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The saga of the Iberia 9,000 Avios per flight booking promo rolls on

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The saga of the ‘9,000 Avios for booking any Iberia flight, however cheap, and you don’t need to fly it’ promotion (see our article here) continues to rumble on.

People with long-term Iberia Plus accounts have received their Avios, in the main.  However, anyone who opened a new Iberia Plus account over the four days of the promotion is in a different situation.

Most people who opened a new account have been contacted by Iberia and asked to provide a passport scan and copies of their ticket receipts.  It was assumed that this was for fraud verification purposes, to ensure that people had not been opening accounts under fake names.

Iberia 9000 Avios promotion

Many (all?) people who do provide this data are now getting a follow-up email from Iberia saying that ‘inconsistencies’ have been seen in their bookings.  Due to these unspecified ‘inconsistencies’ no Avios will be awarded.  The flights booked can be cancelled but only by directly contacting Iberia to request it.

It seems that people who provide a passport copy but not ticket receipts are not getting this message – but I wouldn’t hold out much hope of getting a different end result.

This move is the first sign that Iberia may have messed up here and is desperately looking for a way out.  I admit that I was surprised that the Avios for long-term members dropped in so promptly, but given that Iberia had taken to the airwaves to encourage people to book I doubt they had a choice.

A view may have been taken that the airline has little to lose by telling people who only joined up in order to take advantage of this offer to take a hike …..


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

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.

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 (183)

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  • Memesweeper says:

    Thanks to Rob and Anika – both of whom I spoke to ( in Rob’s case just one question / answer ).

    +1 for nibbles next time — i’m now munching a very cheap curry to soak up the booze

    Many thanks Etihad too

  • Polly says:

    Great evening as expected. Venue spacious could have held more. Fab atmosphere. Grwat to catch up with the crowd and exchange ideas and tips. Roll in the next xmas doo… cheers

    • Rob says:

      The 250 cap was down to the hotel, not us. Good to see you again.

  • Polly says:

    Def name tags. Was weird not being able to identify regular lot..even tho we found each other. Would have been nice to. Agree pay more and have canapes. Really great evening tho all round. Tnx Lev for directions to tube station! Don’t know that area v well.

  • Alastair says:

    Fantastic evening! Thanks all for organising and great to catch up with some familiar faces!

  • Scott S says:

    I only bought the one flight in Jan for just over £20 as it definitely seemed too good to be true so no hardship. Was considering actually taking it and flying Ryanair down to PMI and back from MAD.

    Got the email about sending in the docs I used to sign up for my account, so sent a passport scan even though I never used that in the first place.
    Account is locked out at present.

    Ideally wanted the account to take advantage of the cheap buying of Avios offers that have appeared a couple of times recently (where you need it open for 90 days etc).

    Never flown IB before and it’s unlikely after this that I ever will. Sure it’s a small amount, but it’s on principal and neither of us would miss each other anyway.

  • JS says:

    I’ve just had all my 10 Iberia tickets cancelled. Received (and spent) my 90000 Avios already.

    Anyone know what’s going on?

    • the real harry1 says:

      Sure – we know why IB are cancelling the tickets – inconsistencies they say = ‘fraud’ = or just an excuse to cancel the 90K points. Up to now just applies to new a/cs but let’s wait & see. I take it yours was a new a/c? Interesting to see how yours pans out – will they now cancel your reward flights or will you get them for free (because you got a refund on your 10 tickets).

      • BS says:

        Nope. Old account. I wasn’t aware any new account got any Avios.

        • the real harry1 says:

          There are a couple confirmed but they can’t use the 90K points until ID check given OK

  • capecam says:

    I have just sent docs to verify identity – it is a new account set up for the avios deal. I have not sent copies of the 10 tickets yet, as I wanted to know if anybody had found a work around, or had persuaded Iberia there were no “inconsistencies” . This is where power of internet, and forums such as this should help us push back against these kind of sharp practices by the carriers.

    Surely IB need to specifiy the inconsistencies, as we all took advantage of the offer in good faith.

    any thoughts and advice much appreciated

  • RDB says:

    If you book a avios flight on Iberia do you have a 24 hour cooing off period as BA

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