There has been chatter in the past few months about Iberia Plus moving to the revenue-based program based on website pages they updated and later withdraw.
Now, the airline has updated the page that shows how many Avios you earn for Iberia flights. The page states that the change is coming soon but doesn’t give any exact date. There won’t be a change in how you qualify.
You can access Iberia Plus here.
Here’s what Iberia has now updated:
The Avios earnings per tier:
*Applies to your net spending, not including taxes or carrier charges.
Carrier surcharges (aka fuel surcharges) on other airlines that have gone revenue-based do earn award miles or points, as this revenue goes directly to their coffers and are NOT considered taxes
Revue-based programs are boring, and this change only benefits those that fly on very expensive short-haul tickets.
The biggest losers are those that fly on discounted premium economy and business class tickets that have really been the sweet spot for earning miles.
The result is that you earn more miles for discounted business class tickets on partner flights than on their own metal, as Iberia doesn’t have easy access to revenue information on tickets issued other than their own ticket stock.
The real question is when British Airways is going to revenue-based? Aer Lingus and Vueling already are (both owned by IAG), and if Iberia is about to take this step, BA cannot be far behind.
They should give at least 12 months’ notice of this change. Announce it in 2022 and go revenue based from January 1, 2024.