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Your ‘last chance’ guide to the 100,000 Avios Barclays Premier and Barclaycard offers

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For the past few weeks, exceptional new Avios bonuses from Barclays and Barclaycard are currently running – see here.

You will receive 100,000 bonus Avios – on top of the already generous Avios welcome bonuses – when you join Premier Banking with Barclays Awards Rewards and take out the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card.

Yes, you receive 100,000 Avios as an extra bonus. You also get the standard bonuses of 25,000 Avios for taking out the Avios Plus credit card and 25,000 Avios for joining Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards (T&C apply).

These deals end on Wednesday 30th November 2022.

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If you already have one of these products, you will receive 100,000 Avios for taking out the one you don’t have. This means, astonishingly, that an existing Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards customer will get 100,000 bonus Avios just for getting the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card – on top of the standard 25,000 Avios for applying.

125,000 Avios for getting a credit card …. if you turn them into Nectar points (one of the poorer options) those Avios are still worth a guaranteed £833.

We published four articles which outline these offers in detail. Click the link below to read the article which applies to you.

Option 1:

Are you completely new to Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards and the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card?

If so, click here to read our article on your offer.

You could earn up to 150,000 bonus Avios (25,000 from the credit card, 25,000 from Premier Banking and a further 100,000 Avios if you apply by 30th November and keep both products for four months.)

Click here to apply or find out more on the Barclays website. T&C apply.

100,000 Avios Barclays Premier and Barclaycard offers

Option 2:

Do you have the £20 per month Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card but have not joined Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards?

If so, click here to read our article on your offer.

You could earn up to 125,000 bonus Avios (25,000 Avios from Premier Banking and a further 100,000 Avios if you apply by 30th November and keep both products for four months.)

Click here to apply or find out more on the Barclays website. T&C apply.

Option 3:

Do you have the free Barclaycard Avios credit card but have not joined Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards?

If so, click here to read our article on your offer.

You could earn up to 125,000 bonus Avios if you upgrade your credit card to the Avios Plus version and join Premier Banking (25,000 Avios from Premier Banking and a further 100,000 Avios if you apply by 30th November and keep both products for four months.)

Click here to apply or find out more on the Barclays website. T&C apply.

Option 4:

Have you joined Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards but have not taken out the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card yet?

If so, click here to read our article on your offer.

You could earn 125,000 bonus Avios (25,000 Avios from the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card and a further 100,000 Avios if you apply by 30th November and keep both products for four months.)

Click here to apply or find out more on the Barclays website. T&C apply. We looked at the benefits of the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard here.

100,000 Avios Barclays Premier and Barclaycard offers

Can I still apply with just three days left?

Yes you can, but you need to move swiftly. If you are totally new to Barclays, it is going to be tight. You need to apply for both products and we recommend not applying for Barclays Premier with Barclays Avios Rewards until you are certain you have been approved for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card.

The information we share below has been approved by Barclays:

Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

You must have submitted your application by 30th November. It doesn’t matter if your application is not approved immediately – you will still be treated as having applied by the deadline even if it takes a few days to approve you.

Barclays Premier

You must begin your application by 30th November. If you are asked to attend a branch to verify your ID, this is not an issue. The system will recognise that your original application was made by 30th November, even if your ID verification slot is pushed into December or later.

You can find out more about this offer on the Barclays website here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 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 (126)

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  • Ian says:

    I got accepted to upgrade my Barclaycard, but rejected to open a Premier current account.

    It was strange though, they said the automated rejection message was something to the effect of “internal credit scoring did not support the risk for the product selected”. However, because it based on an internal credit score and not a pull from an external CRA, they said I wouldn’t get anything in writing nor would I have any recourse to appeal to a human.

    It’s a real head scratcher, and I thought about asking for my data under GDPR, but ultimately it’s not something I could resolve by the 30th so I gave up.

  • Robert says:

    As a Barclays Premier Avios customer and Barclaycard holder is there anything I can do if the Barclaycard app isn’t offering me the Barclaycard Avios card?

    • Gordon says:

      I’d call Barclaycard as if you have a standard Barclaycard there’s no reason you should not be accepted for the Barclaycard avios plus. But I would do it today without fail. You will still be eligible for the bonus once you apply.

    • Rob says:

      No. They have taken a decision to exclude you.

      • Gordon says:

        That must have been very recently Rob?

        • Rob says:

          Barclays has made it very clear to us that if you don’t see Plus in the app then this is the final word on the subject and that you shouldn’t waste your time or their time chasing.

          • Gordon says:

            Ahh ok.

          • George K says:

            I should say that I couldn’t see an offer on the app when these cards launched, so I cancelled my vanilla barclaycard to reset the 6-month clock. As soon as the new 100-150k avios bonus launched, I applied and was accepted.

            It makes zero sense to not let some people switch, but it actually worked out OK for me in the end!

  • BajiNahid says:

    Anyone with the BC plus card opened up an account with premier banking even though you have a salary of £75K or less? Any issues?

    Secondly, any recommendation for opening up a quick current account to allow me to switch? Appreciate the help!

    • Gordon says:

      Re your first question,
      You need to have a monthly amount of income showing of £3.3k or £40k over the previous 12 months,
      In my case as I already had a standard & Business Barclays account’s the system could see that the income was sufficient and there were no issues. Barclays will carry out checks and inform you of any issues regarding your deposits when your account is up and running.And could downgrade your account if you don’t meet the threshold.

    • Dace says:

      I have a salary under £75k but have investments over £100k with them. I initially tried to get the account without moving my investments but they wouldn’t budge. However, when I switched I got £500 plus my fees for changing covered so it wasn’t too bad.

      Imo, you’re going to struggle to get the Premier Banking unless you do one or the other. If you do switch your investments my advice is to call them or go in branch as their customer service isn’t that great so you’ll need a email conversation or a go to person to get them to honour everything.

    • Landlord says:

      My salary is just shy of the £75K. The form asks for your salary as it appears on your pay slip, both after tax per month and gross annually. There is no opportunity for me to add my investment income from rental properties, both commercial and residential, which takes me well over the limit.

      The wording on their page is “an annual income of £75K or more”, but doesn’t specify it must be a salary exclusively.

  • SammyJ says:

    My other half has misplaced his Avios BC, and it wants it to enter the info onto the app to apply for the current account.

    Is there any way of finding the card number etc without having the physical card in hand? Can’t see it in the app or website.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      You should report it missing to Barclaycard unless you’re 100% sure it’s somewhere in the house and nobody could have stolen it. Give them a call, explain the situation and they might be able to help.

      • SammyJ says:

        Thanks. Yes it’s definitely somewhere in the house, we had it a few weeks ago along with a few other similar things that have just disappeared that definitely haven’t left the house. In a drawer or handbag or something!

  • Andy says:

    I did take out a free card a few months ago and then cancelled it. What applies in this position?

    • Rob says:

      You can’t reapply for any Barclays cards for 6 months and won’t qualify for bonuses for 24 months.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I’ll be so glad when this offer is over and I don’t have to scroll past the permanently pinned Barclays article at the top of the page.

    I’m not sure whether I missed a very good offer (because I’m not currently living in the UK so can’t apply for it) or dodged a bullet as looking at some of comments about what a pain the application process is.

    • Gordon says:

      Correct, You missed a very good offer. Also this promotion has been running since the beginning of October so I have no sympathy with people that are leaving the application process until the last minute.
      I popped into my local branch and sorted all of it in 30 mins flat with no appointment,
      I see posts on here mentioning waiting weeks for an appointment at a Barclays Bank in London. If the appointment had been made during October it would not have been a problem.As Rob said weeks ago you are applying for two products so do not delay.

      • Dace says:

        Yeah, if you need the bank account people are most likely going to have to go to a branch today and hope they find someone good that can see them. Additionally, they will need to be sure they meet all the criteria.

        I got the credit card today online but already have a Premier Account. So, that isn’t the issue (as far as I can see), however the the banking set up is a pain, especially if you have to do it via the investment route and not the salary route.

    • VerdantBacon says:

      It’s 150,000 Avios so the offer is excellent, Barclays are complete garbage to deal with, but you just have to open a couple of accounts, hold them open for 4 months, collect your Avios and then you can abandon the accounts.

      While it does sound like a huge pain, it doesn’t stop it from being 150,000 Avios!

    • SammyJ says:

      Yeah I was kind busy watching my dad die through October, arranging a funeral in November, and being made redundant yesterday. And I still managed to do it in time, so I agree – no sympathy for those that were too lazy!!

  • jonnyfly says:

    Got the Barclaycard (after many issues) but Premier bank account “referred” by branch to an unnamed department 6 days ago. No updates. Who can I call to chase up? Phone refers me to branch and vice versa. Will Barclays honour their promo if their own admin delays account approval beyond Thursday (31 Nov)?

    • Speedbird676 says:

      31st November is the one day of the year everything works seamlessly at Barclays.

      • Gordon says:

        That’s because there is only 30 days in November?

      • jonnyfly says:

        That’s the deadline the “Customer Care Specialist” in their flagship branch gave me. Clearly it means Wed 30 Nov. She also wrongly said the 100,000 Avios was just for opening the credit card!

        More seriously, is there any email address escalation address for Premier at Barclays? Or the name of a Premier relationship advisor for London? My account application appears frozen/lost for a week – can’t get through by phone, emails for Customer Care Specialist unanswered, no appointments in branches, no business advisor at all in my branch, no promised call backs. It’s been shambolic so far (and the credit card application process was almost as bad). Makes HSBC Premier seem almost…premier.

        • Richard says:

          Call 0800 085 1115. I don’t remember where I first found that number, but it’s some kind of hotline for Premier applications, which they do answer promptly. (Sadly, the reason why I know this is that I’ve had to call them 4 times and spend 2.5 hrs in conversation with them to get my own account sorted out… but, at least I was speaking to a human who was doing their best to help.)

          • jonnyfly says:

            Thanks Richard. After 40 mins on hold to customer services, I’ve got a call tomorrow diaried with a “Barclays Financial Guide” – this one has an email confirmation and a time (unlike the previous two promised callbacks – which never were made). If no luck with that I’ll try your number.

            Barclays app had a permanent white and grey box where the (bank account) product info should be – so had to apply online using Rob’s web link – which doesn’t do ID verification – after no-one could fix the app issue. Then the branch couldn’t find the details I’d applied with (despite having the application reference email). So they started again. Except with misspelled details on me from 30 years ago, instead of the ones provided. Refused to scan any proof of income docs saying I was already product-eligible already so unnecessary. Then said the opening had to be referred. Then customer service lines say I should have provided income details in the branch so they could review them – and around we go again. And then no-one can say if the application has been reviewed, in a queue, declined or if further steps are required. It’s incredibly frustrating – and time-consuming…

          • Stuart B says:

            FYI I called this number and they were much nicer than the usual Barclays lot, but ultimately they can’t get round the huge bottlenecks for ID checks nor can they even review your application. Shambolic ‘process’ that’s far too heavily reliant on a very poor app. Managed to schedule me an appointment in a month (a bit better than the initial four months) but still very much outside the promotions window.

            Lesson learned.

          • jonnyfly says:

            Update: all sorted. Financial guide called me. Unfroze my “Manual review” application and it completed immediately. Could find no reason why it was sent for referral, frozen and unprocessed for a week.

            Told me explicitly that 100k does NOT require an account switch. That’s an extra 25k promo that started before this promotion and is optional, additional and unrelated to the 100k.

            Did Avios/BAEC link in app while on phone. Premier Account also appeared immediately in app alongside Barclaycard. Paperless on.

            She apologised for the previous omnishambles. I think we’re sorted!

            Good luck to anyone else applying!

    • VerdantBacon says:

      I’d probably get a new calendar before getting a new bank account in your situation

  • Matt says:

    Unfortunately you can’t get this if you already have the old Hilton honors platinum visa by barclaycard. Spent several hours on phone calls with both Premier and BC teams, even writing off and updating the name on my visa to exactly match the premier a/c (to include middle name as one CS person advised) as the app wasn’t letting me swap product. Seems to be no staff discretion even after escalation, just ineligible for a swap.

    • Rob says:

      Barclays is legally not allowed to incentivise you to drop the Hilton card, I believe. Not exactly a surprise.

      • LS says:

        Legally is the wrong word here. There is no statute saying they can’t offer you a card. There may well be a term in their contract with Hilton saying this (although I’m amazed Barclaycard didn’t say such a term could only survive whilst the Hilton card was available for new customers).

        • George K says:

          This certainly wasn’t the case a while back, but all changed when barclaycard enforced the one-card only rule. Those who had two cards up until that point could keep them but anyone closing a card, shut the door on the possibility of having two forever. I had the IHG barclaycard (before they handed it off to Creation) and a plain vanilla barclaycard platinum for a long time.

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