In this article I want to look at how you can transfer Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club.
As you might already know, Avios is the reward currency used by British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and various other airlines. In this article we’ll look at how you can move Avios between Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club.
To collect Avios you can signed up with any or all of British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus AerClub, Flybe and Vueling Club. However, the Avios balance is not shared between the accounts. It may be that you are signed up to both Executive Club and Iberia Plus, meaning you have two separate “bank accounts” for your Avios.
In theory, it is extremely easy to move Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club, meaning you can pool your Avios in one place rather than spreading them out.
In reality, it is not.
The first thing to say is that you can cannot move Avios into or out of an Iberia Plus account unless:
the Iberia Plus account is 90 days old and
the Iberia Plus has ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios
The easiest way to have the account ‘earn’ an Avios is to transfer 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points. You could also credit a BA or oneworld flight to the account or transfer some hotel points.
How do I transfer Avios from Iberia to British Airways, or from British Airways to Iberia?
The British Airways and Iberia websites have a tool on them called ‘Combine My Avios’. This menu option allows you to push or pull Avios between your accounts. Unfortunately it rarely works due to historical IT issues.
There is a solution though. You need to use the avios.com website as an intermediary. In order to open an Avios account which can be operated at avios.com, you need to visit the Aer Lingus website and sign up for AerClub.
Once you have signed up for Aer Club, this is what you do:
Log in at avios.com using your new AerClub account details
Find ‘Combine My Avios’ in the menus
Use ‘Combine My Avios’ to PULL your Avios from iberia.com to avios.com
Repeat the process to PUSH your Avios from avios.com to ba.com
This process works 99% of the time, which is about 75% more often than an attempt to make a direct transfer from Iberia to British Airways will succeed.
Moving points between accounts is instant and extremely easy – you can choose how many you would like to shift and complete the transaction. However, ‘Combine My Avios’ does not let you transfer Avios to another person – you must hold both accounts and they must have the same registered address.
(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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