EDIT: This article is now out of date. Capital On Tap has relaunched with just one Avios card, Business Rewards, which is better than both of the cards described below. Click here to read our review of Capital On Tap Business Rewards. We still have a higher sign-up bonus for our readers!
At last! After many years of having Head for Points readers email me in search of a good travel rewards payment card to use for their business purchases, we finally have something.
You can now earn Avios with a small business Mastercard.
And we negotiated a special extra sign-up bonus for all Head for Points readers if you use our promo code when you apply!
This is the card:
The Capital Club card, from Capital on Tap.
Interest rate information: Your interest rate is based on your business profile and can be as low as 9.9% APR. The standard interest rate for marketing purposes is 39.4% APR.
You can find full details on their website here. Read on first, however, because there is a special higher sign up bonus for HFP readers.
What does the Capital Club card offer?
The Capital Club card is aimed at small businesses and sole traders. Whilst you may not have heard of Capital on Tap, it already has 50,000 customers for its existing ‘no rewards’ payment card. This is their first move into the rewards market.
This is what the card offers your business:
10,000 Capital on Tap points (converts to 5,000 Avios) for signing up and spending £5,000 within 3 months
1 Capital on Tap point for every £1 you spend (converts to 0.5 Avios)
No foreign exchange fees when spending overseas
No ATM fees if withdrawing cash on the card
Up to 56 days interest free credit on purchases (minimum monthly repayment is the greater of 10% of balance or £250)
Up to 15 free supplementary cards for your staff
The card has an annual fee of £99. This is obviously tax deductible as a business expense.
The maximum credit limit on offer is £50,000.
And an extra bonus for Head for Points readers
If you use promo code headforpoints when signing up, you will receive an additional 500 Capital on Tap points. This is worth an additional 250 Avios.
The site will still show 10,000 Capital on Tap points as your bonus but the extra 500 will be added separately. If there are any problems, let me know and I can quickly chase it up.
Who can apply?
The Capital Club card is aimed at sole traders as well as small businesses. The company appears to be flexible in who they accept:
if you are a UK limited company or limited partnership with turnover of £24,000+ then you should be eligible
if you are a VAT registered sole trader then you should be eligible.
if you are a sole trader under the VAT threshold but above the £24,000 turnover threshold then applications are looked at on a case by case basis – if you have a functioning website and are clearly in business then I am told you should be eligible
Applicants must not have a CCJ against themselves or their business in the past 12 months.
Whilst it doesn’t make any day to day difference in how you use the card, Capital Club is not a credit card. It is structured as a prepaid Mastercard which is funded by Capital on Tap. As far as I can see this doesn’t make any difference to your legal rights, as Section 75 protection does not apply to business credit cards. In the event of any disputes over purchases, you request a Mastercard chargeback.
How does the Capital on Tap Capital Club card compare?
Some sole traders, including myself, use a personal credit card for their business expenses. A lot of self employed people – or their accountants – are not happy doing this, however, and it is clearly not sensible to give personal credit cards to your staff. You need a dedicated business payment card in these circumstances.
Until now, if you wanted to earn rewards from a small business payment card you were reliant on American Express Business Gold or American Express Business Platinum. These are good products but obviously have issues over Amex acceptance, especially with small suppliers.
The Capital on Tap Capital Club Mastercard is a small business card that can be used everywhere that Mastercard is accepted.
You need to look at the maths based on what you spend, including how much you spend in foreign currencies (the card has no FX fees). The £99 annual fee is a deductible expense so the net cost to you will be lower. In Year 1 you are getting a sign-up bonus of 10,000 Capital on Tap points, which is worth 5,000 Avios.
(Use the special headforpoints promo code and that increases to 10,500 points, worth 5,250 Avios.)
Day to day you are collecting 0.5 Avios (1 Capital on Tap point) per £1 spent. If you and your staff have a high level of business expenditure then this could work out very nicely for you. Remember that you can have up to 15 free supplementary cards.
As far as I know, there is no other Visa or Mastercard payment card aimed at small businesses which offers decent travel rewards.
HMRC accepts Capital on Tap
Here is one good reason to get the card. Based on early feedback from our readers, HMRC accepts Capital on Tap cards to make tax payments with no surcharge. This is because HMRC treats it as a personal debit card.
This means that you can earn Avios on all of your PAYE, VAT, corporation tax and indeed personal tax payments.
But don’t forget …..
Capital on Tap points can be converted into cashback as well as Avios. As 2 points gets you 1 Avios or 1p cashback, you are ‘paying’ 1p per point for your Avios.
If you don’t value Avios at more than 1p (and in most scenarios you can get more than 1p for them as this article shows) then take your Capital on Tap points as cashback instead.
Remember to use our Capital on Tap promo code when you apply
If the Capital on Tap Capital Club card sounds interesting for your business, you can find out more and apply on their website here.
Remember to add promo code headforpoints to receive the extra 500 points as a sign-up bonus.
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibly to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points. The site discusses products offered by lenders but is not a lender itself. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as an independent credit broker.