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Shocking: Iberia and BA switch to Revenue-Based Avios Earning

Last updated: November 08,2022
Originally Published: November 08,2022
by Jestan Mendame

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The Big Three U.S. carriers (United, Delta, and American) have already adopted a revenue-based points-earning system, and shockingly, Iberia and British Airways are also following this trend.

Iberia has started using the new system since November 1, 2022, while British Airways will be using the new system early in 2023. The two carriers used to have a distanced-based earning system.

Both Iberia and BA used to have a distance-based earning system where frequent flyer members are awarded Avios based on the distance of their flights and not on the cost of their flights.

Read More: What’s The Best Frequent Flyer Program?

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Iberia Plus Updates

Iberia Plus members will now earn Avios based on how much they spend on their flights starting November 1, 2022.

In the new system, members will earn 5-8x Avios per euro spent based on their status (taxes, fees, and charges, are excluded). Take note, this doesn’t affect the way you earn status, only the way you earn Avios. Here’s the new earning system:

  • Clasica members: 5x Avios per euro spent
  • Plata members: 6x Avios per euro spent
  • Oro members: 7x Avios per euro spent
  • Platino, Infinita, and Infinito Prime members: 8x Avios per euro spent

Members don’t just earn Avios on flights because they’ll also earn Avios for spending on other services or products like extra baggage and seat selection.

Read More: British Airways Launches New Avios Subscription Plan

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British Airways Executive Club Updates For 2023

British Airways hasn’t revealed the completed details of how they’ll implement their new revenue-based earning system. We don’t know if the rates will be the same but what we do know is that they’ll start rolling it out in 2023.


The airline industry is slowly shifting away from distance-based earning so as shocking as it may seem, we all know BA and Iberia will eventually follow the trend.

What do you think of this move? Is it good or bad?

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