Award Success: Combining my Avios to Book IB MAD-NRT Business Class in the current 25% Off Promo

Last week John discussed Iberia’s current 25% discount with Avios to fly to several destinations (you can access this offer on Iberia’s website here). For accounts registered in Spain, the 25% discount with Avios applies to travel between Madrid and the Americas or Asia (one-way or round trip) between October 1 and December 15, 2018.

I had been toying with the idea of a trip to Japan during Fall, especially for Momiji, for a long time now, and this promo felt like the right excuse to pull the trigger.

One minor issue with my plan: I realized I was 425 Avios short for my award! Two options to overcome this Issue: I could either pay 36€ to buy 1000 Avios, or to transfer those Avios from my British Airways Executive Club for free. I chose the latter.

The Avios transfer process from BA to IB was pretty straightforward. This was the first time I was using it and I had read online horror stories about these transfers, but in my case there were no issues at all.

First, I logged into my accounts:

Then I chose how many avios I wanted to transfer:

And that was it, Avios transferred:

The transferred Avios were deposited into my Iberia account within 5 minutes.

Once I had the Avios in my account I proceeded to book my business class award for 44650 Avios (25% off from 59500 Avios off-peak award).


I think it’s a great feature that IAG allows you to transfer Avios between all their loyalty programs. In my case it saved the day.

All the comments I had heard about how painful the transfer process was proved to be not true in my case, as the process was easy, straightforward and fast.

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