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.
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.
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.