In January the Iberia Avios program ran an extremely lucrative promotion, offering 50% off award redemptions in select markets. This included select transatlantic routes, meaning it was possible to fly one-way business class between the US and Madrid for 20,000-25,000 Avios. That was a heck of a deal, and award availability was even quite good.
Well, Iberia is back with a similar type of offer, though it’s less lucrative in a couple of ways.
Iberia is offering a 30% discount on Avios redemptions made in select markets. The basic terms are as follows:
- Valid for bookings through May 8, 2014
- Valid for travel through June 30, 2014
- Valid in business and economy class (unless otherwise noted)
- Valid on Iberia metal only
Several shorthaul routes are included in the promotion, and there are even a few longhaul routes. These longhaul routes include the following:
- Los Angeles (economy class only)
There’s only one slight catch. In looking at award space to/from Miami, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, I don’t see a single date through June 30 with business class award space. So this can still be a great value for economy class, but if you wanted to use this to snag a premium cabin longhaul redemption, you’re out of luck.
Availability is much better on the shorthaul routes, though, if that interests you.
There are some other benefits to the Iberia Avios program, like the fact that they only impose very mild fuel surcharges for award redemptions on Iberia flights. If you were to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on Iberia, on the other hand, you’d pay very hefty fuel surcharges. Keep in mind that you can transfer Avios between British Airways and Iberia, assuming both accounts are at least three months old.
This is a nice promotion in theory, so I guess we can hope that they open up some last minute longhaul business class award space. I do find it a bit odd they’re offering such a promotion during a busy travel period when there’s not really much availability. It makes perfect sense to do this in January, as they did, but at the start of the busy summer travel season it seems a bit odd.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)