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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.

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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:

    Is there any update on this tease?

  • J Barclay says:

    A great pity Barclaycard have not (wont) extended this offer to the Channel Islands. They seem to have forgotten we are part of the United Kingdom, are clients of Barclays and would enjoy having an Avios Mastercard!

  • Theo says:

    I recevied the plus card yesterday, still can’t get it loaded onto my Apple Wallet for Apple Pay.. phoned them just now, and after 40 mins of holding/being hung up on etc., they tell me the card isn’t supported for Apple Pay yet, and they don’t know when it will be! Lovely!

  • Dave P says:

    Still no card received, it really is not a good representation of a company. I was tempted to move to the Barclays Premier banking for the Avios rewards, however, think I will stick with HSBC as if this is how they arrange the release of a credit card, how would they cope with the transfer of 25+ direct debits.

  • TC says:

    @Rob. Just to confirm the offer is going to be the same but the acceptance will be better for HfP readers?

  • David says:

    Has anyone else experienced issues with the card not being accepted online? I’ve tried a few websites and it worked once but then declined in three separate places, including one I’ve already put a transaction through on. And as noted it doesn’t yet work on Apple Pay. Word of warning – the customer service is somewhat short of what I’d expect.

    • Andy Barr says:

      Totally agree – I’ve had issues with various retailers. It seems to fail at the point a verification message should be sent. Customer support couldn’t even see the attempts but the fraud team could. But they can’t fix it apart from by temporarily turning a security off.
      It’s stopping me reaching my bonus spend!

    • AB says:

      Totally agree – I’ve had issues with various retailers. It seems to fail at the point a verification message should be sent. Customer support couldn’t even see the attempts but the fraud team could. But they can’t fix it apart from by temporarily turning a security off.
      It’s stopping me reaching my bonus spend!

  • qiang says:

    I applied on the 1st, 5 days waiting X2 now, still nothing from barclays, except two hard searchers on my credit history. 🙁 i have a clean credit history and high credit score.

    • Mel says:

      Has anyone actually received a card yet? Approved on 1st and still waiting- PIN arrived 2 days ago but no card… called Barclaycard and no help -as I didn’t have the credit card number…🤦🏽‍♀️

    • Dave P says:

      Same here, I have receveid the PIN and all the other information, no card. On hold for 40 minutes each time to be told to wait.
      I do not like the idea of my card potentially floating around with neither of us knowing where it is.
      Really not acceptable for a pay to play card.
      Rob – if you can feed this back, the service has been utterly appauling, and no way will I be taking up the Premier Banking deal.

      • PerkyPat says:

        Im still waiting for the card 2 weeks on. Very annoying. Took Virgin 23 days to send my card last year, so way to go yet.

      • Mel says:

        Thanks Den and Dave,
        Glad to know I’m not alone at least! Fairly appalling service so far that doesn’t bode well – on hold a while then told they can’t find me (because the card isn’t activated), then given a different number for new cards that’s just a recorded message with no options, or humans!

        • Dave P says:

          It really is terrible service, starting to wonder if its worth the hassle. Absolutley car crash of a roll out, an awful first impression.

  • James says:

    Hi Rob – any chance Barclays will give you a date for the “enhanced” HfP bonus being shared? I’m holding off applying but may go for an alternative card with another provider if Barclays are going to drag on for weeks…

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