The Iberia website can be very glitchy. Not only can it stop working at any moment, but the “normal” search engine doesn’t even show all partners and flights. In addition, it once locked me out of my account, and it took me weeks to reinstate my credentials. However, Iberia has a massive Unicorn-grade sweet spot.

But first thing first. Do yourself a favor and use this link. If it doesn’t work, log in your account first.

The best working link to find your Iberia Avios award flight

Another option is searching for Iberia flights on the American Airlines website, but always make sure to avoid other options. For example, when searching for Iberia awards between New York and Madrid, make sure to choose nonstop options – you’ll still get some hits on American own nonstop flights, but your search would exclude connecting flights on British Airways.

Iberia redemption schemes

Iberia maintains distance-based award charts for each IAG airline (except Aer Lingus) and a separate chart for every other partners, although as far as I can see, they’re all pretty much the same.

Here are a few datapoints for starters.

  • Iberia Plus shares the same Avios currency with other IAG airlines: British Airways, Level and Vueling.  
  • Iberia Plus publishes award charts for its own metal as well as every partner airline, although all Iberia partner charts appear to be the same. 
  • Iberia adds fuel surcharges to most partners. It also adds moderate surcharges to its own flights.
  • You can transfer Avios to Iberia from British Airways and Aer Lingus and vice versa, however there are some restrictions:
    • Transfers aren’t allowed from a British Airways Household Account. 
    •  Before you can transfer, your Iberia Plus account must be open for at least three months.
    • You must have some miles activity in it prior to the transfer. 
  • Just like British Airways and Aer Lingus, Iberia has its own Peak / Off-Peak charts, but unlike British Airways, Iberia is fully transparent about them.

Iberia partners and calendars

  • Iberia oneworld and other airline partners
  • Iberia Peak / Off-Peak Calendar

Iberia award charts

Iberia is very transparent about its award levels. In this day and age when airline programs are actively unpublishing their charts, Iberia makes it very easy to find award levels.

You can go to this link –> click on any airline icon –> more information –> see redemption table. And voila!

  • Iberia own award chart


The table does not apply when the ticket combines Iberia Group flights with those of any other carrier (except British Airways, Air Italy and Vueling). 

Iberia provides examples of the costs associated with different bands. Again: very transparent!

Example destinations from Madrid. Actually, it looks more like an exhaustive list to me than just examples, although not all of them are currently operational and some are seasonal.

Band 1: Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada-Jaen, Ibiza, Jerez, La Coruña, Logroño, Málaga, Melilla, Menorca, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Salamanca, San Sebastián, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Algiers, Bordeaux, Casablanca, Geneva, Lisbon, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Oporto, Oran, Perpignan, Rennes, Tangier, Toulouse.

Band 2: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Tenerife, Marrakech, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Catania, Cork, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Munich, Strasbourg, Florence, Frankfurt, Funchal, Genoa, Glasgow, Hamburg, London, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb, Zurich.

Band 3: Athens, Bucharest, Budapest, Krakow, Copenhagen, Corfu, Istanbul, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Heraklion, Mykonos, Moscow, Oslo, Reykjavik, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Dakar.

Band 4: Cairo, Lagos, Malabo, Tel Aviv.

Band 5: Boston, Chicago, Luanda, New York, San Juan (Puerto Rico). 

Band 6: Bogota, Caracas, Cali, San Salvador, Guatemala, Guayaquil, Johannesburg, Havana, Lima, Los Angeles, Medellin, Mexico City, Miami, Panama, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose (Costa Rica), Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo.

Band 7: Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago (Chile).

Band 8: Tokyo, Shanghai.

Iberia sweet spots: short story

  • Incredibly cheap off-peak flights to Madrid in Economy, Premium Economy and Business from several U.S. cities
  • Very cheap flights to Barcelona in Economy and Premium Economy on Level
  • Good redemption values for short-haul travel in the Americas on American or LATAM

Iberia sweet spots: a longer story

  • Fly to Madrid in Business for 34,000 miles

Look, I wouldn’t use Iberia Avios for anything else other than Business Class between the U.S. and Madrid. Well, nonstop to Barcelona in Premium Economy on Level isn’t bad either if you don’t want to bother with connecting flights. 

However, in this day and age, 34,000 Avios for a trans-Atlantic Business Class flight is a true Unicorn-grade sweet spot, IMHO. Even more importantly, Iberia has pretty decent availability for two and even more people if you can book in advance.

And before you say, well, but 34K Avios is only valid for off-peak travel – yes, that’s true, but Spain is wonderful off-season, especially in late spring and early fall. And if it’s the beach you’re after, you can’t go wrong in Costa del Sol in October (see the calendar above).


CityEconomy BlueEconomy FullPremium EconomyBusiness
NYC, Boston, Chicago17K22K25.5K34K
Miami, Los Angeles21,25027,75031,750*42.5K


CityEconomy BlueEconomy FullPremium EconomyBusiness
NYC, Boston, Chicago20K28Kthe35K50K
Miami, LA25K35K43,750*62.5K

NB: In addition to the above routes, Iberia is  to fly to Dallas in April 2022, resume seasonal service to San Francisco in summer 2022 and finally begin the long-awaited flights between Madrid and Washington, DC (also in April), which was shelved due to the pandemic.

  • Use Avios beyond Madrid and Spain

If you travel to Europe, the most difficult part of the journey is getting across the Atlantic. After that, it’s a piece of cake.

Iberia and its affiliates can take you anywhere in Spain except the Canaries for mere 4,500 Avios off-peak. The most you pay for any flight in Europe from Madrid is 10,000-11,000 Iberia Avios. 

Although, keep in mind that Iberia does add a small surcharge to all its flights, so you might want to use British Avios on Iberia intra-Europe routes. While it might cost you a little bit more in Avios, there won’t be any surcharges.

In fact, one of the best deals between the U.S. and Europe / North Africa / Middle East is mixing the Iberia and British Airways Avios to get to your final destination. Fly on Iberia Avios between the U.S. and Madrid and use British Airways Avios (BA doesn’t add fees or surcharges to short-haul Iberia flights) to get where you’re headed.  

Here are some ideas.

  • U.S. → Madrid → London Off-Peak: 34,000 Iberia Avios to Madrid PLUS 12,750 BA Avios to London for less than 47,000 Avios total in a lie-flat Business Class cabin on both segments (try to find a widebody A-330 / A-340 / A-350). Think of it as a one-way from the U.S. to UK with a free stopover in Madrid. 
  • U.S. → Madrid → Tel Aviv Off-Peak: 34,000 Iberia Avios to Madrid PLUS 21,250 Iberia Avios to Tel Aviv also in lie-flat Business Class cabin for slightly more than 55,000 Avios on both segments. This would be a fantastic rate for a Business Class ticket to the Middle East even without a free stopover in Spain!

N.B. You can also choose to pay for the MAD-TLV flight with BA Avios, however, this is the case where using BA Avios vs Iberia Avios is going to cost you more.

Compare what you pay in BA Avios


… with what you pay in Iberia Avios


As you can see, the BA booking would cost you10,000 Avios more and $46 less in cash outlay. So unless you value your Avios at 0.5 cents each, I would book both flights with Iberia.

NB(2). British Airways and Iberia Off-Peak calendars are not identical, although both tend to stuff July, August and the first half of September with peak dates. You need to take it into consideration when choosing which currency to use.

What’s not so sweet about Iberia sweet spots

  • Nonstop flights are the best. Adding any additional segments will increase the cost.
  • Onboard food and service can be hit and miss
  • Glitchy website

How to book

You can book most Iberia partners online. For booking award tickets on Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Royal Air Maroc call 800-772-4642.

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