The Iberia Promotion we covered so extensively over the past two weeks took yet another twist today as Iberia email customers about ‘inconsistencies with their bookings’ based on which they won’t be awarding the miles.
While some people actually got their miles (John and Freddo included – see previous articles below) Iberia threw many more in limbo and is playing games.
Here’s what happened so far with this offer:
- Iberia Promo Alert: up to 90k Extra Avios for Tickets Purchased on Iberia.com
- Statement From Iberia Plus Regarding The 90,000 Bonus Avios Promo
- Just Purchased 10 Iberia Tickets – Anyone Else?
- LAST CALL: Iberia Plus 90,000 Bonus Avios Booking Deadline Today! (June 24, 2018)
- Iberia Plus 90,000 Bonus Avios Promo Drama In The Making?
- Iberia Plus Limiting/Canceling New Accounts That Purchased Promo Tickets?
- Statement From Iberia Plus Regarding Blocked Accounts & Possible Workaround For Some
- Iberia Plus Ticket Purchase Avios Posted!
Today a reader forwarded me the following email from Iberia:
Based on what the reader said this is his only Iberia account (newly created) and he purchased 10 tickets on the Spanish Iberia website with a credit card that has a German billing address.They then contacted him with the request for ID verification and he sent ticket PDF as well as a passport scan. Now the email above.
I’d love to know what is inconsistent about this that warrants walking back on their advertising promise. Iberia is quiet about that. At least they provide refunds though that the customer now has to chase.
Let’s look at this objectively: The promotion was/is crazy and not sure if Iberia Marketing really completely lost the plot with this or what their actual intention was. Nevertheless it spiraled into chaos as was to be expected.
John said last time that the offer went surprisingly smooth given the participation rate. I would like to disagree with that because Iberia makes situations beyond difficult without providing valid data points. It is completely legitimate wanting to verify new accounts and make sure the individual actually exists (asking for ID/Passport copy). But now it gets muddy and they start spinning stories about ‘inconsistencies’ that aren’t even specified.
I’m 100% certain this story won’t be over for long. I expect problems with refunds, further lies and even for those that got the miles possible problems redeeming them, especially when it comes to partner availability and website functionality. Stay tuned!