Introducing the Lloyds Choice Rewards credit card … the 3rd of their new Avios-earning cards

Yesterday I spent, frankly, more time than is sensible poring over the details of the new Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of my analysis can be found here.  The website for the free card is here, the paid card is here.

However, Lloyds quietly slipped out a 3rd Avios-earning card on Monday – the Lloyds Choice Rewards credit card.  Here is my review.

Lloyds Bank Choice

This is Lloyds attempting to take on American Express Membership Rewards, Tesco Clubcard MasterCard or the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cardInstead of earning Avios points for your spending, you will earn Choice Points.  You could convert your Choice Points to Avios, but you also have other options.

Here is the key point of interest for the card – you earn 0.5 Avios per £1 on the MasterCard.  That is double what you earn on the Lloyds Avios Rewards card and 2/3rd more than you earn if you paid £140 for the Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards card!

(This is part of the reason that I was lukewarm on the £140 Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards card yesterday.  If the MasterCard had offered 0.5 Avios per £1 then it would have been a more attractive package.)

Here is a full summary of the Lloyds Choice Rewards credit card:

You receive an American Express card and a MasterCard

There is a £24 annual fee

TopCashback / Quidco cashback may be available in a few days but is not yet showing

0% interest on purchases for the first 13 months

You earn Choice Points, which convert to 1 Avios per £1 spent on the Amex and 0.5 Avios per £1 spent on the MasterCard

You receive double points on the Amex for the first six months, capped at £2,500 of spend per month

Alternatively, you can redeem your Choice Points for “cashback, shopping vouchers and magazines subscriptions”.  You can see details of these here.  If you opt for cashback, you receive 1% of Amex spend and 0.5% of MasterCard spend.  If you opt for shopping vouchers (Argos, Currys, Homebase, House of Fraser) you receive 1.5% of your Amex spend and 0.75% of your MasterCard spend.

Do I recommend this card?

Not really, if you are a keen Avios collector.  It may have more interest to ‘casual’ Avios collectors who want a back-up redemption option.

The Avios earnings rate on these cards is good, but you can do better.  The Tesco MasterCard offers 0.6 Avios per £1 spent, compared to 0.5 Avios here, with the possibility of a conversion bonus on top.  Tesco also has a wide range of other Clubcard partners if you decide not to redeem for Avios, and has no fee.

The Avios-earning rate on the American Express card is also not market-leading, at 1 Avios per £1 spent.  You would be better off with the free British Airways American Express card which does not carry a fee and also offers 1 Avios per £1.  Or, of course, the Lloyds Avios Rewards card which offers 1.25 Avios per £1 for the same £24 fee.

In any event, the shopping vouchers option on this card is pretty good, and makes your Avios look expensive.   Spend £1,000 on the Amex, for example, and you could get £15 of House of Fraser vouchers or 1,000 Avios.  That makes the Avios VERY expensive at 1.5p each.  Even taking straight cashback, you would be comparing £10 vs 1,000 Avios, which is a marginal call.

Fundamentally, I am not sure why Lloyds added Avios to this card as an option.  I would strongly recommend, if you get this card, that you take your rewards as a shopping voucher – assuming there are things at Argos, House of Fraser or Currys that you would buy.

I’m interested in your comments on this one, since it seems a strange mix of benefits and fee, whilst inadvertently also making the earnings rate on the £140 Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards card look bad!

(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Hopefully the biggest benefit of these 3 new Lloyds cards will be a series of new promotions from mbna and amex.

  2. The Tesco mastercard gives points for EACH transaction. Meaning when you pay £3.99 you get nada, so at the end the earning rate will be lower than 0.6 Avios per £1. Probably a earning rate of 0.5 Avios per £1 is more realistic.
    It is unclear to me if the Lloyds credit card pays the choice points per transaction or on the whole balance. Probably the latter one.

    • It is whole balance.

      You are right about the Tesco MasterCard, of course. I was going to include this, but there comes a point where you have to stop in order to keep things understandable! The fact that the Tesco card is a) free and b) may also have a transfer bonus means that it remains a better option whether or not the actual rate you end up with on the Tesco card is 0.6 or 0.5.

  3. Cheers Andrew. Not sure why I couldn’t find that yesterday. I will edit the text.

  4. Am fairly underwhelmed to be honest. Think Lloyds would’ve been wiser sticking to 2 card offerings rather than 3, and offering this choice option plus the improved Mastercard earnings rate on the ew Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards.
    In all of the Lloyds 2-card offerings I’d always assumed the Mastercard would never be used, and the 0.5 Avios/£1 offering would be the same in my case as Tesco Mastercard beats it.

  5. That’s a fair point. If you can wipe out the annual fee for Year 1, then 1.5% back in House of Fraser spend would be attractive (3% for the first 6 months, up to £2500 per month). Just need to time it around a period of heavy Amex spending ….

    • Stephen Chinnadorai says:

      I should have waited to purchase that new iPad! I guess Christmas will involve some fairly heavy spending.

  6. It’s worth remembering that, with a little hunting, you’ll find sites willing to sell you gifts cards with roughly 5% off if you’re willing to pay with a debit card. This will often be much better value than trying to collect credit card points if all you’re going to do is redeem them for high street vouchers.

  7. Is it me or am i confused more so…Quick question, what is best card (free or paid) where I spend on both AMEX and VISA/MC as currently have “old ” LLOYDS TSB Premier Dual card with the 241 voucher which I always attain through spend. Basically I put ALL spend c.£2500 per month …any suggestions?

  8. Raffles

    One other thing to add to your great review.

    I think one of the most exciting things about this launch is that this is the first AMEX offering fee free foreign currency transactions.

    This is important because as readers may or may not know, British AMEX cards do not have any address validation built into them.

    Therefore you can order items to an American address, using this address as the billing address and the majority of the time this will work (its a bit hit and miss). It will never authorise on mastercard or visa.

    Very useful if you have american relatives / friends who cross the atlantic.

    I am not condoning this behaviour!

    Cheers B