Flash Sale: 50% Off Award Travel with Iberia Plus

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Iberia Plus has launched a flash sale offering 50% off award tickets until February 10, 2019. The discount applies to all flights operated by Iberia and Iberia Express as well as flights to and from Madrid on Air Nostrum. Unlike the economy-only award sale in December 2018, this 50% discount should apply to all classes of service for travel through April 15, 2019.

Iberia uses a distance-based award chart which means the number of Avios points you need depends on the actual distance your itinerary covers. If you take advantage of this deal for an award ticket from North America, a one-way flight could cost as little as 8,500 Avios in economy or 17,000 Avios in business class.

Iberia January Promo

Key Terms

  • Book by February 10, 2019
  • Travel from February 1 to April 15, 2019
  • 50% discount on Avios needed for all classes of service
  • Valid only on Iberia, Iberia Express, and select Air Nostrum flights
  • Travel can be one way or round trip
  • Targeted for Iberia Plus members living in Spain, Italy or France (see below for more details)

Who Can Get This Deal?

The promotion is targeted for Iberia Plus members in Spain, Italy, and France, but it is possible to get the 50% discount by adjusting the address that is saved in your Iberia profile. From a practical standpoint, it seems that any Spanish address (like a Madrid hotel for example) can be saved to your Iberia account. After completing the update, you’ll need to log out and log back in to see the discounted pricing.

I was able to test this out with my own Iberia account, and once I updated the address, all the award searches priced out at 50% of the normal Avios required.

Iberia 50% Award Sale 2019

Like many of the best deals with points and miles, this flash sale requires some creative maneuvering for folks who weren't initially targeted based on their address. If the extra step of updating your address isn't in your comfort zone, you should skip this deal.

How to Book

Since this sale applies to flights operated by Iberia, there are relatively few routes to consider for transatlantic travel. One of my favorite resources for finding routes is FlightsFrom.com. A quick search for Iberia flights from North America to their hubs in Madrid and Barcelona turns up the following routes:

North America to Madrid

  • New York (JFK)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Mexico City (MEX)

North America to Barcelona

  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Boston (BOS)

Iberia's website doesn't have the best interface for finding award availability, so you might want to use the British Airways website to research possible itineraries before heading to the Iberia award search to complete your booking. Although the Qantas and American Airlines websites also show Iberia award flights, I have noticed that they miss a significant number of options.

If you don't have enough Avios for a redemption, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards to Iberia Plus at a 1:1 ratio. Both types of points should post instantly, but it's a good idea to start with a test transfer of 1,000 points to verify everything is working properly before you make a larger transfer.

If you have a healthy balance of British Airways Avios, you can convert them to Iberia Plus Avios as long as you meet a few basic requirements. The process is simple to do online, and the Avios should be available in your Iberia account instantly.

As a last resort, you can also transfer Marriott Rewards to Iberia, but this isn't an ideal option because the process generally takes a few days. With less than a week before the February 10th booking deadline (and lingering technical issues from the merger with SPG), Marriott isn't a great choice. If you're still short on points, Iberia offers the option to pay more in cash and reduce the number of Avios required.

Our Take

This is an amazing deal if you're able to find award availability that fits your schedule. Business-class awards have been relatively scarce on Iberia in the last six months, but a brief search turned up multiple dates with one or two seats from Chicago and a few from Boston within the travel window. Premium economy and economy seats are quite a bit more plentiful and cost a negligible 8,500 or 12,750 Avios each way. Iberia taxes and fees are much lower than British Airways for transatlantic flights, so you can expect to pay around $75-110 out-of-pocket in each direction.

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