++++ We now have info from Iberia on exactly how it all works and will reveal tomorrow – it looks more promising than we thought! ++++
Iberia launched a new promotion yesterday which, on the face of it, looks EXCEPTIONALLY generous.
It appears to be open to all and not targeted.
For every Iberia flight you book between now and Sunday, however cheap, you will receive 9,000 bonus Avios. Your flying dates can be for whenever you choose.
These Avios will post to your account immediately (within 10 days) and not when you fly. It appears to pay out on one-way flights, so a return cash flight would net you 18,000 Avios.
ANY flight to ANY destination seems to count. One-way flights from Palma to Madrid early in 2019 are occasionally under €20 for potentially 9,000 Avios.
You can find full details on the Iberia website here.
Is there a catch?
Let’s look at the small print.
The first bit seems OK – you get 9,000 Avios per ticket purchased by Sunday, and any flight on Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum will do. All you need to do is be logged in as an Iberia Plus member when you book. Importantly, you get the Avios within 10 days of booking.
This next bit also seems fair:
Then you have this line, which worries me more:
What does this mean? Are these ‘promotional’ Avios going to be somehow different to normal Avios? There is a clue in the next line:
So …. you MUST spend your bonus Avios via Iberia Plus (remember there is no Reward Flight Saver if you book BA short haul) by 1st December. If you haven’t had total redemptions between now and 1st December for at least the number of Avios earned under this offer, the balance will be withdrawn.
What happens, though, if you transfer the Avios you earn under this promotion to British Airways? Does that count as ‘redeeming’? Or will your Iberia Plus account go into negative territory on 1st December?
(You can move the Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways by using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on ba.com.)
This IS a very generous deal though
If we assume that there is no small print we don’t know about – and the rules are clearly laid out on the promotional page here – then there are clearly bargains to be had here.
I’ve no idea what the cheapest Iberia Express ticket would be, but I’m sure there are some knocking around intra-Europe for a handful of Euro one-way. Palma to Madrid out of season seems the cheapest.
My concerns would be:
that actually you must book a return flight, even though it doesn’t say that (RISK – MEDIUM)
that actually your booking must start in the UK, even though it doesn’t say that (RISK – LOW as the example given on the site does not originate in the UK and this offer seems to be available in other languages)
that Iberia may take back the 9000 Avios if you don’t turn up for the flight, even though it doesn’t say that (RISK – MEDIUM)
that you must book via the promotional webpage here (RISK – NIL as long as you book via the special link)
that Iberia has a track record of ignoring any complaints about promotions, should your Avios not appear (RISK – HIGH)
You can find full details of this offer and the booking link on the Iberia website here.
Do NOT book on the BA website, the Iberia Express site or the Air Nostrum site. For absolute certainty, only use the special promotional landing page here.
Do NOT book London to Madrid flights operated by British Airways with an Iberia flight number, because the rules say that flights must be operated by Iberia.
I am NOT going to recommend that you make 10 cheap Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum bookings in order to pick up 90,000 cheap Avios. I simply don’t have enough trust in Iberia for them to pay out. Even if they did I don’t want to risk my Iberia Plus account going 90,00 Avios into the red when I transfer them to BA and don’t redeem them via Iberia by 1st December.
You may take a different view, of course. Let us know what you decide, especially if you decide to book a cheap fare with no intention of flying it …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)