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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
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!