Along with British Airways and Aer Lingus, Spanish airline Iberia is owned by IAG. Though all 3 of these airlines use Avios as their points currency, the Iberia Plus frequent flyer program is distinct. Recently, Qatar Airways joined the Avios club, which means you have plenty of options when it comes to combing points.
Avios is complicated — the points are all “Avios,” but each airline’s version of Avios has its own award ticket availability, options, prices, and booking method. That means the same flight can get 4 different Avios prices and fees, while some flights may be bookable with 1 airline but not the other.
Now, U.S.-based travelers have reason to celebrate: Chase Ultimate Rewards points can directly transfer to Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus AerClub, in addition to previously available British Airways Executive Club transfers. These direct transfers are simple and instant. You can also transfer Citi ThankYou points to Qatar Airways at a 1:1 ratio.
Chase has launched the Iberia Visa Signature card.
Using the card on the Chase Iberia portal, you get a 10% discount on Iberia flights. Also, $30,000 in annual spending earns a $1,000 companion discount voucher.
The 8 Best Ways to Redeem Your Iberia Plus Avios
1. Off-Peak Chicago to Madrid in Business Class for 42,500 Avios (Iberia)
Going by the tape measure, Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) should price as a higher Band 6 award. Instead, it is Band 5 just like the U.S. East Coast. That means you can book this route in business class for only 42,500 Avios one-way.
2. Short Round-Trips/Multi-City Awards That Price Like One-Ways (Iberia and All Oneworld Airlines)
Iberia Plus awards are distance-based for total distance flown, not priced by segment like British Airways Executive Club.
First, this means you won’t be penalized for making connections. And second, you can fit a short round-trip or multi-city destination into an award that would be a one-way in other programs.
3. Short U.S. Trips for 11,000 Avios (American Airlines)
Trips under 600 miles price at 11,000 Avios in economy. You can fly round-trip from New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS) in that distance, and many other major U.S. city pairs work the same way.
If you can find award space, you can string together several flights on 1 award:
|Distance in Miles||Economy||Full Fare Economy||Business||First|
|1 – 600||11,000||19,250||22,000||33,000|
|601 – 1,000||12,000||21,000||24,000||36,000|
|1,001 – 2,000||17,000||29,750||34,000||51,000|
|2,001 – 4,000||23,000||40,250||46,000||69,000|
|4,001 – 5,000||28,000||53,000||64,000||96,000|
|5,001 – 8,000||42,000||81,500||100,000||150,000|
|8,001 – 12,400||65,000||123,750||150,000||225,000|
|12,401 – 14,000||75,000||143,750||175,000||262,500|
|14,001 – 18,000||100,000||200,000||250,000||375,000|
|18,001 – 25,000||120,000||225,000||270,000||405,000|
|25,001 – 30,000||132,000||244,000||290,000||435,000|
|30,001 – 35,000||143,000||265,750||315,000||472,500|
|35,001 – 40,000||166,000||299,500||350,000||525,000|
|40,001 – 50,000||190,000||332,500||380,000||570,000|
4. Off-Peak U.S. East Coast to Madrid in Business Class for 34,000 Avios (Iberia)
Most airlines charge a minimum of 30,000 miles one-way to get from the U.S. to Europe in economy.
With Iberia Plus, though, you can get from the U.S. East Coast to Madrid (MAD) nonstop in business class for just 34,000 Avios one-way.
Routes include year-round service to New York (JFK) and seasonal Boston (BOS) service. Miami (MIA) service is a bit farther, so it prices at 42,500.
Note that onward connections will increase the distance traveled and likely increase the Avios required, but can still be a great deal.
5. Off-Peak Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami to Madrid in Business Class (Iberia)
Iberia’s seasonal Madrid-U.S. West Coast flights from San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) give travelers more options.
Because these flights are a longer distance, the off-peak price is 51,000 Avios one-way and 102,000 Avios round-trip. It’s not quite the screaming deal of the U.S. East Coast… and make sure you watch out for fuel surcharges on the return.
6. Transcontinental Flagship First Class between San Francisco/Los Angeles and New York (American Airlines)
Flying on American Airlines’ A321 transcontinental first class, known as one of the Flagship First Class products, is the best way to fly from coast to coast in the U.S.
For 96,000 Iberia Avios plus around $20 in taxes and fees, you can book round-trip first class on this product!
7. Off-Peak Madrid to Shanghai in Business for 51,000 Avios (Iberia)
Madrid (MAD) to Shanghai (PVG) is a Band 7 award, pricing in at 51,000 Avios one-way in business. Quite a solid deal for a long flight!
8. Off-Peak Madrid to Tokyo in Business for 59,500 Avios (Iberia)
Madrid (MAD) to Tokyo (NRT) jumps into Band 8 distance, but we still think 59,500 Avios is a good option for a nonstop Europe to Japan flight.
Hot Tip: For more ways to fly to Tokyo, read our post on flying to Japan using points and miles. We’ve also got a great Ultimate Travel Guide for Tokyo!
Guide to Spending Iberia Plus Avios
Traditional airline award charts are priced by geographic region (U.S., Europe, etc.)
In contrast, Iberia Plus prices awards on 3 criteria:
- Distance (total distance traveled, rather than adding up segments like British Airways Executive Club)
- Peak or off-peak date
- Fare class
2021 peak dates:
- January 1-13
- April 2-3
- April 8-13
- April 30
- May 1
- May 3
- May 14-15
- May 17
- June 10-11
- June 14
- June 19-September 13
- October 8-9
- October 12
- October 22-23
- October 30-November 1
- December 4-5
- December 8
- December 16-20
- December 23-31
How Much Do Iberia Plus Avios Award Flights Cost?
Iberia Plus has separate award charts for every partner airline — you can view them airline by airline here.
For Iberia, British Airways, and Vueling flights, you can save time by using the Iberia Plus Avios Calculator here.
To give you a sense of the complexity, here are just the tables for Iberia flights:
Iberia Peak Season
|Band||Blue Class||Full Fare Economy||Premium Economy||Business|
|1 (0 – 650)||5,000||7,500||–||10,000|
|2 (651 – 1,151)||8,250||12,500||–||16,500|
|3 (1,151 – 2,000)||11,000||16,500||–||22,000|
|4 (2,001 – 3,000)||12,500||18,750||–||31,250|
|5 (3,001 – 4,000)||20,000||28,000||35,000||50,000|
|6 (4,001 – 5,500)||25,000||35,000||43,750||62,500|
|7 (5,501 – 6,500)||30,000||42,000||52,500||75,000|
|8 (6,501 – 7,000)||35,000||49,000||61,250||87,500|
|9 (over 7,000)||50,000||70,000||87,500||125,000|
Iberia Off-Peak Season
|Band||Blue Class||Full Fare Economy||Premium Economy||Business|
|1 (0 – 650)||4,500||6,750||–||9,000|
|2 (651 – 1,151)||7,500||11,250||–||15,000|
|3 (1,151 – 2,000)||10,000||15,000||–||20,000|
|4 (2,001 – 3.000)||11,000||16,000||–||21,250|
|5 (3,001 – 4,000)||17,000||22,000||25,500||34,000|
|6 (4,001 – 5,500)||21,250||27,750||31,750||42,500|
|7 (5,501 – 6,500)||25,500||33,250||38,250||51,000|
|8 (6,501 – 7,000)||29,750||38,750||44,250||59,500|
|9 (over 7,000)||42,500||55,250||63,750||85,000|
What Airlines Can You Book With Iberia Plus Avios?
The Iberia website shows a number of its airline partners for online award searches, though there are a few you still need to call in order to search and book.
Oneworld partner airlines: