Breaking News! Iberia Plus Has Silently Increased the Cost for Certain US Awards

The Iberia Plus website was down for maintenance on Saturday, May 8th, 2021.  When it came back, a few surprises were found…

This is breaking news, so we will continue to update as we discover new information.  However some Iberia destinations (from/to Madrid) are now going to cost you more Avios…

Chicago

 

Chicago has been moved from Award Zone 5 to Zone 6.  This means that you will now pay:

Off-Peak Date Pricing (One Way)

  • 21,250 Avios – Economy
  • 31,750 Avios – Premium Economy
  • 42,500 Avios – Business Class

Peak Date Pricing (One Way)

  • 25,000 Avios – Economy
  • 43,750 Avios – Premium Economy
  • 62,500 Avios – Business Class

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been moved from Award Zone 6 to 7. This means that you will now pay:

Off-Peak Date Pricing (One Way)

  • 25,500 Avios – Economy
  • 38,250 Avios – Premium Economy
  • 51,000 Avios – Business Class

Peak Date Pricing (One Way)

  • 30,000 Avios – Economy
  • 52,500 Avios – Premium Economy
  • 75,000 Avios – Business Class

Other Destinations

Although less relevant for US-based readers,  Lima has been moved up to Award Zone 6 (same pricing as Chicago above), Mexico City has been moved up to Award Zone 7 (same pricing as Los Angeles above) and that Santiago, Chile has been moved to Award Zone 8.

Anything Else?

Boston, New York and Miami all seem to be unchanged. So for now, the changes appear to be the removal of definite sweetspots – Chicago and Los Angeles were costing fewer Avios than their distance (from Madrid) would otherwise warrant.

Not good news, especially with the complete lack of advance warning, but to be fair you will still struggle to find a cheaper way to cross the Atlantic Ocean in Business Class…

 

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