Limited Time: Save 25% On Iberia Business & Economy Awards

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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:

Bottom line

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)

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Comments

  1. I have 100k avios in BA, they are saying they cannot verify my Iberia account. I want to take advantage of this, but am unable to do so. Both accounts have been open for more than 90 days. I have not had any points in IB…. is that the reason for my difficulties?

  2. Max – I suspect that is the case and you need to credit some miles to Iberia Plus directly rather than just transferring Avios from BAEC. I wonder if buying the lowest amount of points – i.e. 1000 – would do the trick? They have a bonus (albeit small) on buying miles currently.

  3. 1.) The link you provided above to the sale is in Spanish and I can’t find any way to change it to English. 2.) I am quoted 50K avios between ORD and MAD on Iberia’s site. 3.) Wouldn’t 25% off of 50K avios for business class be 37,500 avios, not 25,500? This is really annoying. I wish you could provide additional information on how exactly to get this to price out at 25,500.

  4. To be able to transfer Avios from BA to Iberia, you need to have some REAL activity (transfers don’t count) in the Iberia account IN THE LAST 36 MONTHS. I had activity about 4 years ago in my Iberia account but lost the points after 36 months; I tried to reactivate the points before they expired by transferring 1000 Avios from BA. The transfer worked but I lost the 1000 points too because the transfer doesn’t count as activity.
    Yesterday I tried to transfer more Avios from BA to Iberia but the transfer failed repeatedly because I had no REAL activity in the last 36 months. I had to buy 2000 overpriced Avios in the Iberia account (worked in real time), after which the BA to Iberia transfer worked.
    All this to get 2 business class tickets Chicago to Madrid in May for 100K Avios +$474.26.

  5. Played all day looking for award 51000 RT is available still 4/26 , look at Peak calendar . Check on BA.COM and book its better than AA.COM gives u how may seats available. If it does not say, that means many available. Transferred BA and membership, ultimate points and completed booking for April ORD-MAD, same $20+ to book from JFK/BOS. ORD_MAD 234.00 fee. Thanks for the info.

  6. Robert D – just select UK English on iberia plus website.

    The reason you are being quoted 50k for MAD to ORD is that you have to use OFF PEAK dates – you can check their calendar for this…

    I have MAD to ORD in J for 34k and £102.2

  7. So after MUCH searching found a 25,500 seat that will work for me but the AMEX transfers are NOT instant and if this seat is not there after the transfer is complete I’m gonna be angry beyond belief

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