500 Free Iberia Points for New Members — and Why You Really Do Want Them

Via Head for Points, when you register for an Iberia Plus account you’ll get 500 bonus points with your first transaction within 45 days of membership.

I don’t see a reference to it on their website, but his commenters confirm that it’s noted in their welcome email.

You want to open an Iberia Plus account:

  1. Because when an account has been open for 90 days and has had any activity you can transfer British Airways Avios over to Iberia Avios.
  2. Iberia doesn’t add significant fuel surcharges onto Iberia flight redemptions. So you save most of the cash cost you’d spend with British Airways points to book Iberia, by transferring your points to your Iberia account and booking the same flight.
  3. Iberia runs award discounts that can make transatlantic premium cabin flying quite cheap. (They often have quite good award availability.)

You don’t have to credit a flight (such as US Airways or American) to get some activity in your account. You can get activity in an Iberia account quite easily by transferring in 1000 American Express Membership Rewards points. Or credit a car rental, e.g. Avis is an Iberia earning partner.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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