Update: My 50 Iberia Avios have posted to my account. I am now able to instantly transfer points back and forth between my BA Avios account and my Iberia Avios account.
Originally posted on 07/15:
British Airways and Iberia both participate in the Avios program. Most people have points in the British Airways Avios program due to cards like the Chase British Airways Visa , transfers from other Chase cards, and the bonuses that AMEX used to run for transfers to BA, but you can also transfer AMEX points to the Iberia program.
If you have an active Iberia account that is at least 3 months old you can also transfer points from British Airways to Iberia.
Iberia Avios have much better award availability and much lower fuel surcharges for Iberia flights. An Iberia coach flight to Israel is 65K Avios round-trip. With BA Avios you’ll also be charged $655.42 but with Iberia Avios the charge will be $329.90. The fuel surcharge difference in business class is even greater.
Of course you can avoid fuel surcharges altogether with Avios by flying on carriers that have no fuel surcharges as covered in this recent post, but Iberia has very good availability and it’s always good to have another option.
So if you don’t have an Iberia account go ahead and open one here to start the 3 month countdown until you can transfer BA Avios to Iberia Avios.
You also need to earn Iberia Avios to activate your account and allow transfers from BA. You can do that by transferring 1,000 AMEX points to Iberia.
Or you can click here to open the Iberia Newsletter. Scroll 3 pages to the right and you’ll see the Great Avios Conquest. Click start and provide these answers to the 4 questions, “My Shoes,” “La Panza es Primero,” “All of the above,” and “Cash Card.” Then enter your Iberia Avios number and you’ll get 50 points “shortly.”
Once you have had an Iberia account for 3 months and have earned Iberia Avios you can logon to your BA Avios account, go to Executive Club>Manage my account>Combine my Avios>Transfer to Iberia Plus.
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