British Airways and so redemptions cost more. On Iberia, it is not a peak week. This makes the difference in pricing between BA and Iberia even starker.
For clarity ….
To get this 25% reduction, you MUST book via the Iberia Plus website. You will not get the discount if you try to book these Iberia flights via ba.com.
You can transfer Avios between ba.com or avios.com and iberia.com by using ‘Combine My Avios’ on any of the three websites. Remember that moving to Iberia from BA is very buggy – but 99% of the time it works if you go BA to avios.com and then avios.com to Iberia.
However, you CANNOT transfer into Iberia Plus unless your Iberia account is 90 days old AND has earned at least 1 Avios point. The easiest way to do this is transfer 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points over.
Remember that you should NOT include a connecting flight from London on the same ticket unless you want to incur long-haul Air Passenger Duty. On the other hand, if you book your flights on separate tickets you will have to collect your luggage in Madrid and check it in again.
If you want to know more about redeeming on Iberia, take a look at our ‘Avios Redemption University’ article here. The article also includes a slightly-out-of-date route list.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.
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.