What are the peak and off-peak calendar dates for redeeming Avios points in 2021?
Iberia still hasn’t officially released the peak and off peak dates for reward flights for all of 2021 – except for the dates which are already bookable – but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.
Point Me To the Plane did some digging and uncovered peak dates for 2021. We have turned this into a neat little table, below, which gives a better overview of the entire year’s peak and off peak availability.
There are two things to remember:
This calendar only applies to Iberia. British Airways and Aer Lingus have their own peak and off-peak dates. You can see the British Airways peak and off peak calendar for 2021 here and the Aer LIngus peak and off peak calendar for 2021 here. This is useful because you will often find that when BA is peak during UK half-term school holidays, Iberia (and occasionally Aer Lingus) are running off-peak fares.
The Iberia calendar applies wherever you book an Iberia redemption, whether it is on ba.com, iberia.com or avios.com. Similarly, if you try to book an British Airwas redemption on iberia.com it will NOT follow the dates below.
All redemptions on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways are charged on a separate chart at peak date rates, 100% of the time
Note that peak dates are in yellow whilst off peak is in white. Click to enlarge:
Unlike the British Airways and Aer Lingus, the Iberia chart is pretty fragmented.
Whilst Spanish and British school holidays vary, Iberia’s peak dates cover the big holidays including summer and Christmas.
There are some exceptions. February half term is peak for British Airways but off-peak with Iberia, as is the majority of the Easter break, May half term and October half term.
The only UK bank holiday weekend during an off-peak time is the second May bank holiday, 29th-31st May.
This means that Iberia redemptions are cheaper during those holidays, and you are likely to save on taxes and fees, too. You can see how Iberia redemptions charge lower taxes and fees here.
We have created an online peak/off-peak calendar for 2021 that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. Click here to subscribe.
As a reminder, here is the peak and off-peak Avios pricing chart for Iberia flights:
|Iberia Avios reward flight prices (plus taxes, fees and carrier charges)|
|Zone||Distance||Discount Economy||Economy||Premium Economy||Business Class|
If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here.
You can read more about how the British Airways companion voucher works in this article.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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.
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.
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.
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.)