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ENDS 11pm SUNDAY: Iberia’s VERY generous 90,000 Avios promo – it really does work

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Iberia launched a new promotion on Thursday which, on the face of it, looked EXCEPTIONALLY generous.

For every Iberia flight you book between now and Sunday night, 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.

Iberia 90000 Avios promotion

Even if you use the points for what is usually a poor value deal, such as booking a hotel, you should double your money.

You can find full details on the Iberia website here.

There were, however, a number of things that weren’t clear as you can see in the comment section under yesterday’s article.

We talked to someone at Iberia to clarify the promotion and here are the facts about how the deal works.

In summary – EARNING the Avios really is as good as it seems.   (Spending is different, see below.)  Book 10 x cheap one-way flights on from a participating country by Sunday night and you’ll have 90,000 Avios in your Iberia Plus account within 10 days.

Santander to Madrid appears to be a route with very low fares, around €25, as is Palma to Madrid and Malaga to Madrid.  There are likely to be others.  If you want to spend some time digging I would start with the Iberia Express route map and look for the Winter months.  October to February are likely to have the best prices.

To clarify:

The 9,000 bonus Avios are awarded per booking and not flight, so for cheap Avios you need to be booking one-way flights on any of the participating airlines (Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Nostrum)

You need to book via – any page, not necessarily the offer home page.  Do not use the Iberia Express or Air Nostrum sites.

You only need one segment in a booking to be on Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum, so a flight on British Airways which connects to Iberia Express for the last leg is OK

Bookings must be made by Sunday night – for safety I would make them by 11pm which would be midnight in Spain

Your Iberia Plus number needs to be put into the booking at the time of making it

Each booking can be for multiple people – if each person has an Iberia Plus account, each will receive 9,000 Avios

This offer is available in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Russia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico and USA

There is no obligation for your flights to start or end in the UK – domestic Spanish flights are fine

Here is the key one:

Iberia WILL NOT take back the 9,000 bonus Avios if you don’t turn up for the flight but you will not receive the normal base Avios that the flight would generate

So, as far as earning the 9,000 to 90,000 Avios is concerned, it is all now very clear.  If you can find 10 x bargain one-way flights, which could be as cheap as €250 or so, you’ll get 90,000 Avios very cheaply.

Spending the Avios is more of an issue:

If you don’t spend the bonus Avios via Iberia Plus by 1st December they will be taken back.

Iberia has confirmed that the 9,000 bonus Avios have to be spent through the Iberia Plus programme before 1st December but the services booked can be for 2019 (i.e. future flight tickets, hotel bookings or rental car bookings)

Transferring the Avios to a BA account instead of using them through the Iberia Plus programme will result in a negative balance in your Iberia account on 1st December

So, as I see it, here are your options for spending the points:

You transfer the Avios to a standard BA Executive Club account

This is possible via ‘Combine My Avios’ and they can be used as you want.  However, on 1st December, your Iberia Plus account will show a negative balance because the bonus Avios will be reclaimed as you have not spent them.   Having a permanent negative balance on your Iberia Plus account will stop you booking low-tax redemptions via Iberia Plus in the future.

You CANNOT transfer Iberia Plus Avios into a BA Executive Club account which is part of a Household Account

You would need to break up your BA Household Account, remembering that changes can only be made once every six months.  Alternatively you could transfer to an Aer Club or Vueling Club account but I am not 100% sure if they can transfer into a BA Household Account.  It should be possible as the old-style accounts allowed this.  Your Iberia account would still end up with negative balance in December which may or may not concern you.

You spend the Avios via the Iberia Plus website

This is the ‘cleanest’ option because you won’t end up with a negative balance in December as the bonus Avios won’t be clawed back due to non-use.  However, remember the following quirks with Iberia Plus:

British Airways short-haul redemptions have higher taxes, because you don’t get Reward Flight Saver pricing

You cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher when redeeming via the Iberia Plus website

Partner redemptions (except for BA) CANNOT be cancelled or changed once booked, if made via Iberia Plus

Partner redemptions (except for BA) must be booked as return flights if made via Iberia Plus

One good option is booking a hotel via Iberia Plus.  90,000 Avios will get – using the 0.55p per point valuation Avios uses – exactly £500 of free hotel stays.  If you can pick up the 10 flights for £250, you are doubling more money.  Remember that hotel bookings made with Avios do not earn hotel loyalty points and you will not receive status benefits.

If you can work around these three issues then you are fine.  This HfP article looks at low tax options when redeeming Avios on Iberia’s website.


It is now clear that Iberia is serious about this offer (heaven knows why, as they are paying real intra-group cash to Avios Group for them) and that you can earn 90,000 Avios as cheaply as you can find 10 x one-way Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum flights on You will NOT need to take these flights.

Spending those Avios will not be totally straightforward, however, and will leave you with some mess to tidy up, even if it is nothing more than having to abandon your Iberia Plus account due to a negative balance.

Iberia has ensured us that complaints, should your Avios not appear, will be taken seriously and you can email: or call 020 3684 3774 if there are any issues.

If you are going to give this a go, block out an hour of your day to do it.  You need to make 10 totally separate bookings, meaning 10 credit card payments etc.

You can find full details of this offer and the booking link on this special page of the Iberia website.

You can book from there or via the main Iberia booking page here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (555)

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  • New Card says:

    Can you transfer IB points to an account which remains open (non-HHA account) and then transfer from there to a BAEC HHA?

  • beardie says:

    Offer of the year, thanks Iberia!

  • BJ says:

    Iberia really should consider pull this and doing so quickly. With HFP and others blogs posting this a significant number of seats will be taken of the market and not flown. The loss of these seats could have far-reaching implications for people who have a genuine need to travel for everything ranging from business meetings to job interviews to family illness or deaths. At the least, Iberia should reclaim the avios from those who cancel or fail to fly.

    Running a negative balance on Iberia might prove to be a bad idea if/when avios platform is consolidated.

    • Daleroxxu says:

      If IB are smart (big ‘if’ I know) they will just oversell these routes by a greater number of seats than they usually do. They have the data of which flights with < 25 EUR tickets were heavily booked during this promotion period.

      Anyway the reason these tickets are so cheap is because they have competition from low budget airlines on the same route and likely that they rarely fill the plane.

      Ryanair, Norwegian and Air Europa are all competing with Iberia and Iberia Express on the PMI-MAD route.

      So I wouldn't worry about this having any negative implications for genuine passengers.

      • BJ says:

        Good points but at the end of the day somebody else will still likely pay more than they needed to for those cheap avios through higher fares than they would otherwise have needed to pay. Also, a long shot but I wonder if this might indicate OAF devaluation is coming much sooner than we might think.

    • Ian says:

      Not sure about wide-open availability at that price, I can’t see any flights on any dates on any routes lower than £26?

  • Daleroxxu says:

    If my theory about them running this promotion in a desperate attempt to make their Q2 figures look better in their Investor Report then I reckon we will all get the points on July 1st which is exactly 10 days after the promotion started on June 21st.

    They get a flood of bookings right before Q2 ends and then pay out the Avios first day of Q3.

    Hence why the Avios “will be credited within 10 days.”

  • I Am James says:

    Where can I find Iberia’s partner award chart?

  • djfost says:

    Is it possible to open more than 1 IB account
    ? I’m planning to transfer the points straight into BAEC, and don’t like the thought of being stuck with a negative balance and no way of spending through the IB scheme for my next IB redemption…

    • shd says:

      More than one account is typically against the T&Cs. If you’re going to do that, perhaps you should be opening a new BAEC account too, both at a new address, to keep IAG’s audit team off the scent? 😉

      • Nigel the pensioner says:

        As I said yesterday, when i opened my I+ account a few months ago, the website was so slow and seemingly corrupted that I ended up opening 2 accounts with different numbers and the same personal demographics inc dob address email etc. I still get identical email offers to both accounts at my one email address.
        So I would be trying to open a second account to then send them through from there to my EC account……
        Ive not had any contact from Iberia about having 2 accounts. It seems they are in a dire financial position and are doing the same as motor dealers registering cars in the garage name to meet their monthly targets for sales.

    • Nigel the pensioner says:

      I dont think lyinair compete with anyone but themselves…..

      • shd says:

        I like premium cabins just as much as the next traveller, but on short-haul trips in Y I’ve got no problem with FR or U2. What’s the big deal? Typically a lot cheaper yet their product is pretty much the equal of BA ET … AND they’re more reliable if it’s a little bit cloudy or foggy or snowy anywhere near LON 🙂

  • Calvin says:

    New Iberia account is getting issues with booking saying name doesn’t match the number 🙁

    • Fritz says:

      anybody knows if i am an austrian resident and book on the Spanish website do i get the Avios???
      Thanks for any advice

    • Tony says:

      I opened an account for my partner and have hit the same buffer. First 4 flights went through ok and then every subsequent attempt comes up with an error stating booking name doesn’t match iberia Plus account name. Anyone know why?

      • Calvin says:

        Lucky you, I didn’t manage to get one booked yet. I guess I’ll just keep trying every hour or two.

      • Steve says:

        I also opened an account for my partner, and tried to book her as a 2nd passanger on bookings through my account, came across same problem for her, so I logged into her IN account and booked me as the 2nd passanger and it worked fine.

        Does anyone know if booking with a Gold Companion credit card will earn an extra MR pt/£ for spending directly with an airline like the charge card does?

    • simon says:

      took me 4 attempts with correct details before it worked

  • Devin says:

    Also just registered my partner and keep getting “Please check your Iberia Plus number because it does not match the name and family name on the booking.”. ANyone found a way to fix this?

    • RP says:

      Call them. I was having a similar issue. New IB accounts don’t activate all the way through their system as quickly as we’re moving; so, it’s causing headaches. If you call, they will manually shove it through the rest of the process. They took care of it for me in under 5 mins.

      • Tony says:

        Same here – agent couldn’t see any issues with the account but advised it happens frequently with new accounts. She pushed through the Plus number on my previous bookings where it had dropped off and that has resolved all new bookings. Took about 10 mins using the number Rob listed above – 020 3684 3774

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