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Sometimes too-good-to-be-true deals come along, which typically result in two reactions from people: some jump all in, hoping to sort things out later, and others hold back, not wanting to get burned in terms of time, money, and headache.

Like maybe a first class plane ticket to Europe for $90?

I was in the latter category for the Iberia Avios deal that popped up a couple days ago. It was reported that you can earn 9,000 Avios per flight booking with Iberia, not actually flying. While an extra 9,000 Avios for flying a ticket might tempt those with the wherewithal to head to Spain and hop on some short routes for some extra points, the Avios were reportedly awarded at booking. Let’s just say I was skeptical.

But now it sounds like Iberia is actually going to honor the deal, and I am only writing this since it sounds like they are serious.

Get up to 90,000 Avios for 10 bookings (9k each)

What you need to do to get the promo:

  • Purchase a ticket directly on Iberia.com, and add your Iberia Plus number (no registration required)
  • The booking must be for a flight operated by Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum
  • Avios will be added to your account within 10 days of booking
  • If you request a refund for any reason, the Avios will be withdrawn
  • Promotional Avios must be redeemed by December 1!
  • You must book by June 24 to receive the promo Avios
  • You can earn a maximum of 90,000 Avios, which is up to 10 tickets
  • You cannot transfer the Avios to BA and expect to keep them past their expiration date.

The Avios must be redeemed by December 1!!! I cannot type this emphatically enough. You must have a short-term plan for these points. Read the full terms of the promotion here.

At time of writing, I can still find fares as low as $34 one-way on intra-Spain short-haul (specifically looking at Seville or Malaga to Madrid). So you’ll be out about $340 for 90,000 Avios. Not a bad deal.

There are a good number of Avios sweet spots still. If I thought we could fit in another trip this year, I might consider burning some for a short trip to Spain flying Iberia’s business class from SFO to MAD during off-peak dates. But since I really *don’t* have a good use for these in the short term, I’m pretty sure I will pass this up.

What about you? Is this a golden opportunity? 

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