Thanks for the info. I managed to get my flights booked, thanks to the charming lady on the end of the Executive club helpline.
Wasn’t easy – all sorts of options explored, like routing via New York, Dalas/FW, Miami, etc. And return via Madriid, the US and even Sao Paulo.
Could get F to NYC on Avios, and then down to Quito, but couldn’t get J or F on any return, except via Sao Paulo (F), and damn it, there wasn’t enough time for a connection. So J in Iberia both ways, only paying cash for the return trip. Could be worse.
Took a long time on the phone to sort it out – excellent staff they have there.