A month ago Iberia promised 9,000 Avios for each ticket booked. I was initially skeptical, but after Iberia confirmed with me on Twitter that they didn’t mind if you booked tickets that you would actually use I decided to book 10 flights for $27.70 each to maximize the 90K Avios promo.
Iberia promised to award the Avios within 10 days and things looked bleak a couple of weeks ago when I got locked out of my account and a majority of DansDeals readers reported that they hadn’t received their Avios.
Iberia’s Twitter account noticed that post and said they would get to the bottom of things. And sure enough, my 90K Avios posted, along with the Avios of many readers. It took longer than it should have per the promo terms, but better late than never.
My paternal Zayde is having his 90th (ka”h!) birthday party near NYC, so that seemed like a perfect way to burn some of the Avios. While paid tickets from Cleveland to NYC were $451 each, it was 12,000 Iberia Avios plus $20.20 each.
I spent $277 on 90K Avios, or a cost of 0.3 cents per Avios. I redeemed 60K of those Avios plus $101 in taxes for 5 round-trip tickets from Cleveland to NYC that would have otherwise cost $2,255. That’s a value of 3.59 cents per Avios!
That’s less than the 75K British Airways Avios the trip would have required, though Iberia charges $20.20 in taxes per person instead of $11.20 that British Airways charges. Iberia partner awards are non-refundable and non-changeable while British Airways awards can be cancelled for just the taxes paid. Iberia also requires round-trip travel for partner awards while British Airways allows one-way travel. Alas, it does not seem to be possible to transfer the Iberia Avios to British Airways.
On the plus side, Iberia allows flight connections and doesn’t charge separately for every flight leg as British Airways does.
Here is a look at Iberia’s award chart for travel on American (You can find flight distances on gcmap.com):
- 90K Avios would be good for up to 8 round-trip coach awards, such as NYC-Boston for 11K Iberia Avios round-trip.
- A flight to/from NYC and Miami would cost 23K miles in coach or 46K miles in business class round-trip
- A round-trip flight to/from JFK and LAX would cost 28K in coach, 64K in business, or 96K in first class. You can transfer 6K AMEX or Chase points and add that to your 90K Avios to fly American’s highly rated first class on that route.
Where will you use your Avios?