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Curve Card is back – but with a £5 fee for new joiners

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Curve Card is back in action via a new processing deal with  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.

Curve Card £4.99 fee

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.

You can join via our link here which gets you a special £10 credit.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

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