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Great Iberia award space in July and August for Business Class with AAdvantage miles

by on Fri September 18, 2015 • 4 Comments


If you’re sitting on American AAdvantage miles and trying to get to Europe next summer in Business Class, this is a subtle reminder to look beyond what you see on and consider Iberia awards.

Iberia flies to its Madrid hub from the following U.S. cities:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York

Fuel surcharges are more reasonable than with British Airways flights and award space is pretty good for most of next summer, which is a relief considering how hard it is to find award space on American’s own flights.

Iberia typically releases 2 award seats at a time in Business Class, and we searched June, July, and August 2016 for days with award space for at least 2 people from the U.S. to Madrid with the following results:


  • June: 6 days
  • July: 19 days
  • August: 19 days


  • June: 0 days
  • July: 10 days
  • August: 27 days

Los Angeles

  • June: 0 days
  • July: 3 days
  • August: 9 days


  • June: 5 days
  • July: 23 days
  • August: 31 days

New York

  • June: 11 days
  • July: 24 days
  • August: 30 days

New York and Miami have by far the most space available, with flights available almost every day in July and August.

Even Los Angeles gets in on the action a few days, even though the flight from Los Angeles to Madrid only operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.


You can find the space by setting up an account on (the British Airways website) and searching for any of the above cities to Madrid.

Once you get to Madrid, you can connect on Iberia flights to most of Europe and parts of Africa to complete your journey.

How much does it cost?

Flights to anywhere in Europe with AAdvantage miles are just 50,000 miles one way in Business Class, though no stopovers are allowed.

How is flying Iberia?

If you see an A330 or A340-500 listed for your flight, it will have great new lie flat seats with direct access to the aisle from every seat like these pictured below, but if it’s any other A340 you will be stuck with older style angled flat seats. The good news is by next summer the installation of the new seats scheduled to be complete and getting stuck on a plane with old seats shouldn’t be a problem.


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4 thoughts on Great Iberia award space in July and August for Business Class with AAdvantage miles

  1. Naga


    is it possible to upgrade Eithad or Qatar airways ticket from Economy to Business using AAdvantage Miles for India travel and how much miles required ? and can you also explain upgrade ways in Emirates from Economy to Business?


      1. Naga

        thanks … is it possible to book one way using miles and other way using cash in same reservation? or it has to be 2 separate tickets with one award and other with cash?

        does Etihad has any discounted miles for Kid (3 years)? or it is going to be 67,5000 miles?


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