Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia Avios

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How to Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia Avios

This process is not as simple and straightforward as the title implies.  Actually it is kind of complex and requires transferring American Express Membership Reward Points from your account to your Iberia account.  Don’t worry, I will show you how to do it – one step at a time.

If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of Iberia Plus and their award chart, please read the article written by The Points Guy – Maximizing British Airways Avios: Save Money on Fuel Surcharges and Fees – Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia.

Log into your American Express account and find your Membership Rewards earning card and click the Use Points button.

PRG Card

Under the Use Points tab, click Airlines.

MR Use Points

Click the Transfer Points button below the Iberia Plus logo.

Click IB

Next click the Link your Iberia Plus Account link (or click the Create an Iberia Plus Account if you do no have an account already).

Link IB

Find the section that says Linked Travel Programs (lower right corner) and click the Link Additional Programs link.

IB Linked

Check the box for Iberia Plus and click the Continue button.

Add IB to MR

Enter your Iberia Plus account number and your first and last name.  For verification, American Express asks for your 4 digit security code and the 3 digit security code on the back of your card.  You can never be too safe, am I right?  Then click the Continue button.

Add Linked IB Account

Congratulations, your Iberia Plus account has been linked to your Membership Rewards account.

IB Linked Again

Now you need to go back to the transfer page.  Follow these steps again.

MR Use Points

Click IB

Enter 1,000 in the top box and click the Transfer This Amount button.

Enter IB Amount

A pop-up window will appear, click the Accept button.

Accept Terms

Enter your 3 digit and 4 digit security codes from your American Express card.

Verify MR Card

Verify that you are transferring 1,000 Membership Reward Points to your Iberia Plus account and click the Transfer button.

AMEX MR to Iberia

If you look at your activity detail, you should see the Iberia transfer.

MR Activity

The transfer takes 24-48 hours to process, but you should see the 1,000 Iberia miles in your Iberia Plus account when you log in.

Current IB

Now, log into your British Airways Avios account and click the Manage My Account tab.

Manage BA Account

I currently have 22,026 British Airways Avios.  Click the Combine My Avios link.

Manage BA

Click the Combine My Avios button at the bottom of the page.

Combine Avios

Enter your Iberia Plus account number and 6 digit PIN.  Check the box and click the Log In button.

Combine BA IB

As you can see, I currently have 22,026 British Airways Avios and 1,000 Iberia Avios.  Click the circle titled “British Airways to Iberia Plus” and enter the number of Avios you want to move to your Iberia Plus account.  Then click the red button to combine your Avios.

BA to IB

Preview the transfer amount, check the box, and click Combine My Avios.

Confirm Avios Transfer

Congratulations, your transfer was completed successfully.

Combine Successful

If you refresh your British Airways account, your point balance should have changed (mine decreased by 1,000 Avios).

New BA Balance

If you refresh your Iberia Plus account, your point balance should have changed (mine increased by 1,000 Avios).

New IB Balance

British Airways will send you a confirmation email.

BA Email

And Iberia will send you a confirmation number.

IB Email

There you have it, you can now transfer Avios back and forth and take advantage of Iberia’s sweet award chart.  Please read the article written by The Points Guy – Maximizing British Airways Avios: Save Money on Fuel Surcharges and Fees – Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

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6 thoughts on “Transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia Avios

  1. Smitty

    Thanks for the post! Do you remember when you first signed up for Iberia Plus, it asked for an identification document. When I choose Passport and enter in my US Passport number it errors out. How did you get around this in your application???

    1. Grant

      I have had an account for a long time, but never had any miles in it for a long time too. I don’t remember having any problems with the passport. Make sure you select USA as the country and enter your passport number. It should work.

  2. joE

    Does Amex, like chase, have a warning about transferring points only to your own Iberia account? The reason I’m asking is I’m wondering if someone else would be able to transfer points to my Iberia account or not.

    1. Grant

      Hmm, if they can add your Iberia account to their AMEX account, then the transfer should go through fine. There is no warning but they won’t be able to change the Iberia account listed easily online.


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