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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)

  • FlyingScotsman says:

    So, I opened the account online late last week. I couldn’t do the switch immediately because I didn’t have the debit card of my current account I will switch to hand. I waited until the new Barclays Premier card and pin came through then downloaded the Barclays app and set up online banking. From there, I used the switching service through the app, which I did last night (very easily). It all went fine and apparently my switch will be complete on 7th November. I wasn’t prompted to verify my identity – not yet at least – and I’m hoping that everything will go through smoothly…I will update this post if anything changes. Thanks to the OP for the link

    • Steve says:

      Any reminders from them to go in branch re identity? I completed my switch request during the application. I’ve got the letter saying my switch has started but as I’ve not been able to get an appointment in branch not sure what happens.

      • Renaud says:

        I booked the appointment the day after applying online, and got an immediate text confirmation. Then the next day I received another text reminding me to book an appointment, which I ignored. Just completed the in-branch ID check. The CSA was not aware of the Avios offer, but queried some colleagues and confirmed I should receive an email by Dec 20th to claim my e-voucher.

  • WaL says:

    I have initiated a switch but just realised like some others that this 25000 avios offer seems to be only valid if you were targeted by email. The small print T&C say: This offer is only available to those who were British Airways Executive Club Members before 22 October 2019 and received the original offer email. Does anyone know if this will be strictly enforced for people who were not targeted by email?

    • Rob says:

      This line was not there originally. Barclays is telling people they will get it irrespective ….

  • Mike B says:

    Thanks for this. I have just applied online successfully today. All approved. I just need to make an appointment for identity verification in the next 5 days. No mention of Avios reward after clicking through from the offer switch page. I will ask when I go for identity check and hopefully have it confirmed. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Louise says:

    Hi, have any exiting Barclays Premier Customers receiving the code for £75 discount? Barclays are denying all knowledge and the only reference I can find is on the BA website.

  • Charlie says:

    I opened a Starling account on the 24th, managed to get 2 direct debits added, then last week applied for the Barclays account, and applied for the switch straight away.

    I had the identity verification appointment yesterday which was OK, no selling of products, it was literally waiting around until the staff member was available, sat in their cubicle, and got my ID documents verified.

    We got talking about the Avios offer, and the staff member said it was their best ever campaign in terms of switches into the Premier account, which has kept them very busy.

  • Vipul says:

    Hi. Am an existing Premier account holder and haven’t received the unique code either and neither have a few others who I asked. Spoke to Barclays today and this an offer that is in partnership with BAEC. So apparently it’s BAEC who decide which customers should receive this offer and not Barclays. They have advised to get in touch with BAEC to find out why it’s not open to all premier and exec members.

    • Louise says:

      Yes, they tried to fob me off with that line too. But my argument is how would BA know if I’m a Barclays Premier Customer?

      All the associated advertising on the BA website for the £75 offer indicates you don’t even have to be a current BA Exec member to receive the offer. So how on earth would BA send an email.

      Sounds a bit like false advertising to me. Any suggestions on how to resolve as I’m keen to use this before 14 Nov.

  • AdifferentSimon says:

    Applied on 1st. ID check tomorrow. Received letter today saying switch due to take place on 18th. Eek, that’s cutting it fine. Certainly seems more than 7 days.

    • Charlie says:

      The Switch takes 7 working days, and starts the day after your ID check, if your ID check is on the 7th then the 18th is your switch date. Good luck!

    • Miguel says:

      I was told over the phone by staff from the account switch department that it is the date of when you start the switch that will count in regards to getting the Avios, not the switch completion date, so there might be a bit more time to do this than everyone originally thought. Mine is scheduled to happen before the 19th anyway, but am curious if they will indeed honour switches that started before the 19th but only completed afterwards.

      • Tom1 says:

        Yes – for anyone else with time to kill this fine Saturday morning, this is still open. I had the same confirmation by the uk call centre. So long as started by 19th it’s fine. And they put a note on my account to confirm this.

  • Adam says:

    My ID was checked in branch in the 6th…today I got a letter stating switch will take place in the 20th… anyone else had this?

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