If you have a small business and you want to earn Avios from a Visa or Mastercard, there is only one option open to you – the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card.
As well as having a generous 10,500 points sign-up bonus (via an exclusive HfP offer here), you earn points worth 1 Avios for every £1 you spend.
It is also the only credit card indirectly earning Avios which has NO FX FEES.
Capital On Tap has just tweaked its card portfolio so I thought I’d take another look at what they offer.
Who is Capital On Tap?
Whilst you may not have heard of Capital On Tap, it has already helped more than 120,000 customers access business funding across its card and loan products. This card, launched in 2018, was its first move into the rewards market.
You can find full details on its website here. Read on first, however, to learn more about the additional bonus for HfP readers.
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.
Who can apply for the Capital On Tap Business Rewards card?
The Capital On Tap card is aimed at limited companies and LLPs. It is not currently accepting unlimited partnerships or sole traders.
If you do NOT have a limited company, our recommended choice for a business Visa or Mastercard credit card is Barclaycard Select Cashback. It is free for life and you get 1% cashback on all of your spending. Our review of the Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card is here and you can apply here.
A minimum turnover of £24,000 is required.
How does the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card work?
Nothing has changed with the benefits on the Business Rewards package in the recent rejig.
In summary, the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card:
- has a sign-up bonus of 10,000 Capital On Tap points which converts into £100 cashback or 10,000 Avios
- this is increased to 10,500 Capital On Tap points, worth £105 cashback or 10,500 Avios, if you use the promo code “headforpoints” when applying or use our link here
- has an on-going earnings rate of 1 Capital On Tap point (worth 1p of cashback or 1 Avios) per £1 spent
- has an annual fee is £99 which is tax deductible
The bonus arrives at the end of your fourth billing period, irrespective of how quickly you spend the £5,000.
There are other benefits too:
- 20 free supplementary cards for your staff
- a credit limit of up to £100,000
- up to 56 days to pay before interest is incurred
- the card works with Apple Pay and Google Pay
- there are no FX fees and no ATM fees
Capital On Tap Business Rewards is the ONLY credit card indirectly earning Avios 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.
What has changed with Capital On Tap?
Capital On Tap has two SME cards:
- the free Business credit card and
- the £99 Business Rewards credit card, which is the version which allows you to indirectly earn Avios
Capital On Tap has made a major improvement to its free Business credit card – it now comes with 1% cashback.
There is now little difference between the free card and the £99 card, apart from the option to indirectly earn Avios. Both offer free ATM withdrawals, both have no FX fees when used abroad, both let you issue a lot of supplementary cards.
It is important to note that, if you have the free Business card and choose to upgrade to Business Rewards, your existing Capital On Tap points cannot be carried over and converted to Avios. You need to redeem them for cashback before the upgrade is processed.
For the first year, it makes sense to get the Business Reward credit card
For your first year, I would strongly recommend getting the Business Reward card:
- you pay an annual fee of £99, but this is a tax deductible business expense
- via our special HfP link, you will get a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,500 Avios when you spend £5,000 in three months
- the points you earn convert into either 1 Avios per £1 spent or 1% cashback – the choice is yours
After Year 1, however, your decision is trickier:
- you can stick with the Business Reward credit card, paying the £99 fee and retaining the option of converting your points into the equivalent of 1 Avios per £1, or
- you can downgrade to the Business credit card, pay no annual fee and earn 1% cashback (which would be taxable) but without the option of getting Avios instead
It seems to be a no-brainer to take the £99 Business Reward card in Year 1, because the sign-up bonus easily covers the annual fee.
If the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card sounds interesting for your business, you can find out more and apply on their website here.
You should see the exclusive HfP offer on the landing page, but if not simply add promo code headforpoints to receive your extra 500 points (for a total of 10,500 points) when signing up.
PS. Remember that you must have a limited company to apply. Sole traders should stick with the free Barclaycard Select Cashback card with its 1% cashback.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 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.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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 – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points 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:
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
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.