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Get 500 FREE Avios for joining IHG Rewards Club – no stay required

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Avios (via Iberia Plus) and IHG Rewards Club have joined forces to offer you 500 Avios points for signing up – no stay required.

Full details are on the IHG website here.

IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty programme for Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo etc.  A lot of Head for Points readers will already be IHG Rewards Club members – but perhaps there are members of your family, perhaps people with whom you share a British Airways Executive Club household account, who are not?

Iberia IHG Rewards Club Avios offer

Now, before I go on, a quick confession.  Back in July, IHG ran a similar offer with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying ClubThe offer was very badly described by Virgin.  On their website, it said you got 500 miles just for joining.  On the IHG landing page, it also said you got 500 miles just for joining.  In the small print – which I missed when I wrote about it – it said that you had to join up AND STAY to get the 500 miles.

There is no such doubt here.  The small print, and indeed the large print, makes it clear that NO STAY IS REQUIRED.  All you need to do is:

sign up for IHG Rewards Club via this page of their website

set up your profile so that you earn Iberia Plus Avios and not IHG Rewards Club points from your stays

and do it before 31st December

When do you get the Avios?

The wording is suitably vague:

“Avios will automatically be awarded by Airline partners on completion of Registration, and in any event before 15th February 2018”

…. but there is a good chance they arrive quickly.

Remember …. you need an Iberia Plus account

This offer ONLY works with Iberia Plus accounts.  If you don’t have one, go over to the Iberia website and join.

Once the 500 Avios have arrived, you can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them from Iberia Plus to your or British Airways Executive Club account.

You cannot transfer Avios out of Iberia Plus until the Iberia account is 90 days old.  If you join Iberia Plus as a new member today, and even if IHG posts your 500 Avios quickly, you won’t be able to move them across to BA until early January.

Get a fast track to IHG Gold status too

There is also a ‘fast track to Gold’ offer.  If you complete three nights at IHG hotels in the 90 days following registration, you will be upgraded.  Gold would usually require 10 nights.

This isn’t hugely beneficial, since you can get free Gold status by getting the free IHG Rewards Club credit card (representative APR 18.9%) – no spending required.  There are not many benefits to being Gold, although you will get a few hundred bonus points and usually a free drink or snack on every stay.

You can sign up, or discover more details, on this page of the IHG website.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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 (43)

  • Iain Wilson says:

    Why do Iberia want my passport number to join?!

    • Gomigo says:

      If your account is locked in future the only way they can unlock is by you giving your passport details (scanned copy). Earlier they didn’t ask for it but now looks like they have mandated it. Once they informed me it as additional layer of security and assured that there wouldn’t be any compromise of data!!

    • Suzanne says:

      For those receiving error messages when trying to register with Iberia with a (UK) passport – do nothing. After a few minutes you will receive the email confirming registration plus the webpage will automatically update to welcome you. The error message appears to be well….an error.

  • Andrew Holden says:

    I signed up in July!

    I suppose I can’t quit the club and rejoin. Ah well.

  • Ronan says:

    Does the email address used to sign up to IHG need to be the same as the Iberia account? Or will the home address and giving IHG my Iberia account number do the job?

    • Gavin says:

      I used the same email address as Iberia whilst signing up Mrs Gavin this morning

      • Nicola Walton says:

        Off topic but I have just checked both of my Amex cards and they are both showing no available offers. First time I have seen that!

        • Delbert says:

          I’m still seeing Amex offers and lots of them. Co-op is offering 20% off Will writing services (expires 31/10). Been meaning to sort a Will out.

        • Alan says:

          I had that once last year on all 3 of the cards I was holding at the time.

          Lasted about a week then they I had a load more.

  • Martin Kings says:

    How to i change my earning preference to Iberia Plus Avios? I can only see the airlines on the earnings preference page. Does this mean to change to Iberia airmiles?

    • Robin Lawrie says:

      I’m also wondering how to do this. On the IHG page it say “Don’t forget to set your IHG Rewards Club profile earning preference to Iberia Plus – Avios, and ensure to include your Avios membership number” however when you go to edit your IHG Earning Preferences, there isn’t a “Iberia Plus – Avios” option, the closest is simply “IBERIA AIRMILES”. I’m assuming thats the same thing for this offer?

    • Gavin says:

      I did it via the IHG link Rob has put in his article

    • Rob says:


      • Nicholas says:

        I’ve used the link that Rob pur in his article, but I can only see the two options that Robin mentions – no mention of Iberia Plus – Avios.

  • Concerto says:

    Can German residents apply for this? Got a friend who could use it

  • MattyD says:

    Should I include the IB prefix when entering the membership number ?

    • Rob says:


    • Sara says:

      You will not be able to enter the number with the IB prefix. It will return an error message. I just entered the number without the IB prefix.

    • Alex H says:

      It wouldn’t accept my membership number with the IB but it took it without it

  • Adam says:

    Iberia website is not accepting my passport number, asking me to contact their ‘service centre’. Any ideas?

    • gomigo says:

      You need to email passport photo page to iberia plus contact centre email id.

      You will receive an email like this.

      Dear XXX

      According to the information you provided, we inform you that to receive a new PIN code to access your Iberia Plus profile, it is necessary to send us an email to [email protected], with a signed and filled copy of the Rectification Data Document and
      a copy of your ID/Passport attached.

      In the next link you can find the Rectification Data Document:

      When you send documents please establishing its number of iberia plus in the “subject” field of the email.

      We hope to continue with your confidence and take this opportunity to send you our warmest greetings,

      Your Iberia Plus Services Center

  • Nicholas says:

    I don’t have a passport – does this mean this offer is unavailble to me?

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