Your questions about the new Barclays Avios Rewards scheme answered
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On Monday we ran an article explaining how you could earn 25,000 Avios with Barclays Avios Rewards and Barclays Premier Banking – along with an annual upgrade voucher!
You can find out more on the Barclays website here.
As a reminder, you need to join Barclays Premier Banking or Barclays Wealth and then opt in to Barclays Avios Rewards if you want to take part.
Barclays Avios Rewards has a £12 monthly fee and lets you earn:
- a 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus for new customers (2,500 Avios for existing Barclays Premier customers who joined over four months ago)
- 1,500 Avios per month for as long as you remain a member
- 2,000 Avios for taking out a mortgage and 700 Avios per month thereafter
- up to 150 Avios per month for contents and building insurance for the first year
- an annual cabin upgrade voucher for a British Airways flight
Your questions answered
There were over 300 comments on our introductory article about Barclays Premier and Barclays Avios Rewards. These included questions about eligibility requirements, joint accounts and more.
We put the most common questions to Barclays. The answers below are therefore ‘official’ as long as we have understood them correctly.
We will run a further article, looking at the upgrade voucher and how it works, tomorrow.
What order should I sign up for Barclays Premier and Barclays Avios Rewards to qualify for the 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus?
There are two ways you can do this.
The first route is to sign up for Barclays Premier Banking. Once your account is open, you activate Barclays Avios Rewards and only then use the current account switching service to move over your existing current account. You must make sure that the current account switch is completed within three months of signing up to Barclays Avios Rewards.
The alternative route is to sign up for Premier, use the current account switching service and only when that is done activate Barclays Avios Rewards. In this instance, you need to join Barclays Avios Rewards within four months of opening your Barclays Premier account to qualify for the bonus.
In both cases you need to make sure you use the current account switching service to be eligible for the bonus.
Can I still sign up for Barclays Avios Rewards if I don’t want to switch my account?
Barclays Avios Rewards is available (or will be available, once the rollout is complete) to anyone with a Barclays Premier account.
You only need to close your existing account with another bank if you want to receive the 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
If you do NOT close down your existing bank account, you are still eligible for:
- the 2,500 Avios bonus for joining Barclays Avios Rewards
- the 1,500 Avios per month on-going benefit and
- the annual upgrade voucher
This looks attractive. You are losing out on the 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus by refusing to close down your existing current account, but you still get all of the other benefits including the upgrade voucher.
There is one odd little catch. As a non-switcher, you need to join Barclays Premier Banking and wait four months if you want the 2,500 Avios bonus for joining Barclays Avios Rewards. If you join Premier and immediately sign up to Avios Rewards, you don’t get the 2,500 points. On the upside, your upgrade voucher will arrive four months earlier.
We know this sounds odd but it is because of the deadlines put in place for those who are switching.
What is the joint account eligibility criteria for Barclays Premier Banking?
You can open a joint account with Barclays Premier Banking, but you cannot meet the income criteria between you. At least one applicant must earn over £75,000 on their own.
A couple where one partner earns £80,000 and the other earns £40,000 WOULD be eligible to open a Barclays Premier account.
A couple earning £35,000 and £55,000 would NOT be eligible, as neither partner earns above the minimum income threshold even though they are over the £75,000 total between them.
On a joint account, can either party receive the Avios or does it have to be the person earning over £75,000?
It doesn’t matter. Either member of a joint account can be the nominated member of Barclays Avios Rewards, irrespective of income.
For the purposes of ‘voucher planning’, the upgrade voucher does not have to be used by the person whose BA account it is on, although the booking must be made from their BA Executive Club account. We will look at this more closely tomorrow in a separate article on the upgrade voucher.
Is the £75,000 income requirement gross or net?
The income requirement is based on your gross income.
Am I eligible for Barclays Premier if my base pay is below £75,000 but my bonus takes it over?
Yes. Eligibility is based on gross annual income, including bonuses.
Am I eligible if I take less than £75,000 in drawings from my company but the accounts clearly show that I could take more if I wished?
No, unless you specifically plan to increase your drawings to £75,000.
Are existing Barclays customers with a basic current account eligible for the 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus?
You can’t get the 25,000 Avios bonus, unless you’ve been a Barclays customer for less than 4 months.
You can get the 2,500 Avios bonus for existing Premier customers. You would need to upgrade to Barclays Premier and then join Barclays Avios Rewards. Confusingly, you need to wait four months after upgrading to Barclays Premier if you want to receive the 2,500 Avios bonus. If you upgrade to Barclays Premier and immediately join Barclays Avios Rewards you do not receive the 2,500 Avios bonus.
Existing Barclays Premier customers are eligible for the 2,500 Avios bonus for joining Barclays Avios Rewards if they have been a Premier member for at least four months. If they have been a Premier member for less than four months, they may qualify for the 25,000 Avios bonus if they meet the rules and use the current account switching service to move an existing account from elsewhere.
Does holding a mortgage with Barclays help with the eligibility requirements if I am just beneath the threshold?
The only alternative to having a £75,000+ gross income is to have £100,000 saved or invested with Barclays.
Can I join Barclays Avios Rewards twice, via a joint account and a separate personal account?
The same person cannot have two Barclays Avios Rewards memberships. You are allowed two Barclays Premier Banking accounts (one as a joint account, one as a sole account) but you can only earn Avios in your name on one of them.
If you and your partner both want to join Barclays Avios Rewards, and earn an upgrade voucher each per year, one of you would need to open a sole account alongside your joint account. The other person would be the nominated Barclays Avios Rewards member on the joint account.
If both of you earn over £75,000, of course, you can both open sole accounts if you wish.
Any other questions?
If you have any further questions, please ask them below. If they are of general interest we will put them to Barclays and report back.
You can find out more about Barclays Avios Rewards on the Barclays website here.