EDIT: Iberia fixed this within the day! Such is the power of HFP 🙂
An interesting quirk with the Iberia Avios redemption chart was picked up in this thread on Flyertalk. For some reason Singapore, when flying BA, is in a more expensive redemption zone than it is when booked via British Airways Executive Club.
This isn’t meant to happen.
When you book a British Airways flight using Iberia Plus Avios – as many HFP readers may be doing if they earned 90,000 Avios via the recent Iberia promotion – it prices off the same chart as BA flights booked on ba.com. It also uses the same peak and off-peak dates.
In simple terms, for long-haul flights the Avios and taxes required for a BA redemption should be identical whether you book via Iberia Plus or BA Executive Club.
(On short haul, Iberia Plus asks for more in taxes because Reward Flight Saver does not apply.)
Here is an example of what happens with Singapore. Here is a First Class reward flight booked via British Airways Executive Club, as 280,000 Avios (Zone 8). Click to enlarge:
and here is EXACTLY the same flight booked via Iberia Plus, showing a cost of 400,000 Avios (Zone 9):
This is almost certainly an error. It isn’t as if this is a destination where BA cheats with the distances – Cape Town, for example, should be in Zone 7 but British Airways puts it in the cheaper Zone 6. Iberia agrees and treats Cape Town as Zone 6.
However, I’m interested to know if there are any other destinations where Iberia is charging a different Avios rate to British Airways. It would obviously be preferable if Iberia was cheaper 🙂 Let us know if you find any.
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