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Barclaycard has fixed its issues and an exclusive special offer is coming

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

Things didn’t go well. As you will know if you tried to apply:

  • the application website was not functioning
  • when it was functioning, acceptance did not seem as high as we were hoping, so we are working with Barclays to optimise acceptance for HfP

Update: we wanted to clarify a point on the article below – there are no actual issues with the Barclaycard acceptance process, it’s working fine, but Barclaycard are keen to improve the acceptance rate for HfP readers so are working on some optimisations.


Barclaycard has fixed its problems and a special offer is coming

Barclaycard is, of course, very unhappy that this has happened.

They have told us that we will see a special sign-up offer for a very limited period at a later point. This will hopefully encourage everyone who admitted defeat after facing problems this week to sign up.

In a statement yesterday, Barclaycard told us:

We apologise to Head for Points readers for the technical difficulties experienced when we launched our Barclaycard Avios and Avios Plus credit cards. We can confirm that this has now been resolved. We will be coming back to you with an exclusive offer within the next few weeks.”  

If your application has been rejected, you may want to reapply in few weeks time, once we have worked with Barclaycard to improve acceptance for our readers.

If you want to try your luck now, perhaps because you have some spending coming up which you need to trigger the sign-up bonus, it’s best to check your eligibility first using their free tool – the information is reused in the application so it doesn’t take long, and there is no impact to your credit file. You can check your eligibility and apply for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (5,000 Avios bonus) here. You can check your eligibility and apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (25,000 Avios bonus) here.

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

Bear with us. We’ll keep you in the loop. In the medium and long term, these two cards will be an excellent addition to the wallet or purse of all UK Avios collectors.

To learn more about the cards, read our Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit card review here:

The representative APR is 29.9% variable.

…. and our Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard credit card review here:

The representative APR is 80.1% APR variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 29.9% variable.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (299)

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  • James says:

    Am i right in understanding those that were successful (myself included) will be worse off than those who are now being advised to hold off? Or am I wide of the mark?

    • Tariq says:

      Sounds that way. Some people are going to be really angry..!

    • Adam says:

      I don’t think this should be a surprise? Company screws up, has to do something to reattract/reacquire afffectee customers. SUB offers also come and go frequently. No difference. You’re not worse off, you got what you wanted when you applied.

      • James says:

        Worse off was the incorrect phrase to use, I should have said those who are now going to wait will be better off. I’m happy with what I got but it still feels a little sour.

      • Alex Sm says:

        Same happened with Curve – the ‘pioneers’ had TO PAY for the privilege to have that piece of plastic while £5 bonuses were doled out to the latecomers – you never know…

    • Marsha says:

      Yes. I managed to apply and was accepted – and it was a tedious process but I stayed with it until it worked. Not very happy that those applying later (due to the IT failings) will get a better offer.

      • novelty-socks says:

        Some of us are applying later because we’re lazy and/or slow. It usually leads to missing out (e.g. I’m never organised to bag reward seats when they’re released), so this makes a pleasant change!

    • BJ says:

      Some you win, some you lose! That’s always been par for the course with points and miles and nothing will ever change. It hurts but it is what it is.

    • Thywillbedone says:

      That people kept bashing away with their applications despite it being obvious from early on Day 1 that the system was struggling was staggering to me. With many reports of declines (despite excellent credit credentials) and application form failures, it seemed to invite disaster to even attempt it.

      • BuildBackBetter says:


      • Henry says:

        +1 pure greed

        • Lady London says:

          The whining and frustration and just pure greed on here…

          It”s a credit card. Your granny didn’t just die of Covid because she was infected by someone that didn’t take precautions.

          • BlueThroughCrimp says:

            The points world is a game. Some you win, some you lose.
            Throwing the toys out the cradle over this is embarrassing.

      • slliw says:

        Couldn’t understand it myself, its a circle that has been repeated on here several times that Rob could even write to an article of how it will pan out with thousands of applications going through, systems crashing, rejections etc People just want things immediately. The same people who were boasting that they got through will be the same ones now crying that they are now worse off.

        I stayed away from it and ate my popcorn and enjoyed the comments. Will apply in a few weeks once the smoke has completely cleared.

  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    Might also be worth holding off on cancelling BAPP in case Amex have to sweeten retwntion deals when this limited time offer comes along

    • Paul Pogba says:

      I cancelled yesterday and got nothing more than the threat I’d lose my 241 voucher.

      • Ali1 says:

        That’s strange, they offered me 2 Avios for £1 spent anywhere for the next 3 months and this is on my free BA Amex

      • Andrew J says:

        I got 10k Avios if I spend £3000 in 3 months, which I usually do monthly anyway.

      • xcalx says:

        I cancelled last week, no offer bar the free card, £24k through card in last 6 month netting 2 x 2 for 1 after upgrading from free card.

        • bthorn says:

          I also cancelled yesterday via online chat and didnt even get the usual pitch for a downgraded card. Cancelled within 10 mins

      • Grimz says:

        I got 2 Avios to £ for 3 months on BA blue

  • NorthernLass says:

    A few of us seem to have had acceptance messages at the end of the application process but no confirmation email – if no cards have turned up by the time the new offer appears, should we just re-apply?

    • Andrew says:

      +1 don’t know if I’ve got a card on the way or if I can try again with the mysterious enhancement….still no email but to be fair, the 5 days aren’t up yet.
      Not a great start to my (potential) relationship with Barclays

    • Hugh says:

      A few of us also got messages after submitting details saying oops there is a problem but don’t worry we have got your details and will be in touch so no need to reapply. I am now hoping that they don’t have my details after all and that I can reapply with what sounds like it might be an enhanced SUB.

  • Gary says:

    OT but got this re Barclays starting to enforce funding the Premier account.
    “Premier Banking and all its benefits will continue to be free to you – as long as you have a Barclays current account and have one of the following
    • A gross annual income of £75,000 or more paid into your current account with us (equivalent to at least £3,330 paid into your account each month, or £40,000 credited every 12 months)
    • A minimum of £100,000 saved or invested with us

    After 01 September 2022, there’ll be a monthly fee of £20 if you no longer meet the above.”

    • BJ says:

      The easy way is just to move £40k savings in and out for a short period every year. Now is a good time, just looks ISA activity. Barclays could make this easier still if they would just offer something acceptable to hold cash with them.

      • Blenz101 says:

        I doubt that would count as it isn’t salary. They can easily see where the money is coming from and not hard to spot if you are cycling the cash.

    • Jipster says:

      Did you why this confirmed by Barclays? Take home pay for gross 75k per year is £4349 per month, nor £3330… Annual £52k…

      Or is this for current Premier customers?

      • Thom says:

        Net monthly income can vary depending upon your circumstances; someone with a Plan 1 Student Loan would get £3,936. If they put 10% into a pension then £3,560 … that figure could be one to cover the majority of individual circumstances!

      • Tim says:

        You may be making pension contributions, think that’s why it’s lower

      • Doommonger says:

        If your a contractor £75k is £6250 and if you have a good accountant you will see most of it 🙂


  • gordon says:

    It’s the same with any purchase. When is the right time to make the move.We would all be extremely wealthy if we had a crystal ball.

  • Dawn says:

    I’m out of the country at the moment. If I apply, get accepted and they send the card, is there a limited time when I have to use the card/ring a number etc? I’ll not be back for about 7 weeks if I apply later in March.

  • allycat says:

    Doh! Player 2 applied for the Plus card at 9am yesterday and was accepted without any problems via the eligibility checker then straight through the formal application route. Email confirmation received at 1130. Ok she will miss out on the special offer which may come soon but as @adam says above she got what she wanted when she applied so will be happy with that. I cancelled my old Barclaycard at the same time and will see what the offers are in 6 months. Cancellation process had to be done by phone rather than chat but it was all automated, no wait to speak to a human.

  • Gothbe says:

    Never been rejected for a card before but was for this one with a message saying my commitments are too high

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