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.
Iberia is taking delivery of its first Airbus A350 later this year but, while the airline confirmed that the aircraft's first long-haul route would be to New York, we've been kept in the dark about the launch date for the new route and the schedule on which the aircraft will fly. That was until today.
Last week we discovered that British Airways (together with American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair) will start offering Basic Economy fares across the Atlantic from April of this year. Today the airline has announced that April will see Basic Economy fares rolled out to other markets too.
In an announcement to the travel industry British Airways has confirmed that it and its fellow transatlantic joint venture partners will offer "unbundled fares" on select transatlantic routes from as early as next month. In plain speak this means that oneworld Basic Economy fares are about to be unleashed on the flying public. Here's everything you need to know.
I have done more than my fair share of American Airlines bashing over the past two years (it has been well deserved) but, right now, I'm incredibly grateful for some truly fantastic service from the airline after it got us out of a serious mess of Iberia's making.
I've visited the Iberia Velázquez Premium Lounge in the satellite portion of Madrid's Terminal 4 quite a few times and, although it can get quite crowded at times and finding a seat can get tough, I've never considered it to be in desperate need of a make over...there have always been far worse lounges out there. Still, clearly Iberia thought differently as it has given its T4 satellite lounge a make over and the new lounge is now open for guests. If you're a oneworld flyer this could be an important lounge for you as this is the lounge you'll almost certainly be using if you're flying long-haul out of Madrid on a oneworld airline.
Iberia has announced a new seasonal route between Spain and the US west coast and, at the same time, has also announced changes to its service between Madrid and Los Angeles. The changes aren't entirely positive but, if you're looking to book award travel to or from the west coast, now could be the time to book.
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