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

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Update: Iberia is honoring this. See our follow-up post: Holy moly: Iberia is honoring it. 90K Avios now ~$260, and it’s for real. This post includes some fares that are no longer available, but many are still available from around $30 one-way.

German blog You Have Been Upgraded has written about an incredible promotion being offered by Iberia. I’ll note at the outset that this one is far too generous to last the way it is written. I suggest taking screen shots of everything and only getting involved if you can live with the fact that it’s a gamble. I also suggest reading the full post and understanding the 7 key things laid out at the bottom. That said, the payoff is pretty sweet: if this promo works as written, you could pick up 90,000 Iberia Avios for ~$183.

The Deal

  • Iberia is offering Iberia Plus members 9,000 bonus Avios for every ticket they book on Iberia.com from June 21, 2018 – June 24, 2018 for for travel on Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum up to a max of 90K Avios

Key Details

  • You can get a maximum of 90,000 Avios from this promotion
  • Bonus Avios are deposited in your account within 10 days of ticket purchase (i.e. not after you fly…)
  • Multiple passengers on a single ticket will each earn 9,000 bonus Avios if they have been identified as Iberia Plus members at the time of booking (which presumably means entering their frequent flyer numbers)
  • Bookings can be in any class and to any destination
  • The terms do not require round trip bookings to earn 9K Avios
  • Bonus Avios must be used by December 1, 2018

Quick Thoughts

The gist of it is this: book a ticket on Iberia.com, enter an Iberia Plus account number for the flyer, get 9,000 Avios. The promotion page clearly states any class, any destination as you can see above. There is no round trip requirement, meaning you’re better off booking separate one-ways as each ticket gets 9K (might as well book two one-ways and get 18K).

If that sounds too goo to be true, you’re right…it does. Here are the full terms.

The terms state that the 9,000 bonus Avios will be added within 10 days of purchase. The terms go on to say that if you request a refund, the promotional Avios will be withdrawn from your account. Of course, if you don’t make your flight because you get held up in traffic or don’t get your visa information squared away or your vacation time isn’t approved or you aren’t in the right country….you’re not really requesting a refund when you no-show. Further, if you make a bunch of speculative bookings next spring, you will both receive the Avios and be required to use them well before you are scheduled to fly….and plans can legitimately change in that time. Keep reading for caveats below.

Last year, I spent a few nights at the Park Hyatt Mallorca and it was really a gorgeous property.

Park Hyatt Mallorca Suite living room

Best use of a suite upgrade that I’ve ever made…that’s the dining room in the distance and office to the back left. The bedroom and bathroom were behind me, not pictured.

Mallorca was in fact so beautiful that I’d be happy to speculate on returning…especially considering flights from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid are only $19 pretty much all of next February and March.

Click the image to go to Google Flights

Actually, that’s a little misleading. When you click on a date, it shows $19 / 16 Euros. When I clicked through to Iberia, there was actually a price change…

I just about spit out my coffee at the thought of the 16 Euro price no longer being available…..so it got cheaper. That’s actually about $18.33 based on today’s exchange rate.

So the short version of the story is that ten of those bookings should yield you 90,000 Avios about 10 days from now. In other words, about $183.30 in bookings should get you 90,000 Avios well before you fly. That’s awesome as you can use those Avios to fly from Chicago, New York, or Boston to Madrid in lie-flat business class for 34K in off peak season (50K peak) or 42.5K from Miami one way (off-peak). In other words, $183 plus the taxes on your award ticket will get you a round trip business class ticket to Europe if this promotion sticksThere are several things to think about if you’re going to get involved in this:

Update: As indicated at the top, this promotion has been confirmed. Iberia intends to honor it even if you don’t fly the segments. See the post linked at the top for more info.

  1. The promotion is really generous. I could see it being very popular. I could see that leading to what Gary Leff calls “seller’s remorse” — i.e. the promo being pulled/changed/not honored. It’s a gamble.
  2. The promotional Avios need to be used by December 1st, 2018 or they are forfeited.
  3. If you request a refund, you lose the Avios.
  4. The terms don’t specifically state what happens in a no-show case. I wouldn’t want to plan to no-show before flying my award ticket.
  5. Iberia could frown on people who they perceive to be abusing their generosity. It’s certainly not out of their power to close an account. If you’re going to make a bunch of speculative bookings for the Avios, you might want to convince a friend or family member who doesn’t care about their future with Iberia to book tickets and then use their Avios to book you an award.
  6. While you might be able to use the Avios before December 1st to book an itinerary further in the future, see #4.
  7. This may create some competition for award seats on Iberia. Of course, there are other great uses of Iberia Avios. See below.

All that said, the promo is written in English on the US version of the Iberia site and they give exactly the kind of example I’m showing (a short domestic flight in Spain), so it’s hard not to expect this to work….except that it does seem nuts.

Iberia Avios aren’t only useful for flying to Spain. See these posts for more inspiration:

Bottom line

If you skipped to the bottom here, hop up one section and read #1-#7. It’s worth noting one more time that I don’t see how this will last. That said, Iberia couldn’t be much clearer in their wording — it’s not as though this is a promotion that’s buried on the Spanish site and badly translated — it’s on Iberia.com/us. I’d go in with low expectations — but even if you make two or three speculative bookings and you’re able to use your Avios by December 1st, it wouldn’t be hard to come out well ahead. I don’t intend to get fully invested in this, but I may throw my hat in the ring for a couple of them. Two $18.33 bookings would give me enough Avios for a round trip ticket that’s up to 2,000 total miles, and that’s a pretty solid deal even without going too crazy.

H/T: You Have Been Upgraded

Last updated on July 1st, 2018

About Nick Reyes

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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Nun
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Nun

Pass. I hope it works for you, but have you dealt with a Spanish company before? They will reneg in a heartbeat.

Lord Dima
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Lord Dima

Spanish company that has legal presence in the US…

Chucks
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Chucks

Oh boy, you just know the FAA is going to be running extra shifts to take down Iberia’s reneging on bonus miles!!

Danny
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Danny

Pretty simple: if you don’t get your miles, file a dispute with your credit card company. Make sure you have a screen shot of the webpage for the promised miles for this promotion. You are not going to be out anything except for your time.

escot
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escot

Have you bothered to read anything about Iberia? Iberia has been fully merged into International Aviation group (along with British Airways) for nearly a decade. HQ in London.

Andy
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Andy

Could you not simply transfer the Avios to BA or Aer club or an Avios.com household account to prevent any clawback, or to hold them for use past the December, 3018 deadline?

Chris
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Chris

“Use them” does that mean book by or fly by Dec 1?

Tom
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Tom

What if you actually flew these 10 flights. Any strategies for getting status or something with them?

Jen
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Jen

I wonder if the bonus Avios will help extend my Iberia miles that are going to expire in August. Will the new expiration date stick if I cancel the ticket after August (i.e. 9,000 Avios withdrawn by Iberia)?

Nathan
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Nathan

just transfer them to ba. and then back to iberia. that’ll keep them from expiring.

Jen
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Jen

I am afraid it doesn’t work that way. Per IB website, transferring miles will not extend the expiration date.

Lord Dima
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Lord Dima

That’s not what Nathan suggested. If you transfer all and then transfer all back, that’s new miles. If you transfer one mile, then the remaining don’t get extended.

speranz1
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speranz1

Not that its a big deal, but if you buy in USD from their website the fx rate is actually better. Comes out to $180.30 for 10 flights

Lukas
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Lukas

Went for it. 90,000 Avios plus 540 UR points, worth the gamble 🙂

Nick
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Nick

Got in on this too. I’ll just think of it as gambling.

Diane
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Diane

Can you tell me your departure/arrival destination for the cheap flights? Not sure how to get started. TIA

D.A.
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D.A.

I did the same. Grabbed 8 o/w flights to/from MAD for ~16 euros ea. & 2 o/w flights @ 32 euros ea. all in Jan/Feb/Mar. Came to approx. 220 euros incl. the fees, etc. Had to create new Iberia account. I will have to see if the points show up in the new few days.

Blue
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Blue

This reminds me of an old mileage run on Qantas booking seats on a bus from Paraburdoo to Tom Price.

Andy
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Andy

I’m not going to try this myself, but very interesting post. Please post an update once you know what happens. I know I can check back on this comment thread, but I’ll probably forget.

art king
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art king

don’t forget you can also add your Business Extraa account number to bookings (every point helps!)

Lukas
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Lukas

What is this?

Lauren Valencia
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Lauren Valencia

Going for it with both mine and my husbands accounts. Will also get 3x from Chase Ink Preferred.

Dan
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Dan

Can I redeem Ultimate Rewards through Chase and really capitalize on this deal?

Hiren
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Hiren

Would Iberia by Level flights work? the BOS > BCN is priced very well.

Dan
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Dan

Got 9 flights in March and one in February $18.03 each. Thanks for posting the deal Nick! I wonder if I can just transfer these points to BA… I hope you do a follow up post in a couple weeks when the points post.

Vishal
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Vishal

looks like price went up? $33 pp

art king
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art king

still plenty of days in March with $19, and even more in April / May for $21. I just did my 10 bookings.I hope I can make it to my flights 😉

Scott
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Scott

Me, too! 🙂

Vishal
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Vishal

Thanks! Got 10 booked at $21!

Andrew
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Andrew

better hurry.. availability drying up quickly for the lowest fares

Andrew
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Andrew

website so frustrating. timed out so many times. only $21 flights left and almost all gone it seems

Ovi
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Ovi

I’ve gotten to the point where even though I’m logged in, every search means I need to prove I’m human… tip of the iceberg as far as the joke of a website they have.

Pat
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Pat

35 everywhere now. DANG! i still needed to get my wife’s done. i got 7 at 20.13 ea

Scott
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Scott

Still some in May! Just looked on GFs.

Pat
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Pat

is it letting u book may? mine says can’t book that far out

Rich D
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Rich D

just did 05/30

Iowa
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Iowa

Is there only one route (and only one way) for $20?

Dan
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Dan

You need to search directly on Iberia’s site (not google). I currently see $20 fares from PMI-MAD (May 23 through June 6… there are probably more dates, but I that was from my first search). If prices go up much, try other airport pairings.

Scott
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Scott

The funny thing I see the Ryan Air flights for 11 EUR on that route, now.

mike
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mike

Still alive, booking $20 fares for wife and I. Try MrRebates for $3 cashback, lol. We’ll see if this sticks. I see fares disappearing from my cart because someone else is grabbing them 🙂

Dan
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Dan

Dang I should have gotten $30 cashback. I should have taken the 30 seconds to do a quick search to see if any site offered cashback before booking 🙁

mike
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mike

no worries, hard to say if cashback will post with all the identical charges, lol. we’ll see in 10 days if this works! or if I’m out some cash 🙂

Dan
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Dan

Each one has a unique confirmation code. I think it should. MrRebates is pretty good at tracking orders compared to most sites. As long as you clicked through them every time before each order I think it would work.

Scott
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Scott

Yes!

Dan
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Dan

Try booking on Iberia’s site not google.

guest
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guest

the fight date must before 18/05/2019 ? thanks!!

Iowa
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Iowa

Why? Does not say that in terms, I don’t think

guest
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guest

https://www.iberia.com/es/offer/iberia-plus/win-a-trip-with-avios/ the website show : The date entered must fall within the next 330 days. 5/18/2019

guest
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guest

The date entered must fall within the next 330 days. 5/18/2019 (pop up this message

Sandy
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Sandy

I was able to book until June 17 2019

guest
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guest

homepage…../es/offer/iberia-plus/win-a-trip-with-avios/ check this (i worried abut it

Lars
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Lars

Yup, You can book up to 361 days in advance. I found flights beyond that book couldn’t book them

Iowa
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Iowa

Is the $20 fare available only on one route — and only in one direction?

Andrew
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Andrew

seems to b the case. i tried searching reverse direction and using google flights to view other locations within spain. this is by far cheapest route for something u dont plan on flying lol

Tomoo
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Tomoo

Looks like Iberia paused the flight search system now. 🙁

Iowa
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Iowa

Nope. Still available. I just searched and purchased. But the $20 flights appear to have sold out

Steve
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Steve

Anyone finding anything under 33 ?

Vishal
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Vishal

I think all the $20s are sold out. 33-35 is only left

Iowa
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Iowa

Yup. $20 sold out. Ugh

Ari Ruiz
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Ari Ruiz

Were you able to book with your IB plus member#? I kept getting error so eventually I used my BA# instead, not sure if that will impact the bonus points as Incant find my booking under my account, I must search for it to locate it:(

Iowa
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Iowa

Yes. I was able to book using IB Plus #

Philippe
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Philippe

Any other flights, I click on all $19 options and it directly changes to $33…?

leslie
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leslie

they have flight for $15. can you buy 10 on same account ?

Danny
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Danny

I believe you are looking at Ryan Air which is $15

jefe
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jefe

there’s gonna be a lot of empty iberia seats come 2019 lol

Tony
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Tony

Misleading title – 9000 for $183 – come one people be realistic u need to spend almost $2000 to get 90,000 stop bullshitting people

William
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William

Are you retarded? lol

U K
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U K

it gets even better if you are willing to risk some avios upfront

Option 1) 20.12 for a o/w earns 9000Avios (0.22cpm)
Option 2) Use Avios discount on purchase, the offer being 2770 Avios discounting $18. That means a $2.12 fare nets me 6230 Avios (9000 – 2770), which is 0.035cpm

Jan
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Jan

wrong calculation. Would be correct if you keep the avios, otherwise you can either spend only 62.300 avios for reward flight or to finance it with old “expensive” avios from your account.

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S.G
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S.G

Nice ideas that you leave us here, Nick !
One question… if i buy a buy via Iberia site a flight and the company that apears is Vueling, i will also receive the avios ? Thanks

U K
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U K

only Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum

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Chucky
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Chucky

Does anyone else still see “cheap” flights (~$20)? It looks like it went up to $30.

Iowa
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Iowa

$20 flights sold out last night; $33/34 is the new $20, which was the new $18 (which sold out first)

Lee
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Lee

There’s one leaving from Santander. about $29 deal.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29895613-post78.html

Ruxandra
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Ruxandra

Hmmm, I’ve successfully booked 4 flights but just when I was about to book the fifth IBeria blocked the usage of my credit card. I would suppose they identified I used it too many times for payments…anyone else having this issue?

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aronxxx
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aronxxx

i was trying to book another ticket just now, chose i’m flying and autofill my information including iberia plus number, some texts in red are showing “please check your Iberia Plus number xxxx because it does not match the name and family name on the booking. If you are an On Business member, the name must the same as the one you have with Iberia Plus. Change it with On Business before booking your flight.”

Has anyone met the same problem? Also I check my reservation made yesterday on the website, my plus no are removed for all of them.

Chris
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Chris

I’m getting the same problem. I’d booked a few of these yesterday before it was confirmed by Iberia, and went in just now to round out a few more bookings. The deal has either hit a technical snag, or is dead. Not sure.

Billiken
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Billiken

Got my 10 flights.
Holding off on doing the same for my wife.

A little paranoid that IB could soon implement fuel charges on award tix, like BA.

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

” Greed is Good ”
Lets hope it works out with No Hassles as in I don’t Think So .
Gorden

Aree
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Aree

Do you know when on Sunday this is over … Is it local time …I am in the central us time zone.

S.G
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S.G

“The promotional Avios need to be used by December 1st, 2018” .. this means that i can reserve a ticket until that date to use after that date ? Thanks

Alex
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Alex

Can you use Iberia Avois to book Alaska Airlines award flights?

Andrew
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Andrew

10 days since the start now.. anyone get their miles yet??

Andrew
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Andrew

tried logging in this morning and my account is showing error. can’t login .. hope its just an IT glitch. anyone else having issues?

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