Just by being here – you’re on top of the miles game. British Airways and Iberia use “Avios” as their airline miles currency – but the two programs are not equal. While there are occasions when using British Airways makes more sense – there are many times when moving points into the Iberia Plus Avios program can save both miles and money. Anyone can link the two programs together, moving points back and forth at will. We’re going to show you how to link British Airways Executive Club with Iberia Plus in minutes.
First things first. You need the name on your Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club accounts to match perfectly. If you have any funny initials or suffixes, be sure to duplicate them on both accounts exactly the same. If you’ve already created an account and they are not identical, try creating a new account with the program where you do not yet have any points.
Just in case you once had a clever email address you no longer use – the email address on both accounts must also match. You can quickly create an Iberia or British Airways account for free, if you don’t already have one. Here’s the link to British Airways and to Iberia.
You can’t move Avios points between Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club until you’ve earned at least one point in the Iberia Plus Avios program. This can be accomplished quickly and easily by transferring American Express Membership Rewards Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Starwood Preferred Guest points. You can also do this by purchasing Iberia Avios from a Groupon sale. Any of these activities will activate your Iberia account. Of course, actually flying Iberia or their partners would do the trick too.
People seem to run into issues moving points out of British Airways. But there’s a workaround. Create a free Avios.com account. Once you have an account here, you can link both your Iberia and British Airways accounts. This allows you to move points between any of the three programs from one central location. So if you’re struggling to move them from British Airways or Iberia, try pulling the points from Avios.com instead.
Moving The Points
Login to your British Airways Executive Club account. Next, find the “Manage My Account” drop down menu. From there, scroll down to “Combine My Avios“. Since you’ve taken care of all the dirty work in the steps above, moving the points back and forth will be a breeze. Points transfers are instant, and there’s no limit to how many you can move. You can also move British Airways and Iberia Avios back and forth at will. Enjoy!