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Iberia and Iberia Plus

Spanish airline Iberia is a sister company to British Airways and also offers Avios points via its Iberia Plus reward scheme. This leads to various opportunities to arbitrage the best of the BA and Iberia programmes. One article worth reading is this one on how to make substantial tax savings by booking Iberia redemptions on Iberia.com rather than ba.com. You can find out more about the Iberia Plus scheme on Iberia.com.

Bits: 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus, warning for BA GGL or GUF holders, triple Accor points on one stay

News in brief: 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus via Iberia Plus Iberia is currently offering a 50% bonus when you buy 2,000+ Avios before 31st December.  These will drop into an Iberia Plus account, but can be moved to British Airways via ‘Combine My Avios’. (Remember […]

Bits: BA sets the lawyers on data breach complainants, have you spent your 90,000 Iberia Avios?, Flying Blue flash sale

News in brief: British Airways sending legal letters to data breach complainants A Head for Points reader sent me an interesting letter he had received after writing to British Airways to request compensation for the recent data breach. Instead of responding directly, British Airways passed […]

Bits: British Airways drops Tallinn, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points, Iberia Latam changes

News in brief: British Airways drops Tallinn British Airways is cancelling its relatively new route to Tallinn in Estonia. This is a bit of a surprise as it seemed to be proving popular, as was the new Hilton Tallinn Park hotel which we reviewed here. […]

Earn TRIPLE Avios with Accor – at least 7.5 per €1 spent!

Accor and Avios have launched a new ‘bonus Avios’ promotion.  This allows you to earn triple Avios on every stay at a Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure, M Gallery, Ibis, Pullman, Raffles, Fairmont etc hotel. You have over two months to book and stay – the promotion runs […]

Bits: changes to Iberia flights at T5, redeem Virgin miles for Edinburgh-Boston, Hertz Centenary sale

News in brief: Changes to Iberia flights at Terminal 5 From Thursday, there are changes to how Iberia flights are handled at Heathrow Terminal 5. Because Terminal 5 was built exclusively for British Airways, the IT systems were not designed to handle other traffic.  This […]

An interesting trick to cut your ‘taxes and charges’ on BA Avios redemptions

Here is an interesting little quirk which caused great excitement when it hit the US frequent flyer blogs yesterday (the original source was German site YHBU).  This isn’t surprising given that – as I wrote recently – British Airways charges substantially higher taxes and charges […]

Bits: 80 tier points for £160 on BA to Barcelona, airport fire fighter training, new hidden disability rules

News in brief: Attractive British Airways Gatwick to Barcelona fare for 80 tier points Iberia is currently selling return Business Class flights on BA from London Gatwick to Barcelona for just €182 (£160) return. You will be on a British Airways flight but with an […]

Competition & Markets Authority launches probe into the BA / AA / Iberia / Finnair transatlantic JV

The Competition & Markets Authority launched an investigation yesterday into the transatlantic joint venture which is operated by British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia. Details are on the CMA website here. Almost all Head for Points readers will know that these are all airlines […]

Bits: those £50 Amazon vouchers, 1.1p Groupon Avios back again, Accor buys 3 top London hotels

News in brief: Your £50 Amazon Business voucher Last week we covered a very generous offer for anyone with their own SME.  Amazon offered HFP readers a 50% discount on their next order (maximum discount £50) when they created a free Amazon Business account.  See here […]

Earn 9,000 Avios for a 3-day Avis weekend car rental!

Avios (through Iberia Plus) and Avis have teamed up to offer another generous car rental promotion.  It’s nowhere near as good as the ‘18,000 Avios for a weekend rental’ offer they ran 18 months ago but it is certainly pretty decent. Full details can be found […]

Bits: New Gatwick South lounge, InterContinental San Diego opens, use Avios on Interjet in Mexico

News in brief: New Priority Pass lounge coming to BA’s Gatwick South terminal As many HFP readers know, the independent airport lounge in Gatwick’s South terminal, No 1 Lounge, is a victim of its own success. Whilst the lounge is part of Priority Pass and […]

Bits: buy Avios from 0.85p via Groupon Spain (again), Lufthansa Premium Economy sale to Asia

News in brief: More 1p Avios via Groupon Spain Groupon has launched another cheap Avios promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus.  Click here for details. Here are the prices: 2,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €19 (0.85p) 4,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €54 (1.2p) 8,000 Iberia Plus […]

Bits: BA ‘Buy on Board’ coffee goes up!, Iberia rolls out Premium Economy, see a concert in Berlin with Marriott

News in brief: British Airways ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee prices up! British Airways has put through some inflation-busting price increases for its ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee. The new menu is online here.  The January 2017 menu is in this HFP article […]

Bits: Amex MR now 2:3 to Marriott, more Hilton McLaren factory tours, Iberia adds Buenos Aires and Mexico City

News in brief: American Express Membership Rewards rate to Marriott / Starwood confirmed This is not unexpected, but it is good to have it confirmed. The American Express Membership Rewards hotel transfers page (click here) has been updated to show that transfers to the new […]

Let’s be clear ….. avios.com is NOT closing. Your questions answered.

A disproportionate percentage of my inbox in the last 6-8 weeks has been on the topic of the closure of the avios.com website. Despite (or perhaps because of) the correspondence from British Airways and Avios on this subject, there is substantial confusion over what is […]

My review of Iberia’s refurbished Velazquez lounge at Madrid Terminal 4S

This is my review of the refurbished Iberia Velazquez lounge in Madrid Terminal 4S. Iberia is in the process of refurbishing its two main lounges in Madrid.  The Velazquez lounge in 4S, which is where you will often end up if flying British Airways, has […]

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