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Your 100 free Iberia Avios points have arrived …. this is how to transfer them to British Airways Avios

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Two weeks ago we told you how to earn 100 free Avios in Iberia Plus by entering a competition.

Our article is hereyou can still enter and get your 100 Avios if you haven’t already, as the closing date is 4th December.

If you entered on the day we wrote about it, your 100 Avios should now be in your Iberia Plus account.  See here:

How to transfer Avios from Iberia to British Airways

This is a good excuse to remind you how to transfer Avios points from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club.

This article will act as a reference post and I can direct future queries to it!

The important thing to remember is that there is the ‘proper’ way to do this and there is the ‘fudge when Iberia’s IT goes down the toilet’ way.  I will cover both here.

Here are a few things to remember before moving Avios points out of Iberia Plus:

Your Iberia Plus account must be 90 days old before you can move Avios points out of it

If you want to transfer INTO Iberia Plus, your Iberia account must also have earned at least 1 Avios point.  The easiest way is to do a transfer from American Express Membership Rewards or credit a flight, car rental or hotel stay (or, of course, via this competition).

You can transfer your points back and forth, as many times as you like, for free

Transfers are instantaneous

Moving Avios from Iberia Plus to BA British Airways

There are two ways to do the transfer.  You will often find that doing it from ba.com fails for technical reasons no-one can understand.  You may have more success doing it from Iberia Plus.  If that fails, there is also a Plan C.

Plan C (using avios.com) is your ONLY option if you have a British Airways Executive Club household account.

Security measures can cause you problems

To ensure that you can’t transfer Avios to or from accounts which are not yours, pretty much ALL of your personal data must now match between your British Airways and Iberia accounts.  Email, date of birth, home address ….. the lot.

If you have combined Avios in the past but are now having problems, it is possible that your accounts do not have the same email address, or you moved house and forgot to update one of them.

There is also another issue.  Because of the Spanish surname system, signing up for Iberia Plus involves you giving your ‘first name’, ‘last name’ and ‘second last name’.  Your English surname should be ‘last name’.  If you enter your middle name as ‘second last name’ then Iberia’s system treats it as part of your surname and cannot match it with your Avios or BA surname.  This cannot be corrected online.

Moving Avios using the BA website:

Go to ba.com and log-in via the top right of the screen

Go to the ‘Manage My Account’ section which is under the ‘Executive Club’ tab

Click on ‘Combine My Avios’ in the left hand margin

However, as I mentioned above, this often fails to work when you try to move Avios points out of Iberia.  This forces you to plan B:

Moving Avios using the Iberia website:

This is the one that proves tricky because it is hidden away!

Go to iberia.com and log-in by hovering over the ‘Iberia Plus’ box in the top right of the screen

Click on the arrow by your name in the top-right corner and select ‘My Avios’

From the ‘My Avios’ page, click on ‘Buying or transferring Avios’

At the bottom of that page, headed ‘Buy, give away or transfer Avios’, you will see the line “Don’t forget you can combine your Avios with those of other customer loyalty programmes” – see below.  Click this text.

Transfer Avios from Iberia to British Airways

Important:  if your Iberia account has not been open for 90 days and has not earned at least 1 Avios point, you will NOT see this line of text because you are not yet able to transfer Avios.  There is a blank space under the ‘Transfer’ box where the ‘combine’ link should be.  Instead, you will see this:

How to transfer Avios from British Airways to Iberia

You will now be on the ‘Combine My Avios’ page.  Follow the instructions to send your points to, or pull them from, British Airways Executive Club.

And if that still fails to work:

Moving Avios between BA and Iberia using avios.com:

For reasons unknown, ba.com and iberia.com will often throw up error messages when you try to transfer between the programmes.

Some readers have found that capitalising your Iberia password (even if you set it up in lower case) or using the Firefox browser can help.  I have no personal experience either way with this.

However, using avios.com as an intermediary almost always works perfectly.

If you don’t have an account which operates via avios.com you will need to create one.  Since the Flybe and Avios Travel Rewards Programmes were closed, there are only two loyalty schemes which allow you to log in at avios.com:

Vueling Club

Aer Lingus AerClub

If you sign up for either of these schemes via the respective airline websites, you will be allocated a ‘3081xxxxxxxxxx’ membership number which will let you access avios.com

Inside avios.com the ‘Combine My Avios’ option is under ‘My Account’.  When you’ve found it:

Make a transfer from iberia.com into avios.com, and then

Make a transfer from avios.com to ba.com

This WILL work (most of the time) even when other options fail.  You should now have your Avios where you want them.

If you want to learn more about 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.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (83)

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  • MLM says:

    I have tried all three ways and none are working for me. Despite being able to log into each account when I try to transfer it doesn’t recognise the account number/password combinations for the transfer. Am now locked out.

    • The Original David says:

      At least you can log in at all! Iberia has unilaterally decided I need to change my password so won’t let me log in, but also won’t let me “recover” my password (even though I already know what it is). It’s all rather Spanish…

      • MLM says:

        Yes, OH having the same issue. He cannot recover his known password at all.

        • The Original David says:

          Not sure if this is the preferred option, but I’ve managed to get in by changing the region a few times. Changing to USA and then to China both produced a “page not found” when clicking the recover password button, but after reverting back to UK then the recover password worked (eventually). I had to answer my security question about 4 times and change my PIN, and couldn’t use the same PIN as I already had. What a sh!tshow.

        • Graeme says:

          Mrs Graeme has got to phone up! It almost doesn’t seem worth the effort.

      • Jovanna says:

        Me too. I receive the recovery password but when I try to enter a new password a pop up appears informing me that an error has occurred.

        • MLM says:

          I rang Iberia to get a new password.

          I used the new password to sign into Iberia – fail. Page not recognised.

          I logged into Avios (Aerclub) and used the transfer section with the new Iberia password. That got the Avios into Aerclub.

          Trying to transfer out of Aerclub into BAEC was another password fail.

          The answer was to log into BAEC and pull the Avios out of Aerclub and into BAEC..

  • Bartek says:

    As far as I know, one of reasons which make transfer of avios from IB to BA not possible is household account in BA. If you have such account (like me), it’s possible to move avios in only one direction, from BA to IB. Am I right?

  • PaulW says:

    Worth a mention that if you have a BAEC family account that you have to use the avios.com option. Just pray you never have to contact Iberia for any help.

  • Anna says:

    When you enter your Iberia Plus number on ba.com, do you put “IB” at the beginning or not?

  • Anna says:

    OT but avios – I opened an AerClub account yesterday and purchased some avios via the Irish Groupon offer and they have already appeared in the account so this may be a very quick route for anyone needing to top up their account.

  • Shoestring says:

    If all else fails, you can transfer Avios between a/cs on the phone.

    Question: there used to be an excellent Chat function on the old avios.com, with very helpful & responsive agents – has it disappeared?

    • Doug M says:

      It hasn’t worked for me for ages. It’s there but always closed.
      I used my last Lloyds voucher on Monday on the phone with Avios. To be fair they were very good, apart from the need to continually read T&C’s.

  • Metty says:

    If anyone has run out of ideas for transferring Avios IB > Avios > BA (Household Account).

    I read that Avios site would only accept numeric IB passwords. I changed my IB password from an alphanumeric to a numeric and it worked! (Of course, may be a coincidence)

    • Shoestring says:

      could be some truth in that – my wife & I both just have 6-digit pin codes and don’t ever have any issues logging in

    • Charlieface says:

      Its not that because I have alphanumeric and it works fine. As I remember the issue is the main login requires lower case only even if you entered it in upper case, and the Combine login wants it as entered. Or some such garbage.
      As a programmer, I haven’t the faintest idea how you create such craziness.

      • Shoestring says:

        which does help confirm that with 6 digits/ numbers (and no letters) you’re unlikely to experience problems logging in

  • Paul M says:

    I have a Household account with BAEC so the Iberia site only offered a one way transfer into Iberia.

    Logged into Avios.com and combined using my AerClub account as mentioned previously. I now have all my points confirmed in BAEC.

    IT kicked me out a couple of times but this may be down to the patchy and in demand phone reception on my packed train!

    Avios.com (mobile version) is much easier to navigate than Iberia.com.

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