Both Iberia and British Airways are part of the International Airlines Group and since the launch of Avios, points became interchangeable.
If you go to your British Airways account and find the option ‘Combine my Avios’, you can use the wizard to link your Iberia Plus and BAEC accounts. Make sure that your Iberia Plus account is at least 90 days old and that your personal data matches 100%. Also, for this to work, your BAEC account cannot be a household account.
I only got error message after error message myself and had to call British Airways Executive Club, but it eventually worked out for me.
Transferring Avios to Iberia Plus lowers fuel surcharges on Iberia flights dramatically. If you are sitting on lots of Avios and plan to use them for Iberia then this is the way to do it, especially if you live around or in Miami. This could be awesome, since Iberia has many flights to Spain, elsewhere in Europe and beyond and there’s good business class availability.
Also, Iberia has a number of partners outside Oneworld and once your Avios are transferred, you can redeem on these partner airlines as well.
This airline comes in handy for all connections around the Canary Islands incl. Cape Verde and Morocco.
So far, I have been unsuccessful in my attempts of getting anything booked. Despite what the award chart says, booking is not available online and the agents do not recognize it as a partner.
Also, Binter Canarias is only sold through a few ticketing partners and like many low-cost airlines, you will have to book on their website for revenue tickets.
Vueling has an awesome route network for a European summer vacation, with many flights to the small Greek islands from Spain and Italy.
The Avios needed aren’t few (remember that Iberia charges per segment, or in other words, per take-off) and Vueling also has rather moderate ticket prices. So in many instances it may not be a good redemption and buying revenue tickets might be better.
Royal Air Maroc has huge ticket prices for flights within Western Africa, with many short one-ways topping out at $500. Redeeming Avios can be a steal for such a flight and I wish I’d known that before my recent adventure to Western Africa.
Star Alliance partner Avianca has some great redemptions with LifeMiles, especially short-haul flights. Avios can also be used with Iberia, but it isn’t cheap.
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