You Can Now Redeem Alaska Miles On Iberia

You Can Now Redeem Alaska Miles On Iberia

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While Alaska Airlines joined the oneworld alliance as of March 2021, the airline hasn’t yet rolled out award redemptions on all oneworld partners. For now the program is continuing to only allow redemptions on select partners, with each airline having a different award chart.

Fortunately Alaska has added its latest redemption partner, as it’s now possible to redeem Mileage Plan miles on Iberia.

What are Mileage Plan redemption rates on Iberia like?

While it has been possible to earn Mileage Plan miles for travel on Iberia for several months now, it’s also now possible to redeem Mileage Plan miles on Iberia. Alaska Airlines has published award charts for travel on Iberia, and these awards are also bookable directly on alaskaair.com. As usual with Alaska Mileage Plan, only redemptions in certain regions are permitted.

Here are the Alaska Mileage Plan saver level one-way award costs for travel on Iberia in eligible regions:

  • United States & Mexico to Europe costs 35,000 miles in economy, 75,000 miles in business
  • South America to Europe costs 50,000 miles in economy, 90,000 miles in business
  • Africa to Europe costs 17,500 miles in economy, 45,000 miles in business
  • Middle East to Europe costs 25,000 miles in economy, 55,000 miles in business
Iberia awards are bookable on alaskaair.com

A few further things to note:

  • Stopovers in Madrid are allowed without it requiring extra miles
  • There are no fuel surcharges on Iberia award redemptions
  • Iberia premium economy awards aren’t currently possible, but are expected in the future
Redeem Mileage Plan miles for travel on Iberia

My take on Iberia redemptions through Mileage Plan

There have been lots of questions about how Mileage Plan award pricing will change when the program introduces redemptions on all oneworld carriers. Well, there’s definitely a trend with the new partner redemptions we’ve seen added lately — pricing isn’t terribly attractive compared to what we’re used to.

Mileage Plan pricing on Iberia is on the high side. Mileage Plan is charging more for an Iberia business class award between the United States and Europe, than a Cathay Pacific first class award between the United States and Asia.

Redemption rates on Iberia are significantly higher than through American AAdvantage, and are even higher than directly through the Iberia Plus program. On the plus side, Alaska Mileage Plan allows complimentary stopovers even on one-way awards, so that could prove worthwhile if you value having a stopover in Madrid.

Personally I suspect that the new partner redemption rates that we’re seeing introduced give us a sense of what pricing might be like going forward. The main selling point of Mileage Plan continues to be that you can have stopovers on one-way awards, which is extremely valuable.

Iberia redemption rates are on the steep side

Bottom line

Alaska Mileage Plan has now introduced awards on Iberia, and these flights can be booked on alaskaair.com. It’s cool to see this development, though unfortunately award redemption rates are a bit on the high side, especially compared to American AAdvantage. This is a trend among the new partner redemptions we’ve seen added in the past year, so I imagine Mileage Plan award pricing won’t be as generous in the future as it has been in the past.

What do you make of Alaska’s redemption rates on Iberia?

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  1. Christopher J Tallmadge Guest

    Of the all the airlines I have used for long haul travel Iberia is the worst by miles. Customer service in person or by phone is nonexistent, check-in in Madrid is an hours long nightmare and the website is a barely functional joke. Avoid like the plague.

    1. Linda Komisar Guest

      This has been my experience as well.

  2. 305 Guest

    And you still can't redeem Avios for AA flights since the BA web update weeks ago.

  3. Francois Guest

    Ben I respectfully disagree with your take that "The main selling point of Mileage Plan continues to be that you can have stopovers on one-way awards..." I think the main selling point has been that they're points are considerably more valuable than the other us carriers and even worldwide. The points are harder to earn a lot of but that along with their increased value is a result of alaska being a much smaller carrier(network...

    Ben I respectfully disagree with your take that "The main selling point of Mileage Plan continues to be that you can have stopovers on one-way awards..." I think the main selling point has been that they're points are considerably more valuable than the other us carriers and even worldwide. The points are harder to earn a lot of but that along with their increased value is a result of alaska being a much smaller carrier(network size and scale). They have 1 hub and their largest aircraft is a 737. One way awards vs RT only are valuable to a degree but nowhere near what they're charging for the new additions. Finally I do want to see what premium economy will be, prem econ joberg to EU for low-mid 20's could be good.

  4. Michael SEA Guest

    I'm not sure it is all that bad of a value proposition, If you value AS miles at 2.4cents then the extra 15k miles for Business on IB over their other main European partner BA is the equivalent of $360. BA charges $759 in carrier imposed surcharges for a business class O/W SEA-MAD. With IB only charging $24. So while you're spending more miles you're saving $375 in cash by booking IB with AS miles.

  5. magice Member

    It seems value of Alaska miles keeps falling. I frankly at this point am afraid of their overhaul... 75K for J flight to Europe is not exactly competitive.

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Linda Komisar Guest

This has been my experience as well.

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Christopher J Tallmadge Guest

Of the all the airlines I have used for long haul travel Iberia is the worst by miles. Customer service in person or by phone is nonexistent, check-in in Madrid is an hours long nightmare and the website is a barely functional joke. Avoid like the plague.

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305 Guest

And you still can't redeem Avios for AA flights since the BA web update weeks ago.

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