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TWO DAYS LEFT: Get 50,000 Avios bonus with the new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card from American Express. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus. You can apply here.

Barclaycard is currently running an astonishing deal on its new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard. You have just a couple of days left to apply.

If you apply by early morning on 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 the morning of 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 have just a few days left to apply – this offer ends on Monday morning, 18th July.

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

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

PS. There are still references on the Barclaycard website in a couple of places to the usual bonuses of 25,000 Avios (Plus) and 5,000 Avios (free card). Don’t worry. Everyone who applies by 18th July gets the higher bonuses.

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Comments (145)

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  • Tracy Burns says:

    Is Barclaycard available in Jersey / Channel Islands?

    • Rob says:

      Not this card because of the terms of the Avios contract.

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        Frustrating that this is not available to Channel Islanders. I am allowed to hold the Amex BA card and HSBC Premier also manage to extend their card offerings to me in Guernsey, which shows that if there’s a will there’s a way… Still, I guess we’re too small a pond for some of these providers to fish in !

    • simon parkins says:

      Tried to apply today – got this message FYI ! Your Barclaycard application
      Sorry, the card you’re trying to apply for is no longer available.

      • simon parkins says:

        Tried a second time – entering same information – via link again on HfP and it worked okay

  • Rob Rees says:

    Successfully applied for the paid-for card yesterday. Thank you HFP for highlighting this great offer!

    Not important, but I’m wondering if the five months subscription to the Apple services can be used by someone who already subscribed to Apple’s top tier service plan?

    • Comrade chag says:

      No, that’s not possible if you are already a subscriber.

  • Gordon says:

    Applied for this while in BA lounge SIN on flight back to UK, Unfortunately I have a Barclaycard, But my OH applied and got the “more checks required let you know in 5 days. No email confirmation or updates just received the card 4 days later, It’s different in format than the ones in the pictures and the flimsiest card I’ve ever seen.The paperwork that comes with the card says 25,000 bonus avios but received a text the day after the card arrived to confirm the bonus is 50,000.
    Which will be well received.

  • Dave says:

    I did the pre eligibity check and was approved, when I then applied i was told it would take five days for them to let me know and then i was rejected

    Is it worth trying again? (But this time ticking balance transfer etc?)

  • R says:

    Has anyone actually managed to persuade them to accept evidence of self-employed income that does not meet their very rigid requirements?

    • Rob says:

      If you’re paying tax on that income, you’ll have self employed tax return pages which they accept 🙂

      • R says:

        Rejected when I supplied just that for my OH. They insisted also on matching bank statements which also ended up not meeting their requirements. Even a statement showing a very large credit balance was of no interest to them. Just got “Computer says No”.

    • J says:

      Yes, my business was hit hard by Covid, and as I hadn’t yet submitted my 21/22 tax return, the most recent (20/21) one was far, far below my declared (usual) income. I explained this in a covering letter and gave a signed declaration of 21/22 earnings and 22/23 projection, along with recent bank statements showing income. They accepted that (eventually).

  • Coe62 says:

    Hi folks – great insights as ever from HfP and the members here –
    QQ, can I apply for this Credit Card offer AND the Barclays Premier account and get the Avios from both promotions
    May have missed it , but haven’t seen that answered anywhere

    • Rob says:

      Yes, not a problem – but start with the credit card as they seem to reject a lot of Premier customers due to lack of cross-selling options!

  • Gordon says:

    I am self employed also my OH is my company secretary, Re evidence of self employed income, We were not asked for anything other than her monthly income figure on the application form and it was my OH’S first credit card application.
    Judging by other posts on the many Avios Barclaycard articles it appears to be hit and miss….

    • David says:

      How can you be self employed and have a company secretary?

      • Gordon says:

        Let me reword it then.Self employed OH attends to the paperwork side of things.(She is still my company’s secretary in my eyes).If that’s ok with Barclaycard its ok with me….

        • Polly says:

          So she applied as employed ? Or self? Just checking as l am combo of retired self employed and debating whether to apply. Hate to be rejected is the issue here…

        • Polly says:

          And do they ask what other cards we have? Thinking the WE hsbc might cause them to reject me.

          • Gordon says:

            Hi Polly, Self Employed, It’s worth a punt for 50,000 Avios tbh, It should result in 1 hard credit check by Barclaycard.
            As far as I can remember there were no questions as to what cards you already have. But I guess they can get that info from the search. How was France ?
            Bali is a distant memory now sadly, Bet you can’t wait until November.

        • polly says:

          Hi Gordon, Tnx for that info… am going to go for the paid one, no q it’s the best deal… saw you were in Sin lounge, great to be back travelling, yes can’t wait for Bali… but you have your memories of this recent trip tho.. France? Well finally got back home by 03.30 this am, only 3 hrs plus late. Poor pilot thought he was a formula one driver. Think he was advised by EJ to get us back within that 3 hr window. But we were 15 mins outside the time. Guess EJ don’t want claims. He tried v hard!
          France always great tho.. next time driving tho.
          Sorry, OT!

  • Ray says:

    Does the barclaycard statement come with a GIRO slip? Sometimes I use cheques and cash to pay giro bills at the counter (still a bit old school sometimes)

    • CarpalTravel says:

      No slip but you can still pay by cheque or cash at the counter, or by posting a cheque to them

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