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How to maximise your Avios when flying British Airways partners – by crediting flights to Iberia!

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It seems strange, but British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus do not have the same earning rates for oneworld partner flights.  This means that, in some cases, it is preferable to credit a cash flight on a some airlines, in some classes, to Iberia Plus rather than to British Airways.

This article provides a full list of these cases, and it is worth referring back to it when you find yourself booked on a oneworld airline partner.

You need to be clear about two caveats, however:

If you credit a flight to Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club, you obviously will not earn BA tier points.  If tier points are important, credit to BA irrespective of miles earned.

If you have British Airways status, the status bonus you receive when flying American Airlines or Japan Airlines closes the gap between the earning rates.  You do not get a status bonus on the other carriers listed below.

Remember that it is easy to transfer Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways, using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on either website.  An Iberia account must be 90 days old before you can transfer in or out.

If ‘Combine My Avios’ is not working properly from Iberia to BA, it WILL work if you use avios.com as an intermediary.  Open yourself an Aer Lingus AerClub account here, log in at avios.com with those details and use ‘Combine My Avios’ to pull from Iberia and then push to British Airways.

The % figure in the list below refers to the proportion of the miles flown which will be earned for that particular flight.  So, in the first example, a 1000 mile flight in Economy (sub-class L) on Air Italy earns 1000 Avios in Iberia Plus but only 250 Avios in British Airways Executive Club.

You can find full details of all the British Airways partner airlines on this page of ba.com.

Ticket classes not listed are treated equally by BAEC and Iberia Plus.

Air Italy:

Economy – L earns 100% in IB (25% BA); S earns 100% in BA (25% IB); X, H, K, V, W earn 50% in IB (25% BA)

Business – C, I earn 150% in IB (125% BA), D earns 125% in BA (0% IB)

Finnair:

Economy – S, N earn 50% in IB (25% BA), H earns 100% IB (70% BA)

Japan Airlines:

Economy – K earns 70% in IB (50% BA)

Business – I earns 125% in BA (70% IB)

Malaysia Airlines:

Economy – M earns 50% in BA (25% in IB)

Qantas:

Economy – K, L, M, S, V earns 50% in IB (25% in BA)

Qatar Airways:

Economy – T earns 50% in IB (25% in BA)

Royal Jordanian:

Economy – K, M, V earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), P, R earn 50% in IB (0% in BA), H earns 100% in IB (25% in BA)

S7:

Economy – M, R, T, L, V, S earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), K earns 100% in BA (50% in IB)

Sri Lankan:

Economy – Y, B, P, H earn 100% in BA (80% IB), K earns 100% in BA (70% IB), W, M, E earn 70% in IB (50% BA), R, S earn 50% in IB (25% BA)

Business – J earns 150% in IB (125% BA)

In addition, remember that you earn Avios in British Airways Executive Club with:

Aer Lingus

Alaska Airlines

and you can earn Avios in Iberia Plus with:

Interjet (Mexico)

Royal Air Maroc

Binter (Canaries)

Avianca (restrictions apply)

LEVEL (the new IAG long-haul low cost airline)

Vueling

Air Nostrum

and you can earn Avios in Aer Lingus Aer Club with:

United Airlines

If you want to learn how to redeem Avios points via Iberia Plus, to save a fortune on taxes and charges, take a look at this article in our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.

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