In Part 1 of this article today (click here), I looked at what pay.com cards are and how you can buy them. This part looks at how to use them.
You can, obviously, use your pay.com card anywhere online for making an online purchase of a physical item. They are not meant to work for purchases of services or the payment of bills.
If you have some money left over on a part-used pay.com card, the easiest way to redeem it is by purchasing Amazon gift e-cards. You can order Amazon gift certificates for yourself and pay them into your Amazon account. You then have a credit balance which you can work through for future purchases.
Here are some of the other places – not online retailers – which are known to accept pay.com cards and hopefully still work. If you have regular monthly payments to any of these companies then it is something you should take a look at:
Vodafone – if you are on direct debit, there is a time window between your bill being generated and the direct debit being taken when you can make a direct payment online. My timing is out and I cannot demonstrate this, unfortunately.
Sky – I successfully made a £25 payment to my account which will reduce my next direct debit:
BT, Talk Talk
EDF, Scottish & Southern, Ovo and E.ON
High Street Vouchers – I ordered a £25 Waitrose / John Lewis voucher
Inland Revenue – you can pay your self-assessment income tax using pay.com cards. However, you must use the WorldPay payment site and not the Santander one.
Apple Store e-gift cards bought direct
Council Tax – varies by local authority but they are often accepted as Visa Debit cards
Some merchants – PayPal, I think, for a start – may put a £1 block on your card when you attempt to use it as a security check. The maximum you can then pay is £24. The remaining £1 will be released within 7-10 days and can be used to buy an Amazon gift voucher.
Some merchants will also restrict the number of different card numbers that a single customer can use to 2+ in a 24 hour period. Do not expect to be able to use up 10 3V cards with the same merchant on the same day.
Please let me know if you have any updates to this list.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.