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Why are British Airways Singapore redemptions pricier via Iberia – and are there others?

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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.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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

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Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (95)

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  • Aliks says:

    Josh,

    T3 is great for lounge hopping. The Qantas lounge is excellent, and the Cathay Pacific is just downstairs. My only problem with T3 lounge hopping is that the food is so good, I want to eat 2 meals, before getting on the plane!

    I would aim for a full 3 hours . . .

    • Josh says:

      Thanks Aliks, definitely looking forward to sampling everything, do you know how early I could arrive?

      I have no other plans for the day so the earlier the better I think, just not sure what time they’ll let me bag drop and go through security

      • Lumma says:

        It would depend when Sri Lankan airlines allow you to bag drop. When flying BA you can drop off your bags from 5am and spend as long as you want in the lounges; you can go through security whenever you want if you have a boarding pass. I turned up at 1pm for an 8.30pm flight a few weeks back and had a great afternoon

    • Roger1* says:

      I’ve benefited from the other OW biz lounges at LHR T3, and good they are, too. What’s the score with OW F lounges at T3?

      Mrs Roger and I jumped at the recent BA LHR-CPT F promotion. Which OW F lounge is better for departure? Which OW F lounge is better for breakfast? (We’re due to arrive back at 04:45 🙁 ) I think I should be looking at AA for breakfast?

      We’re BA Silver, btw. Thanks.

  • Andrew says:

    OT-ish – Google Flightish…

    I’ve had trouble finding some economy flights that are detailed on Google Flights or the ITA Matrix at £550. I’ve now found that the flights I was looking at appear to be available at $716 (£550) if bought from the airlines US website or £740 if bought from the UK website.

    Am I missing something really important? The taxes appear to be listed ok, or should I be able to just buy with my FX free card and feel smug?

    • the real harry1 says:

      If it’s exactly the same fare class, I’d save the money & pat self on back

    • xcalx says:

      Happens 95% of the time with cruise bookings, much cheaper using a US website

    • Scallder says:

      Also case with Air NZ for domestic flights. Doing Queenstown to Auckland next month and they simply changed the NZ $ sign on the NZ website to a £ sign on the UK website so almost double the price!

  • Andi F says:

    On the Singapore quirk, you are saving £0.22 for your 120,000 Avios. Good use of Avios right? 🙂

  • Third Passport says:

    O/T – Flying from LHR T3 and will need to spend a few hours on conference calls before my flight. What’s the best lounge to go into as a BA Silver card holder on a BA flight? I’m thinking in terms of noise level, internet connection (although I can tether if needed). Thanks!

    • Lumma says:

      American Airlines lounge is usually the quietest of the 4, should be easier to find a quiet corner. Despite the love for the Cathay and Qantas lounges, I actually like it. I just wish they’d get better beer than Carlsberg or Budweiser

    • Nick says:

      Personally, if I absolutely had to use a lounge (and not – say – a Regus or a hotel room or somewhere similarly private) then it would actually be the AA one. It’s large with plenty of space if you time it well around AA departures, and has the best internet speeds (and reliability) of any LHR lounge.

      • Lady London says:

        I found the phone signal to be really really bad in QF lounge. Staff seemed to be aware of it as a problem. This was in March.

  • V says:

    For HKG-LHR

    Iberia charged the same amount of avios as BA but much higher tax.

    (Supposed that flights originating from HKG shall be immune from fuel surcharge as per government regulation. Somehow IB charged fuel surcharge for BA flight originating from HKG while BA doesn’t )

  • RTS says:

    I have a 241 booked for LHR – SG – LHR. I am flying out in Econ as there was no other class redemption available and back in Biz. What are the chances that BA may release more reward seats in the upper classes closer to the flight date?

    • Rob says:

      Might do but Singapore is a busy route. You are also fighting people who want Avios seats to Sydney. Nothing to KL instead?

    • Paul says:

      What are your dates? I have recently become intimate with reward seat availability on that route (due to a combination of impatience and boredom).

  • Suzanne says:

    I created a new Iberia Plus account for the 90k avios deal at the end of June and was finally awarded them yesterday after going through the back and forth email drama like many others.

    I immediately redeemed for: 42,500 + £75 Madrid to Rio and 51,000 + £85 for a return from Santiago (the same for my boyfriend). I already had cheap positioning flights from London booked as some of the 20 needed to trigger our bonuses, and was fortunate that long haul availability was still there for our required dates by the time I was able to redeem.

    The BA off peak cost for London-Rio is 75,000 + £373.41, and it’s 87,500 + £208.04 for Santiago-London. Across two people this is 187,000 + £320 with Iberia vs 325,000 + £1162.90 with BA. Insane. The value of redeeming on Iberia has been pointed out on this site multiple times, just underlining with a real life booking in case anyone is still grumpy about not being able to move their avios over to BA.

    I have two 2for1 BA vouchers to use but Iberia is potentially looking better value than bothering with them for the other trips I have planned.

  • Buddy says:

    Beijing London.
    Was booking PEK-LHR over the summer in first. I had secured 27,000 avios in the recent Iberia promotion and was planning to supplement from my BA account for the full amount. Did a search on both BA and Iberial just to confirm they had the same availability and realised it was pricing 120,000 and Iberia and 100,000 on BA, so ended up just booking it on BA and will use the Iberia avios for something else.

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