The drama of the 90,000 Avios promotion continues…
Like many other people, I was thrilled to hear the news earlier this week that the 90,000 Iberia Plus Avios from the recent promotion can actually be transferred to British Airways Executive Club accounts. I had understood this was possible when the promotion started (as Iberia Plus had confirmed it!) but Iberia then appeared to renege on this option, and then changed their minds again.
I’m not in the market for long-haul Iberia operated premium redemptions, so I’m keen to get those 90,000 Avios into my very active Executive Club account where I can redeem them for one-way, short-haul flights which is where I get the most value. My Iberia Plus account was only opened when the promotion started, so I need to wait until the Iberia Plus account has been opened for three months before I can combine, so I have a couple of months to go.
I’m happy to wait given the uncertainty of this promotion.
Some of you may have the ability to transfer/combine them right now.
However, before you do this, a BIG warning.
Inactive Executive Club Accounts
A Travel Update writer is reporting that he transferred his 90,000 Iberia Plus Avios to his Executive Club account. He then logged into their Executive Club account to discover the 90,000 Avios had expired just a day after entering the account.
Why did this happen?
His Executive Club had been inactive for several years. If you do not earn, spend, purchase or share at least one Avios every 36 months, any Avios in the account will be expire.
Transferring Avios from an Iberia Plus account to an Executive Club, does not appear to count as earning or sharing, so will not reactivate your British Airways Executive Club account. Therefore any Avios in your account will expire and be removed daily.
If you have an inactive account, i.e. no activity in the past 36 months, please record some activity before transferring any Avios into your account. I would recommend something that credits/registers quickly, such as purchasing a tiny amount of Avios.
Ensure this activity is recorded in your account before transferring any Avios.
I must admit reading the unfortunate situation from Travel Update sent a chill down my spine, and I’m glad my Iberia Plus account is so new that I have to wait to transfer because I want to be completely sure that the transfer will work before doing it. My Executive Club account is very active, but if your account isn’t, it’s critical that you don’t transfer into an inactive account.
Even if you have to spend/’waste’ a small amount of money to show some activity (such as purchasing a bottle of wine through their e-store), it will be a sound investment if you want to house and use your Avios in Executive Club.
Has anyone actually transferred their Iberia Plus Avios to Executive Club yet?