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Updated: See Sidenote – tip may be moot as booking may not be directly possible
Many of us are currently checking our Iberia accounts to see if the 90k promo is actually honored. I’m not 10 days out from my booking dates so I’m not surprised to find my account void of these flight credits. However, I have been investigating how I may want to use my points. One such redemption that is high on my list is Aer Lingus. Interestingly, I haven’t redeemed Iberia Avios for Aer Lingus specifically, nor have I done so for any of my award clients. One thing I noted in my research was that it appears the price you’ll pay in Iberia Avios may actually regard Aer Lingus’ peak/off peak chart not that of Iberia.
An article I came across shows how OMAAT redeemed BA Avios for Aer Lingus and his redemption cost related to the Aer Lingus, not BA, peak/off peak chart. Since Aer Lingus, Iberia, and BA are all under the same IAG umbrella, I’m assuming this will be the case for Iberia as well.
*a sidenote –
some readers are pointing out that Aer Lingus isn’t listed as a partner on their website; as I’ve noted, I haven’t personally done this, but according to UpgradedPoints they are a non-alliance partner bookable over the phone. (UpgradedPoints has since changed the page since my linking to reflect that this is now accomplished via transfer, not solely booking over the phone) This reflects the traditional thinking on Avios transfer. However – I wouldn’t count on this being accomplished if you’re using Promo miles – it’s indicated that this could result in a negative balance Under normal circumstances you can transfer your Iberia points to Avios or BA Avios to book Aer Lingus. I’m simply trying to show that the rate that you will pay ( if you can ) looks to be based off of Aer Lingus’ chart, not the underlying currency you book with. I’ll update.
You can go here to check Aer Lingus Peak/Off Peak calendar or here to see the Iberia Peak/Off Peak
Aer Lingus Peak ( green )/Off Peak
Iberia – Red is Peak…
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60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
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If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
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- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
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- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
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- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
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We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.