Awesome 50% Avios Award Flights Discount Confirmed – Including Business Class!!!

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I wrote yesterday about a superb Iberia Plus offer that had been picked up by Spanish-language points/miles blog Ultima LLamada. The deal looked great:

From today until February 10, you can buy flights with a 50% discount on Avios to travel to any Iberia, Iberia Express or Air Nostrum destination between February 1 and April 15, 2019.

The offer does not apply to Vueling flights marketed by Iberia (Code: IB5XXX), to flights of LEVEL or to the Air Bridge. For Air Nostrum flights, only the discount with departure or arrival from / to Madrid will apply.

Promo valid to fly roundtrip or one way, and in all of its classes of Iberia (Tourist, Premium Tourist and Business Class )

The calendar does not show the price with discount, you will only see it once you choose your flight and click through to get the quote.”

Unfortunately there was a hitch – you needed to have a Spanish address on your Iberia Plus profile to access the offer.

Due to the Iberia website being one of the worst websites in the travel industry (and that’s saying a lot!), I wasn’t able to test changing my address or run any award searches until a few hours ago. If you’re struggling with the Iberia site, I recommend logging in on your smartphone to make any changes.

Anyway – I’m now delighted to confirm that changing your address to a Spanish one (I just chose a hotel), logging out, then logging back in, unlocks the 50% Avios discount!

I personally don’t have any ethical or practical qualms about changing the address on my account, but if you strongly value your relationship with Iberia you may feel differently.


Literally everything I checked (in all classes) over the relevant dates showed the 50% discount without any issues – just remember that you don’t see the discount until you click the button at the bottom of the search page that quotes you the Avios and taxes/fees required.

Here’s a few of the many options available (all prices are one way):

London to Madrid (‘Blue Class’ Economy): 3,250 Avios + £33.44

Chicago – Madrid (‘Blue Class’ Economy): 8,500 Avios + £65.20

Chicago – Madrid (Business Class): 17,000 Avios + £73.80

Shanghai – Madrid (‘Blue Class’ Economy): 14,900 Avios + £62.10

Shanghai – Madrid (Business Class): 29,750 Avios + £70.80

Lima – Madrid (Business Class): 21,250 Avios + £94.70

Bottom line

If you value Avios at  ~1p each, you can effectively fly in Business Class to/from Madrid to/from destinations like New York and Chicago for about £250 each way including tax/fees as well as the value of the Avios. Using the same 1p valuation, Lima and other destinations in latin america can be booked for a little over £300 each way!

These are truly incredible deals, even if there is a minor hoop you need to jump through first!


    • Craig Sowerby says

      I wouldn’t worry at all. Just don’t change your address back to the way it was for awhile.

      I haven’t received anything in the post from Iberia Plus in decades so the account address really shouldn’t matter.

  1. hamiltus says

    Sadly it didn’t work for me ☹️
    Changed my address and logged out and loved back in several times but no luck. Still the regular price. Shame too cos there was an Iberia redemption I was eyeing up too…

  2. CC says

    I think this has worked for me judging by a reward chart I found on HFP. Its always one way prices they quote on those charts isnt it?

    Madrid to Panama Return in Business

    Total price: 42,500 Avios + 193.25 €

  3. Scott W says

    But what if you live in the UK and want to fly somewhere not in Spain, say the US for example? Can you book LON-NYC with 50% off avios? Sure, you could book LON-MAD and MAD-NYC as two separate trips, but what if you miss a connection? It’s too risky.

  4. Bob says

    OK… so 50% discount prices achieved. What are the chances though, that the Iberia system rejects my credit card?! As happened nine times out of ten earlier this year when utilising the 90k points ?! On another note: it is eye opening how absolutely shite a substantial majority of airline website booking systems are. And Iberia is nowhere near the top of the list. Which says something.

    • Bob says

      Nowhere near the top of the list of shiteness that is. BA definitely get the ‘going backward at 100’ award. And they are not near the top of the list either.

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