(EXPIRED) Buy Avios pretty cheap through Spanish Groupon

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The Spanish version of Groupon is once again offering Iberia Avios for sale at a discount — from around 1.4 cents per point. While that’s not such a good deal as to purchase these speculatively, rates are good enough to buy yourself the miles necessary for a business class flight to Madrid from several US cities for $500. You’d also pay taxes on the award ticket, so your total net cost would be in the range of $700, but that’s certainly not bad if you can find availability that suits your needs. This is a deal that comes around periodically (and indeed has been on for about a week), but it can be a good deal for topping up an account, grabbing a cheap redemption, etc.

The Deal

  • Groupon Spain is selling Iberia Avios in the following quantities / prices:
    • 4,000 Avios for 54 EUR ($61.40 / 1.54c per point)
    • 8,000 Avios for 99 EUR ($112.56 / 1.41c per point)
    • 15,000 Avios for 189 EUR ($214.87 / 1.43c per point)
    • 20,000 Avios for 249 EUR ($283.08 / 1.42c per point)
    • 35,000 Avios for 439 EUR ($499.09 / 1.43c per point)
  • Direct link to this promotion

Key Terms

  • Your Iberia Plus account must be at least 90 days old to participate
  • Limits: 5 packages of 4,000 / 20,000 / 35,000 Avios and 10 packages of 8,000 / 15,000 Avios
  • Must redeem your Groupon via the Iberia site by January 13th

Quick Thoughts

Caveat emptor in terms of Iberia’s much-maligned shoddy IT. This can be a good deal, but dealing with Iberia’s IT and customer service can be frustrating. I’ve done this deal in the past without an issue, but it’s worth noting right at the top here that when things don’t go smoothly you’ll need some patience.

These Avios sales on Groupon come around now and then. Here are a couple of posts we wrote about similar deals last year:

You will also need a Groupon Spain account. If you don’t have one, it is easy to sign up for one (separate from your Groupon US account). The basic gist of the deal is that you buy a Groupon certificate and then you have to redeem the Groupon certificate through Iberia Plus for your Avios. You must redeem it by January 13th, so don’t drag your feet. Also keep in mind that you’ll need an Iberia Plus account that is at least 90 days old to redeem this deal.

Note that if you go through Iberia’s shopping portal, you can earn an additional 3 Avios per Euro spent, stacking a few more miles for your purchase and dropping your cost per point a bit further. Here’s a link courtesy of Ultima Llamada / No Mas Coach. I’m not sure if you can go through US portals and change the country on Groupon.

Since Iberia charges 34K miles during off-peak season for business class between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Madrid, you can theoretically buy enough miles in this promo to fly business class for about $500. You’ll pay additional taxes of around $100-$200 depending on where you originate, but that’s still a good deal if you can find availability. After Iberia’s crazy 90K promo last year, availability has been a little weak, but if you have something in mind this could be a deal.

H/T: Ultima Llamada via No Mas Coach

Last updated on January 12th, 2019

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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I’m sorry but in Groupon site there is no mention for the 90-day window for the age of the Iberia account, where is this reference?


off-peak season for business class between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Madrid is 34K