Ready to plan that return to Europe in late 2021 or 2022? We’ve got just the ticket to do it in business class for the points you’d typically pay for economy.
We’ve found a great block of award availability to fly Iberia business class from the East Coast or Chicago-O’Hare to Madrid (MAD) in early 2021. And when we say great, we mean fantastic: You can currently book at least two seats (and often four!) most days from November all the way into April 2022 on the daily flights from Chicago, New York City (JFK), and Boston (BOS).
Flights from Boston are available several days a week, while Chicago and New York City have nearly daily availability for at least two passengers. And there’s equally sterling availability on the return flights, too.
These awards cost start at 34,000 Iberia Avios each way – or 68,000 Avios roundtrip. That’s what most airlines charge for economy: It’s one of the best deals in points and miles. If you’re planning a trip around Christmas or New Year’s, you’ll pay a bit more thanks to Iberia’s peak pricing rates. Iberia miles are easy to get by transferring from Chase or American Express points.
Thrifty Tip #1: Don’t live in Chicago, New York, or Boston? Consider booking a positioning flight using cash – or miles – to get there and hop on your business class flight.
Of course, travel to Spain and much of Europe is up in the air right now. Europe is aiming to set up a vaccine passport system in the coming months, though that’s unclear.
Luckily, Iberia makes it cheap and easy to change plans. The airline charges a flat $40 fee to change the dates of your flight or cancel to get your miles back. So you could lock in a trip with this amazing glut of award space then reconsider later on if need be.
Booking with Iberia can sometimes be a bit of a pain, as its website is a bit wonky and its customer support call center in the U.S. is hit or miss. But at these prices, it’s worth some extra legwork.
Thrifty Tip #2: Can’t get your Iberia award to go through? Try again using a different internet browser. Keep reading for more instructions, or just read our complete guide to booking business class flights using Iberia Avios.
Iberia business class won’t win awards for the world’s best business class. But you’ll get a comfortable lie-flat bed for the seven-plus hour flight, and good meals … all for the typical price of flying economy. And at just 53,000 points for a round-trip, that’s unparalleled.
Read our full review of Iberia business class from Chicago to Madrid.
Flying out of Chicago or New York City, you’ll have access to American’s Flagship lounges, which are among the best business class lounges in the U.S. And Iberia has its own lovely lounge in Madrid for international business class departures.
How to Book
Iberia is a member of the Oneworld alliance, so there are a number of ways you could book.
One option is using American AAdvantage miles. But the airline charges 57,500 miles each way, so you’ll use up a bigger part of your balance as well as some extra fees. British Airways is another option, as these nonstop flights across the Atlantic would also cost 34,000 miles each way. But with atrocious cash fees on these bookings, forget about it.
So that leaves us with Iberia Avios: with low mileage rates and moderate fees, it’s easily the best option. Critically, you can book Iberia awards up to 361 days in advance – which brings us to all the way to early April 2022.
Iberia’s site isn’t the easiest to navigate, but it’s worth the work.
You’ll want to scope out the award availability to ensure the dates you want to fly to or from Europe are still available – but with this much availability, that shouldn’t be a challenge. Head to Iberia.com and log in to your Iberia Plus account – or register if you don’t already have one.
From there, follow the link to Iberia’s award search tool. Other search platforms on Iberia’s site will not function correctly. Iberia doesn’t always play nice with airport codes, so you may want to type in the city name (“Chicago”) rather than ORD. And be sure you search for as many seats as you need and tick the “My dates are flexible” box.
Get a “restricted access” error? Iberia’s award search tool has a nasty habit of logging you out. Log back in and repeat the process – the second time should be the charm. Scroll through the dates and pick the nonstop Iberia business class flight that works!
This is a great chance to book a trip next year to Europe in some serious style on the cheap. Iberia offers the cheapest way to fly business class to Europe.
With this glut of award availability combined with an amazing transfer bonus from Chase, it’s an outstanding opportunity to make it happen next fall or winter.