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Got Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards? Get 100,000 bonus Avios for adding the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

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Yes, you read that right.

Barclaycard and Barclays have just launched what are, easily, the richest Avios promotional deals we have ever seen. If you only respond to one Avios-collecting offer this year, make it this one.

Full details are on the Barclays website here. I strongly recommend reading the information there alongside our article below.

The offer ends on 30th November 2022.

Get 100,000 bonus Avios for adding the Avios Plus credit card

This is a complex offer, to put it mildly, so we’ve broken it up into four articles:

…. plus the one you’re currently reading:

  • Got Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards? Get 100,000 bonus Avios for adding the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

One of these articles should be appropriate for your circumstances.

Only continue reading this article if you are a Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards customer but have not yet applied for a Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card.

Get 100,000 bonus Avios for adding the Avios Plus credit card

Get 100,000 bonus Avios for getting the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

This is a truly exceptional offer. You are being offered 100,000 Avios – which is worth, in the worst case scenario that you turn it into Nectar points, £800 – for:

  • Opening or upgrading to the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (£20 monthly fee) and
  • Keeping the Avios Plus credit card and your existing Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards accounts open for four months

You will get £5 back into your current account each month when you pay the fee for both products.

The 100,000 Avios bonus is on top of the standard Avios welcome bonus for the Avios Plus credit card, which requires a spend of £3,000 within three months. This bonus will be either 25,000 or 5,000 Avios depending on whether you are new to Barclaycard or are upgrading another card.

Eligibility and T&Cs apply.

Here is the legal information we need to tell you about the credit card:

Who is excluded from this offer?

Unfortunately some people cannot take part in this promotion. If you already hold a Barclaycard, the following exclusions apply: 

  • You are unable to upgrade to Barclaycard Avios Plus if you have had a Barclaycard Avios Plus card in the last 12 months 
  • Not all existing Barclaycard holders can upgrade to Barclaycard Avios Plus as this is subject to status – it’s important to check in the Barclays mobile app. 
  • Barclaycard customers with Hilton and Infinite cards cannot upgrade to the Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Holders of Barclaycard non-Avios credit cards who are able to upgrade via the Barclays mobile app will receive a lower bonus of 5,000 Avios for taking out the Avios Plus credit card and spending £3,000 within three months.  You will still receive the 100,000 Avios bonus if you retain the Avios Plus credit card and Barclays Avios Rewards for four months.

Click here for the full terms and conditions.

Get 100,000 bonus Avios for adding the Avios Plus credit card

How does the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card work?

Even without the carrot of an additional 100,000 Avios bonus, the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card is an impressive product and a good addition to your Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards account.

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 core card features are:

  • A £20 per month fee
  • A sign-up bonus for new Barclaycard customers of 25,000 Avios if you spend £3,000 in the first three months
  • You get 1.5 Avios per £1 spent
  • You get a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher* if you spend £10,000 on the card within twelve months
  • Whilst not travel related, you also get up to five months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade for free

Note that the fee is paid monthly and you can downgrade to the free card at any point, although you will lose the 100,000 Avios bonus if you do so within four months.

A lower sign-up bonus of 5,000 Avios for spending £3,000 in three months will apply if you currently hold any other non-Avios Barclaycard credit card. You will still receive the additional bonus of 100,000 Avios during this promotion.

Will I be accepted for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card as a Premier Banking customer?

When the two Barclaycard Avios credit cards were launched in March 2022, some Premier Banking customers were not approved for the product. 

Barclaycard have told us they have tried to improve this and that, subject to status, any Premier Banking customers who were rejected earlier in the year may wish to try again. The application form has a built in eligibility checker so you can check your status without impacting your credit rating. 

With 100,000 bonus Avios as an incentive, on top of the standard Barclaycard Avios Plus bonus of 25,000 or 5,000 Avios, it is worth serious consideration.

Conclusion

This article is for people who have already joined Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards but have not yet added the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card.

If you are new to the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card, you could receive two Avios bonuses with this offer:

  • If you’re new to Barclaycard, you’ll collect 25,000 Avios if you spend £3,000 in your first three months on the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. T&Cs apply.
  • You will get 100,000 Avios as an additional bonus if you keep your Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card and your Premier Banking with Avios Rewards accounts open for four months. This offer ends on 30th November.

The bonus for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card is reduced to 5,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first three months if you have or recently had an existing non-Avios Barclaycard credit card. You will still receive the 100,000 Avios bonus if you meet all of the other criteria. T&C apply.

You can find out more, and apply, on this special page of the Barclays website.

NOTE: Whilst the application site is aimed at people who are new to Barclays, you will see that – once you start to apply – you are sent down a different track as an existing Premier Banking customer.

*Cabin upgrade vouchers must be used on Avios reward flight bookings. Reward flights and cabin upgrades are subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier charges per person apply. Additional terms and conditions apply to the use of the cabin upgrade voucher, please go to here for more information.

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Comments (124)

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  • Dips says:

    My situation:
    1. I have had Barclays Premier banking with Avios Rewards enabled for over 1 year (1st voucher received)
    2. I have the free Barclays Avios Credit Card
    3. My app shows the Barclays Avios Plus Credit Card in the “Change your Card” section

    I think that means I am eligable for the 100K Avios promotion.
    I am unclear if I get the 25K Avios for spending 3K after upgrading the card (as I received the sign-on Bonus and H4P top-up on the free card).

    If someone could tell me what to expect that would be great. Thanks

  • namster says:

    article has been going for days but no clearer what an existing platinum bc holder with a standard personal account can do to upgrade as there is no Avios plus card in the app . Only standard avios

  • Andy says:

    Hi, i have offer showing in app to upgrade to avios plus card but can’t see any mention of the 100k. Do i upgrade in app or do i need to use the link in article?

  • Tobeman says:

    Rejected unfortunately, too much credit! I have a squeaky clean record so must be too unattractive for them!

    I’m hoping its genuinely that and not the Hilton card lurking on their systems still from closure 6 months ago. I called the customer services number and verified it had been 6 months before applying and he said it was 6 months ago to the day when I phoned, so I left it another week then tried to apply. Ho hum.

  • carmer says:

    I have Barclaycard Platinum currently. I see only offer for standard avios card, not Plus. Does any one have experience with a “double switch”? E.g. If I switch to standard Avios card now, will I see an offer to upgrade to Plus, once the first switch is complete?

  • Pedro says:

    What’s the deal with this ‘proof of income’? If it’s aimed at premier, I suspect a lot of us have less than straightforward income so I can copy the number off my last SA302 but don’t really have the time or energy to get in to explaining it. No other card has ever asked for such ‘proof’ – heck even my last mortgage didn’t….

  • ba says:

    Just as a data point, and further to my previous comment on this, for those who are self-employed and considering applying:

    Contrary to what Rob had been told (see his 4 October comment) the documents provided by my accountant seemed to work just fine.

    I submitted the (i) accounting software “SA302” print out (which did not bear any HMRC branding or confirm the return had been “filed”, but did confirm my income for the relevant period) my accountants provided; (ii) the Tax Return Calculation which was a screenshot from the HMRC website when I logged into my self-assessment account. This page does not show income but it shows the amount of tax due (which matches up with the document provided by my accountant); (iii) 3 months worth of personal, rather than business, bank statements.

    I thought the bank statements might lead to some questions as drawings are paid direct from my business account to my personal account but because I trade in my own name the payer is shown as “me”.

    Without any queries and within 3 days I had approval for the full credit limit stated at application.

    I was a bit put out about having to supply it in the first place, having only done this before for a mortgage and when opening accounts at one of the well-known private banks – but it was painless.

  • Pedro says:

    FYI – Don’t appear to have been asked for any income verification – I guess as I’ve had barclays prem for 1+yr and they can see some activity….

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