Holy moly: Iberia is honoring it. 90K Avios now ~$260, and it’s for real

Last night, we published a post about what I thought would be the absolute deal of the year if it were honored — though I was admittedly cautious in warning readers that it might not be honored as written beause it just seemed too generous. It turns out Iberia is going to honor this promotion. If you got in last night at $18 per flight, congrats — the holidays came early for you. If you did not get in on it last night, it’s still a phenomenal deal at 90K Avios for about $300 (maybe even a bit less – as low as $260 after cash back if that works).

See the original post for full details:

Crazy: 90,000 Avios for $183 (too good to last)

In a nutshell, Iberia is offering 9,000 Avios per ticket you book — to any destination in any class. That means that a cheap $30 one-way ticket within Spain will earn 9,000 Avios. You can earn up to 90,000 Avios this way — i.e. book 10 flights at a cost of $30 per flight, get 90K Avios for $300. To recap the key restrictions (again, I recommend reading the original post linked above for full details);

  1. This is only valid on flights operated by Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum. (No, I don’t think LEVEL will work or Vueling booked through Iberia.com or anything that isn’t one of those three operating carriers)
  2. Tickets must be booked by June 24th, 2018
  3. You will get the 9K promotional Avios within 10 days after ticket purchase (i.e. before you fly)
  4. You must use the promotional Avios by December 1st, 2018
  5. If you don’t use them by Dec 1st, Iberia will deduct Avios from your account
  6. If you request a refund on tickets purchased under this promo, Iberia will deduct the promo Avios
  7. You must be logged in / enter an Iberia Plus number for each traveler to get the 9K Avios each
  8. One-ways count, so you’ll want to book a round trip as two separate one-ways

When I posted last night, I highlighted the fact that the promo terms state that you will lose the Avios if you request a refund on your ticket — but it said nothing of no-showing your flight. I suggested that it might be possible to make speculative bookings (as cheaply as $18 one-way last night — those fares since gone) and earn 9K Avios for each one. However, I also cautioned that this sounded too good to be true and Iberia may cancel your account and/or get cold feet and cancel the promo. It turns out they intend to honor the promotion and have confirmed that you don’t actually have to fly to get the Avios. Loyalty Lobby has the scoop, as they received the email confirmation from Iberia. Iberia has also confirmed it on Twitter:

Note the Iberia typo in the first response — the promo Avios expire Dec 1st

Can you transfer the Avios to British Airways? Can you redeem them before Dec 1st for a flight after Dec 1st?

Further, Iberia has answered several other burning questions you might have. No, you can’t transfer them to British Airways (or your Iberia account will become “negative”). Yes, you can use them on an award flight after December 1st as long as you book by Dec 1.

What’s the best value now?

The best deal I see now is on flights from Malaga to Madrid. Go here to search for flights early next June. You’ll see itineraries from $29.

If that link doesn’t work, try running any search from the main page and then click “new search” above the search results. That brings you to a tool that will allow you to look for flights through June 2019. Note that it will show some results that aren’t bookable yet as it will only let you book flights within 361 days of departure. I got excited earlier when I saw something for $21 on the site, only to find it wasn’t bookable yet (nor could I put it on hold).

If you first go through Mr. Rebates, it looks like you can get $3 cash back.

Click the image to go to Mr. Rebates

That should bring your net cost down around $26 per flight. Ten of those flights would be $260

What’s the catch?

You have to use the Avios by December 1st. That really appears to be the only catch.

The only other potential catch I see is if Iberia later adds a restriction limiting you to redeeming for Iberia-operated flights. That’s not currently anywhere in the terms and it doesn’t sound like that’s what they intend. However, if they did limit you to redeeming on Iberia metal, that would be one way to limit the utility of the Avios (especially since you’ll now be competing with half the frequent-flyersphere for award space). However, I intend to use the Avios I’m picking up for flights on American Airlines.

That said, it’s worth highlighting one other key about the Iberia Plus program: most partner awards are completely nonrefundable. That means if you try to cancel an award flight booked with your Iberia Avios for travel on American, you won’t get any Avios back.

See the original post linked above for more details and these posts on maximizing Iberia Avios:

Bottom line

This is easily the best promo of the year. Even now that flights are more expensive, if you’re able to pick up 90K Avios for $260-$300, that’s an absolute steal as long as you can use them by December 1st. If you can manage to beat the packs of wolves to the Iberia award space, that’s enough Avios for a round trip business class off-peak ticket from Chicago, New York, or Boston to Madrid — with some Avios left over.

I said via email to a reader earlier that the most interesting way to play this promo would be this: book a bunch of flights out of Madrid and then use your Avios for a business class ticket to Madrid. Spend each night in Madrid, but fly round trip to have lunch/dinner in Seville, Valencia, Mallorca, etc. Of course, you would want to book those tickets as one-ways since you earn 9K per ticket — might as well get 18K by booking the outbound and return separately. Of course, that strategy would rely on booking your paid one-ways in Spain now and relying on business class space on Iberia to be there when your promo Avios show up in about 10 days, which I can’t imagine being likely.

That said, I didn’t imagine the chances of Iberia honoring this as written were likely. Sometimes, it’s great to be wrong.

H/T: Loyalty Lobby

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L2thedub
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L2thedub

No one seems to mention that if you have the Chase Iberia credit card you can save 10% on Iberia flights. Am I missing something or do people just prefer collecting points like UR?

John
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John

to get the 10% off even with the crd, you have to use this link: https://www.iberia.com/chase10/ were you able to get it to work? I could not. It also has been reported that Chicago for example, does not show up as a destination, which is one of the US routes to Madrid (not that you would book it for this promo, but interesting if a major U.S route doesn’t even show up in the 10% off). Again, I can’t get this thing to work from the get-go…

JL100
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JL100

just confirming you can use for AA domestic?

bobera
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bobera

When you say “No, you can’t transfer them to British Airways (or your Iberia account will become “negative”).” – if you have a throwaway Iberia account (that matches your BA account info), and don’t care about the Avios balance going negative, is it still possible to transfer them? So – you would transfer Avios to BA, and by Dec. 1 your Iberia account goes negative, and you never use them again?

Abe
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Abe

Rep on Twitter said “also cancellation” will earn which is not what the t&c states…my understanding is that he meant no show, but since it’s so vague…..

Km l
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Km l

So I’m a little new at this and just wanted to clarify…. i have no intent on flying these Iberia flights…. can i just book 10 of the exact same flight? Or is it better to book different days?

Lukas
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Lukas

Book DIFFERENT days.

mark
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mark

I wonder if it’s OK to transfer them to BA Avios and use them to upgrade a BA flight as long as you do it by Dec 1? Or do you not even have to transfer in order to upgrade BA ?

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Trijohnnie
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Trijohnnie

Noob questions, Nick.If you already have an Avid account with points in it, how does one distinguish these promo points that must be used by 12/1 from others in the acct? And there’s a way to ensure these are used first and the other points not?
Also, being a solo traveller, one would do 9 solo bookings possibly on the same one way route over and over? Ply a noob, question but I’ve never done this before and while interested, I wouldn’t want to have my Iberia Avios forfeited for doing something dumb. Thanks

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Div
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Div

@Nick, thanks for the more info. Can I book LAX-NYC flight using Iberia Avios? How to find the availability for it? Do you have any post on this

mike
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mike

Just tried to do some simple searches to confirm award space on Iberia’s site with AA’s saver awards. Literally no dice. Is Iberia blocking partner awards?

Dan Sutton
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Dan Sutton

Are we required to book with this link: https://www.iberia.com/us/offer/iberia-plus/win-a-trip-with-avios/. I was booking with the generic site finder but it seems like this search limits you to only 330 days out and now im nervous I won’t get the points.

mike
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mike

Dan, good eye. Hmmm, I think that’s a concern I have too now. I happened to book flights both through that url and the main homepage. If they’re only awarding points via the promo page search, then I imagine there will be a lot of unhappy participants, myself included.

Ryan
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Ryan

Their extremely buggy website is enough to drive someone crazy, how do they stay in business? I’ve made close to 30 attempts at purchasing tickets so far and only 6 have gone through.

Darlene
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Darlene

I don’t know if my recent comment posted so I’m writing it again. Apologies if it is a duplicate. What is Iberia’s policy regarding reinstating miles on a cancelled award flight or changing dates or destinations on an award ticket on Iberia’s metal? I am thinking about doing this promo and could book a ticket by Dec. 1st but I don’t have any firm plans other than I’d like to go to Europe next year. Also, how far out can we book the award ticket on Dec. 1st or earlier? Thanks for your assistance and by the way, I love your writing style! I laughed out loud when you used the phrase “I almost spit into my coffee” or something like that.

Keith
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Keith

There seems to be an error on these bookings to where the bookings won’t have your account number on it. If you try to add your IB avios online, it yields an error. Thoughts?

Daniel
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Daniel

I have the same thing happening on mine. Is your IB account newly created? I just created mine today.

Liz
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Liz

This is the issue I am having also. I created the accounts today, so maybe tomorrow they will work.

Denise Truong
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Denise Truong

Anyone encountered this problem when checking out ” Please check your Iberia Plus number because it does not match the name and family name on the booking.” Called Iberia and they said it would take 72 hours for the account to be fully activated. I then asked if I could call in later after making the booking to add the account number. The Supervisor said Okay. They will still honor the bonus. Please share your experience when booking the flights.

Edited: You may send your request to clasica@iberia.es to have your IB number added to the reservations. I always like to keep a record of everything that way.

And DO NOT use Chrome. Iberia.com hates Google Chrome. Try Internet Explorer. You may also try to register for another account. If you need to cancel the bookings in the first account, you will have to call their international number. Online cancellation will not issue a full refund according to both IB agents I spoke with.

christopher
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christopher

Same issue.

john
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john

seeing flights from 47dollars now. anyone know of any cheaper flights>?

Denise Truong
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Denise Truong

Try Santander – Madrid. So many flights at $28. Good luck with booking. It took me almost 2 hours to re-register and complete 10 bookings

Chris
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Chris

Thank you. I’ve received conflicting information from two separate Iberia agents. The first said she could add my Iberia Plus number after the booking has been made and the bonus would be honored. Before booking another flight, I called back in to check and this time the agent said the bonus would not be offered.

I would imagine with enough effort you could convince them to honor the bonus – but this is definitely still a situation with some risk, so proceed accordingly.

Matt
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Matt

Same exact experience. First agent told me it would be fine, book now and add FF info later. When I called to add FF info, second agent told me the first agent was wrong and that I’m screwed. Asked to speak with a supervisor, but there were no English speaking ones at the time so he instructed me to call back. When I called back for a supervisor, the third agent told me that agent #1 was correct and agent #2 was incorrect. She then proceeded to add a note to each of my bookings that should make them qualify for the promotion. We’ll see what happens…

Denise Truong
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Denise Truong

Forgot to mention about an email address the IB agent gave me. For those who like to keep a record of emails being sent to Iberia, you may send your request to clasica@iberia.es to have your IB # added to the reservations.

You may also try to register for another account on IE. Iberia.com hates Google Chrome. Use Internet Explorer!
I tried that and it worked like a charm. Just remember to cancel the reservations on the 1st account. You need to call their international number though.

Good luck everyone!!!

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art king
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art king

you can also use Avios for booking hotels. Not as good value, but in general you get 0.55cpm when booking hotels, i.e. $495 of hotels for the 90000 points.

Lukas
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Lukas

Or you can get almost three business class one-way tickets in the off-season MAD – JFK. Hotels are a horrible way to use Avios.

Jerry Mandel
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Jerry Mandel

What’s the point? There is never Avios availability for AA flights..

a$]~[u
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a$]~[u

website was not working so I booked through their app, I hope it counts as iberia.com!!!

Tom
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Tom

Call me paranoid but I don’t trust it. Airlines are slimy…..and Iberia being an IAG airline makes them even more suspect. I’m just going to get my popcorn, sit back and watch the drama ensure as people don’t get points as promised, websites crash, and avios are taken back unredeemed

jojo
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jojo

I agree. I had to pass on this offer since wifey was pregnant and we decided we didn’t want to travel 2018/2019.

Km l
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Km l

So the mr.rebates just pulled Iberia off their rebate list.also it seems like going thru google.com/flights might be a work around while the Iberia site is down…..

Roseann
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Roseann

Looks like its back up again!

Chris
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Chris

Looks like Iberia killed the Mr Rebates offer. 😐

J J
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J J

If my friend creates an Iberia account today will he qualify for the promotion?

Basil
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Basil

I booked 2 seats on the same flight by mistake. Do you think they’ll give me 2×9000 or should I book another flight to get to 10?

Roseann
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Roseann

Did the same thing yesterday by mistake. Caught it before the 24 hours were up and called them and they canceled with no penalty.

NinjaX
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NinjaX

this is a very good example of being super ready and flexible for ultra niche plays that may or may not come up. meaning, you have to be always ready and not be casual about it for this to work. with the original post, i totally passed. not worth the potential headache to deal with retracted promos.

but now with this promo confirmation, its definitely “better” but its still a very niche play. 1) you have to use the Avios by December 1st. meaning, u cant hoard and slowly plan ur trip. its go go go the moment u decide to do this. so much shit could / should / will happen during the DEC holiday season, no way do i wanna lock myself for using expiring points. 2) more importantly, i dont want my account banned for no-showing my 10 x $18 flights just to get this 90k promo. i bet u many will do exactly that. not sure what Iberia will think about 10x no show flights but i guess they dont care since its nonrefundable? not sure. but i guess i could fly some and not show the rest, but still. rather not gamble. or force a mileage run in spain but if u need 10 cheap Iberia then this works for u.

Liz
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Liz

I still use this site to find where I can fly from MSP. Just type in your city and it will show where you can fly. http://wandr.me/award-search/avios-map/

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I booked holds on flights yesterday while in a rush. They’re still store in my account. Can I assume the 9k bonus will still apply to any of those flights as long as I book before the holds expire?

Enjoy FIne Food
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Enjoy FIne Food

Super coverage. Thanks!

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Big Al
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Big Al

Hey has anyone figured out a work around to the
“We suggest you check the information introduced in the ‘Document Number’ field. If it is correct, please contact your Iberia Plus Service Centre. (I601)” trying to set up an account for the last few hrs and they won’t let me. Also is this promotion good THROUGH the 24th at 1159 pm? I’m in ny I know Spain is ahead

Jason
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Jason

Is anyone able to book now? The payment is not processing (I get the indefinite “Please Wait a Minute” screen).

Mike l
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Mike l

I’ve never booked with iberia before. After receiving the points. Can I book flights for others. Ex: my parents. I wouldn’t be flying. Only them.

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Sil
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Sil

For clarification (still a bit new to the points/Miles game), these Avios can be utilized on ANY flight that comes up through the Iberia site, correct? I’m not overly versed on this stuff but the caveat that bookings must be made through, “Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum,” is in reference to the flight purchases for the 9k avios points, right? I.e. I buy 10iberia flights for the 90k, and can then redeem said points on any flight bookable through the Iberia site (for ex. Any AA listing)

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