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How to maximise your Avios when flying British Airways partners – by crediting 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 to Iberia Plus rather than to British Airways.

We touched on this recently when I looked at the wheretocredit.com website.  The example I used in that article was for a Finnair flight, which earned more Avios in Iberia Plus than in British Airways Executive Club.

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.

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

For oneworld partner airlines not listed, such as Cathay Pacific, all ticket types earn equally in both Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club.

What ticket classes are not treated equally by Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club?

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)

SriLankan

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)

Binter (Canaries)

Avianca (restrictions apply)

LEVEL

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 lot of money on taxes and charges, take a look at this article in our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (8)

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  • Red Flyer says:

    I’m booking RJ Biz to Amman in April 2022. I assume no advantage then based on above in crediting these to IB if biz not mentioned?

  • Simon Barlow says:

    Wish they would fix the swapping avios between schemes on line funtionaility. Impossible for me, even with Aeroclub.

  • ayearinmx says:

    i have a car rental with Avis from October, using my IB Plus number, that Iberia refuse to credit…. i signed up to Erewards but have yet to receive a survey, and i bought stuff in the IB store which still hasn’t credited either……

    i’d love to use Avios on Iberia, but they just won’t let me!!

  • James says:

    Won’t you lose the status benefits (lounge access etc) by crediting to Iberia if you only have BA status? Or can you credit after flying to still enjoy those benefits on the actual flight?

    • Rob says:

      In theory no, because you can still show your BA status card at the lounge. In reality it is a lot of faff and probably not worth it if you have BA status.

  • Russ says:

    We quite like Iberia and their scheme although customer service can be hard to negotiate with sometimes. They’ve also got rather annoying cancellation and booking rules for third party flights.

    But I can’t think of any carrier which has such great promotions as Iberia (remember the 80,000 avios deal!?). I wouldn’t be surprised to see further tempting offers in the future.

    • Czechoslovakia says:

      I’d be very surprised indeed to see the return of that Iberia offer, unfortunately. I much enjoyed the virtually free BA First Class experience…

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