What’s an Iberia Stopover
If you’re flying Iberia internationally from basically anywhere on their network, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be flying through Spain en route to your final destination, which probably means a stop at Iberia’s hub in Madrid. It’s an awesome city and to encourage people to actually explore Spain, rather than just flying through it, the flag carrier has implemented a free stopover service.
This is not a new concept and variants of this concept exist within the industry, take Oman Air Airlines, Turkish Airlines or Finnair’s Stopover Program for instance.
Is this Madrid Stopover 2.0?
The current stopover program with Iberia is nothing new. The original version of the program was called “Madrid Amigo” and this too was supported by the Madrid city council.
As a fun fact, this program, while now defunct, existed around in the 1980’s – well before the formation of IAG and the Oneworld Alliance.
Information on Madrid Amigo is extremely scarce, even by FlyerTalk standards not much is mentioned. However, there are some clues as the good people of the internet managed to save some old literature explaining the program in some detail.
How to Book a Stopover with Iberia
Booking is relatively simple, just go to the Iberia website specifically for Hola! Madrid and make the booking as you normally would – choosing the length of stay and if you want to take the stopover on the outbound or inbound leg.