Back in June someone at Iberia Plus came up with an idea for a promotion that they clearly hadn't really thought through properly. They may have thought that they had considered all the consequences of the promotion but the fact that it nearly broke the internet is testament to how popular it was....and it was popular because it was ridiculously lucrative.
Since part-way through September American Express has been running a promotion for anyone looking to convert their Membership Rewards Points (US) to Avios and the 40% bonus it has been offering tempted a lot of people...and rightly so. Sadly the 40% conversion bonus ends today so, if you think you're going to need to top up your Avios balance anytime soon, today would be the day to do just that.
I wasn’t going to take part in the promotion Iberia launched two weeks ago but greed got the better of me and I dived in. It’s like we’re living in the 80’s again and “greed is good” because, on Tuesday, I was rewarded for my greed when Iberia dropped 90,000 Avios into my account….and I’ve wasted no time in using most of them.
If you participated in the recent Iberia promotion (as I eventually did) you should check your Iberia Plus account to see if you've been credited with the miles you're expecting. A lot of people are now seeing their accounts balances boosted by up to 90,000 Avios but some don't seem to have been so lucky...at least not so far.
Unless you're not really into miles & points you can't have failed to notice that Iberia ran a short promotion last week which nearly broke the blogosphere. In short, the airline was offering 9,000 Avios (up to a maximum of 90,000 Avios) for every Iberia flight booked by midnight on Sunday and the rules of the promotion left it wide open for abuse.
I've mentioned Iberia Plus before as I believe it's a loyalty program of which everyone who collects Avios should be a member. I'll mention a few benefits of Iberia Plus a bit later as this post is primarily to let you know that you can currently buy Avios from Iberia Plus and get a bonus of up to 30% on top.
Yesterday I published a post explaining why Avios collectors should have an Iberia Plus account even if their primary rewards program is the British Airways Executive Club - the cash and Avios savings can be considerable in the right circumstances. The issue that faces a lot of people is that they already have a sizeable Avios balance sitting in their British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) account and they don't want to (or have the time to) build up a separate balance in Iberia Plus just in case an occasion aries when they's be better off booking a reward flight through Iberia rather than through BA.
Iberia Plus is, you'll be unsurprised to hear, the loyalty program of Iberia - a sister airline to British Airways. Just like the British Airways Executive Club Iberia Plus uses Avios as its currency of choice but there's are a few significant differences between the two that should make Iberia Plus very interesting to Avios collectors.
I was doing some research for another blog post I have in mind and I came across a discrepancy between the British Airways website and Iberia's website when it comes to Business Class award availability. Phantom award availability isn't a new thing and most airlines' websites suffer from it to one degree or another but I was curious to see if that's what this was or if it was something else.
With very little fanfare Iberia has launched a promotion which allows flyers to earn up to 50,000 Avios when flying between Europe and North American on select airlines. Put simply this is Iberia's version of the recently launched American Airlines promotion where flyers can earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles.