To kick off our journey to Oman, we first flew Iberia enterprise class from Miami to Madrid. I went into the flight with pretty low expectations, and I’d say my expectations have been exceeded… considerably. The cabin felt recent, the Wi-Fi was good, and the meals and repair have been higher than I used to be anticipating. Given the worth we received, I wouldn’t hesitate to fly with Iberia achieve.
How I booked our Iberia enterprise class tickets
We booked our Miami to Madrid flight as a standalone itinerary, since we have been spending a few nights in Spain earlier than persevering with to the Center East. I managed to guide the next in enterprise class for 42,500 Iberia Plus Avios plus $132.60 in taxes, charges, and provider imposed surcharges, per individual:
02/14 IB6118 Miami to Madrid departing 10:45PM arriving 1:15PM (+1 day)
For what it’s value, Iberia Plus has a distance based mostly award chart, and that’s the pricing between Miami and Madrid throughout an off-peak interval. I acquired these Iberia Plus Avios by transferring them from British Airways Government Membership, which is feasible so long as each accounts have been open for at the very least 90 days. Alternatively Iberia Plus is switch companions with each Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Final Rewards.
Whereas I might have booked this flight instantly by means of British Airways Government Membership, that will have include $700+ in provider imposed surcharges. In the meantime the Iberia Plus program has far more cheap surcharges for Iberia flights.
Iberia enterprise class check-in
We arrived at Miami Airport at round 8PM for our 10:45PM departure to Spain. Our expertise was off to begin, as there was barely any wait on the enterprise class check-in counter, and we have been shortly issued boarding passes with out our baggage being weighed (which is all the time a danger with international airways, and it by no means ends properly).
Sadly, it fairly shortly went downhill from there. Because it seems, Iberia doesn’t take part in TSA Pre-Verify. Wait, say what? In 2022?! I hadn’t bothered to verify the TSA’s airline checklist earlier than our journey as a result of I don’t bear in mind the final time I flew an airline that didn’t take part in it. Heck, there are airways that take part in TSA Pre-Verify that I’ve by no means heard of (what’s Key Lime Air?), but in some way Iberia doesn’t?!
You wouldn’t suppose this can be a large problem, besides on this night there have been actually the longest safety traces I’ve seen anyplace on the planet in my complete life. For instance, the safety line for the D Concourse stretched all the way in which to the J Concourse. I’m not exaggerating after I say that I’ve by no means even seen a safety line half this lengthy earlier than. I can’t assist however surprise what precisely occurred right here?!
Happily there was a CLEAR checkpoint. I used to be now not enrolled in CLEAR since I don’t bear in mind the final time that I used to be at an airport the place CLEAR really saved any time. Happily Ford and I each had our Amex Platinum Playing cards on us, which provide a CLEAR credit score, so we might sign-up on the spot. Regardless of having CLEAR, it nonetheless took 45 minutes to get by means of safety.
On this a part of the terminal there was a single checkpoint open… is smart, eh?
Iberia Lounge Miami (American Flagship Lounge)
Premium Iberia passengers at Miami Airport can use the American Flagship Lounge, positioned within the D Concourse. I’ve reviewed the Flagship Lounge Miami earlier than, so received’t write a full overview once more. Nonetheless, this was my first time visiting because the lounge reopened, so I’ll simply share just a few ideas.
Now Flagship Lounge company are supplied a glass of champagne upon arrival within the lounge, which was a lot appreciated after our safety expertise. On this case it was Piper Heidsieck being supplied.
The lounge was good and quiet whereas we have been there, in contrast to the remainder of the terminal.
I used to be additionally impressed by the meals choice, which was each bit nearly as good as when Flagship Lounges first opened.
After getting caught up on a bit of labor and having a few drinks, we headed to our departure gate.
Iberia enterprise class boarding
Our flight was departing from gate E21, and in response to the boarding go, boarding was scheduled to start out at 9:45PM, an hour earlier than departure. Attending to gate E21 requires taking the prepare.
As is the case with so many airways, it seems that the boarding time posted on boarding passes isn’t really the time that boarding is meant to start out, which certain is irritating. Boarding ended up beginning at 10:20PM, 25 minutes earlier than departure, and 35 minutes after the posted boarding time. Enterprise class passengers have been invited to board first.
Apparently all of the bulletins on the gate have been in Spanish — I didn’t hear any bulletins in English. Then once more, that’s type of becoming for a flight between Miami and Madrid.
Iberia Airbus A330 enterprise class cabin & seats
We boarded by means of the second set of doorways on this Airbus A330-300, and turned left into the enterprise class cabin. Iberia’s A330-300 enterprise class cabin consists of 29 seats, in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. As you’d count on, every seat options direct aisle entry and is totally flat.
Alongside the home windows, seats alternate between being nearer to the aisle and nearer to the home windows, and if potential you’ll need to choose one of many seats nearer to the home windows, as they’re far more personal and comfy.
I chosen seat 6L, a “true” window seat towards the again of the cabin (Ford was seated instantly behind me).
The seats nearer to the aisle really feel fairly uncovered, as there’s probably not any partition between the aisle and the seat. Specifically, when sleeping many individuals in these seats have their legs simply type of spill over into the aisle, given the shortage of a partition, which may be tough.
Within the middle part, seats alternate between being nearer to the aisle and nearer to the middle. The seats nearer to the aisle are additional aside from each other and are in all probability the least fascinating seats in enterprise class.
In the meantime if touring with somebody, you might recognize the “honeymoon” seats within the middle part, so that you may be farther from the aisle, and nearer to your journey companion (for those who’re sitting in these seats subsequent to a stranger, there’s a partition that may be raised).
So far as the main points of the seats go, there was a tv mounted above the ottoman, which couldn’t be moved round.
The ottoman itself was fairly massive, and didn’t in any respect really feel tight when attempting to sleep, which was preferrred.
To the facet of the seat was a counter with an uncovered storage compartment on high of it, after which the leisure controls, seat controls, and and a small storage pocket beneath it.
Beneath that have been the AC energy shops, USB shops, and headphone jacks.
The tray desk folded out from the facet of the seat in entrance. You merely needed to unlatch the tray desk, and will then transfer it down.
Every seat additionally had two overhead studying lights, although sadly there have been no particular person air nozzles.
So far as toilets go, there was one lavatory on the entrance of the cabin and one behind the cabin, proper in entrance of premium financial system. The toilets have been fairly customary, and weren’t stored significantly clear.
Iberia enterprise class facilities
Ready at every seat upon boarding was a pillow and blanket. The bedding was first rate however nothing particular — the blanket was comfortable and wasn’t too heat, whereas the pillow wasn’t too skinny. There’s definitely higher bedding on the market, however this wasn’t dangerous.
Shortly after boarding, every passenger was supplied headphones. Once more, first rate however nothing particular.
Then amenity kits have been distributed, which contained earplugs, eyeshades, socks, a comb, a dental package, and a few lotion and cream.
Disinfecting wipes have been additionally distributed.
Lastly, pre-departure drinks have been served in correct glassware, with the selection of water or orange juice.
Iberia departure from Miami
Regardless of the later than posted boarding, the primary cabin door nonetheless closed at 10:45PM. The flight was pretty full. In enterprise class, 23 of the 29 seats have been taken, and financial system appeared to be fairly full as properly.
At 10:50PM we started our pushback, at which level the security video was screened. We had a fast taxi, and by 11PM we have been airborne for our 7hr30min flight to Madrid.
Iberia enterprise class leisure & Wi-Fi
After takeoff I took a take a look at the inflight leisure choice. Whereas the choice as such was fairly good, the system was considerably gradual to reply. There have been dozens of films and TV exhibits to select from. Whereas inferior to Emirates ICE, for instance, it was nonetheless strong.
There was additionally a map characteristic, which is the primary method that I exploit inflight leisure.
Way more spectacular to me was Iberia’s Wi-Fi scenario. The final time I flew Iberia, the airline charged for Wi-Fi based mostly on knowledge utilization, with completely outrageous prices. That’s now not the case. On this flight Iberia charged €19.49 for a full flight Wi-Fi go, or €13.49 for a 4 hour Wi-Fi go, all with no knowledge caps.
On high of that, Wi-Fi speeds have been wonderful. Whereas not as invaluable on an in a single day flight the place you is perhaps attempting to sleep, for a lot of the higher pricing could also be a recreation changer on a daytime flight, the place you’ll be able to keep productive with out paying a fortune.
Iberia enterprise class dinner
Since this was a late evening flight, most passengers opted to go straight to sleep. The seatbelt signal was turned off simply 5 minutes after takeoff, the and crew shortly made preparations for the dinner service.
By 11:35PM the flight attendant was at my seat to supply me dinner. Oddly Iberia doesn’t have menus in enterprise class (I’m guessing this can be a coronavirus cutback), so the flight attendant described the choices to me, which included shrimp with risotto, steak, or ricotta pasta. All the things was served directly, and every particular person merchandise was coated.
To drink, I had a glass of pink wine and a few glowing water (I really thought I ordered white wine, however I used to be served pink wine, and it tasted good, so I didn’t ship it again).
I’ve gotta say, the meal itself was fairly good. The shrimp with risotto was flavorful and considerably authentic, although not the most effective airline meal I’ve had. Then there was some kind of a pink pepper unfold (at the very least I feel that’s what that was?) with quinoa and cherry tomatoes, cheese, a roll with olive oil, and a few kind of chocolate cream tart with berry compote.
I appreciated how shortly the meal was served, because it was cleared inside 50 minutes of takeoff. On such a late evening departure, having a fast service is essential. On the conclusion of the meal I used to be supplied a bottle of water.
Iberia enterprise class mattress & sleep
After dinner I made my mattress, which was fairly comfy. It’s good to have some privateness from the aisle, and I additionally favored that the footwell was fairly massive, so I didn’t in any respect really feel constrained in that regard.
I used to be able to sleep, although go determine about quarter-hour after the meal service completed we began coping with some turbulence, as a result of a robust jet stream. It continued to be bumpy for a number of hours. Nothing scary, or something, however there was sufficient turbulence that it prevented me from sleeping. Sporting a masks and the shortage of a person air nozzle additionally didn’t assist with creating sleeping surroundings.
Whereas I attempted to relaxation for just a few hours, I don’t suppose I ended up getting even a minute of sleep. In some unspecified time in the future I made a decision to rise up. I received some work performed on my laptop computer, and the quick Wi-Fi made that fairly productive. I used to be additionally handled to a wonderful dawn.
Iberia enterprise class breakfast
About two hours earlier than touchdown I ordered a cup of espresso, which a crew member gladly served me. Iberia has completely tiny espresso cups, that are extra like espresso cups than the rest. I can recognize wanting to avoid wasting galley area, however these are frustratingly small, particularly while you’re attempting to keep away from spills.
Just below 90 minutes earlier than arrival the breakfast service started.
Breakfast choices have been described as a ham and cheese sandwich or an omelet. I don’t eat pork (pigs are cute and sensible!), so I chosen the latter. Very like with dinner, this was served totally coated.
Breakfast was served with a roll and a few recent fruit, and the omelet got here with sausage and hash browns. After I minimize into the omelet I spotted that it was full of… ham.
A ham and cheese sandwich or a ham omelet, what a alternative! I suppose I ought to have recognized higher, provided that pork is mainly a meals group in Spain.
Iberia enterprise class service
Service in Iberia enterprise class was frankly higher than I used to be anticipating. The flight attendants have been not at all proactive, within the sense that they weren’t continually passing by means of the aisle to see if anybody needed something. I used to be additionally by no means addressed by title, thanked for flying Iberia, and many others.
Nonetheless, to the crew’s credit score, they have been all the time pleased to satisfy any requests, when my espresso was empty they requested if I needed one other one somewhat than simply eradicating it robotically, and so they even smiled. There was nothing in any respect dangerous in regards to the service, however nothing nice both.
Iberia arrival in Madrid
About 45 minutes earlier than touchdown the captain introduced that we’d quickly begin our descent, and that we needs to be arriving early due to a robust jet stream. About quarter-hour later we started our descent, and shortly thereafter the seatbelt signal was turned on. It was a wonderful day in Spain, and I loved gazing out the window.
We had a clean landing in Madrid at 12:30PM, and as we barreled down the runway we handed some parked British Airways A380s, that appeared to be saved right here.
We have been at our arrival gate at Terminal 4 simply 5 minutes later, roughly 40 minutes early.
Sadly it wasn’t all clean crusing from there, as I’ll cowl within the subsequent put up.
I got here into my Iberia flight with low expectations, and so they have been (reasonably) exceeded. Iberia’s A330s have strong staggered seats in enterprise class, with wonderful Wi-Fi and good leisure. On high of that, the meals was fairly good, as was the service. The flight even arrived 40 minutes early.
Whereas I wouldn’t exit of my method to decide on Iberia once more, I’d fly Iberia once more in a heartbeat if the schedule and value have been proper. You possibly can’t beat paying 42,500 Avios for a flight like this with restricted surcharges. Whereas Iberia typically has a not-great status, on this case I felt like that wasn’t warranted.
In the event you’ve flown Iberia’s A330 enterprise class, what was your expertise much less?