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Barclaycard is blocking statement payments made via Curve or other ewallets

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If you have a credit card issued by Barclaycard, which would include the ‘closed to new applicants’ Hilton Honors card, you should have received a letter last week.

Barclays is now stopping you paying your credit card bill with Curve or any other ewallet which can be loaded from a credit card.

On one hand, this makes sense.  Letting you pay off your credit card with money which potentially comes from another credit card is not sensible.  On the other hand, why should Barclaycard care?  It isn’t paying a premium to accept Curve or any other ewallet after all.

Barclaycard is the only card company to do this so far but it is possible that others will follow suit.  It is worth noting that you are not meant to use Curve to pay off credit cards although they are rarely blocked.


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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:

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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.

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If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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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.

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