Feb 14, 11, 1:37 pm
I have 7200 points, my wife has 2500 so if we top up both in one account, that will be enough to book 2 return tickets to Costa Rica from MAD. Day flight in Y (blue class) and return by night in C.
Is it possible to transfer points then?
Feb 14, 11, 10:53 pm
Im pretty sure the answer is no.
Heramato is right, at least as of 4 months ago when I asked Iberia the same question; you can buy tickets for other people with your points but you can't pool them where you don't quite have enough for an award.
In your case, what you could do is book a one-way leg with your wife's points (2360 points) in tarifa azul (economy, non-flexible) and then pay for the return leg and the second ticket with your points. That would at least get you your trip with the points you currently have but all in economy and with one flight costing 4720 instead of 3150 points, which is kind of hard to take. For what it's worth, if you have status on IB+, my experience of travelling on tarifa azul long haul whilst IB+ Gold (4-5 years back) was that we were both upgraded to business on both legs but I don't know whether that is something that can be relied on.
From time to time Iberia will do a 25% discount promotion on flight rewards on long-haul, which might help lower the target points you need. They have a 25% one right now on intercontinental flights (link in Spanish - sorry, can't find it in English (http://www.iberia.com/OneToOne/v3/webPartners.do?service=/webpartner/web/showOferta.do&BV_EngineID=ccchademkkifdlkcfngcfkmdfhmdfnm.0&BV_SessionID=@@@@1441481090.1297760516@@@@&market=ES&language=es&IS_ANONYMOUS=true&country=ES&prgOid=536885243&tabId=6&menuId=21010000000000&menuRP=1&idOferta=149794)) but it doesn't include Costa Rica unfortunately. Depending on when you are planning to go, you might have time to wait and see if an offer comes up.
Another alternative would be to transfer AmEx MR points if you or someone you know has them.
Hope this helps.
Feb 15, 11, 3:34 pm
unfortunately my expierience regarding upgrades is that they have severly restricted lately, upto two years ago all my families reservations were upgraded but this last year policy has changed and upgrades are only done if Y-class is full. On my last two flights this was made clear also by empty seats in C and a full Y class.
Also one purser told me that in plane upgrades by the captain are no longer accepted by the management, they used to be common practise.
so unfortunately you wil have to take R217's advice on booking method but dont have any hope for upgrades....