As someone who books the majority of his flights on oneworld airlines, I take more than a passing interest in the announcements that emanate from the likes of BA, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, JAL, etc... and a recent press release by Iberia caught my eye.
Great Business Class fares between Europe and the US aren't all that hard to find if you're flexible with your dates but it's not often that we get fantastic deals that don't require a stopover...but that's exactly what we have here.
Iberia currently flys its Airbus A330-200 between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro and a combination of an incredibly generous Iberia promotion from last year and near-perfect reward flight availability (for me) saw me book a roundtrip Business Class fare on this route for just 85,000 Avios + taxes.
American Airlines and Iberia are both currently offering a very good Business Class fare for travel between New York JFK and Malaga in Spain for travel from August this year. The fare is easy to find, easy to book and, if you don't particularly want to visit Malaga, I'll show you how this fare can still be useful.
Iberia is running a very interesting Valentine's Day promotion in which it's selling gift cards with a discount of 25%. With Iberia gift cards valid for travel on any Iberia operated route this is essentially a 25% discount on Iberia air fares....but there are conditions you need to be aware of.
I recently took the opportunity to try out the Iberia A350 Business Class cabin while the airline was still flying its newest aircraft on short-haul routes around Europe. After my flight landed I took the opportunity to walk a little further back in the aircraft to see what the A350's Premium Economy & Economy Class cabins looked like.
Iberia took delivery of its first two Airbus A350s back in July and since then it has mostly been flying them on various short-haul routes around Europe as the airline gets its crews accustomed to the new aircraft. The first Iberia A350 finally flew its inaugural long-haul flight in early August when it took over one of the airline’s two Madrid – New York JFK flights while the second A350 took over the second flight on the New York route this Saturday just gone (1 September).
If you're one of the lucky people who have received their Avios from the recent Iberia Promotion (a.k.a the Iberia fiasco, a.k.a the "what were they thinking?" promotion) you may be looking for ways to spend your newly acquired bounty. The Avios from the Iberia promotion can't be transferred over to the British Airways Executive Club but that still leaves you with a lot of options.
If you're looking to fly to the US in comfort early next year or if you're just looking to edge yourself closer to the oneworld status you're aiming for there are a couple of good Iberia Business Class fares out of Madrid that may interest you.
As regular readers of this blog will know I like to try out new aircraft and new premium cabins in the most cost effective way I can find. This usually involves booking flights on new aircraft while the airlines are testing them out on short-haul routes before letting them loose on the longer routes they were designed to fly.