In this article we’ll look at how you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with Iberia and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.
It is possible to earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points on Iberia. Of coruse, Iberia has Iberia Plus, its own frequent flyer program, which also uses the Avios reward currency but there is no good reason for crediting your Iberia flight to Iberia Plus if you have an active BA account.
When you book or manage your flights with Iberia, you will be able to add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.
Because British Airways and Iberia both belong to the same group of companies, International Airlines Group (IAG), their earning rates are almost identical.
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the British Airways website. We are comparing the earnings when you take a flight on Iberia compared to taking a flight on British Airways.
Economy lowest – 25% on both airlines
Economy flexible – 100% on both airlines
Premium Economy – 100% on both airlines
Premium Economy flexible – 150% on both airlines
Business lowest – 150% both airlines
Business flexible – 250% on both airlines
First – Iberia does not have a first class. 250%-300% on British Airways
As you can see, all the classes have the same earning rates. However, because Iberia does not fly first class cabins, you will not be able to earn the highest advertised earning rate of 300% which British Airways reserves for its first class flyers.
Unlike with some oneworld partners however, you will still get your usual Avios bonus of 25%, 50% or 100% depending on if you hold a Bronze, Silver or Gold Executive Club status card as well as a minimum of 500 Avios per flight. This makes flying Iberia the second most attractive after British Airways when it comes to earning Avios. Though, of course, if you’re hoping to fly first class your best bet is to stick with British Airways where possible!
When it comes to tier points, however, you are better off flying with Iberia than British Airways if your trip involves a connection. This is because tier points are earned per flight, so a connecting in Madrid to your final destination will earn more tier points than taking a direct flight on British Airways from London. You can work out how many tier points you will earn on the BA tier point calculator here. Remember to search leg by leg if you are connecting.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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