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NEW: Get 25,000 Avios points for opening a Barclays Premier Account

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British Airways Executive Club and Barclays Bank have launched a limited-time offer.

Until 19th November, you will receive 25,000 Avios if you open a Barclays Premier Current Account.

Full details are on this page of the Barclays website.

Note that 19th November is NOT the last date to apply.  Your switch must be completed by then, and it will take seven working days to complete.  You need to apply by early November to be guaranteed the Avios.

Barclays Premier Avios offer

How do I qualify for Barclays Premier?

The good news is that Barclays Premier is FREE.

The bad news is that there are relatively high eligibility criteria for opening a Barclays Premier Current Account.

You must have:

an annual gross income of £75,000 or more paid into a Barclays current account

or

£100,000 or more saved or invested with Barclays

If you are self employed or not on PAYE for some other reason, you can probably get away with a lower income requirement.  £75,000 gross is the equivalent of £50,000 net, and as long as £50,000 is going into the account each year I assume they will be happy.

You must also do a FULL switch in order to earn the Avios.  This means that you must use the official switching service jointly run by the banking industry, which will automatically transfer over all of your existing direct debits and standard orders.

What are the benefits of Barclays Premier?

Very little it seems, looking at the website.  This compares badly with HSBC Premier which offers comprehensive travel insurance.

You will, however, get paid for keeping your account open!

Register for Barclays Blue Rewards and, in your first year, you will be paid £21 per month (£252 over the year) as long as two direct debits leave your account each month.  There is a £4 monthly fee for Blue Rewards, so your net gain over the year is £204.

After the first year, this drops sharply.  You receive £7 per month for having two active direct debits, but the £4 monthly fee reduces this to a net £3.  You are therefore being paid £36 per year for keeping your account open.

You can find out more about Barclays Blue Rewards here.

Barclays Premier Avios offer

Do I earn Avios going forward?

Er, no.

This is the odd thing about this promotion.

HSBC Premier offers two fantastic credit cards to its customers which are the most generous way of earning Avios from a Mastercard or Visa.

The free HSBC Premier Mastercard, reviewed here, earns 0.5 Avios per £1 spent

The paid-for HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard, reviewed here, earns 1 Avios per £1 spent and gives you free airport lounge access

Eligibility criteria for HSBC Premier are very similar to Barclays Premier.

Where should I switch?

If you had been thinking of upgrading your current account to a ‘Premier’ package, you now have a couple of options.

You can move to Barclays Premier before 19th November and pick up 25,000 Avios, but not earn any Avios going forward – you will, however, earn £204 net over the first year via Barclays Blue Rewards as long as you register and have two active direct debits

or

You can move to HSBC Premier and pick up a £175 switching bonus (see here) and earn Avios via their generous credit cards – you also benefit from free HSBC Premier travel insurance

You could do both, of course.  Move to Barclays Premier now to pick up the 25,000 Avios and £204 ‘profit’ from Blue Rewards in Year 1 and then, in 12 months, move to HSBC Premier to access their generous credit cards.

You can find out more about the Barclays Premier / Avios offer here.  Remember that the closing date of 19th November is NOT the real closing date – your full banking switch must be completed by then and this could take seven working days.

PS.  If you already have a Barclays Premier account, you should have been emailed a special BA discount code worth £75 off a £400 long haul booking. Full details are on ba.com here.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

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

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (158)

  • Timbo says:

    I already have a normal Barclays account, but am shallow enough to be tempted by a slightly fancier debit card. My income is nowhere near the requirement (which based on a standard tax code would be a net of around £4,300 per month), but we can assume that at that level a good chunk goes out as voluntary pension contributions, so an account turnover that could be justified is likely to be in the order of around £3,500 per month.
    Has anybody ever just done the upgrade through online banking, and cycled money around other accounts to keep the turnover high enough? Would I have to do this for a while first to get the upgrade to work?

  • AndyGWP says:

    Re: the offer for existing Premier customers, Barclays have said:

    “We’re making the offer available to selected customers who are not already flying with BA or registered with the BA executive club. In the future, there may be an opportunity for other customers to receive benefits from BA”

  • Richard says:

    In the small print (“Important information”) of the offer page on Barclays’ site it states:

    “This offer is only available to those who were British Airways Executive Club Members before 22 October 2019 and received the original offer email.”

    Sounds like you won’t get the Avios unless targeted?

    • New Card says:

      I don’t recall seeing this yesterday when I read the terms carefully and applied for the account. Did anyone screenshot the terms?

      • Charlie says:

        Worth giving it a go anyway, just don’t be disappointed if it amounts to nothing.

    • A says:

      Hi Richard you are right point no 1 in T&Cs at the end says “This offer is only available to those who were British Airways Executive Club Members before 22 October 2019 and received the original offer email.” The key is the last few works about receiving the email offer. Basically it was targeted. Barclays is saying to me that the offer is for new customers and that is the purpose of ths sentence. For many Barclays will be new to you so it might still work.

  • AMIT says:

    Hi does anyone know if you can open the account and then close it after you get the avios voucher without losing out on the avios?

  • Steve says:

    I tried to open this account. All successful online, then states that I need to make an appointment to see them in branch to verify my identity. No problem I thought, will pop in and provide ID documents at lunch time. After a 30 minute queue told that they need a full 30 minute appointment with me to “finalise the application” (no doubt try to sell me products I don’t need). But they can’t do that on the spot, and next appointment is early Dec.

    They won’t start the switch until your identity is verified. Thus, unless you happen to live/work near a branch that has lots of available slots this offer is impossible to take up in the timescales given.

    Now I need to find out a way of closing the account that got opened up with my online application. All in all not worth the hassle.

  • Adam says:

    I tried to open this account over phone as I already have a standard account from Barclays. Guess what, they do not do the account openings via phone. I was told to apply via app or website. I tried both, but they only offered a standard account once I loggeg in. I asked if it would be fine and was told to go ahead and then call them to upgrade this new account to Premier. Finally tried to apply both via website and the app and my application required me to visit a branch. I gave up, as I do not have time for that, especially as the other reader said you need to book an appointment. Absolute schambles of promotion.

  • William Kerr says:

    I have just had a meeting and completed sign up transfer from being a 50 year Nat West customer, since age 18. And am on retirement income that is basically a lot less than £75k. P.a. However, as have investment assets that yield income Barclays quite happy about this situation. Point being, they can waive the official criteria depending on your circumstances… also turning on Blue Rewards before Nov. 30th. You will earn Triple Blue Rewards for 12 months … I think they will be finding a suitably interesting replacement for the lost Patisserie Valerie benefit… I have also been assured that I will be found eligible for the 25.000 Avios even though I did not receive a targeted invitation by Barclays local Market Relationship Manager in my area. He came to my home and met me and my wife and completed all paperwork for transfer seamlessly. It’s worth getting someone round to your home to see you – have photocopies of passports; one utility bill and a copy of your direct debits – oh, and a copy of your current bank a/c statement to indicate solvency.. I can recommend the experience

    • Steve says:

      Sounds like you were able to get an appointment, and a home visit at that. No such luck where I live or work.

  • illuminatus says:

    So is having 2 Direct Debits on the account you are switching from a requirement for getting 25K Avios?

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