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Iberia cash and reward availability has mysteriously gone from ba.com

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For the last couple of weeks, long-haul Iberia flights for the winter 2024 timetable (from Sunday 27th October 2024) have been missing from the British Airways website.

You can work around this in most scenarios but there is always a catch:

Long-haul cash tickets on Iberia:

Good news: you can choose to book on the Iberia website or via an online travel agent

Iberia cash and reward availability has mysteriously gone from ba.com

Bad news: only by booking at ba.com will earn you double Avios for paying with your British Airways Premium Plus credit card. Booking with an OTA is also a bad idea because you will find it more difficult to make changes if your flight is changed or cancelled in the next 11 months.

Long-haul reward tickets on Iberia:

Good news: you can still book Iberia Avios seats via iberia.com (if you have an Iberia Plus account) or avios.com (if you have an Aer Lingus AerClub or Vueling Club account). This article explains how to use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points around.

Bad news: you can’t use a British Airways Premium Plus American Express 2-4-1 voucher via those websites – you must book on ba.com. You also can’t use Avios in an Executive Club household account if you transfer Avios to Iberia Plus or avios.com, only your own personal balance. You wouldn’t earn double Avios paying the taxes and charges with a BAPP Amex.

I don’t have any insight on when this will be fixed. This HfP forum thread has the latest discussion.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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.

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