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Iberia restricting J award availability
I’ve done several spot checks for June 2020, but it looks like Iberia is restricting long-haul business award redemptions for AA and Qantas members. You can book flights with Avios, but the seats are unavailable on AA and Qantas. I haven’t tried calling.
I’d keep an eye on it since you’ve got plenty of time. It’s not unusual for airlines to open award space to their own customers before partners but at some point if the seats aren’t taken they should make them available.
Yes, it may well be that IB only releases awards to partners a couple of weeks/months after releasing them to their members.
That’s actually the case with trying to book an AA award through IB. If memory doesn’t serve me wrong IB only has access to AA inventory about 9 months in advance.
Your best bet will be to call AA/QF to make sure that this is the case so you don’t miss on those seats