The most surprising event in UK loyalty credit cards last year was Lufthansa partnering with Diners Club to return to the UK market. Luckily, given the exceptionally low Diners Club acceptance in the UK, the card came partnered with a prepaid Mastercard which is funded via the Diners Club.
As both cards have the same earn rate of 1.25 Miles & More miles per £1, I assume that 99% of Lufthansa credit card holders have done what I have done – put the Diners Club card in a drawer and just carry the Mastercard.
This might change. Barclaycard has just announced that the 110,000 businesses which use Barclaycard as their payment processor can now accept Diners Club. This article from Finextra explains more. Barclaycard is not asking shops for additional fees on Diners Club transactions so the majority will presumably opt in.
I see a small risk here for the Miles & More payment cards. If Diners Club acceptance increases sharply, it would make sense for Diners Club to reduce the earning rate on the Mastercard element of their UK payment cards. This would allow them to stop paying Mastercard its fee cut on those transactions. It won’t happen in the short term but I can see it happening eventually.
Thanks to Kartik for this.
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