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Proceed With Caution When Transferring to British Airways Avios
Majored in Miles had a piece earlier this week about an issue he ran into with the Iberia promotion. Iberia recently allowed their promo miles to be transfer to BA Avios. That wasn’t originally possible per the promo’s terms. He decided to take them up on the offer which ended up being a mistake. He was shocked when a few days later BA wiped out his entire 90,000 Avios balance.
British Airways said that since he had no account activity since 2015 the miles immediately expired.
I guess transferring points in (Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, or Iberia Avios) does not reset the clock. (Reader Alex pointed out that the terms say this should work so the agent must have been misinformed) Basically his account was inactive so they immediately confiscated his miles.
Be careful when transferring miles between Iberia and Avios, especially with the 90K in promo miles. Best sure that you have had recent activity first.
I can see miles that have been sitting in the account for 36 months getting confiscated but to pull newly transferred miles out of an account is overly punitive in my opinion. Regardless, take this as a word of caution when transferring to British Airways. Make sure your account has recent activity first.
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