Earlier this year, Iberia brought out a promotion where you could load up on a tonne of Avios for flights you never had to fly. Most people who took advantage of the promotion went ahead to maximise the promotion and got themselves Iberia 90000 Avios.
These Avios came with special Terms & Conditions. The terms were that the Avios needed to be used by December 1, 2018. Otherwise, they would be clawed back from the accounts. There were many hiccups for many people in getting these Avios in the first place, which almost lead me to believe that Iberia was trying to back off. In reality, they were perhaps just as confused it seems about what hit them. We did post a couple of reminders as well about the use of the Avios as well.
Anyhow, I managed to use most of those Avios, and eventually, I was left with 11,000 Avios in my account. More on how I used them later. I tried a few segments to work from India, but it did not happen. Also, I haven’t started planning a lot of travel for the next year. So there was no place for me to fit in these 11,000 Avios, and the hotel booking options from these were all coming to be not useful as well. I tried transferring to British Airways Executive Club but given I have a family account running; I was not going to be able to do that. That was this morning India time.
Eventually, I guessed that Iberia would perhaps not do anything on this end and was just bluffing so that everyone would rush up their Avios. But I just logged in to check again, and it seems they were able to build IT which clawed back those Avios just fine.
I heard people who were able to transfer their Avios to British Airways did just fine with a 90,000 negative hit on their Iberia accounts.
What happened with your Iberia 90,000 Avios? Used them or lost them?