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AMAZING DEAL: Get 50,000 Avios bonus with the new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard has launched an astonishing deal on its new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard.

If you apply by 18th July via this link you will receive 50,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 within three months.

This is an unparalleled deal, especially when you remember that the monthly fee for the card is just £20 and that you cancel at any time.

In the very worst case scenario, assuming you can’t get the flight redemptions you want, you could turn your 50,000 Avios into £400 of Nectar points. That’s not a bad sign-up bonus at all …..

Barclaycard Avios

If you don’t want to pay any fee at all, there is also a special offer of 10,000 Avios on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard.

However, I genuinely don’t recommend getting the free card with 10,000 Avios if you believe that you can spend £3,000 in three months to earn 50,000 Avios on the paid card.

The new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards are impressive

These two new credit cards cards should fundamentally change your Avios collecting strategy if you are based in the UK.

They are, easily, the most rewarding non-Amex travel credit cards on the market and arguably the most valuable Visa or Mastercard credit cards in the UK of any sort. Whilst Barclaycard would love you to swap your Amex card for its Mastercard, there is nothing to stop you running both cards side by side.

Irrespective of what Visa or Mastercard you are currently using alongside your BA Amex card, you should find that these two new cards are better.

I think the cards offer you more than the Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards, and those were already head and shoulders (in my view) above all other UK Visa and Mastercard products.

Unfortunately, existing Barclaycard holders – which includes the old Hilton Honors card – cannot apply as you are restricted to one Barclaycard credit card at a time. Some cardholders are being targetted with a switching bonus via the Barclaycard app if you want to give up your existing product. If you choose to cancel your existing card you will need to wait six months before making a fresh application.

The application page for Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (now 50,000 Avios) is here.

The application page for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (now 10,000 Avios) is here.

There are TWO Barclaycard Avios credit cards

I will run over the benefits of both of the Barclaycard Avios cards below. The bottom line, however, is that I recommend getting the paid card because of the huge 50,000 Avios sign-up bonus. You can always trade down to the free card later.

Let’s summarise the two Barclaycard Avios credit cards:

Barclaycard Avios card

The free card: Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

Note that the card has a representative APR of 23.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • No annual fee
  • A sign-up bonus for new Barclaycard customers of 10,000 Avios if you spend £1,000 in three months – this is a special offer until 18th July 2022
  • You earn 1 Avios per £1 spent
  • You earn a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher if you spend £20,000 in a card year
  • Whilst not travel related, you also get up to five months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade for free

You can apply here.

You only need to apply by 18th July 2022.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

The paid card: Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Note that the card has a representative APR of 72.4% variable based on a £20 monthly fee and an illustrative £1,200 credit limit. The APR on purchases is 23.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • A £20 per month fee (reduced to £15 for customers who hold Barclays Avios Rewards via a Barclays Premier current account)
  • A sign-up bonus for new Barclaycard customers of an astonishing 50,000 Avios if you spend £3,000 in three months – this is a special offer which runs to 18th July 2022
  • You earn 1.5 Avios per £1 spent
  • You earn a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher if you spend £10,000 in a card year
  • You receive Mastercard World Elite privileges (Barclaycard has not yet announced which aspects of World Elite it will be adopting)
  • Whilst not travel related, you also get up to five months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade for free

You can apply here.

You only need to apply by 18th July 2022.

Note that the fee is paid monthly and you can cancel or downgrade to the free card at any point. This should be possible via the Barclaycard app although some people do not see the offer appearing.

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit card

You can learn more in our other article today

There are three additional articles on this deal if you want to learn more:


This is an amazing deal. The ability to pick to 50,000 Avios – worth £400 of Nectar points even if you use them in the least rewarding way! – from a £20 per month credit card is exceptionally generous.

Even if you don’t / can’t apply yourself, how about someone else in your Household Account?

There is also a lot of long term value in these cards:

An earnings rate which blows all other Visa or Mastercard products out of the water:

You honestly couldn’t ask for more from a non-Amex credit card. The earning rate of 1 Avios per £1 (free card) or 1.5 Avios per £1 (fee card) blows all of the competition out of the water. If you value an Avios at 1p, which we do in our articles, then you’d be getting an effective 1% to 1.5% return on your spending. This is 400%-500% more than your typical cashback Visa or Mastercard.

An annual BA upgrade voucher if you hit your spending target:

On top of an outstanding earn rate, you can earn a valuable annual cabin upgrade voucher for an Avios reward flight booking on British Airways. We will look at this in detail in another article this week, but this can easily save you 50,000+ Avios on a typical redemption.

A big sign-up bonus which most HfP readers will qualify for:

For total clarity, you qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card. The only people who don’t qualify are those who currently have another Barclays credit card, or have had one in the last six months.

My personal view is that you should apply for the £20 per month Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. This gets you:

  • the 50,000 Avios bonus for spending £3,000 in three months (for applications by 18th July)
  • the higher earning rate and
  • the reduced £10,000 target for earning a cabin upgrade voucher

How to apply

You can apply for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (10,000 Avios bonus until 18th July) here.

You can apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (50,000 Avios bonus until 18th July) here.

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Comments (480)

  • G says:

    Great, I signed up to the card on the weekend…

  • Paul says:

    is this a bonus for all applicant routes or an affiliate bonus? Still waiting for my extra 5k (not worried) but hopefully this route would get the 50K avios quickly?

  • robkeane says:

    “If you choose to cancel your existing card you will need to wait six months before making a fresh application.”

    Apparently the T&C says its two years before you can get a 2nd sign-up bonus.

    • P4D says:

      that is 2 years from Avios BC. 6m from non avios BC?

      • Rob says:

        Yes (to be technical, you can reapply from an Avios BC after 6 months – you will be accepted after that point, but won’t get a bonus until 2 years is up).

  • FCP says:

    Anybody else struggling with online statements? Barclaycard tell me in chat there is a problem they are working on. Have been for over 3 weeks. Still cannot get statements online. My first statement was fine though…

    • Rhys says:

      PDF statements or just the app?

    • Philip says:

      I’ve never had PDF statements in the app.

      • G says:

        Me neither. It is not a good product this card has been hastily put together, and there is little support from Barclays. I cannot see statements either and I cannot see what AVIOS I am actually getting from this?!

    • modestpointscollector says:

      App constantly flits between working perfectly and not working at all in terms of useful functions (spend, transactions, statements) – i usually try again after a day or 2 if it’s b0rked and it’s usually working again. Horrendous really, luckily not that important for me.

    • Tas says:

      I get the email telling me my statement is available, but I’m not able to access it. I think they launched this way before they were ready to. I keep getting errors on the app when I try to pay and I wasn’t able to get the free Apple Arcade subscription working (still no resolution). Also I wasn’t easily able to pay off the balance till my statement was issued so it isn’t really much of a revolving credit card. I think it was fine to use for the bonus avios but I’m counting down the days till I can pay up and move on. They did send an email yesterday saying they are finally on Apple Pay, which improves it slightly, but not enough to keep me using it.

  • Nick says:

    Is there going to be a bigger bonus again in a few months time? Feel bad for following the previous advice to go for a 30k bonus… think I’ll cancel and reapply next year if Barclaycard’s business model is to go for big sign up bonuses that keep changing rather than trying to build a long-term relationship with customers.

  • Symon says:

    Well, doesn’t this make us early adaptors look foolish!

  • MC says:

    My Hilton Honors Barclaycard sits unused, but has been a useful way to retain Gold Status (for free breakfast and room upgrades).
    Not seeing any switching bonus offer via the Barclaycard app.
    Rather than cancelling the Hilton card and then waiting 6 months before applying for a new Barclaycard, does anyone have a more creative suggestion or have experience of this scenario?

    • robkeane says:

      you need to spend £10K a year to keep the gold status.

      • Mike says:

        Er no you don’t- mine also sits unused but I have retained the gold status – just seems to roll over year after year

        • Rob Davis says:

          You need to spend £10K, Hilton have extended the status until March ’23 I think, but after that you will have to spend £10K.

          • Liz says:

            My hubby got an email from Hilton Honors back in Sept 2019 saying ‘Congratulations! As a Hilton Honors Credit Card member you have Gold status for as long as you’re a card member and your Hilton points do not expire. I have just transferred my HH pts to his account as my Gold status will expire at some point as I only previously earned it through the Platinum card which I haven’t had now for a few years. Just about to hit the £10k spend anyway as I no longer have my trusty IHG card. I am contemplating the Barclays Avios card in my name.

  • Mark says:

    What’s the overseas fee for this card? 2.99%?

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