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What’s the deal with BA Avios and Iberia?
Earlier this month, we let you know that British Airways is unfortunately increasing the cost of some Avios redemptions in the US in February, 2016. After that date (and even right now) you can help save bundles of your Avios by booking award flights with Iberia instead of British Airways; Iberia doesn’t add significant fuel surcharges onto flight redemptions, so you can often book the same flight for much less.
As an example, from February 2nd, 2016, St Louis to Chicago will cost 15,000 Avios round-trip with BA – or just 11,000 with Iberia!
How do I get the deal with BA Avios and Iberia?
You’ll need to transfer your British Airways Avios to Iberia, which you can do when your active Iberia Plus account has been open for 90 days or longer and you have completed some activity. If this is the case, you can connect the accounts by logging into your BA Executive Club here and:
- Select ‘Manage My Account’
- Select ‘Combine My Avios’
- Select Iberia Plus as the programme to transfer to
and voila, your points should be there almost instantly.
If you don’t yet have an Iberia Plus account, you can sign up here first and then follow the above steps after 3 months.
Now you have transferred Avios, you can search for award flights on Iberia.
What else do I need to know about the BA Avios and Iberia deal?
The activity you could complete before transferring Avios to Iberia Plus could be transferring Amex Membership Rewards or crediting a paid flight to Iberia.
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