Great Deal: Iberia Is Offering 25% Off Award Redemptions

Iberia Plus is celebrating their 25th anniversary, and they have a great promotion as a result. While we’ve seen some targeted Iberia Avios promotions in the past that offer discounts for select routes, this is the most widely available promotion I’ve seen from them yet.

Iberia is offering 25% off award tickets that are booked by April 11, 2017. There are a few further restrictions:

  • Valid for travel through June 15, 2017, or for travel between October 1 and December 15, 2017
  • Valid for travel exclusively on Iberia flights, though in all classes of service
  • Only valid for travel on off-peak dates

As a reminder, here’s what Iberia’s off-peak award chart looks like:

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Furthermore, the dates below not in red are the ones that are eligible for off-peak travel:

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There are lots of awesome uses of this sale, though to give a few examples that are useful to travelers originating in the United States, the Iberia Avios program ordinarily charges:

  • 17,000 Avios for economy or 34,000 Avios for business class for an itinerary covering 3,000-4,000 miles
  • 21,250 Avios for economy or 42,500 Avios for business class for an itinerary covering 4,001-5,500 miles

So with the 25% discount, this means you can fly from between Madrid and Boston/Chicago/New York for just 25,500 Avios one-way in business class. Best of all, Iberia Plus doesn’t impose fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia.

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I would say availability using this promotion is decent, though not great There’s a good amount of availability in the way off season (like November), but otherwise you’ll have to do quite some searching to find business class award space. Economy award space is a bit easier to come by.

As a reminder, British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus aren’t the same program, despite the fact that they both use Avios as their currency. So this promotion is only available through Iberia for travel on Iberia, and not through British Airways.

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Iberia business class

As Tiffany explained in a previous post, there are some things that make Iberia Avios unique, and fortunately they’re quite easy to accrue:

  • You can transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest
  • You can transfer points between British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus, but only if both accounts have been open for at least 90 days, and both accounts have had some sort of activity

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Bottom line

This is a very lucrative promotion on the part of Iberia. Booking a one-way transatlantic business class ticket for ~25,000 miles without fuel surcharges is tough to beat. If you can find availability that works for your dates, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of this offer. Iberia has a solid business class product as well.

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Iberia business class dinner service

Anyone planning to book a 25% off Iberia award?

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Worth noting is that AmEx MR Points transfer at 250:200 Avios. So you’re losing that 25% discount in the long run, sorta.

  2. I thought Iberia redemptions were for return travel only. Can you now do one-way travel? Have the rules been relaxed?

  3. Bought a one way to get me home from Spain to ORD; J not available for several day range flexibility, settled on premium economy which should be fine enough for the daytime westbound flight. Interesting to see the Avios and Money options offered for most classes at about a penny per avios, except biz (about two cents per avios). Despite having a gob of UR points I could have transferred via BA, I opted for the Avios and Money option for an October flight for 4800 Avios plus $262– that includes $145 for 14,350 Avios plus the $117 surcharges

    Was glad to see this sale return when the Valentine’s promo didn’t work for my October date(s).

  4. Great deal! Converted UR points to British Avios and then to Iberia Avios. Then booked ORD-MAD-RAK RT in premium economy for 50,000 total points +$200. Would have cost at least 80,000 miles on any US-based carrier to get to N Africa in standard economy and would take considerably longer with an additional stop. Could have booked blue class for a paltry 36,800 roundtrip! (But splurged for premium economy at those rates). Based on the price of the ticket and subtracting out taxes paid, got 3.4 cents of value for each UR point! (If I had done normal economy would have gotten an astonishing 3.8 cents. I’ve seen high redemptions for expensive business class tickets before, but not sure I’ve ever seen that high for a sub-$1500 RT economy fare. Anybody ever get that high for a relatively cheap economy ticket? 😉 ) Iberia’s mile-based redemption can really make a huge difference and the 25% off makes it even better. Last day!

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