Over the summer Iberia Plus had a generous promotion, where they were offering 9,000 bonus Avios for every flight booked during that period, for a total of up to 90,000 Avios for booking 10 flights.
The best part was that they didn’t actually require you to take the flights in order to earn the bonus Avios. So you could book cheap flights within Spain for ~$30 one-way, and in the end could earn a total of 90,000 Avios for ~$300.
The catch with these Iberia Avios is that they expired on December 1, 2018, which is today. So as I posted a reminder of, yesterday was the last day you could redeem these Avios before they expired.
How I redeemed my 90K Iberia Avios
Well, I’m embarrassed to admit that despite me posting several reminders for you guys, I didn’t actually end up redeeming my own Avios. Heck, I even helped two friends redeem their Iberia Avios yesterday before they expired, but then I sat down to plan a trip for myself, and nothing came together.
I was really frustrated, because I hate wasting miles of any sort, but it was just one of those situations where I obviously waited too long. I already have so much travel planned that I just couldn’t commit to anything else where these would have been useful.
On the plus side, I’d say I still came out ahead with this promotion. Ford also took advantage of this promotion, and we used his Avios for four tickets to St. Kitts. Our total investment was ~$600 between the two of us, so that’s great for four tickets to St. Kitts.
Since I couldn’t quite figure out how to redeem my Avios, I did something that I knew was possible, but that I didn’t fully know the outcome of. I transferred my 90,000 Iberia Avios to British Airways Executive Club last night.
What happened with the 90K Avios I transferred?
Waking up this morning, I still see the 90,000 Avios in my British Airways account.
I also see a balance of negative 90,000 Avios in my Iberia Plus account.
My Iberia Plus account activity looks roughly like what you’d expect, so there are no surprises there.
What does this mean for my accounts?
Iberia said it was possible to transfer your promotional Avios to British Airways, though it would lead to a negative balance of Iberia Avios. Beyond that they made very little clear, unfortunately:
- Do the Avios also expire on December 1 if transferred to British Airways (I figured there’s a chance they didn’t, which is why I transferred them)?
- What happens if you have a negative balance of Iberia Avios? You just can’t use your account anymore unless you transfer or earn at least 90,000 Avios? Do they come after you for the value of the Avios (this seems highly unlikely to me)?
I figured it was worth a shot (basically getting 90,000 British Airways Avios with the usual expiration terms), so I transferred the Avios. As of now that seems like a good decision, though we’ll see.
Did anyone else transfer their Avios to British Airways? What do you make of the negative account balance situation?