Best Ways to Spend Iberia Avios

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Iberia has a distance-based award program. The longer the route, the more Iberia Avios are required to redeem an award. 


Airline Partners

You can use Avios to fly on the following airlines:

  • American Airlines
  • Air Italy
  • Avianca
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon
  • Finnair
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7
  • SriLanka
  • Binter Canarias
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Interjet (when linked to Iberia flight)
  • Vueling
  • LEVEL

Award Pricing

 For partner airlines, awards are priced based on total distance flown for the entire one-way trip. (British Airways prices based on distance, but per segment). Iberia prices their own flights based on “bands,” which are defined below. 

  • Mixed Cabins– Mixed cabins are priced based on a weighted average of the total distance. (e.g. If you were flying 8001-12,4000 miles on a OneWorld carrier that would cost 150,000 points in Business or 65,000 in economy. To find the weighted average you would calculate (business distance * 150,000 + economy distance * 65,000)/total distance flown). You can use this formula to your advantage to save points if you fly a segment in economy. Domestic first class is not that great, so you could fly economy for the domestic segment and business class for the international segment. For example, San Diego-NYC-Paris roundtrip is 12,147 miles with 4,870 miles on NYC-San Diego segment and 7,278 on NYC to Paris segment. It would only cost 115,900 points under the weighted average formula. 

Taxes and Fees- Iberia charges less taxes and fees for Iberia/British Airways/American (to Europe) operated flights than British Airways. Therefore, if you have British Airways Avios and want to book an those flights, price out the options using British Airways and Iberia’s award system. If one program is cheaper, you can transfer points between the programs. 

Off-Peak Dates: Iberia lists a calendar online. Generally, peak dates are the end of June, all of July, all of August, and a few days around the holidays.

Booking– Most partners can be booked online, except Japan Airlines, Meridiana, Malaysia, Royal Air Maroc, and TACA. For those partners, call 1-800-772-4642.

Iberia Routing Rules

One-Ways: One-Ways allowed on Iberia flights, but OneWorld awards must be booked for round trips. 

Fees: $40 USD or $25 euro change fee. (No changes or refund on OneWorld Partner awards)

Sweet Spots: Chicago/Boston/New York to Madrid for 34,000 points during the off-peak season, however, you will likely pay about $470 in fuel surcharges.

  • Partners: Short and expensive flights are the best deals. In the U.S., you can use Avios to book on American Airlines and is a great way to avoid American’s 21 day close in booking fee of $75 if you are booking at the last minute. 

Stopovers: You can only do free stopovers for partner airlines. If you wanted to a stopover with Iberia, you would need to for each segment. 


Iberia Off-Peak Award Chart

For flights on Iberia, you can also use their Avios calculator.


Iberia Peak

 

Iberia “Bands”

Band 1: Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada-Jaen, Ibiza, Jerez, La Coruna, Logroño, Malaga, Melilla, Menorca, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Algiers, Bordeaux, Casablanca, Geneva, Lisbon, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Oporto, Oran, Perpignan, Rennes, Tangiers, Toulouse .

Band 2: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Tenerife, Marrakech, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Cork,  Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Munich, Strasbourg, Florence Frankfurt, Funchal, Genoa, Glasgow, Hamburg London , Manchester, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb, Zurich.

Band 3: Athens, Bucharest, Budapest, Crakow, Copenhagen, Corfu, Gotemburg,  Istanbul, Stockholm, Heraklion, Mykonos, Moscow, Oslo, Reikiavik, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Dakar.

Band 4: Cairo, Lagos, Malabo, Tel Aviv.

Band 5: Boston, Chicago, Luanda, New York, San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Band 6: Bogota, Caracas, Cali, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guayaquil, Johannesburg, Havana, Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Panama, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose, Costa Rica, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo.

Band 7: Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago, Chile.

Band 8: Tokyo, Shanghai.

OneWorld Award Chart

LEVEL

LEVEL is an ultra-low-cost carrier owned by Iberia.