Should you sign your kids up for an Iberia Plus account?
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Spanish carrier Iberia has its own rewards programme, Iberia Plus, and with it, you can uncover one of the best ways to avoid taxes, charges and fees on British Airways rewards tickets. With a standalone British Airways Executive Club account, you can quickly transfer Avios from British Airways to Iberia Plus to take advantage of Iberia’s distance-based award chart — and lower taxes and fees. Additionally, Iberia Plus is a transfer partner of American Express U.K. Membership Rewards.
But, with all of its benefits for U.K.-based adult flyers does it make sense to also have an Iberia Plus account for your kids? We’ll take a look at how you sign kids up for an account as well as why it may — or may not — be worth it.
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Registering for an Iberia Plus Kids account
Iberia’s reward programme for children aged 2-11 is called Iberia Plus Kids. Unlike Virgin Atlantic or British Airways, Iberia Plus Kids has a paper-based application form in Spanish or English.
All children’s memberships turn into an adult membership at age 12. Indeed one of the unique aspects of Iberia is that it allows children as young as 12 to fly unattended.
On the practical side, the registration allows more than one child on the same application, unlike a child application for Virgin Flying Club that requires a separate application per child with verification by paper or phone. British Airways Executive Club for children is done via a Household Account online.
Iberia Plus Kids requires photocopies of passports for parents and children for verification purposes and a postal application to Spain. On the positive side, children receive their own membership card after their first flight credited to their account.
Why avoid an Iberia Plus Kids account?
Iberia Plus as a points and miles programme does not allow family pooling. The main benefit of Iberia Plus for adults is your ability to transfer Iberia Avios either directly or via Avios.com back and forth with British Airways Avios (or Aer Lingus or Veuling).
This isn’t the case for children because Avios.com has a minimum age of 18. While a child can fly alone on an aeroplane by 12 on Iberia, he or she can’t transfer those miles to the British Airways Executive Club until 18.
Why get an Iberia plus kids account?
As you cannot transfer Avios into an Iberia Plus Kids account, you could sign your child up and credit flights to his or her number to start building their collection of Iberia Avios. Alternatively, you could credit those flights with Iberia to partner airlines, such as British Airways.
You can also credit to his or her account using the Iberia shopping portal. Plus, it’s good to get them earning miles, as the account will automatically be converted to an adult account once they hit 12 years old. Just remember, you can’t transfer Avios out until your child is 18, and you need to keep the account active every 36 months to avoid them expiring. Some people also use the Iberia Plus Kids Account to avoid having a British Airways Household Account.
Related reading: How to keep your points and miles from expiring
While your little traveller may not be ready to start earning and burning, it may be worth the paperwork to sign your child up for an Iberia Plus Kids account to save them Iberia Avios. Once they grow up, they’ll be able to transfer those Avios to other Avios programmes, such as British Airways and Aer Lingus.
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