Cheap Award Flights to Europe With Points You Probably Already Have (Business Class for 25,500 Points One-Way!)

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Cheap Award Flights to Europe With Points You Probably Already Have (Business Class for 25,500 Points One-Way!)

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Via View From the Wing, Iberia is having a sale from a handful of US cities to Europe!

You can fly from Boston, Chicago, or New York to Madrid for just 12,750 Iberia Avios points one-way in coach.  And 25,500 Iberia Avios points one-way in Business Class!  But you’ll have to book your flights by March 18, 2018, and travel between October 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018.

Even better, you probably have Iberia Avios points without realizing it!  I’ll explain.

Cheap Award Flights To Europe With Points You Probably Already Have Business Class For 25500 Points One Way
Fly to Madrid for as Little as 12,750 Points One-Way In Coach!

Here’s what you need to know about this deal!

Cheap Award Flights to Europe

Link:   Iberia Award Sale to Europe

Iberia is having a 25% discount on award flights!  You can fly from Boston, Chicago, and New York to Madrid for just 12,750 Iberia Avios points one-way in coach.  Or 25,500 Iberia Avios points one-way in Business Class!

You can also fly from Miami to Madrid for 15,950 Iberia Avios points one-way in coach, or 31,900 Iberia Avios points one-way in Business Class.

You must book your flights by March 18, 2018, and travel between October 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018.

This is an excellent deal for a transatlantic flight!  Even if you aren’t jazzed about the idea of visiting Madrid, this is a very inexpensive way to reach Europe.  And once you’re there, you can hop around to the places you actually want to go by using low-cost European airlines!

Cheap Award Flights To Europe With Points You Probably Already Have Business Class For 25500 Points One Way
You Can Fly Round-Trip From Madrid to London for as Little as $50 on Low-Cost European Airlines!

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points and AMEX Membership Rewards points to Iberia at 1:1 ratio.

And folks who have the Southwest Companion Pass can fly to these participating US cities very cheaply to catch a discounted award flight.  That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for (nearly) free on both paid and award tickets.

Or, you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to 1 of the sale cities.  But always run the numbers first to see if it’s worth it!

Hotel Information

If you book a sale flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending.

To find hotels that can be booked with points, I use Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.  

Note:  If you prefer to book paid stays, check out discount sites like OrbitzExpedia, or TravelPony for deals.  But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized!).

Airbnb is another terrific way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.  Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price, and how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.

Use a Credit Card That Earns Bonus Miles & Points

These cards earn bonus miles or points for paid airfare:

Card NameWhat It Earns
American Express® Gold Card
- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for airfare purchased directly from airlines

- $100 Airline fee credit. Up to $100 a year for incidental fees with your selected airline

- Terms apply
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on airfare purchased directly from airlines on the first $50,000 when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Earn 5X American Express Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel

- $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at 1 airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including airfare

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- $250 statement credit for airfare & baggage fees each calendar year

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare each year

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with an airline credit card for specific perks!

And if you book a hotel, don’t forget to use one of these cards:

Card NameWhat It Earns
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on hotel rooms purchased directly from hotels on the first $50,000 when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including hotels

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- Extend your trip with a complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare & hotels each year

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with a hotel credit card for specific perks!

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So I’m sad to report that chase cards seem to be off limits to us. This is because we had a bankruptcy that is over 10 years ago! We have great credit now.

We called the reconsideration number and explained to Chase that it was not due to irresponsible spending but due to a spinal cord tumor that caused my husband to lose his job and become disabled. But Chase still refused to approve us.

I will try again next year but don’t have much hope they will approve it.

So now the question I would appreciate help with pertains to what would be the next best card to get after Chase cards. Chase cards seem to be dominating the free travel game more and more…but if we can’t get a Chase card then what is the next best thing?

Let me clarify that I don’t mean hotel cards or cash back “travel” cards like Capital one venture, which we already have. We wanted to step it up and play the real free travel game, and transfer points and etc that the Chase ones do.

What would you do in our situation? Thank you!

Million Mile Secrets

Sorry to hear about the rough situation, Leslie.

The rewards that make sense for you will depend greatly on where you want to travel. But in general, it’s a good idea to earn transferable points.

Here is a post covering the different types of transferable points:

https://millionmilesecrets.com/guides/the-trick-to-travel-flexibility-transferable-points/

Thanks for the info, I will check that out. But basically I want to be able to transfer to airlines for free or reduced price flights. My plans for now include traveling to Europe (Italy, France, etc…) and the caribbean. My focus is not on hotel points as I find good value in renting time shares for extended vacations, the bulk of our cost is usually in flights. Thanks again! : )