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 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.
Head for Points noticed something interesting about British Airways redemptions on Iberia, though.
When you go to the British Airways website to redeem British Airways points for travel on Iberia, BA is using the Iberia chart.
So you don’t actually have to move over points from BA to Iberia to get the almost 50% points savings on some Iberia flights. You’d still want to in order to save fuel surcharges, however.