As reported by TPG, Iberia has plentiful award space for the off-peak business class price of 34K Avios from New York, Boston, or Chicago to Madrid during the first half of 2021 – including for multiple passengers at a time.
- Iberia has plentiful business class award space between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Madrid during the first half of 2021. Book it through Iberia at the following prices on off-peak dates:
- New York or Boston to Madrid: 34,000 Avios off-peak
- Chicago to Madrid: 42,500 Avios off-peak
- Note that taxes & fees come to about $66 on the way to Europe and $101 on the return
- Log in and search for availability using the Advanced Avios Tool
While Iberia has not yet released a peak and off-peak calendar for 2021 yet, there are a number of dates in March, April, and May 2021 with business class seats available between New York, Boston, and Chicago and Madrid (TPG has an entire list of example dates with space for 2 or more passengers). Finding off-peak dates will just require some trial and error on this deal given the lack of a precise calendar.
The good news is that you can find dates with availability for multiple passengers. I didn’t have difficulty finding space for four passengers, though YMMV of course as availability gets scooped up.
Keep in mind that Iberia charges by the segment, so if you’re looking to connect in Europe you will pay more depending on the distance you add. Still, with Iberia being an Amex transfer partner and Chase transfer partner, it’s pretty easy to put together the miles for the award flight.
As pictured above, I flew Iberia’s business class between Madrid and New York last year and I was really impressed. That’s not to say it’s going to be on the level of Qatar Qsuites or EVA Air, but it was significantly better than I expected (I’d happily take Iberia’s seat over Lufthansa’s and wouldn’t hesitate to choose them over the Swiss A330 I took on the way to Europe). Food was good, service was decent, and the seat was comfortable. I flew the A350, so the cabin was fresh and relatively new.
We obviously don’t know what the travel situation will be next spring. While tempted by this space, I was hesitant to transfer a flexible currency at the risk of tying up the points with Iberia if the trip can’t happen. If I already had Avios in my account, I’d be much more inclined to book this and hope that travel is possible/advisable/enjoyable when the time comes. If you’re more willing to take that gamble, getting business class at a great price is a nice deal indeed.