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You now pay the same taxes on Iberia Avios flights whether you book via BA or Iberia

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I don’t know when this happened, given that no-one has been booking Iberia redemption flights for much of the past two years, but there has been a big improvement.

Historically, taxes and charges were substantially lower when you booked Iberia Avios flights via iberia.com.

This was great if you were in the know, but a bit unfair if you weren’t. Even if you were in the know, you still had to open an Iberia Plus account, ‘activate’ it by earning an Avios or waiting 90 days, transfer your Avios across from British Airways Executive Club via the error-prone ‘Combine My Avios’ tool and then – if you had to make changes – try to get hold of someone at Iberia.

Those days seem to be over, thank goodness.

Iberia Avios

Taxes and charges now seem to be equalised between bookings on ba.com via British Airways Executive Club and iberia.com via Iberia Plus.

In fact, ba.com can actually be cheaper.

Let’s look at Business Class

Here is an example. Look at a return business class flight from Madrid to New York.

Via iberia.com:

Via ba.com:

The taxes are charges are the same at £212 return (yes, £212 return – over £600 cheaper than booking London to New York on BA where the taxes are now £800+).

You will also notice that, off peak, Madrid to New York in Business Class is only 68,000 Avios return. This compares with 100,000 Avios on an off-peak BA flight.

This is due to a quirk in the Iberia Avios redemption chart for Zone 5 redemptions, which covers the US East Coast:

To add extra complication, Iberia has different peak and off-peak dates to British Airways. You can see the 2022 and 2023 off-peak and peak Avios dates in this article. Importantly, even if you book on ba.com, Iberia flights stil price off the Iberia peak and off-peak timetable and off the Iberia price chart.

Premium Economy flights are even a little cheaper via ba.com

Oddly, given how many years we have been advising readers to book Iberia flights on iberia.com due to lower charges, Premium Economy flights – at least to New York – are now a little cheaper with BA.

Take a look here at iberia.com:

…. and here at ba.com:

You save £17 when booking via British Airways Executive Club.

Economy flights may still be cheaper via Iberia

When booking Economy tickets on Iberia using Avios, you should still take a look at iberia.com.

Iberia offers two types of Avios redemption in Economy – ‘Blue Class’ and ‘Economy Class’. Both book into the same seat with the same fare rules. This means that you will often find that iberia.com is still showing availability when ba.com is not.

With this one exception though, the good news is that it appears you no longer need to navigate Iberia Plus, iberia.com and – if you need to make changes – the Iberia call centre in order to cash in on the excellent value offered by Iberia redemptions with Avios.

Comments (64)

  • Definitas says:

    Does anyone have experience of flying into Madrid in IB and transferring to BA for an onwards flight to LHR. Is a 3 hour period between landing and departure sufficent?

    • Stuart says:

      I’ve done it in a lot less than three hours. It can be a bit of a pain, if you have to collect bags etc, but doable!

  • Brian says:

    It’s not just IB, EIs taxes and fees are lower too. Although still lower if you can get avios.com to work. Which is essentially unusable to all but the most determined.

    If this is the quality of IT the IAGBS / AGL units put out, it’s a miracle BA’s systems are only as bad as they are.

  • The Original Nick says:

    I flew Business Class MAD-HAV February 2020 return saving plenty in taxes. I love a night in Madrid. I’m doing the same in 4 weeks but to JFK.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Iberia is the only airline I have flown on where I ended up going online to buy the wine I had been served, it was so good!

    (Romate Old and Plus Pedro Ximenez sherry)

    I did like the Veuve Cliquot vintage Rose on Thai, but then I have had that many times before.

  • NAS says:

    Not rewards based but LHR-LAX was about 35% cheaper booking via Iberia vs BA

  • ADS says:

    “Iberia Call Centre” are words to strike fear into any english speaker !

    I once asked to be transferred to another operator since I couldn’t understand what the staff member was saying … and they refused !

  • indiacpapa says:

    Maybe this was just a glitch as I just priced up a reward flight PTY-MAD, 125k points plus €294 on IB site or 125k + £524 on BA….

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