Buy Iberia Avios With A 50% Bonus (1.3 Cents Each)

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Often buying points can represent a great value, especially for first and business class award redemptions, where redeeming miles represents a disproportionately good deal.

For those who like to buy miles, another airline has just rolled out a promotion on purchased miles, and it’s potentially a very good deal.

Iberia Offering 50% Bonus On Purchased Avios

Through Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Iberia Plus is offering a 50% bonus on purchased Avios.

In the past you could purchase at most 100,000 Avios (pre-bonus) per calendar year, though that limit was recently increased, and you can now purchase up to 200,000 Avios. This means that through this promotion you could purchase up to 300,000 Avios, including the 50% bonus.

The bonus applies as long as you purchase at least 2,000 Avios in one transaction. However, the cost per purchased Avios does vary based on how many you buy, and you’ll get a lower cost per Avios if you buy more.

The Trick To Getting The Best Price On Avios

Now, there’s a trick to getting the best price — you want the purchase to be priced in EUR rather than USD.

For example, if you buy 300,000 Avios (including the bonus) in USD you’d pay $5,523.

Meanwhile, if you purchased 300,000 Avios (pre-bonus) in EUR you’d pay €3,601, which is ~$4,035. That’s a huge difference.

That means you could buy Avios for as little as ~1.3 cents (USD) each.

So, how can you make sure you’re charged in EUR rather than USD? You just have to make sure that at the top of Iberia’s website you select the Spanish site rather than the US site (you can still use English as the language).

This shouldn’t violate any rules since you’re not claiming your account is registered there, or anything, but rather are just using that site. It should work just fine with a US credit card as well.

Personally I value Avios at 1.3 cents each, though there are ways to get outsized value thanks to their distance-based award chart. I’d say this could represent a very good deal.

With Which Credit Card Should You Buy Avios?

Iberia points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spend, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. Ordinarily, I’d say the best cards for everyday spending are the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review), but those have foreign transaction fees, so I wouldn’t recommend using them if you’re paying in EUR.

You Can Transfer Iberia Avios To British Airways

While there are some good uses of Iberia Avios, you can also transfer Avios between British Airways and Iberia, assuming you’ve had both accounts open for at least 90 days, and the accounts have some activity. So potentially this is a good opportunity to buy British Airways Avios at a discount as well (though just make sure you’re aware of the restrictions on transfers).

For more on ideas for redeeming Avios, see this post.

There Are Other Ways To Earn Avios

While I think there’s a lot of value to be had with Avios, do keep in mind that there are quite a few ways to earn Avios with US credit cards. Iberia Plus is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Earn Avios

Bottom Line

Usually, I wouldn’t speculatively recommend buying points, though a 50% bonus on purchased Iberia Avios is a solid deal, as you’re paying as little as 1.3 US cents per Avios. That’s a really good price.

There are some unique uses of Iberia Avios, or alternatively you can transfer them to British Airways, assuming you’ve had both accounts open for at least 90 days.

Do you plan on purchasing Iberia Avios with a 50% bonus?

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Comments
  1. Are purchased miles transferred from Iberia to BA subject to an accelerated expiration, or do they get the full 36 months?

  2. Big question is: Has Iberia’s award program fixed the long-standing issue that has prevented them from being able to book awards on AA metal?

  3. @Dror, bought 322,000 Finnair Plus miles for around 2,000 euros. Two roundtrips to Europe or from Europe to Asia – if one can find business award availability roundtrip. Felt like trying a program that most point pros do not like.

    Let’s see what happens in next few months. Finnair is eliminating fuel surcharges but 160,000 to 161,000 miles roundtrip is still steep.

  4. @AI K
    Finnair is not using miles but kilometres, that’s why these numbers seem to be so high. But if you convert it accordingly, 160000 kilometres is just approx. 100000 miles.

  5. I wouldn’t buy Iberia Avios with the hope of transferring to BA without doing some test transfers first. The combine function between Aer Lingus, BA and Iberia is very glitchy and frequently unusable. I was able to combine freely not too long ago but now it has been a challenge requiring work around sand frustration.

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