You can transfer British Airways points to Iberia, and that can be really useful because while they are owned by the same company and have access to the same award seats Iberia doesn’t add the same extortionate fuel surcharges to award tickets.
In order to transfer points into Iberia your account has to have been open 90 days and has to have had some activity (which is why I will post about a free 50 or 100 Iberia points here or there, though you can also transfer in 1000 points from American Express).
Iberia’s award availability especially on their East Coast – Madrid flights can be quite good though it goes in spurts.
And though British Airways and Iberia both devalued, there’s an oddity in the Iberia chart that remains.
With the Iberia award chart for 8 months of the year — during ‘off peak’ travel dates:
- Boston and New York – Madrid costs 34,000 points each way in business class
- Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami – Madrid costs 42,500 points each way in business class
Again, that’s without big fuel surcharges.
But how to save on these fuel surcharges, exactly?
- Sign up for an Iberia account.
- Earn some miles in that account.
- Transfer from British Airways to Iberia, and use your Iberia account to book Iberia flights instead.
The tricky part though is that you have to accumulate Iberia points in order to ‘activate’ your account. You can transfer some in from American Express Membership Rewards. Or you can just enter your account number here. (HT: Jon D.)
Wait for those points to post, and your Iberia account to have been open 90 days. Savings.