25% Off Iberia Awards To Spain

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Iberia Plus has just launched a great promotion for US-based members. Specifically, Iberia Plus members can save 25% on transatlantic awards. This is valid for flights booked through March 27, 2019, and for travel between September 1 and December 14 2019.

There’s no registration required, and the discount should apply automatically when making the booking.

For context, here’s the distance based Iberia Plus award chart for travel on Iberia (with peak and off-peak pricing):

Iberia’s US destinations include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. So depending on which route you’re looking at, you’re ordinarily paying anywhere from 17,000-30,000 Avios one-way in economy, and anywhere from 34,000-75,000 Avios one-way in business class.

With the 25% discount, you’re potentially looking at economy awards starting at just 12,750 Avios, and business class awards starting at just 25,500 Avios. Furthermore, when booking through Iberia Plus the carrier imposed surcharges are minimal, so it’s much cheaper than when booking through British Airways Executive Club, for example.

When it comes to earning Iberia Avios, there are a couple of practical ways to do so.

For one, you can transfer points directly from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Marriott Rewards, so this is a great use of points earned on an assortment of cards:

Earn Avios with many cards:

Furthermore, you can transfer points between British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus, but only if both accounts have been open for at least 90 days, and both accounts have had some sort of activity.

Bottom line

This is an excellent promotion from Iberia Plus, though the issue is that I’m seeing very little premium cabin award availability. This can be a great deal for a transatlantic economy award, but I actually can’t find a single business class awards to Madrid during the period from any US gateway, which takes the fun out of it.

It’s possible that I’m missing some availability, though. It’s also possible that we’ll see some availability loaded in the coming days.

In general I’m a huge fan of Iberia’s discounted award redemptions, though without any availability in business class, it sure is significantly less compelling.

Anyone finding any good deals as part of this promo?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)

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Comments

  1. You can’t find any award space because of the 90,000 avios promo that ran a few months ago. People booked all of the US routes to Spain probably.

  2. Am I the only one who finds Iberia unusable? The Iberia Plus registration forces a second surname, as well as a Spanish address format and generates an error whenever I try to edit. I can email a copy of my passport and they say they’ll update the information, but given the issues I’ve experienced already, I’m not confident in their ability to keep that information secure.

    Has anyone had similar experiences with Iberia, or have anything to add that would make me feel more comfortable with Iberia? This has been going on for over a month now and I’m about to simply give up on them.

  3. Matt: Good Morning, It is my opinion that you and all others “give up” on Iberia. I have used them for 8 years and follow the “Flyertalk” thread religiously. They are getting way worse and “don’t care” Not worth any normal persons time considering all of the other wonderful opportunities and options our great hobby affords (with Ben & company)

  4. They might have as well offered a 90% discount on business class awards as long as they weren’t releasing any award space. Lame.

  5. I flew JFK-MAD and MAD-NRT on J both A350 and A330. Service and food are so bad that I will never fly them again.

  6. @Tom Thanks for the input. As you say, with the other options available, I certainly don’t need Iberia but the more options, the better. It just may not be worth the IT hassle for what would effectively be my plan B or C option most trips.

  7. Iberia sucks, in every possible way. Making any booking on their website–award or revenue–is an IT nightmare. Their onboard service is lacking, food is bad, and I’ve never been on an Iberia flight that departed or arrived on time.

    In keeping with the other comments here, premium award space is abysmal as well. Big pass for me.

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