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A few times a year Iberia seems to offer discounts on award tickets in select regions. They’re now back with a similar promotion, though it’s intended to promote their new online award search tool.
For bookings through March 18, 2018, the Iberia Plus program is offering 25% off economy awards between Spain and the Americas or Asia. The promotion is valid for travel this fall, between October 1 and December 15, 2018.
So if you were to book one of these awards you’d pay :
- 12,750 Avios one-way in economy, and 25,500 Avios one-way in business class, if traveling between Madrid and Boston/Chicago/New York
- 15,950 Avios one-way in economy, and 31,900 Avios one-way in business class, if traveling between Madrid and Miami
There are some surcharges on these tickets, but they’re minimal. A one-way economy ticket from the US to Madrid will cost you ~$90, while a one-way business class ticket from the US to Madrid will cost you ~$100.
This is a heck of a deal. Do note that the above is off-peak pricing, which applies during most of the period. The peak dates during the promotion period are November 7-11, 24-26, December 5-6, 11-15, so you’d pay more if traveling over those dates.
Before actually going through the process of using Iberia’s (annoying) website, I’d recommend using American’s website to search award availability, given that you can search availability for a month at a time. Just search availability from Boston, Chicago, Miami, or New York to Madrid, and select nonstop flights only. That will give you a sense of what availability is like.
As a reminder, British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus aren’t the same program, despite the fact that they both use Avios as their currency. So this promotion is only available through Iberia for travel on Iberia, and not through British Airways. Furthermore, it’s only valid if using Iberia’s annoying new award search function.
As Tiffany explained in a previous post, there are some things that make Iberia Avios unique, and fortunately they’re quite easy to accrue. You can transfer points directly from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Starwood Preferred Guest, so this is a great use of points earned on an assortment of cards:
You can also 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
Redeeming just 25,500 Avios for a transatlantic business class ticket is an excellent deal, as is redeeming 12,750 Avios for an economy ticket. Best of all, award availability is very good during the promotion period, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding availability. Iberia has a solid staggered business class product, which I’ve reviewed in the past.
This promotion can also be useful if you want to travel from Madrid to Asia, Central America, or South America.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Iberia’s excellent award sale?
(Tip of the hat to Ultima Llamada)