Iberia is Spain’s flag carrying, and largest, airline. It has plenty of global chops, too, thanks to a merger with British Airways in 2010. The merged company, known as International Airlines Group, is the third largest airline in the world by revenue. Iberia has been a member of the oneworld alliance since 1999: great news for Avios collecting frequent fliers.
Based in Madrid, Iberia operates flights to 17 destinations in Spain and 55 destinations worldwide. If you’re looking for flights between Europe and Latin America, it’s likely you’ll be flying with Iberia. They’re the leading airline offering flights on such routes, and see themselves as a bridge between continents.
Iberia’s slogan is “¿Y mañana, te imaginas?” which means “and tomorrow, you imagine?” With Iberia you can fly to a range of inspirational destinations. If you’re not sure where you want to end up, with Skyscanner you just have to type in ‘Everywhere’ as your destination and we’ll show you the cheapest flights from your nearest airport.
How to Check In
Iberia encourages online check-in, although they also offer check-in services at the counter and self service kiosks where available. Online check-in begins the day before the flight and ends one hour before departure (or 90 minutes before if you’re flying from Lagos, San Jose or Caracas). It’s also possible to check in by phone: if you have Iberia’s mobile app and if the airport you’re flying from supports it. If you’re bringing hold luggage you can print off your luggage tags beforehand using the My Bag Tag service. Stick them to your suitcase and drop them off at the express bag drop counter.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Hold luggage max weight: 23kg Hold luggage max size (Height+width+length): 158cm Long-haul flights: Reduced Economy passengers can check in one piece of hold luggage, Full Economy and Business travellers can check in two pieces, while Business Plus travellers are allowed to bring a whopping three pieces of hold luggage. Medium haul flights: Economy passengers are allowed to bring one piece of hold luggage, while Business class and Business Club passengers can bring two. Flights within Europe: Basic passengers have no luggage allowance. Classic Flexible passengers can bring one piece of hold luggage, and Business class passengers can bring two. Flights to/from London: Economy passengers can bring one piece of luggage on long-haul flights, while Full Economy can bring two. The baggage allowance is more generous on flights to Brazil, with both classes being allowed to bring two pieces weighing up to 32kg. Long haul Business Plus travellers can bring three pieces of luggage weighing up to 32kg on all routes. On medium haul flights economy passengers can bring one piece of standard luggage (or two pieces if they’re flying to Nigeria, Ghana or Senegal). Full Economy passengers can bring one 23kg piece, while Business Class passengers are entitled to two pieces of luggage weighing up to 32kg.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Leg room is fairly generous, with a seat pitch of 32” in economy, and a very generous 78” in business. Seats are assigned at check-in, but it’s also possible to choose where you want to sit. It’s cheapest to do this online (e.g. £9 per seat on European flights), although the price increases if the seats are booked during online check in (£13) and rise again if you book seats at the airport (£18).
There’s a small charge of £4.50 for paying with credit card or Paypal.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Peckish passengers flying within Europe can choose from a selection of snacks and drinks from the on board food cart, Tu Menú. Mid-haul and long-haul flights are fully catered in economy, although alcohol must be purchased separately.
Iberia is among the top ten most punctual airlines, with over 90% of their flights arriving on time during 2013.