Update: This offer for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
Iberia is back with a similar promotion to what they’ve offered several times in the past.
Through January 31, 2018, the Iberia Avios program is offering 25% off select economy and business class awards. The promotion is valid for travel in many markets, including Boston and Chicago if traveling to/from the US.
The valid travel dates vary by region, though for travel to/from the US, the promotion is valid between February 1 and May 15, 2018, though March 24 through March 31 are excluded.
As a reminder, the Iberia Avios program ordinarily charges:
- 17,000 Avios for economy or 34,000 Avios for business class for an itinerary covering 3,000-4,000 miles
- 21,250 Avios for economy or 42,500 Avios for business class for an itinerary covering 4,001-5,500 miles
So with the 25% discount, this means you can fly from between Madrid and Boston/Chicago for just 12,750 Avios one-way in economy, or 25,500 Avios one-way in business class. Best of all, Iberia Plus only has very mild surcharges for travel on their own flights. A roundtrip economy ticket would cost you ~$189 in taxes and fees, while a roundtrip business class ticket would cost you ~$236 in taxes and fees.
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.
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 cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. etc.
- 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
Award availability on Iberia isn’t amazing at the moment, though there are plenty of dates with availability in some of the eligible markets. Paying just 25,500 Avios for a one-way transatlantic business class ticket with minimal fees is an incredible value, so hopefully some of you can take advantage of this. This is also worth looking at in other regions, like redeeming 31,900 Avios for a one-way business class ticket to Johannesburg, or 38,300 Avios for a one-way business class ticket from Madrid to Shanghai.
In terms of searching award availability, aa.com shows Iberia award space, so I recommend using the calendar feature to search availability there, and then go to Iberia’s website to book.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this Iberia Plus award sale?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)