I passed on the recent Iberia Avios promotion. Trust me, I have no source to procure 90,000 miles for cheaper than $300. The price was amazing. But three things kept me from purchasing.
First, I’ve been so busy this year it isn’t funny. I’m not saying this to pat myself on the back…it’s a difficult time and hardly laudable. With the exception of spending a day in Hawaii with my wife and a brief trip to Carmel, I have not taken any vacation this year.
In fact, work is so busy I’ve had to cancel two previously planned award trips…one to Moscow on Aeroflot and another to Australia on Thai Airways. Since these miles expire in December, I don’t even see a viable use for them in the coming months. I have to buy a ticket to FTU in Washington, DC. I could have gambled that space would open on American Airlines…but lately, we know that is about as likely as scoring four seats to Australian in first class for Christmas.
Second, let’s talk about uses for the points. One great use: a round-trip business class ticket from Los Angeles to New York on American Airlines. Surely that is worth $300, right? Indeed, if you can find the space. American Airlines is decent about releasing last-minute award space, but you need a return as well since AA awards must be booked on a round-trip basis. I cannot think of a single round-trip ticket I have booked this year, either revenue or with points. The nature of my travel lends itself to many one-way tickets, which simply don’t work well with Iberia Avios.
Using these points for a fuel-surcharge free redemption to Europe on Iberia metal would also have been a good use. I enjoyed my longhaul flight in Iberia last year. But I checked and saw no space around Christmas from even Chicago or New York, let alone LA. Even Mexico City didn’t have space on my preferred travel dates (usually a great source).
Will Iberia Honor This?
Lastly, I actually don’t think Iberia/IAG will honor this promotion. When British Airways starts cancelling 200GBP “mistake” fares to Israel (even though budget airlines routinely offer even cheaper fares), I have no trust that it will honor this one. I hope I’m wrong, for it has no grounds upon which to skirt the promo, but my gut tells me they won’t honor this. I’ve got enough fires burning right now: I do not need another one.
I congratulate those of you who booked 10 cheap throw-away domestic tickets on Iberia in order to take advantage of this promo. If you have a specific redemption in mind, book it sooner rather than later. And while I think Iberia will be hesitant to honor this deal, it has absolutely no legal leg to stand on should it later decide it does not want to honor it.