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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)

  • Rich says:

    I still have the £20pcm version of this card which I need to downgrade. The question is, can my wife apply for this larger bonus? Possible issue – the existing Barclaycard appears on our joint Barclays current account on the app.

  • CB says:

    These credit cards are valuable. However, as the holder of the Barclaycard Avios Plus card and as a Barclays Premier account holder, be aware that the customer service and competence is consistently woeful.

  • Charlie says:

    Does anyone get any shopping cashback offers on this card? Had mine since April and not had 1 offer…..

  • Jan M says:

    Do people receive an email upon acceptance? I applied on my phone while on the bus. Got accepted and offered a decent credit limit. Took a screenshot but then heard nothing since? It’s a bit odd. There is usually some automated email.

    • Rhys says:

      I didn’t, back in March. If you’ve got a screenshot I imagine you’ll be fine

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I applied and was accepted yesterday. I had a confirmation email within a couple of hours.

    • Gavin says:

      Mine took about 4-5 hours to come through yesterday. On it was the last 4 numbers of the new card as well

  • Tina says:

    Hi, I took out a Barclaycard Rewards Visa card a few months ago – would I be eligible for the Mastercard plus? Sorry if the answer is obvious – I’ve just spent 30 mins on the phone to the BC customer services lady and she couldn’t tell me.

  • Ladyshopper says:

    Was all set to get my husband to apply for this, until he realised that he had an old Hilton Card that he has never cancelled. Grrrr.

    I’ve had a Barclaycard for years, so no go for me.

  • yorkshireRich says:

    Whilst reading through this thread and similar ones relating to people who aren’t eligible for the offer, its made me chuckle at how people have said “I’m annoyed”.

    Im not eligible at present but I’m sure at some point I’ll take advantage of the offer and a couple of avios. You win some , you lose some. It’s a game and a hobby after all.

  • Occasional Ranter says:

    Just got declined for the card. I’m a semi-retired lawyer with zero debt and a large income, and have banked with Barclays for 30 years, but Equifax doesn’t seem to like me. Also got declined for the Barclaycard Rewards card a few months back. WTAF ?!

    • Occasional Ranter says:

      Having checked the data Equifax hold, it seems I have a red flag for “taking 6 cash advances on a credit card in the last 3 months”. Well, it’s true, I took out cash 6 times on a Halifax Clarity card while on holiday in Canaries/Madeira BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO GET CASH ABROAD. Don’t know if I follow this up with Equifax or Barclays, probably the latter ?

      • Rob says:

        Unfortunately taking cash out on a credit card also makes you look desperate (and it is something I do myself occasionally).

        • Occasional Ranter says:

          It’s crazy isn’t it. Barclaycard are actually promoting efficient cash withdrawls abroad as a key benefit of their Rewards credit card, but they turned down my application because… I had made efficient cash withdrawals abroad.

      • Entitled says:

        Get a Revolut card. They are a very impressive piece of kit and using them as intended won’t raise any red flags.

        • vol says:

          Entitled – agreed about Revolut but I think they’re clamping down on credit card top ups 🙁

          • Entitled says:

            I’ve never topped up with a credit card but used as intended, which includes cash withdrawals abroad, and it is excellent. And free.

      • John says:

        Barclays uses the data held by Equifax, but it doesn’t ask Equifax to make a judgement, Barclays makes its own decisions. There is no way of knowing if 6 cash withdrawals was definitely the reason for rejection though it is probable.

        Also withdrawing cash 6 times in a short period is not efficient and may indicate poor budgeting skills. Barclays is unlikely to care about your explanation.

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