Sep 13, 11, 1:31 am
I have some IB mileage. But with the recent change of BA mileage program, do I need to wait for the change to get better buring rate with IB mile?
Sep 13, 11, 3:40 am
As this relates to IB's FFP, we'll move over to the relevant forum.
Sep 13, 11, 12:47 pm
BA and IB are merging their FFPs and miles into a new scheme; your miles / kilometers will be "Avios" and some award possibilities seem to be better. Check this thread (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/iberia-airlines-iberia-plus/1254348-changes-iberia-plus-program-late-2011-onward.html) for further information.
One USA Today Travel article (http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/flights/boardingarea/post/2011/09/Live-from-a-Lounge---BA-switches-from-BA-Miles-to-Avios-Points-as-its-loyalty-currency-from-November-2011/545595/1)states, in part:
The key change is the currency, which was so far BA Miles, will cease to exist and be replaced in equal measure by Avios points. Similarly, for members of Iberia Plus, they stop earning Iberia Plus points, and start earning Avios currency going forward. This means, 1000 BA Miles are going to be 1000 Avios points going forward...
Other changes upcoming from mid-November 2011 are:
Avios points collectors will be able to use them for hotel stays and car rentals also, and can be made fully on Avios points, or as cash+Avios points purchase. This is valid only in specific countries...
Reward Flight Saver redemptions are being introduced. For shorter route redemptions within Zone 1 to 3, which includes all of Europe, there is more value in the redemptions going forward, but more so for premium cabins!..
BA is also readjusting its redemption rates on various routes, and promises to give more details closer to November. But in a highlight of what could get affected, it has shown that it is reducing the amount of Avios points one needs to go over to key airports globally such as JFK, Narita, Hong Kong and then some like Cairo and Prague. So, LHR-JFK will cost 20% less points in November than it does right now in any class of travel. Here is a chart from BA explaining some changes.
The Reward Flight Saver is the new piece introduced. Here is how it works currently, a redemption fare from Britain to Turkey is 20,000 BA Miles RT as per the BA website.
Much of the information would seem Anglocentric (or at least BA-centric) and November will reveal much more in terms of the new FFP Avios "currency" - but it also seems Iberia has been less forthcoming with detailed information about the changes incurred to the Iberia Plus programme.
Link (http://www.iberia.com/iberiaplus_en/)to Iberia Plus web pages
So if this change to Avios happens on the 16 Nov at a rate of one point to 15 miles and if one has IB Points due to expire at the end of he year will all Avios converted miles be safe without expiry?