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An update on the huge Barclays and Barclaycard ‘100,000 Avios’ offer

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SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

We ran four (!) articles yesterday to explain the astonishing new 100,000 Avios bonus offer just launched by Barclays and Barclaycard.

If you missed it, start reading here.

Readers had a lot of questions about eligibility in various niche scenarios. We have forwarded these to Barclays and will do a further article when we get feedback. The most common question was whether people who join Premier Banking by paying £20 per month – which is allowed, if you don’t earn £75,000 – are eligible for the 100,000 Avios bonus.

100,000 Avios with Barclays Premier

There is one update we need to tell you about.

During Monday and early Tuesday, the application website for those new to Barclays had a typo which confused many people.

Question 3 was meant to say (and now does say) that you should tick one of:

  • Do you have a gross annual income of at least £75,000?
  • Do you have at least £100,000 in savings and/or investments?
  • None of the above

It originally said ‘Do you have a gross annual income of at least £75,000 paid into a Barclays current account?‘ and ‘Do you have at least £100,000 in savings and/or investments with Barclays?’. Obviously anyone new to Barclays would have ticked ‘None of the above’, at which point you were kicked out of the application process!

If this happened to you on Monday or early Tuesday, you can try again via the Barclays website here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (127)

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  • captaindave says:

    I always see more than the 3330 hit my current bank every month, but as im classed as S/E , its paid gross with no tax/ni taken off…plus i get 20% vat added on top.
    So i guess if Barclays just see the figure hitting the account i would in theory qualify for premier, even though not on 75K.. hmm decisions, decisions..

  • Rio says:

    hi,
    just to clarify, Barclays website (https://www.barclays.co.uk/credit-cards/avios-100k-10/) says that to get 100k avios I would need:
    1) Upgrade to Premier Banking
    2) Switch on Barclays Avios Rewards2 (£12 monthly fee)
    why would I need the Avios CC ?

    Is it implied that you already hold an Avios CC?
    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      There are 10 different versions of that page (change the number at the end) with diff groups getting diff versions. Those who get that page have the card.

      • Rio says:

        Thank for clarification Rob
        I got there from google without being logged in (and not having the card)

  • Malcolm says:

    I’ve got an RBS account that costs £20 a month. It also includes
    *worldwide travel insurance
    *green flag car breakdown cover
    *mobile phone insurance

    All of which we’ve used.

    Does Premier offer any of these at all?

  • Terry Butcher says:

    That sounds like a fairly standard Barclays error in my experience – a more inept bank I have never met.

    They lost thousands of pounds of our churche’s money and were reluctant to even start looking for it until I contacted a national newspaper.

    Sadly, now I wouldn’t trust them with a barge pool.

    • His Holyness says:

      There’s a reason they need to give away “£1000” worth of points to get people to sign up

  • captaindave says:

    i just remembered ( if my memory isnt playing up ) that you cant be on Blue Rewards & Premier Rewards at same time ?

    Ive been on Blue Rewards for years ( mortgage with Barclays ) and they have just brought out a decent instant access savings product that pays 5% on up to 5K, obviously jumped feet first into that … would be a shame to have to close that.

    • Chas says:

      As I understand it “Blue Rewards” is free with the Premier a/c, but it’s switching on Avios Rewards, which is required for this offer and which also earns 1.5k avios pm, which costs £12pm. I don’t think it influences any other products you hold, so very much doubt you’d have to close that a/c.

      My mortgage is with Barclays, and this offer is finally going to persuade me to open a Premier a/c. Having a mortgage with them will give me an additional 1.5k avios pm too. Out of interest, is the instant access savings account still available, and if so what is it called?

      • sloth says:

        officially you need to be a blue rewards member to access that 5% savings account. Not sure how they can stop you subsequently turning on Avios rewards etc

        • Phil says:

          The website says “Collect Avios with Barclays Avios Rewards or earn cash rewards with Barclays Blue Rewards”

          Or being the key word here

      • captaindave says:

        Sorry i missed your question Chas, its the rainy day saver, and still available AFAIK.

  • NorthernLass says:

    Trying to get my head round this. We’re loafing around on our pensions just now so don’t quite the £75k income atm. If I transferred £100k to Barclays savings would it qualify us? OH has the free Barclaycard which he recently downgraded from the paid, so I’m not clear about what we’d actually be applying for!

    • Rob says:

      You’d need to open Premier in your name and then drop £100k into a savings or investment account within the prescribed period, and be accepted for the Plus credit card. Do the latter first in case you get rejected.

      • NorthernLass says:

        Thanks – I have the HH card though which I’m very attached to so wouldn’t that disqualify me from getting the avios card (or at least any bonuses)?

        • NorthernLass says:

          Also aren’t you only supposed to keep £85k with any single financial institution?

          • Rob says:

            If Barclays goes bust you’ve got far bigger problems than Government guarantees on savings ….

        • Rob says:

          Yes, you’re stuffed.

        • David says:

          I’ve a HH card too, and i dont seem to have the option to change it in the app.

          • Rob says:

            Hilton cardholders cannot swap – I believe it would breach the contract that Hilton has with Barclays, which stops Barclays enticing away Hilton’s customers.

  • Fred says:

    Can’t wait to get that answered: “The most common question was whether people who join Premier Banking by paying £20 per month – which is allowed, if you don’t earn £75,000 – are eligible for the 100,000 Avios bonus.” 🙂

  • LEE says:

    is amex due to do any increased Bonus for Their Business cards ?

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