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New low tax Avios redemptions on Iberia to San Francisco, Washington DC and Dallas bookable

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Last year, Iberia announced it would be (re-)launching three routes to the US – San Francisco, Washington DC and Dallas Fort Worth.

Iberia has now confirmed the start date and loaded the flights into the system. As these are new routes, seats should be wide open for Avios redemptions.

Unlike British Airways, Iberia does not guarantee a minimum number of seats available for redemption per flight, although in practice you can normally find at least a couple of business class seats.

Iberia Avios redemptions

All three routes are due to start on the 1st June, in time for the summer holidays.

Iberia to San Francisco

Iberia has been operating flights to San Francisco on and off since 2018, mostly as a seasonal route over the summer. The flights returned in 2019 but were suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to covid.

The route will resume slightly later than originally planned, with flights restarting on 1st June under the following schedule:

  • IB6193 departs Madrid at 12:20 (midday) and arrives in San Francisco (SFO) at 16:15.
  • IB6174 departs San Francisco at 17:50 and arrives in Madrid at 14:10 the following day.

There are three flights per week on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Flights have been loaded until the end of September.

Iberia to Washington DC

It’s been over a decade since Iberia flew to Washington DC, so unlike the flights to San Francisco this is more of a relaunch than a service resumption. The schedule is as follows:

  • IB6131 departs Madrid at 12:10 (midday) and arrives in Washington DC (IAD) at 15:15.
  • IB6132 departs Washington DC at 16:45 and arrives in Madrid at 06:30 the following day.

There are four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights have been loaded until the end of summer schedules in late October. It’s not clear if Iberia will extend the route through the winter.

Iberia Avios redemptions

Iberia to Dallas Fort Worth

The flight to Dallas truly is a new route. The rationale is to feed into what is a major American Airlines hub city.

The schedule is as follows:

  • IB6146 departs Madrid at 15:55 and lands at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) at 19:50.
  • IB6146 departs Dallas at 21:25 and lands in Madrid at 14:00 the following day.

There are four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and flights have been loaded until the end of October.

What can you expect from these flights?

All three of the new flights are operated by an A330 with a 1-2-1 business class layout. The seat is identical to Iberia’s (now retired) A340s which we last reviewed in 2017 here.

Iberia is the home of low tax Avios redemptions

Avios redemptions on Iberia offer exceptional value, especially given that British Airways has recently increased its carrier-imposed surcharges on all long haul flights.

For example, Iberia prices up a return redemption in business class from Madrid to San Francisco as 102,000 Avios and £220.80 in taxes and charges on an off-peak date:

Iberia Avios San Francisco pricing

Meanwhile, on a British Airways flight from London, you can expect to pay 125,000 and a stonking £735 in surcharges on an off-peak date:

New low tax Avios redemptions on Iberia to San Francisco, Washington DC and Dallas bookable

That means that you are saving 23,000 Avios AND a massive £515. Flights to Washington DC are even cheaper.

That said, part of those savings will be eaten up by getting to Madrid in the first place, and are reliant on you willing to take a connecting rather than direct flight.

British Airways and Iberia also have different peak and off-peak dates, so the price gap can be even starker. There are some days where BA is charging the peak San Francisco rate of 150,000 Avios and Iberia is only charging 102,000. The Avios peak and off-peak calendars for 2022 are here.

The prices above are also only for redemptions via the Iberia website. If you try and book the same Iberia flight on ba.com you will be charged a higher rate. You can use the Combine My Avios tool to shift move Avios from your BA Executive Club account to Iberia Plus.

Remember that you need to book your flights to Madrid separately rather than on a connecting itinerary in order to avoid the higher taxes departing from Heathrow and fully realise the savings.

Our ‘Avios Redemption University’ article about low-tax Avios redemptions on Iberia goes into further detail.

Conclusion

If you are planning to head to San Francisco, Washington DC or Dallas this summer then the new Iberia flights offer an excellent opportunity to save some money (and Avios!) on redemptions, for the inconvenience of an indirect flight.

You can book on the Iberia website here.


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 (70)

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  • yorkieflyer says:

    Off subject if your a nervous flyer please don’t watch Big Jets TV live from 27L at Heathrow

  • Phil g says:

    Been looking at madrid to Dallas, business in October I’m getting exactly same taxes etc on Iberia as I am on ba for the same flights, 2people, 170k +753.20 . Logged in on both sites. Dates are 3rd and 24 th. Am I doing something wrong ?

    • Thegasman says:

      Think you may need to transfer Avios to IB & book via them. If you book through BA then they pocket the extra TFC’s.

      • Phil g says:

        Cheers, but I have transferred avios to Iberia and logged into iberia.com, just not getting the lower taxes for some reason

  • signol says:

    🤞for yet another resumption to JNB!

  • Michael C says:

    Very tenuous connection, but for those tagging on a day or no, I had a GREAT stay in NH Suecia in the centre of Madrid a few months ago (after decades of vaguely dull offerings there).

    • meta says:

      What was great about the stay? I am looking for relatively cheap option for my weekend before Peru trip was looking at chancing it with Aloft and prepaid but changeable rate to use with Amex offer, but also have a hotels.com/Clubcard voucher that need to use up by November.

  • MC says:

    Are you able to use a companion voucher on the Iberia flight from Madrid to San Fran?

  • Andreas says:

    I have found that whilst Iberia’s J seat is decent for a long haul flight, Iberia really excel at making the Business class experience completely underwhelming with their frumpy service and lack of any luxuries. I have heard that catering has improved massively with Do & Co and the Velazquez lounge in Madrid is a very civilised way to start your travel experience, but onboard they just don’t make the experience feel special at all. I have a wedding to attend in Buenos Aires next year and that makes for a great value avios redemption as J cash prices on a decent airline/routing are never below £2k and closer to £3k.

    • Londonsteve says:

      You’re right, there’s none of the gracious service you might be used to on Qatar, Singapore or Cathy in Business. It’s a bit perfunctory. However, not all of us consider it essential that our ego is massaged by subservient minions to feel whole and therefore I put up with it and I’m grateful for the quality of the hard product and the food and drink for a great price. If I need something I go to the galley and actively hunt someone down, they will always oblige.

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