Here is a quick update on our story last week that Curve Card is now coding ATM withdrawals in a way which allows your credit card issuer to spot them. You can read about that here.
The coding changes were apparently fully operational from Friday. This is what we have seen so far – but expect changes:
Tesco Bank credit cards – ARE adding a 2.95% cash advance fee to ATM withdrawals done via Curve (reader feedback)
HSBC credit cards – are NOT adding cash advance fees, withdrawals still treated as purchases (reader feedback)
Creation credit cards – are NOT adding cash advance fees, withdrawals still treated as purchases (my own feedback, see screenshot below)
MBNA credit cards – less clear because I have only tested this on a Horizon card which offers free ATM withdrawals in the UK anyway. I won’t know until my statement is generated whether or not my test withdrawal was treated as cash and so incurred a small interest payment.
More reader feedback is welcome, especially with Barclaycard / Hilton cards. I am only interested in ATM withdrawals made since last Friday and not earlier.
Remember that this is a very fluid situation so keep an eye on your statements regardless. It is also possible some charges could get added on later when statements are produced.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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: