Iberia honored the deal, at least for me. That means I’m going to Albania! While I’m happy I will be flying round trip in business for $500, I could have done much better had I been more prepared for the possibility that the promotion would actually be honored.
Here’s what I did right: The day before the points were supposed to post, I searched for availability between San Juan and Madrid. When the points showed up, I, without hesitation, booked the flights.
Here’s what I did wrong: I still have to book flights from Madrid and back to Madrid. Instead of booking 10 trips from Madrid to Sevilla to get the points bonus, I should have thought about booking trips for the time I knew I would be in Spain.
While it was smart to search for availability before the points posted, a real Pointstradramus would have searched for those award flights as well as revenue flights that he/she would take. Now, I’m probably going to fly Iberia out of Madrid and pay money for tickets that would have served the same purpose for the promotion.
Alas, I am but a mere mortal.