EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get 15,000 Avios points as a sign-up bonus with Capital On Tap’s Visa credit card!

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This offer ended on 5th February 2020.  You now receive our standard sign-up bonus of £105 or 10,500 Avios when using code headforpointsDetails of our Capital On Tap Avios offer are in this article.

We have launched a great new Head for Points offer for any reader who has some sort of small business or self-employment.

This exclusive offer is ONLY available to Head for Points readers.

Capital On Tap’s Business Rewards Visa card is aimed at the small business community. You earn 1 point per £1 you spend, which is redeemable for 1p cashback or 1 Avios.

Between 13th January and 5th February, Head for Points readers will also receive £150 cashback or 15,000 Avios when they sign-up.

There is an annual fee is £99.  It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the £150 cashback or 15,000 Avios gives you an immediate gain for your first year, and of course you will be earning 1p cashback or 1 Avios per £1 spent too.

As an added benefit, this is the ONLY Avios-earning credit card which does not charge foreign exchange fees when used abroad.

In this article I will explain all you need to know about the Capital On Tap Visa cards and who can apply.  The Capital On Tap home page is here and full details of the Rewards Visa are here.

How does the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card work?

The Capital On Tap Business Rewards card is the only way to indirectly earn Avios via a small business Visa or Mastercard credit card.  

The Capital On Tap card is aimed at SMEs and sole traders.  Whilst you may not have heard of Capital On Tap, it already has 70,000 customers across its existing ‘no rewards’ payment card and the Avios products.  These cards were their first move into the rewards market.

We have been writing about the cards for a few months and feedback from readers who have applied has been very positive, especially over their quick response to any queries or questions.

Capital On Tap is the answer for all of the people who have emailed me in search of a good travel rewards card for their business purchases.

You can find full details on their website here.  Read on first, however, to learn more about the additional bonus for HFP readers.

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How does the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card work?

In summary, the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card:

has a sign-up bonus which is worth £100 cashback or 10,000 Avios

this is increased to £150 cashback or 15,000 Avios if you apply by 5th February 2020 and use the headforpoints promo code

has an on-going earnings rate of 1 point per £1 you spend, redeemable for 1p cashback or 1 Avios

has an annual fee is £99 (tax deductible as a business expense)

The sign-up bonus requires you to spend £5,000 within three months.  The bonus arrives at the end of your fourth billing period, irrespective of how quickly you spend the £5,000.

There are some other good benefits too:

20 free supplementary cards for your staff

a credit limit of up to £50,000

up to 56 days to pay before interest is incurred

No FX fees and no ATM fees 

Capital On Tap Business Rewards is the ONLY Avios-earning credit card which does not charge foreign exchange fees.

Another positive point is that Avios transfers from Capital On Tap are INSTANTANEOUS.  Log in to Capital On Tap, request a transfer of some or all of your available Capital On Tap points to Avios, log in to your British Airways Executive Club account and they will be there!  You do not have to wait 24-48 hours as you would with an American Express Membership Rewards transfer.

And an extra bonus for Head for Points readers!

Normally, we can offer a modest extra bonus worth £5 or 500 Avios to our readers.

For the three weeks, we have really gone to town. You will receive an additional 5,000 points – which can be redeemed for £50 or 5,000 Avios – just for being a HFP reader

This takes your total bonus to 15,000 points which converts into £150 cashback or 15,000 Avios.  You need to use code headforpoints when applying.

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 39.9% APR.

Earn Avios with Capital on Tap Business Rewards visa credit card

Who can apply?

The Capital On Tap cards are 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 £24,000 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.

Do you really need a dedicated business Visa card for your company?

Some sole traders 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 credit card in these circumstances.

Until now, if you wanted to earn rewards from a small business payment card you were reliant on the American Express Gold Business, American Express Platinum Business or British Airways American Express Accelerating Business cards.  These are good products but obviously have issues over Amex acceptance, especially with small suppliers.

The Capital On Tap Visa cards are small business credit cards that can be used everywhere that Visa is accepted.  They are also the only Avios-earning cards which do not have foreign exchange fees.

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Is it worth getting the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa?

If you have any sort of small business or self-employed income which would allow you to qualify for the card, I think you need to have a serious look at Capital On Tap now.

For the first year, it is a no-brainer – until 5th February, you are getting £150 or 15,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus in return for an annual fee of £99

The £99 annual fee is a tax deductible expense so the net cost to you will be lower

Even if you have a British Airways American Express Premium Plus card (earning 1.5 Avios per £1) or HSBC World Elite Mastercard (1 Avios per £1 but only available to HSBC Premier account holders), Capital On Tap is a far better card to use abroad because it does not charge a 3% FX fee

1 point (redeemable for 1p cashback or 1 Avios) per £1 spent can’t be beaten from a Visa or Mastercard and the BA Premium Plus Amex isn’t accepted everywhere

But don’t forget …..

Capital On Tap points can be converted into cashback as well as Avios.  You can choose to take 1p of cash instead of 1 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.

The cashback option also gives you a fallback in case Avios devalues or your travel plans change.  However, if you took cashback it would be taxable as business income.  You could pro-rata this to reflect personal spending but only if you also pro-rata the part of the annual fee you charge to your company.

Points and miles have no cash or taxable value – this is a long-held HMRC rule.

Remember to use our Capital On Tap promo code when you apply!

If the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card sound 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 5,000 points as a sign-up bonus.  If you go to the application form via this link, the code should be filled in for you.

You will NOT see the additional 5,000 points showing on the website.  However, the extra points will appear automatically with your core 10,000 points as long as you use the headforpoints code.

We have been covering Capital On Tap for almost a year now and we have never had a complaint from a reader who did not receive their additional HFP reader bonus.  We can easily chase it up for you if you have any issues.

This special offer of £150 cashback or 15,000 Avios expires on 5th February.

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn Avios, miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

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  1. Renwaldo says:

    I have tried to apply for the Capital on Tap card multiple times now. Their IT is terrible, and keeps on saying we have an application in with them – not sure how as it said that the first time I applied. Helpline is useless and can’t apply on the phone or on livechat. Maybe even worse than Lloyds IT? :/

  2. Worth noting that for those of us who paid the £249 for the “On Tap Club” (pre-paid) mastercard card version, capital on tap are force-replacing the card with a Coporate Visa Credit Card on 31-Jan-2020.
    So personally, as a business who buy’s very little ‘real’ things, I just use the CoT card to pay HMRC bills, I am maximising what I can pay before 31-Jan. ie.
    1. Make sure Q4 2019 VAT bill is paid by 31-Jan.
    2. Pay Corporation tax early – not only do HMRC pay you 0.50% interest but you earn the Avios/Cahback on CoT portal.

    I’m personally quite disappointed that they are changing the card as HMRC’s credit card surcharges will make it non-viable to pay them using the new Visa Corporate card. Nevermind, you win some you lose some.
    I think it was worthwhile as the £249 is actually only £200 (when considered as a business expense) and I’ll have paid roughly £40k to HMRC = 40,000 Avios for simplistically £200.
    So basically I have been purchasing avios at 0.5p per point, not too bad, but shame it isn’t continuing.

  3. Anyone else notice that when adding this card to curve it defaults to $

    When changing to £ it says this is a $ card and changing it to £ could incur fees?

    • Kenneth says:

      Yes, I noticed this. I just changed it to £. I didn’t notice any warning about fees, but as both cards have no FX fees it should not matter. Card seems to work fine.

    • Reeferman says:

      Mine was the same. Likewise, I’ve changed it to UK£. Just used the card to pay part of my self-assessment – through Curve. Am not expecting any issues – will report-back if anything unexpected crops-up.

  4. Patrick Miller says:

    Does anyone know if you can only link 1 BAEC account ? I have a business partner and we would want to take half the avios each.

    • No idea, I would ask them. Depends if the card is legally in your name (which I presume it would be, I doubt COT is taking corporate risk) or the company name.

  5. Yuval Lange says:

    Does anyone know if you’re entitled for a partial refund for the difference in card fees once you’re moved to an effectively cheaper product which you’ve over-paid for? I.e. I’d expect CAP to refund the £150 pro-rata for the rest of my card year.
    And another question – do you know if it would still be possible to pay HMRC bills with CAP via Curve without credit card fees?

  6. Apparently this offer is only good if you applied on the 13th according to their support department. Direct quote: “The headforpoints offer is only valid for applications made on the 13th January 2020.”

    • Er, no! Point them towards the COT ad running in our sidebar on the desktop site which clearly shows 5th Feb!

  7. Does anyone know if you can transfer Avios gained on the (capital on tap) to a On Business account with BA? Thanks

  8. opened an account in 5 minutes! thanks Rob!

  9. My 500 avios was not assigned and I have been chasing them. I have sent your link and screenshot but they keep saying that it is only valid when I spend £5k, not on sign up. going round in circles.

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