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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 (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 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

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.

(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.)

Comments (95)

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  • Archie says:

    Apologies for OT: Is it possible to transfer my wife’s Virgin miles to my Virgin account?

    • Rob says:

      No

      • Archie says:

        How about opening a household account (like BA’s)? Or you need to have a status in VS?

      • ChrisC says:

        Yes you can transfer them over if you pay – using the gift miles function

        Only VS golds can have a HHA account

        Ability to use miles from different accounts only works if there are enough miles in each account to pay for a whole flight sector. If say you needed 30k for an upgrade and had 23k in one account and 7k in another you can’t pool those..

    • @mkcol says:

      However if you & your wife are travelling together, you can do a redemption booking using both sets of miles even if one account doesn’t have sufficient on its own. Call them up to sort it out.

  • Akkers says:

    Seems like this article has done the trick – thanks Rob! Certainly when I do a dummy booking now I am getting correct pricing whereas before I was getting incorrect pricing. So many thanks for getting this sorted for me Rob! Now just need to wait for T-355 for seats I want to be released.

  • Robman says:

    Off-topic, when can we expect another Qatar Airways business class promotion, maybe even the one which requires you to buy 2 tickets to get the reduced price? I need to be in Durban in late September and also require 560 remaining points to keep my gold card for the following year. A Qatar business class flight ex-Europe to Johannesburg would be perfect but at present all I’m seeing is fares from £2400 upwards. Any advice appreciated thanks.

  • Chris says:

    Redeemption from Hong Kong appears to be in the same situation too 🙁

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T datapoint I picked up a Mokka for my £1 Europcar trip to LHR, pretty happy with that as it fits 2 big cases & 1 cabin bag in the back. Nice driving height, I guess you’d call it a small SUV.

    Also got lucky with T-24 & moved us up the plane 7A & row 10 for the kids – looks like exit row still shows good promise for tomorrow 🙂

    • Mark2 says:

      did you mange to get a £1 car back?

      • the real harry1 says:

        Getting a free lift with my wife 🙂

        But I think £1 hires from LHR are rare as hen’s teeth

    • Tony says:

      Problem is with the £1 rental, it’s luck of the draw what you get. We had – I think – a Clio last time I did this, which was fine as it was for two of us going away for a weekend.

      Would be wary of trying it if I had a party of five plus suitcases to move…

      • the real harry1 says:

        Yep I was slightly concerned, only 4 as my wife is following next week but still… 🙂

        As it is, the 2 in the back will have Mr Bags in the middle lol – cue plenty of moaning, I’m sure.

      • Kavajo says:

        I’ve done this a few times and called the office the day before, asking for a larger car. Last time got a 9 seater van. I think it’s supposed to be at least a group C.

    • Abhey says:

      Got a Jaguar xe on the £1 deal. Nearly thought about changing to a later flight.

    • Lev441 says:

      I had an extremely disappointing experience. With Europcar – booked the £1 from my local branch, got there to be told they’d given the car to someone else as I wasn’t there at band on 10am. Didn’t recieve any missed phone call or voicemail even though they claim to have tried ringing me ‘loads’. Really screwed up my days plans.

      • the real harry1 says:

        they broke the contract, there’s consumer law etc

  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT Not sure if this has been posted, but been off line working in the US. Good video on LHR and it’s costs https://youtu.be/wdU1WTBJMl0

    • Pareet Shah says:

      Saw it yesterday, really interesting. It’s a great YouTube channel

      • James says:

        Interesting article but some of the financials and mechanisms described aren’t correct. I sign off enough HAL invoices and sit on cost governance forums, as an airline, to know!

  • Delbert says:

    After yet another BA IT meltdown can we expect to see Alex Cruz in his Hi Vis tomorrow.

  • Samuel says:

    Can we use the power of HFP and make CX correct their IT glitches when trying to search for direct flights on CX using BAEC?

    I can find seats on SIN-HKG-TYO but when I search HKG-TYO or HKG-SIN v.v. there are no seats in any cabin!

    • Rob says:

      This can be done on purpose. Iberia does it (you might find New York – Madrid – Santander when you can’t find New York – Madrid) and American has started doing it.

      • Margaret says:

        BA have done this for years. I had to book JFK-LHR-EDI 2 years ago when i needed to fly home as the first flight want available on it’s own. I have family in Edinburgh, so it was fine (If tiring!)

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