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How to transfer your Avios between British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus accounts

Feb. 20, 2022
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How to transfer your Avios between British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus accounts
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This post has been updated with the latest information.

Avios is the currency used by the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus AerClub loyalty programs. So, if you have a frequent flyer account with any (or all) of these airlines, you'll be earning and redeeming Avios.

You can transfer Avios between the programs at a rate of 1:1, so 1 British Airways Avios is worth 1 Iberia Avios and vice versa. The reason you may wish to transfer your Avios between the different programs is that Avios have slightly different values and uses in each program. For example, a Reward Flight Saver is available with Avios in British Airways Executive Club but not in Iberia Plus.

Similarly, you may find lower prices, fees and taxes booking a long-haul Iberia-operated flight with Avios in your Iberia Plus account than your British Airways Executive Club account.

Note that you can only transfer Avios to yourself. Read our guide to British Airways household accounts for more information about sharing Avios between family members. But, in this guide, we'll consider how to move your Avios between programs.

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Combine your Avios via Avios.com (with your AerClub login)

The easiest way to transfer Avios between the three programs is via Avios.com using your Aer Lingus AerClub login details. The transfer process may take two steps depending on where your Avios are and where you want them to be (i.e., from Iberia to AerClub and then to Executive Club). But doing it this way does not have some of the frustrations and bugs that trying to transfer them outside of Avios.com can have.

You'll first need to ensure your details in each program match (your full name, date of birth and email address). Iberia Plus also requires that your account be open for at least 90 days to receive or transfer Avios.

Then, open an AerClub account here — this is the loyalty program of Aer Lingus.

(Screenshot courtesy of aerlingus.com)

Once you have an account, you need to log in to Avios.com using your AerClub login details. The site may prompt you to create a new password.

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Next, click the "Manage my account" tab within your Avios.com account and select "Combine my Avios."

(Screenshot courtesy of avios.com)

Any Avios currently in your AerClub account will appear in your Avios.com account, as this is how AerClub Avios are stored. That's why you need to use your AerClub login details.

(Screenshot courtesy of avios.com)

Next, you will choose the other program you want to move Avios to or from (i.e., British Airways or Iberia).

(Screenshot courtesy of avios.com)

Once logged in, you can choose to transfer Avios to or from the selected program (in this case British Airways, but the same works for Iberia Plus if you have chosen to log in to that account instead).

(Screenshot courtesy of avios.com)

The site will take you to a confirmation page to confirm your choice.

(Screenshot courtesy of avios.com)

You can move any amount of Avios you choose, so long as you have that number in your "from" account. Notice that Avios.com will allow me to transfer just 1 Avios if I choose to confirm the transfer. There are no minimum transfer amounts.

If you want to move Avios from Iberia to British Airways, you would use this Avios.com feature to transfer Avios from Iberia to Avios.com and then from Avios.com to British Airways. While it involves an extra step, it's the simplest and best method.

Transfers are free and instant.

Related: 3 versions of Avios: When to use Aer Lingus, Iberia and British Airways

Other ways to earn Avios

If you've combined all of your Avios on Avios.com and still need more for an upcoming redemption, you have a few options.

Sharing Avios among family

You can create a household account with British Airways and share your Avios with others this way. Once you have a household account, you can make a booking using Avios shared with you by family members.

Transfers from bank points

You can transfer your bank points to Avios-based programs and then combine them using the above method. Here are your transfer options:

These transfers are at a 1:1 rate, except for Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott transfers are at a 3:1 rate, with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you send (60,000 points becomes 25,000 Avios, for example).

Credit card welcome offers

If you aren't in a rush, the best way to pad your Avios stash is through bonuses from credit cards. Each Avios program has its own credit card, all issued by Chase in the U.S.

Right now, each card has the same welcome offer: Earn up to 100,000 Avios. Earn 75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening and earn an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 in the first 12 months of account opening. Additionally, each card has the same $95 annual fee. If you are interested in applying for any of these cards, make sure to consult our guide to credit card application rules to make sure you're eligible.

Additional reporting by Ryan Smith.

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