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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 from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 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.

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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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  • NICK says:

    I have a Plat and just used my referral link to sign up for the SPG Card today.

    When entering the SPG card application form – I used the same email address on file for my Plat, and also entered my Plat card number (There was a question asking if I currently hold any other Amex cards)

    Could this jeopardise my application?

    I did not get an immediate decision, that should follow in 10 days (always happens with my Amex applications btw). If it needs to be manually approved at the end, will that jeopardise my 18k referal MR points?

    Any serious downside in attempting to use your own referral link?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      No, makes absolutely no difference.

      Been in exactly this position and got the 18k MR

    • Bonglim says:

      I don’t think it is a problem at all.
      They ask if you are an existing customer to do your credit search. Sometimes they just do an internal search, not a full credit check.

  • Mark Smith says:

    O/T I got an email from BA saying I needed to call them about a 241 Avios booking. Turns out some of the tax to be paid (I had booked the outbound already and then added the inbound later) hadn’t gone through, which I can only assume is because the payment was taken over the phone on the eve that BA announced the card data breach. Phoned BA and made the payment but nothing charged to the card as of yet and no follow up email/phone call asking for payment again…obviously happy not to pay but is there any chance of there being an issue when we turn up at the airport to fly if this payment hasnt been taken? Flights are all showing as normal in BAEC…thanks!

    • ChrisC says:

      You might be prevented from doing OLCI but if the £ is still due they will soon take it off you at the airport.

      • Mark Smith says:

        Charge has just come through, someone at BA is obviously monitoring the comments on here!

    • Prune says:

      I had exactly this issue last week when booking the return leg on my 2 for 1 voucher. I asked how long it would take to charge my card as am keen to cancel it due to the recent BA issues. They told me it is should be charged in less that 1 week as that is the maximum amount of time they can keep the security code on file. I wasn’t too bothered this time about them keeping the security code as am going to cancel the card but surely this must be a security issue.

  • Anon says:

    OT – On BA reward availability checker no matter what dates I put in to check WTP reward availability it always returns an error. Searching for WT only shows WT, CW, and F. Yet you can buy cash WTP tickets. Do they not make WTP seats open for Avios redemptions?

    • Mark Smith says:

      yes they do, try this uses the same data feeds as the BA website but is more stable!

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  • bsuije says:

    Never mind the 15p increase in tea and coffee – what about quietly dropping the bacon buttie off the menu?!?!?! :O

  • Simon says:

    Wildly O/T: Marriott NFL game and free weekly Marriott points—any news from the ether as to whether this game will make a return now that week 1 of the season has already been and gone? I assume not, but I’m a huge fan of wishful thinking. ????

    • Rob says:

      I think Marriott has more to worry about at the moment, given ongoing integration issues with the two schemes.

  • Shoestring says:

    Just got 1000 points for a free BA Amex added supp

    • Colin JE says:

      Nice. Was that a free card or Premium Plus and did you have to apply through any particular route? Am awaiting my Premium BA card and thankfully didn’t opt to get a second card when I applied, so some extra points would be good.

      Also O/T but are secondary card applications for Amex Gold currently getting extra points too? And if so is there any specific route to ensuring you get the MR points?

  • the_real_a says:

    Surely with the current concern on plastic waste, BA should be giving away free tea and coffee if you bring your own cup…

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