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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)

  • Lawrence says:

    Just checked all my statements to date and no 5000 bonus.
    Can you give me the name please Rob?

  • krys_k says:

    Jumped in and got the, we’ll be in touch within five days message. Have always got approval instantly for a huge amount of cards, have been playing this game for a long while. Am expecting a no which is shame as the bonus would be nice, but the voucher nicer. If its a no, which I am expecting, how long to wait before applying again?

  • Dave Stone says:

    Not sure about only being allowed one Barclaycard. I’ve collected three over the years, all still valid (unfortunately).

    • vol says:

      That’s interesting – how did you manage that? Did you just ignore the eligibility checker and just apply? Or is it a historical thing that used to allow you to have more than one?

      • John says:

        The system didn’t twig that you were an existing customer when you applied for the next one

        • Michael Jennings says:

          I have two Barclaycards, one of which I have had for 20 years and the other for about five. I’ve assumed it’s a historical thing.

  • Noggins says:

    For a second time I have been declined. I have £30k limits on AMEX and Virgin and 40years with the same Barclays (Premier) account. Oh, and a perfect credit history and a significant income. Write your algorithms by all means but provide some sort of review process. Irritating!

    • Rob says:

      How many times has it been mentioned on here that you should not admit to having Premier?!

      • Noggins says:

        well, I’m blowed – I’ve followed this site since inception and never come across that. And, of course, I now feel inhibited to ask what you mean!!

        • Chas says:

          Barclays lose money on this account, and massively so for potentially high spend customers. They are looking for customers whom they can cross-sell to, and make money that way. Getting you to take out a Premier account, for example, is one such way. But not if you already have one….

          • Chas says:

            *card (not account)

          • Noggins says:

            Ah. Thanks, Chas. Still seems odd as I would be quite happy to switch my Virgin spend to Barclaycard…..

          • CarpalTravel says:

            We really do need a community maintained FAQ section.

            I volunteer to write up the answer to: “If I cancel my BAPP do I lose my Companion Voucher?”

          • Chas says:

            @Noggins – is it odd given that if you switched your Virgin spend to Barclaycard Barclays will lose even more money by having you as a customer? Whilst at face value they have the same earn rate of 1.5 miles per £ (the cost of which far outstrips the interconnect fees they can earn on your spend), Rob has mentioned before that Virgin has a different funding model, which means that their card still (just) makes commercial sense. Barclays can only make money on this card if they can cross-sell you other services. Switching your spend just makes you a worse customer for them!

          • Noggins says:

            Of course! You know, the further into retirement I descend the more I lose touch with how the world really works….

      • Occasional Ranter says:

        This might be the reason for my refusal as well I suppose. V similar circumstances to Noggins, also a Premier a/c customer. Applied through the online banking app.

        I think this is the kick I needed to move my banking away from Barclays. There is absolutely no means of appeal, no meaningful customer relationship contact, nothing. Screw them.

      • Jonny says:

        Damn – I entered my premier bank account details in the application thinking that would improve my chances. Am I now doomed?

        • Rob says:

          You’ll find out. However, people who were refused before have immediate reapplied quoting a different current account and been accepted.

  • Alistair says:

    Applied back when this was launched and got the we will be in touch message and never heard anything again decide to apply yesterday and went straight to approved!

  • Ben says:

    Gutted – I applied for this card last week and then the bonus doubles (also applied for supplementary card for wife, again before the increased bonus). Anyone know if you can ask for the higher bonus because its just a quirk of timing?

  • Andyf says:

    If you max your credit limit and then pay it off to continue spending before the statement period resets will you earn the avios above the credit limit? I know virgin stopped you from earning virgin points capped in line with your credit limit per month? It’s been a big spending month and they don’t accept amex?


  • Jake says:

    is the link broken? or is it just me

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