Best Ways to Earn Iberia Plus Avios

Iberia Plus is one of my favorite points programs because you can earn a lot of Avios with credit cards, transfer Avios from British Airways or Aer Lingus, or transfer points from both American Express Membership Rewards and Chase.

Plus, there are some great ways to use Iberia Avios including only 34,000 Avios one-way for business class between the U.S. East Coast and Madrid, and flights on American Airlines.

Flying with Iberia

Iberia awards Avios based on the fare class and distance flown. You can find the chart online and select “See Avios table.”

Discounted economy class tickets typically earn between 0.25 and 0.5 Avios per mile flown.

Elite members enjoy a points bonus of 100% for Platinum members, 50% for Gold members, and 25% for Silver members.

Flying with Partner Airlines

You can earn Avios flying on OneWorld Alliance airlines and Iberia’s other partners.

The amount of Avios you collect for each flight depends on the fare class and the distance you fly.

Each airline is different, so we linked below to each airline’s page. You would then select “See Avios Table” on Iberia’s website.

Credit Cards

You can earn Avios with three Chase credit cards: 

The Aer Lingus and British Airways cards would earn Avios for those programs, but you can transfer Avios between all three Avios programs if (1) both accounts have been open for 90 days, (2) each account has earned at least one Avio, and (3) the account names match.

Transfer Partners

American Express Membership Rewards– You can transfer American Express points instantly to Iberia at a ratio of 1 point to 1 Avio. Plus, American Express has usually offered at least one transfer bonus each year to Iberia.

Chase Ultimate Rewards– You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to Iberia at a ratio of 1 point to 1 Avio.

Marriot Bonvoy– You can transfer Marriot Bonvoy points at a rate of 3 Marriott points to 1 Avio. Plus, if you get a bonus for transferring in increments of 60,000 Marriott points, which equals 25,000 Avios.

Accor Hotels ALL– You can transfer “All” rewards points at a 1 to 1 ratio to Iberia.

HSBC Rewards– You can transfer HSBC Rewards at a 1 to 1 ratio to Iberia.

Best Western– You can transfer 5,000 Best Western rewards points to 1,000 Avios.

Hotel Bookings

You can also earn Avios with hotel bookings.

IHG- You can earn 2 Avios per dollar for most IHG Hotels, excluding Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites, which are 1 Avio per dollar. 

Marriott Hotels- You can earn 2 Avios per dollar on Marriott’s higher end hotels (Ritz Carlton, Westin, Marriott, Autograph, etc.) and 1 Avio per dollar on Marriott’s budget brands (Springhill Suites, Courtyard, Aloft, etc.). You can find the full list online.

Best Western– You can earn 500 Avios for each booking on BestWestern.com and choosing Avios are your preferred reward.

NH Hotel Group– You can earn 200-450 Avios per night at NH Hotels, which is a collection of 350 hotels.

Melia Hotels- You can earn 3 Avios per Euro with Melia Hotels, which has 350 hotels in 35 countries.

Booking.com- You can earn 1 Avio per Euro with Booking.com.

Agoda– You can earn 2 Avios per dollar on hotels with Agoda.

Other Ways to Earn Iberia Avios

Avis Rental Car- Car rentals with Avis earn 3 Avios per Euro on leisure rates with a minimum of 500 Avios for 1-2 day rentals and 700 Avios for 3+ day rentals. Corporate rates earn 2 Avios per Euro. 

Budget Car Rental– Car rentals with Budget earn 2 Avios per Euro. 

The Economist- You can earn up to 8,400 Avios with a subscription to the Economist.

Midpoint- Midpoint is a foreign currency exchange. You can earn 1 Avio for every £10 transferred.

Shopping in Spain- For non-EU residents, you can earn 3 Avios per Euro spent at El Corte Inglés at Castellana and Serrano in Madrid, Diagonal in Barcelona and Costa in Marbella. Plus, you can claim a refund for any VAT (sales taxes).

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