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Apologies for application issues with Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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Yesterday we ran three articles on the brand new, and very exciting, Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards.

As soon as we’d published them, the Barclaycard application website collapsed. At the time of writing (10pm) it is still not fully functioning. It may or may not be working when you read this.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience. We are in close contact with Barclaycard and as soon as everything is good to go we will let you know.


Are you an existing Barclaycard holder?

In our article yesterday we said that existing Barclaycard holders would need to cancel their card and wait six months if they wanted the sign-up bonus on the new card.

It turns out that Barclaycard has a Plan B for existing cardholders which will go live in a few days. We should be able to share full details soon, but basically there will be a route which will allow you to get the Avios cards and receive a bonus. It will be a smaller bonus than the one given to new customers, but it will be better than nothing. We will run an article on this as soon as the process is live.

For everyone else …. we’ll let you know as soon as applications are open.

If you want to try again now, in case it got fixed overnight, you can apply for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (5,000 Avios bonus) here. You can apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (25,000 Avios bonus) here.

If you missed our content yesterday, the first of our three articles on the Barclaycard Avios Mastercards is here.

Comments (293)

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  • Alex says:

    The app wont offer me a change, however my wife’s just done it ok, could I get a supplementary card on her account added for me, and get the avois this way ??

    • James says:

      I would try raising a complaint. Within 24 hours, I now have the avios card through raising a complaint about it not showing on my app.

  • andreww says:

    Anyone get referred with notification within 5 days? Did you receive an email for approval or are you awaiting information in the post?

    • Tom says:

      I got referred for 5 day wait.
      I get the same with Amex, with them the card just turns up with no warning so I’ll give Barclaycard 10 days or so before calling.

    • Matt says:

      Applied on 28 Feb, site crashed a step before submission, was asked to wait 3-5 days in the error page. Received a post today to sign the agreement for processing the application. No additional documents required, just a signature.

  • A says:

    Being the first MasterCard Barclaycards, do they support Apple Pay?

  • namster says:

    any update on how existing barclaycard owners will be able to join the barclaycard plus ?

  • hugo r says:

    With regards to the paid avios barclaycard , if you hit a 10k spend say in 3 months do you have to wait a further 9 months for the upgrade voucher or do you get it straight away

  • nt says:

    Hiya – quick question if that’s ok just to clarify voucher usage.

    If I open a Mastercard for my wife and get a voucher to her avios account which is part of our household, can I use her voucher with the household points to upgrade a return flight for me?


    • Rob says:

      Yes, as long as you log in as her to make the booking for yourself.

  • Stephen says:

    @Rob are you allowed to say anything on latest expectations from Barclays on the existing cardholder offer being fully deployed? Are they still working through the application deluge from earlier in week?

  • nwmgc says:

    They really are in aright old pickle. I’ve just been told that, for existing customers, only those who have received an offer can swap. I’m not eligible as a result, apparently.

    • Neil says:

      I’m in that unusual 2016 year where they allowed two cards – so I have the HH plus some other card that I should have binned ages ago but didn’t. The upshot is that they just aren’t going to allow me to swap to the Avios card – which is a real shame as I do rather like it.

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