If your Spanish is any good – or your web browser can translate for you – you might be able to purchase some Avios at a decent price. The offer comes from the Spanish version of Groupon and the Avios are sent to an Iberia Plus account. You can access the offer here. This is now the third time this promotion has come around, so it seems to be reasonably appealing for all involved.
It is easy enough to sign up for a Spanish Groupon account – if not resident in Spain I’m sure you can enter any hotel address or similar… – and take advantage of the offer. Oddly, the offer gets progressively worse the more Avios you buy:
- 2,000 Avios for 19 euros (0.95 euro cents apiece)
- 4,000 Avios for 49 euros (1.23 euro cents apiece)
- 8,000 Avios for 99 euros (1.24 euro cents apiece)
- 12,000 Avios for 149 euros (1.24 euro cents apiece)
- 20,000 Avios for 259 euros (1.3 euro cents apiece)
Groupon members are limited to one purchase of the 2,000 Avios pack and five overall. I cannot say for sure whether you could open several new Groupon accounts and send several 2,000 Avios packages to the same Iberia Plus account…
With the current euro/sterling exchange rate the larger packages work out to around 1 UK pence apiece. This is definitely better than the regular (and bonus promo) prices offered by British Airways Executive Club, but is not quite low enough for me to recommend speculatively buying Avios. However if you need to top up for an award, now is the time!
Should you manage to make a purchase, Groupon should e-mail you a voucher that is exchanged online for Avios. This voucher is also available in the “Mis Groupones” section available from a menu in the top right-hand corner of your Groupon screen once logged in.
It is also worth noting that Iberia Plus now has a shopping portal called IberiaPluStore. This can only be accessed on the Spain version of the Iberia Plus website. Groupon is listed on the IberiaPluStore offering 5 Avios per euro spent. Around the time of the last Groupon offer the rate was 16 Avios per euro, and I eventually received those on top of the Avios sold by Groupon.
Readers should be aware that some Flyertalk members reported a nightmare with getting their Avios to post correctly. It worked fine for me, though, which may well be because, as a Spanish resident with a Spanish debit card and Spanish address on my Iberia Plus account, I am one of the real targets of the promotion, not somebody accessing the web from North America and trying to pay with PayPal…