Iberia Plus: Buy Avios With a 50% Bonus and fly e.g. Oneway Business Class Madrid-New York at €516

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You currently can buy Avios for Iberia Plus at a great value. Depending on the offer you choose, you’ll pay between 1.2 and 1.8 Cent per Avio. At this rate, you can purchase oneway tickets in business class from Madrid to New York or Boston at €516 or Cathay Pacific FIRST CLASS within Asia at €581.

You may buy a total of 200,000 Avios max (300,000 with the bonus) per Iberia Plus account this way.

You can transfer Avios to your British Airways Executive Club account at the rate of 1:1, if both accounts exist for longer than ninety days and you’ve gathered at least one avio on both accounts. Further, the Executive Club account may not be part of a household account.

Redeeming Avios Effectively

Like every frequent flyer program, Iberia Plus offers some attractive sweet spots you can spent your Avios at great value:

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If you’re having trouble finding the award flight search on Iberia Plus, use this link.

Iberia Business Class to New York/Boston: 34,000 Avios + €108

Iberia Plus award flights have the distinct advantage of comparatively low taxes & surcharges. You can, for example, buy a business class ticket from Madrid to New York or Boston at 34,000 Avios (Zone 5; 3,001-4,000 Meilen; Offseason) + €108 taxes & surcharges.

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Business Class von Madrid nach New York fΓΌr 34.000 Avios + 108€

You can purchase 34,000 Avios for €429. Adding €108 taxes & surcharges makes a total of €537 for a oneway tickets! Roundtrips are 2 x 34,000 Avios + 184€ = 2 x 429€ + 184€ = 1.042€

Of course, Iberia offers many more long haul destinations. But only New York and Boston are part of Zone 5, which takes the least amount of Avios to redeem. Here is a full list of Zones, destinations and prices:

Zone
Miles
Avios
Peak/Offseason
Destinations
5
3,001-4,000
34,000
50,000
New York,
Boston
6
4,001-5,500
42.500
62,500
Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, Bogora, Medellin,
Panama, San Jose, Havana, Miami, Chicago
7
5,501-6,500
51,000
75,000
Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, Guayaquil,
Mexiko City, San Francisco, Shanghai
8
6,501-7,000
59,500
87,500
Santiago de Chile,
Tokyo
9
ΓΌber 7,000
85,000
125,000

Awardflight Special: Short Haul Flights starting at 4,000 Avios + €21

A favourite of ours are short haul award flights with British Airways or Iberia. Instead of the full taxes & surcharges that usually apply to award flights (Reward Flight Saver), Iberia offers a base rate of €21 for oneways and €42 for return tickets.

Depending on distance and peak/off-peak travel time you pay between 4,500 and 8,500 Avios:

  1. Up to 650 miles: 4,500 / 5,000 Avios
  2. 651 – 1,151 miles: 7,500 / 8,250 Avios

If you purchase packages of 2,000 + 8,000 Avios at a rate of combined €138, you’ll get a oneway ticket for 69€ + 21€. This is quite a good catch for tickets on more expensive connections or when booking short term (if available).

Cathay Pacific First Class Within Asia for 44,000 Avios + €53

A very attractive sweet spot within Aisa are Cathay Pacific First Class tickets from Hong Kong to Beijing. By transferring your Avios to your British Airways Executive Club account, you’ll pay 44,000 Avios + €53 taxes & surcharges = approx. €554 + €53 = €607 for a oneway ticket:

First Class award flights from Hong Kong to Beijing at 44,000 Avios + €53 taxes&surcharges

You can pruchase these tickets via Iberia Plus as well, but it is more expensive at 51,000 Avios and can online be purchased by calling their hotline.

You can find more information about this sweet spot here:

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