American Express: Iberia’s Temporary Disappearance Is Inconvenient Timing

Over the weekend I noted Iberia’s 50% off award sale that will allow you to book one-way transatlantic business class awards for as little as 20,000 points. That requires booking by Tuesday.

Unfortunately the easiest way for many to get Iberia points is to transfer them in directly from American Express Membership Rewards. Only Iberia has disappeared from the list of Membership Rewards transfer partners.

(Another way to get them is to transfer them over from sister airline British Airways — but you can only do this if you have an active Iberia account, you cannot just open a fresh Iberia account for this purpose.)

The good news, at least, is that Iberia isn’t actually gone as an American Express partner. here’s what American Express had to say when I queried them over the weekend:

I checked- they are still a partner. They’ve been doing tech updates over the holidays. Thanks for bringing it to my attention- tech team is working to get it back up


About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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