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Iberia rolls out Premium Economy seating to Havana and Johannesburg

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Iberia has announced that Havana and Johannesburg will feature its Premium Economy seating from Summer 2019.

This means a 5cm wider seat, 15cm of additional seat pitch and 40 degrees of recline.  Premium Economy IFE is via a 12 inch screen compared with the 9 inch version used in Economy.

Premium Economy is already available on Iberia flights to Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Lima, Panama City, Quito, Santiago de Chile,and São Paulo in Latin America, plus Boston, Chicago, Miami, and New York in the United States.

Iberia rolls out Premium Economy to Havana and Johannesburg

You can learn more about Iberia’s Premium Economy cabin on their website here.

In other news, Iberia has announced an additional three weekly flights to Lima for Summer 2019 taking it to 10 weekly services in July and August.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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 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.

Comments (105)

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  • Colin JE says:

    To be fair Ryanair are charging £3 for tea or coffee! Hadn’t heard about the trial of free tea or coffee for Exec Club status cards. I remember BM used to do that. And with a free sandwich thrown in!

  • Crafty says:

    Any Premium Economy experts on here? Which airlines really are worth the “premium”?

    I’m specifically trying to decide whether Singapore Airlines will be worth an extra £200 over Lufthansa in PE (for 3 of us – single leg SIN to FRA). Others were also advocating paying an even bigger premium for Cathay but I’m unclear why.

    • Alex Sm says:

      Singapore is for definite but pls not BA! Don’t know about LH though – maybe if it is a codeshare with SQ or TK

    • Axel Heyst says:

      Always worth double checking Virgin if they have a cheaper codeshare on the SQ flights.

      I would put SQ and LH on a near par in premium. LH flight crew do have a robotic behaviour which gets annoying.

    • BJ says:

      Air France is easily the best all round PE since the demise of the superb ANZ offering. However, I would expect you could find business class for similar price or not much more, especially if you were prepared to go to BKK and then connect. Try KLM, Turkish, Finnair, Vietnam Airlines, and Sri Lanka,

    • Lyn says:

      Qantas – the service in Qantas PE is more like business class than economy, unlike BA. The seats, however, are definitely better than economy but still closer to economy than business.

  • VJ says:

    O/T any update on Amex SPG monthly point transfer, I haven’t received mine from last month

    • Crafty says:

      No. Mine were specifically promised for the “9th or 10th” of this month and haven’t materialised. I’m getting quite pissed off with having to phone multiple times and get a different answer every time.

  • BJ says:

    OT: 1000-13000 Miles&More bonus miles for €100-1200+ for a first booking by 30 September at Hotels and Cars by Points page.

    • Rob says:

      That’s not massively attractive to be honest. Last year my wife and I got 7000 miles each for a €250 booking with a ‘first time booker’ promo – that was more like it!

      • BJ says:

        Yes, I remember that but this one could still work out nicely for somebody who needs a non-chain hotel and some miles.

  • tom1 says:

    o/t BA Amex 241.
    I have BA Free Amex card currently and approaching £10k spend. intend to upgrade to BAPP to trigger the 241. (I had a BAPP originally, downgraded thinking I wouldn’t spend £10k, and have since spent more than I planned).
    Once I have done that, I think I am right in saying I can cancel the BAPP once the 241 flight is booked, without jeopardising the flight booking.
    If I then cancel the flight for any reason, do I still get the 241 voucher returned?

  • razvan says:

    OT: Just tried to refer somone from Platinum card to Ba Blue, and what he can chose is only Membership cards and some Bussiness ones, no other posibility to chose Ba or Spg or other credit cards.
    Anyone notice these? Hopefully is just a temporary issue. Thanks

    • reds says:

      Had the same problem a few days ago trying to refer from BAPP to Platinum and can only see basic BA card.
      Advised to try a different browser and it worked!

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