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How To Redeem With Maximum Value On 90,000 Iberia Plus Avios (With Minimum Tax)

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If you are also pumped about the crazy Iberia Avios promotion I just wrote about today and start to wonder where can those precious 90,000 Avios take you which are arriving within 10 days, that’s assuming you’ve booked 10 one-way segments. Without any surprises, most of us will get 90K Avios for 300Pounds or even less if you’ve used any sort of cash back portals or promo codes.

Interface On Iberia Booking With Avios

You would have more Avios and even elite points if you are going to travel on those booked journeys, but the return wouldn’t be significant if you only booked 260 pounds of one-way MAD-PMI(s).

Avios Earning on Cheap Iberia Flights

So, if you have status with IB, you will get additional 50% if you are Iberia Plus Oro, but if not, 26 Pounds MAD-PMI will get you 125 Avios and 15 Elite Points, that’s if you fly on those, let’s say if you fly on all 10, you will have 1250 Avios and 150 Elite Points, you may transfer those to BA or just use it to cover some cost of your booking next time.

Here’s the things we are not going to discuss in the article:

  • Whether it’s possible to transfer IB Avios to BA.

  • Redeem IB Avios on BA

  • Redeem IB Avios on OneWorld carriers

  • Redeem IB Avios on Vueling,LEVEL and Royal Air Maroc.

So, reasons why I am not going to recommend that due to the insane amount of tax & surcharges you would have to pay even though you might be able to redeem first class on BA.

Since I assume most of you guys aren’t long term loyalty customers with Iberia, even you’ve status-matched yourself with them last year to Iberia Plus Oro which entitles you to numerous benefits.

If you are not planning to credit flights and earning status with them in the long term, I would recommend using those 90,000 Avios on selective routes operated by Iberia and let your dark history account with numerous no-shows R.I.P.


Redemption:

Iberia’s own redemption charts are split into two seasons with peak season and off-peak one.

  • Bear in mind that their peak and off-peak calendar is different from British Airways’.

Step 1:

Keep the Season Calendar handy so you can search for dates marked with off-season redemptions. Legends: Red – Peak; White – Off-peak

Peak and Off-Peak Calendar Iberia

Peak and Off-Peak Calendar Iberia

Peak and Off-Peak Calendar Iberia

Step 2:

Pick your destinations:

Iberia has a fleet of A330s and A340s for long-haul operations, and their A350s will start rolling in August which will operate flights from Madrid to New York and London. Those flights will feature premium economy seats.

Iberia A340s

  • Bear in mind that some long-haul flights to Africa are operated with narrow body aircrafts, so in the sense of maximise your value, you would definitely get onto flights with wide-body jets.

So also since you only have 90,000 Avios (suppose most of us fit into this category), you can fly business class on Iberia’s wide-body jets to destinations outside of Europe in order to maximise the value and avoid paying unnecessarily high taxes.

Iberia Destination View On A Map

So, here’s their destinations outside of Europe:

  • Africa – Algiers, Casablanca, Dakar, Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Marrakech, Oran, Tangier, Johannesburg

  • USA – Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco (from April 2018)

  • Americas exc USA – Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cali, Caracas, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Quito, Rio do Janeiro, San Jose (Costa Rica), Santiago, Sao Paulo, Asucion, Medellin, Guatemala, Panama, San Salvador, Managua (outbound via Guatemala, inbound direct)

  • Asia – Tokyo, Shanghai

  • Caribbean – Havana, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

  • Middle East – Tel Aviv

Again, you only have 90,000 Avios, and here’s their award charts on redemption on Iberia flights:


Iberia Redemption Chart -Peak Season

Iberia Redemption Chart -Peak Season


Iberia has a distance-based redemption charts where different destinations are categorised into 9 Bands, and here are their corresponding destinations (departing from Madrid):

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

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

– Band 3: Athens, Bucharest, Budapest, Crakow, Copenhagen, Corfu, Gotemburg, Istanbul, Stockholm, Heraklion, Mykonos, Moscow, Oslo, Reikiavik, 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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guayaquil, Johannesburg, Havana, Lima, Los Angeles, 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: Tokio, Shanghai.

Iberia Business Class Advert For Shanghai Route


For maximised value of 90,000 Avios, you can redeem flights as follows:

  • Peak Season, Band 4, Return trips in Business Class cost at 62,500 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Peak Season, Band 5, Business Class one-way and Blue Class one-way cost at 70,000 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Peak Season, Band 6, Business Class one-way and Blue Class one-way cost at 87,500 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Off-Peak Season, Band 4, Return trips in Business Class cost at 42,500 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Off-Peak Season, Band 5, Return trips in Business Class cost at 68,000 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Off-Peak Season, Band 6, Return trips in Business Class cost at 85,000 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Off-Peak Season, Band 7, Business Class one-way and Blue Class one-way cost at 76,500 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

  • Off-Peak Season, Band 8, Business Class one-way and Blue Class one-way cost at 89,250 Avios+Tax & Surcharges.

Non-Official Iberia Route Map

You are correct, here the combination of business and premium economy combinations are not included and so are the possibilities of booking one-way segments; those are more complexed and thus require more careful planning and manipulation of their forbiddingly IT system that can easily put you on the edge.


If you are based in Europe, thus originating from Madrid(MAD) would be the best option for you to relax in wide-body business classes on return Band 6 flights during off-peak seasons. As for flights to Madrid, you can easily find some low cost tickets to their weather by booking early or flying with a budget one.

Highlight destinations:

Destinations in South America and Caribbean Islands:

These destinations are often hard to get there with one transfer at a reasonable price, not to mention fly in business, so it would be a great oppotunity if you are planning to explore those destinations.

I would highly recommend Havana or Santo Domingo as those places are hardly on the map for many normal leisure travellers.

You may also decide to visit South Africa as Johanesburg can be an interesting place to visit as well.

Asia:

If you are based in Shanghai or Tokyo area, you may choose the aforementioned option flying business one-way and economy back to visit Madrid or even the entire Spain, if your purchased tickets later on, (preferably next summer?)


Tax & Surcharges:

Booking flights with Avios with IB is definitely a more viable option even for flights with BA through IB, you may transfer BA Avios to IB if you want to save expenses on the same flight.

So depending on which Band you are redeeming flights on, normally for Band 6 return business class tickets, it would around 180 pounds of taxes and surcharges, though there could be some small influx based upon that.


Useful Links:

Avios Peak and Off-Peak Calendar: HERE

Avios Redemption Table On Iberia: HERE

Search Several Destinations Using Avios: HERE

See Available Destinations On A Map: HERE

Find Redemption Charts on other OneWorld partners: HERE

Iberia Route Map(non-official): HERE


Bottom Line:

Each Iberia will have only two business class seats available, thus I would recommend book ASAP, judging the outrageous amount of people who have took advantage of this promotion.

Fingers crossed that we all will be getting 90,000 Avios in 10 days, and everyone is happy. From a business operating perspective, I would say Iberia would overbook those 26 pounds flights so they will bring in all those extra revenue while flying their normal targeted passengers. As for many of us who are wondering, who good do Iberia get out of this insane promotion, I would say their short-term sec filing would look great while they might not be getting highly-valued customers who will actually stay with Iberia afterwards.

As for what happens if they don’t honour those Avios by coming up with new Terms and Conditions, though the possibility would be slim, I guess we will would have a hard-earned lesson to share next time something like this come up again.

Premium Economy Seats on Iberia


I would like to hear which routes are you going to redeem flight on.

Please like, share, comment and subscribe to my blog if you would like to stay up-to-dated.

As always, stay tuned. Peace ✌️

Iberia A350 Business Class

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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How To Access SAS Lounges On Arrival

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SAS Fleet Grounded Picture From Nettavisen

Many of us enjoy lounge access before our flight as it is one of the most important frequent flyers program’s benefits out there. Relaxing in an airline lounge truly makes the whole flying experience stand out. Without the hassle of swimming through pools of people and struggling to find a vacant seat while sitting on an empty stomach; too bad the majority of us can only use it pre-departure.

In general terms, with Star Alliance, you can access member airlines lounges with holding an outbound boarding pass with a member airline’s flight, that’s given by whether by your fare class (premium economy/business/first) or your airline frequent flyer program status (generally Star Alliance gold).

SAS Lounge Access By Fare Class
SAS Lounge Access By Fare Class

Scandinavian Airlines is one of the five founding members of the Star Alliance, while these days they are operating at the most competitive and price-sensitive commercial aviation market in the world. Their own frequent flyer program – EuroBonus, though might not be the most popular one out there, they do offer rather generous perks to its elite members.

For example, silver members can access SAS lounges on Saturdays and certain holidays. Their newly introduced high-speed wifi is free of charge for members who is Gold and above, while you have to pay for it even in Lufthansa business. For their most loyal Diamond members, when flying in SAS Go (economy), they can have drinks (even snacks sometimes) free of charge throughout the flight. These are some unique benefits which you don’t get with other airlines out there.

Unknown to many people, however, what used to be a written perk on its website has now become nowhere to be found, unless you were already elite members 10 years ago.

Yes, you can have access for SAS lounges in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm plus other Café lounges in Scandinavia with all arriving flights if you are holding Diamond status, while only possible to have access to it for long-haul flights arriving from US and Asia if you are a Gold member or Business class/SAS Plus passenger.

SAS Lounge Access By Status Card
SAS Lounge Access By Status Card

This also apply when you are traveling with a Star Alliance member airline on arrival if your SAS EuroBonus info is registered on the boarding pass.


How To Get Into The Lounge:

Well, you do not have to ask the staff to let you through, by simply scanning your boarding pass(with registered ffp info ofc), you and 1 guest (or up to 4 family members) can enjoy the lounge for a little longer for the day.

SAS lounges at their hubs in Oslo are exceptionally new, while their Copenhagen lounge has been renovated recently as well, all their lounges are kept to good standards which offer amenities like shower facilities, sometimes a gym, a spa, a private bedroom or even a barista who will handmake your coffee as you like.


My favorite has to be the mango flavour chai latte which so far they offered it exclusively at the Copenhagen SAS Gold Lounge. You may check out my review of their SAS Lounge + SAS Gold Lounge In Oslo and the new SAS Next Generation (Domestic) Lounge in Oslo.

Hope more of your Diamond members out there can utilise this “hidden” perk to your advantage and hope they can resolve this strike issue very soon.

Thanks for reading, remember to try out my favorite Mango Chai Latte next time you are in Copenhagen.

Stay tuned ! Peace.

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Use SAS Youth Tickets To Attain Star Alliance Lifetime Gold Status

Do you want to become a Star Alliance lifetime gold member before hitting mid-life crisis?
Do you believe that it would be financially-draining even though if you had the energy?
Do you think it would be an impossible flying schedule even if you can pull off the money?

Well, worry not, Albert is here to enlighten you.

Are you also happened to be Young, Dumb and kind of Broke?

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  • Do you want to become a Star Alliance lifetime gold member before hitting mid-life crisis?

  • Do you believe that it would be financially-draining even though if you had the energy?

  • Do you think it would be an impossible flying schedule even if you can pull off the money?

Youth ticket on SAS's website

Well, worry not, Albert is here to enlighten you.

Are you also happened to be Young, Dumb and kind of Broke?

Young, by young, I mean you have to be over 12 years old but under 26. In this way, you fit into the eligible bracket perfectly to purchase SAS youth ticket.

Dumb, by dumb, I mean you sort of have to fly exclusively with SAS in order to get the most Eurobonus points, as it would be more cost-effective to fly long haul, thus you would have to or from fly only the following destinations to get 4500 Eurobonus points each segment: Hongkong, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo.

Broke(kind of), by broke, I mean either you are still a student or you just entered into the job market, or maybe you are an established winner in life and are looking into this for your offsprings. SAS youth ticket on long haul generally cost you around 2600NOK (320USD) return trip include one transfer between the Scandinavian hubs.

Example of youth ticket pricing.

So, by now, you would probably fit part of the criteria above or if you are a lucky bastard you would fit all of it.


Here’s the cheapest possible plan:

Year 1:

Fly five return long haul tickets to one of the six destinations with one transfer within Scandinavia.

For example: Oslo – Stockholm – Hong Kong – Stockholm – Oslo

Do this for five times within one qualifying year.

(Bear in mind everyone’s qualifying period is different starting from the month you sign up)

You first year Eurobonus points earning would be something like this:

(4500+250) x 2 x 5 = 47500 Basic Points

Your first year’s cost to flying solely for points would be:

2600 NOK x 5 = 13,000 NOK equivalent to 1591 USD.

However, this does not include ground transportation and hotel costs, and other living costs like food etc. In Scandinavia, 13,000 NOK is fairly easy to pull off even for a young student, a weekend job for two months or a summer job for two weeks can easily get you that; at least in Norway.

Year 2:

Fly four return long haul tickets to one of the six destinations with one transfer within Scandinavia.

You would only need to fly four returns as you would hit gold status for the first year, and you would be able to earn 25% extra basic points based on that, yes, basic points that will qualify for your status next year.

Your second year Eurobonus points earning:

(4500+250) x 125% x 2 x 4 = 47500 Basic Points.

Second year’s cost:

2600 NOK x 4 = 10400 NOK equivalent to 1273 USD.

You would be able to enjoy fast track, priority boarding and lounge benefits throughout your travel from the second year and it would cost you less as well. You might even get courtesy upgrades for free from SAS go to Plus or even Business if you are extremely lucky.

Year 3 -10:

Continue year 2 plan for another 8 years, and then Lifetime Star Alliance Gold Status will be yours to keep forever.

The Reality:

Of course you can’t do that for 10 years,You would have to be 15 now if you want to do this for ten years straight, so the more practical thing to is just to do this as long as you can enjoy so.

Yes, you might find this article a little bit click-baiting, but think of it as this, you could be in high school or university right now, and you would want to get a head-start in ensuring comfort and flexibility in your career life, so after turning 26, you might find yourself in a much better position among your colleagues when going on hectic business trips.

SAS plus on long haul flights

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