On Monday, March 28, Iberia’s maiden direct Madrid-Los Angeles flight will open the door to nine new United States destinations, thanks to the code-sharing agreement between the Spanish flag carrier and American Airlines. The new destinations reachable from Los Angeles are Honolulu, Hawai; the Californian cities of San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Jose, Fresno and Sacramento; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix, Arizona.
Triple Iberia Plus frequent flyer points
To promote the new flights and the new Barcelona-Miami route, Iberia is awarding triple frequent flyer points for tickets acquired in iberia.com through May 31. The 1,800 points are enough to pay for three return Madrid-Barcelona shuttle flights, for two return trips between Madrid and Casablanca, or for one return flight between Madrid and Athens, Istanbul, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, or other cities in Europe.
Iberia in the United States
Iberia offers direct flights to five U.S. cities:
* New York: two daily flights.
* Chicago: daily flight.
* Boston: five weekly flights – six from May 11 -.
* Miami: daily flights from Madrid and from March 29 three weekly direct flights from Barcelona.
* Los Angeles: three weekly flights from March 28 – an extra flight from July to September.
* Plus 92 destinations under code sharing with American Airlines, through any of the five Iberia gateways in the U.S.
This new routes, together with the overall capacity increase on Iberia flights from Madrid to Boston, Chicago and New York consolidate the United States as Iberia’s most important long-haul market. In 2011 the airline will offer a total of 1,164,000 seats between the Spain and USA, representing a 13 per cent increase from 2010.
Iberia, American Airlines y British Airways launched last October a joint business for routes over the North Atlantic, which has increased the travel options available to clients of all three airlines, with more frequencies and more destinations, as well as better connections across all three networks. The airlines’ combined route network serves 433 destinations in 105 countries with around 5,200 daily departures.