There’s a very good fare deal currently being offered on Iberia’s own website. It’s for travel from Madrid and Barcelona, plus a number of other Spanish destinations, to both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
All of these flights are actually on British Airways to the Middle East, and thus require a connection in London.
This offer only seems to be bookable on Iberia’s own website, and from looking at the ticketing rules, it must be booked by 1st August, for travel from the 8th September.
I was looking at some example dates in January:
When you eventually end up picking some flights, this is the total price – a very reasonable £310 return.
Diving into the detail of this, I think I can see what’s happening. I believe the fare should probably be closer to the £500 mark. After all, take a look at a very similar itinerary when priced up on ITA Matrix.
However if we compare the breakdown of taxes and fees on Iberia.com versus what ITA Matrix says it should be we can see the clear difference.
Iberia.com doesn’t seem to be charging the £190.40 BA YQ Surcharge. For those that don’t speak airline YQ (or some airlines call it YR) is the evil fuel surcharge.
If you’re interested in a fare like this, I’d suggest it might be worth booking this sooner than later.
The other consideration is that if you want to travel in business, it might be harder to upgrade this. It will doubtless ticket on 075 Iberia ticket stock rather than 125 ticket stock if booked with British Airways. That means you can not upgrade using a Gold Upgrade Voucher, nor using Avios from your Executive Club account. I do not think it’s possible to use Avios (even if you transfer them to an Iberia Plus account) to upgrade. So be prepared to travel in Premium Economy, unless you’re lucky enough to score and operational upgrade.
Either way, it’s a great deal!