Why Curve Card is a no-brainer for UK air miles and points collectors
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Curve Card, the free Mastercard that allows you to merge all of your Mastercard and Visa cards into one product, has added an extra benefit – cashback rewards for new cardholders for three months.
This replaced the original rewards scheme offered during the beta phase.
Curve will pay you £10 for trying it out if you use our link.
What is Curve Card?
Put simply, every purchase you charge to your Curve Card is recharged to a linked Visa or Mastercard. Via the Curve app you can select which card is charged per transaction, allowing you to add all of your Visa and Mastercard credit cards and then switch between them at will.
Curve Card is a debit card. You can use it anywhere where a debit card is accepted – even places where credit cards are not accepted. This includes paying HMRC as I showed here.
This is why Curve Card is worth having:
You make your debit card purchase using Curve Card
Curve recharges it to your linked Visa or Mastercard credit card
It goes through your linked Visa or Mastercard credit card as a purchase
It therefore earns points from your linked Visa or Mastercard
You have just earned credit card points from making a debit card transaction
And the best bit is that Curve Card is free. In fact, it is better than free – Curve Card will pay you £5 for taking it out.
It actually gets even better, due to two additional Curve Card benefits:
You can withdraw £200 of cash per month from an ATM and have it charged to your credit card as a purchase – this means it earns miles and points.
Foreign currency transactions made on Curve are recharged to your linked Visa or Mastercard in Sterling with a 1% foreign exchange adjustment. This makes it a better deal than using the underlying card which is likely to have a 3% FX fee.
There are more practical features too, such as the ability to export your spending data for analysis and the ability (as I found out myself in November when I lost my wallet) to lock the card from your phone. As Curve is contactless, it is also a way of making any non-contactless Visa or Mastercard you have into a contactless one.
And now a rewards scheme too
Curve Card has recently launched a rewards scheme for new customers.
For the first three months, it will pay you 1% cashback on your purchases as three retailers of your choice.
The retailers you can choose from include:
Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Pret A Manger, EAT, Deliveroo, Just Eat, Boots, GAP, H&M, Top Shop / Topman, ASOS, Zara, Ikea, House of Fraser, TFL, Gett, Virgin Trains, BP, Shell, Netflix, Spotify and more
If you pay £50 for Curve Premium – which I don’t recommend as the extra benefits are few – you can earn 1% back at six retailers instead of three and get access to a wider range which includes:
Amazon, Ocado, Apple, Selfridges, Whole Foods, Uber, easyJet, Four Seasons Hotels, Dishoom
Before you too get excited, it is important to note that Curve imposes some limits on what you can spend. Don’t think that you can instantly pay a huge VAT bill with it.
The maximum spending limit is £3750 per day, £20000 per month and £50000 per year. As a new cardholder, you are likely to be capped at £2000 per day and £20000 per year. This limits will increase as the company grows to trust you.
The other warning to note is that purchases with Curve Card do not get you Section 75 coverage in case the retailer goes bust. This is because there is no direct contract between the card company and the merchant, as Curve sits inbetween. However Curve does use Mastercard Chargeback for customers to claim on lost goods.
How to order a Curve Card
The Curve Card is FREE so there is no harm in trying it out.
(I am understating the case massively. If you pay any bills which take a debit card but not a credit card, you would be crazy not to pay them with a Curve Card linked to a rewards Visa or Mastercard. Similarly, if you withdraw cash from ATMs it is no-brainer to use a Curve Card for the first £200 per month as it will be treated as a points-earning purchase on your linked credit card.)
The Curve website is here if you want to know more. You need to download the Curve app for your phone and order a card from there if you want to try it out.
Curve will pay you £10 for trying it out if you use our link.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.
Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card
1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review