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What does Class stand for in a ticket?

The booking class for each flight corresponds to a letter. This system of classes is the standard one used throughout the airline industry. It means that fares have different conditions in terms of reimbursements, cancellations, etc., and they relate directly to the amount paid for the ticket and the space available in each class on different flights. The allocation of letters by Business and Tourist cabin depends on the route. The following is an example of how classes are distributed on an aircraft:

configuration of aircraft by classes in cabin

J , C , A : Business without restrictions
D , I : Business with restrictions
U : Business Avios
Y : Tourist without restrictions
B , H , K , M , L , V , S , N , P , Q , O : Tourist with restrictions
W : Tour Operators
G : Groups
W : Special agreements
T , X : Tourist Avios

Are there any differences between child and adult tariffs?

Yes, but they will vary depending on the departure/destination point and the tariffs that were applied, although as a general rule we can say that:

Children older than two years and younger than twelve years of age at the moment the flights depart (child) travel paying 50% of the fare on domestic flights (flights within Spain) with full tariff (i.e. without restrictions). If this minor (baby or infant), is to reach his/her second birthday before the end of the journey, you will have to purchase a child fare ticket for the entire journey.

Children that still have not reached two years of age at the moment the flights depart (infant) and that don't occupy a seat pay 10% of the adult fare. These passengers may only travel with an adult.

If you want a child under two years of age (infant) to travel occupying a seat, the child will pay the tariff for children between 2 and 11 years of age (child), and will have to bring an approved child seat to travel in.

In addition, if an adult travels with two babies (infant), one will pay the corresponding (infant) tariff, travelling on the adult passenger's lap, but the second baby will pay the tariff for children between 2 and 11 years of age (child), as they occupy a seat (they must bring an approved child seat to travel in).

For reduced tariffs a percentage will be applied that will depend on the tariff chosen.

On international flights this percentage rate will vary depending on the destination and the tariff applied.

For some special offers no discount will be applied.

What's the difference between Business Class and reduced Business Class? The service, seat and customer care are all the same. The difference lies solely and exclusively in the fare and ticket restrictions, primarily when changing times, cancellations and possible changes to routes. While "Business Rate" does not carry any type of restriction in terms of changes, the "Reduced Business" Rate may involve penalties or prohibitions if customers wish to make changes to the information on the original ticket.
Is it possible to travel with a minor in different cabins (business/tourist)?

You and your child can travel on the same flight in different cabins, but you should always take the following into consideration:

  • The minor must be 5 years of age or more.
  • For safety reasons, your child will be treated on the flight as an "unaccompanied minor UM (from 5 to 8 years)” which means there is a limited number of places for UMs on board ", so the case may arise that at the time of the flight there are no free UM places left, which would mean that it was impossible for them to travel in that cabin.
  • Although they are treated as "UM" on the flight, and Iberia is responsible for carrying the minor, the adult passenger will continue to be responsible for their health, well-being and behaviour at all times.
  • Minors travelling in tourist class may enter the VIP room as sole companions of an Iberia Plus Gold or Platinum customer.
  • There will be no extra cost for this.
Bookings for unaccompanied minors may not be made on Iberia.com. Please contact Serviberia or your travel agency. 

If the child is over the age of 12, they will not require any special procedure and you can make the booking individually by selecting the desired cabin.