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What should I do with my 90,000 Iberia Avios?

As an avid miles and points enthusiast I am constantly stalking FlyerTalk forums and the many wonderful points blogs out there. And while sometimes it may seem obsessive, today I was able to stumble across something awesome.

Earlier today, Lucky over at One Mile at a Time reported on the amazing Iberia promotion going on. The offer is pretty straightforward:

  • Book a flight before June 24th and receive 9,000 Avios
  • The flight must be on Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum
  • You must be an Iberia Plus member, which you can easily join here
  • Tickets must be booked on iberia.com
  • There is a limit of 10 tickets that can be booked with this promotion
  • There are no restrictions as to when the flights are or the flights themselves (i.e. price or one-way vs. round-trip)
  • These bonus Avios will show up in your account after 10 days of booking, and must be redeemed before Dec. 1, 2018
  • Iberia confirmed that these flights do not have to be flown in order to receive the Avios

So, while I am usually a bit skeptical about things like this, I decided to jump in head first. As Lucky and other sources were reporting, these cheap flights are going quick — so I booked 10 one-way  tickets from Santander (SDR) to Madrid (MAD) for $28.

I paid $280 for 10 one-way flights with Iberia and received the following in return:

  • 90,000 Avios (hopefully to be deposited into my account within 10 days)
  • I booked my flights through Mr. Rebates and received $3 back on each purchase — so should see $30 cash back in my Mr. Rebates account
  • Using my Chase Sapphire Reserve I got 3x points back on travel purchases, which translates to 840 Ultimate Rewards points — about $12 when redeemed in the Ultimate Rewards portal

All data points show that this was not a mistake by Iberia and they fully intend on honoring the promotion (*fingers crossed). But either way, I need to use Avios before Dec. 1, 2018, so I figured I’d look into some of my options.

Options to use my 90,000 Avios

It is first worth noting that these Iberia Avios are not to be mistaken (or exchanged) for British Airways Avios. So I can’t transfer anything, and I will just be looking through Iberia’s website.

1. I have been thinking about a trip out to Los Angeles to visit a close friend — I could position to JFK and fly round trip to Los Angeles in lie-flat. 

Iberia booking from JFK to LAX

Remember, you can make up the 6,000 Avios you could transfer points from Chase Ultimate rewards. I really like the idea of being able to try American lie-flat in the US, but I’m not sure I want to pay that much. (Tip of the hat to Lucky on this one)

2. I could get myself back home from Europe, or anywhere overseas for that matter, through Madrid in Iberia’s new A350 Business Class.

Iberia booking from MAD-JFK

3. And finally, I could use it for one of the many flights I take around the country. As a raised South Floridian, living in Washington DC, and traveling for work, I find myself booking flights all over.

Iberia award price on American domestic

This is the price for a round-trip flight between DC and Miami in business. Ideally, I could book a few of these, with a similar flight in economy only costing me 22,000 Avios.

Here are the award charts for Iberia, both on and off peak:

Iberia Peak Award Chart
Iberia Award Chart – Peak Season
Iberia Award Chart Off Peak
Iberia Award Chart — Off Peak Season

*Pro Tip: Iberia only allows partner airlines to be booked as round-trip tickets. So when booking a flight within the US, you’ll have to search for round-trip tickets.

Bottom Line

I will admit, that at first glance it looks like Iberia award space is a bit limited. So it may take some digging to find the right award, but I defintitely have a few options.

In such a short window, I am leaning towards a domestic flight, and the American flights on Iberia incur only taxes and no extra surcharges. I will obviously keep this updated with my plans, but I’ll be keeping a close eye in hopes that more opens up.

 

 

 

 

Tucker is an avid points and miles enthusiast. Being fully involved in the world of credit cards and frequent flying for only a few years now, he brings a very fresh and unique perspective to the world of travel.

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