In the past few months, there has been chatter about Iberia Plus moving to the revenue-based program based on website pages they updated and later withdrew.
Now, the airline has updated the page that shows how many Avios you earn for Iberia flights. The page states that the change is coming soon but doesn’t give an exact date, but their press release states that this change will take place in November 2022.
You can access Iberia Plus here.
Iberia’s Press Release:
- Avios Earn will now be based on euro spend, instead of miles.
- This change will take place in November
- The earning of Elite tier points will remain the same as it is today
Ways of travelling have changed and the Iberia Loyalty Program wants to adapt accordingly by changing existing, and including new features such as the way of earning Avios, the program currency.
From November, Avios will be earned for each euro spent, intead of by distance. So for every euro spent, excluding taxes fees and charges, Iberia Plus members will earn between 5 and 8 Avios, depending on their Iberia Plus tier status.
“We think this is a more fair and transparent way to reward our more loyal members, with a model that they have been requesting for some time and which is also more in line with other industry loyalty programmes”, said Silvia Morán, Client Loyalty Director.
Elite points earn to upgrade tier and attain more benefits will remain unchanged.
This change also means that customers will earn Avios when they spend on extra services, such as extra baggage and seat selection, that currently do not earn Avios
Iberia’s sister airline British Airways also intends to adopt this model at a later date.
Ian Romanis, Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways, said: “We congratulate our colleagues at Iberia for introducing this change and we look forward to joining them in 2023. More announcements will follow about what this change will mean for our Executive Club programme, which will unlock even more opportunities for our Members to earn Avios when they fly.”
I truly doubt that Iberia Plus members have requested a way to earn fewer Avios for most flights.
Here’s what Iberia has now updated:
The Avios earnings per tier:
*Applies to your net spending, not including taxes or carrier charges.
Carrier surcharges (aka fuel surcharges) on other airlines that have gone revenue-based do earn award miles or points, as this revenue goes directly to their coffers and is NOT considered taxes
UPDATE: Iberia Email About The Change:
Revue-based programs are boring; this change only benefits those who fly on expensive short-haul tickets.
The biggest losers are those flying on discounted premium economy and business class tickets that have really been the sweet spot for earning miles and qualifying for status.
You earn far more miles for discounted business class tickets on partner flights than on their metal, as Iberia doesn’t have easy access to revenue information on tickets issued other than their ticket stock.
They should give at least 12 months’ notice of this change rather than rolling it out immediately, considering that most Iberia Plus members will earn significantly fewer Avios for their flights.