Curve Card is back in action via a new processing deal with Checkout.com. This is a pretty impressive turnaround given that their previous payment processor, Wirecard, was closed down with no notice on Friday.
By an exceptional stroke of luck, Curve was due to move away from Wirecard on Sunday anyway having already seen the writing on the wall. It seems that the team was still able to pull this off despite Wirecard being shuttered. There are still some outstanding issues – anyone refunding a purchase made on Curve before Friday may not see their money for a while – but in general all seems well.
As part of the move away from Wirecard, Curve has now brought in a fee if you want to receive a physical plastic card. These are:
- Curve Blue: £4.99
- Curve Black / Metal: No fee
Whilst much of Curve’s functionality can be accessed via Apple Pay and other mobile wallets, or via online payments, HFP readers are likely to want a physical card. This allows you to make cash withdrawals in the UK – up to monthly limits – and have it recharged as a purchase without fees to a miles or points earning Visa or Mastercard.
You can learn more about Curve Card in our master article here although it has not been updated to reflect the £4.99 fee.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2020 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my November 2020 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
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
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
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 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.