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Barclaycard has brought back its astonishing sign-up deal on its new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard.

You have just a week left. If you apply by 30th May 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 £333 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.

Had the card before? If you have previously cancelled a Barclaycard Avios credit card, you cannot get the bonus again without a 24 month gap. As the cards are only 14 months old, no-one is yet in this position. You are welcome to reapply after a six month gap but you will not receive any bonus.

Had any other Barclaycard before? You are welcome to apply if you cancelled your non-Avios Barclaycard more than six months ago. You will receive the bonus.

The new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards are impressive

These two credit cards cards, launched in 2022, 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 British Airways American Express 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, but not Hilton ones, 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:

50000 Avios with Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

The free card: Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

The representative APR is 29.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • 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 30th May 2023
  • You earn 1 Avios per £1 spent
  • No annual fee
  • You earn a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher if you spend £20,000 in a card year

You can apply here.

50000 Avios with Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card

The paid card: Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

The representative APR is 80.1% APR variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 29.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • 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 30th May 2023
  • 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 discounted access (£18.50) to airport lounges via DragonPass

There is a £20 per month fee (reduced to £15 for customers who hold Barclays Avios Rewards via a Barclays Premier current account via a £5 monthly cashback credit)

You can apply here.

Note that the fee is paid monthly and you can cancel at any point. You may also be offered the chance to downgrade to the free card via the Barclaycard app, but this is not guaranteed.

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit card

You can learn more in our other article today

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Summary

This is an amazing deal. The ability to pick to 50,000 Avios – worth £333 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 British Airways 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 bonus rules are:

  • anyone who currently has any Barclaycard, including the Hilton Honors one, or has had one in the last six months cannot apply at all
  • anyone who had a Barclaycard Avios Mastercard within the last 24 months, but more than six months ago, can apply but will not receive a bonus

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 30th May)
  • 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 30th May) here.

You can apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (50,000 Avios bonus until 30th May) here.

You have just a few days left to apply!

PS. After you have applied, you may receive various emails from Barclaycard which talk about receiving 25,000 Avios or 5,000 Avios, which are the standard bonuses. You can ignore this messaging – you will receive the 50,000 Avios or 10,000 Avios as long as you apply by 30th May and hit the spending target.

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Comments (67)

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  • Shane says:

    Being self-employed shouldn’t be an issue, as in theory Barclaycard accepts HMRC’s tax calculation or a copy of a HMRC stamped tax return as adequate proof of income. Getting my local Barclays branch to upload the same documents that I had uploaded earlier and had rejected has done the trick for me.

    Although the staff at the bank said they couldn’t talk to ‘the back-office team’, I’m pretty sure they did something, because they were supremely confident that I wouldn’t need to visit them again! Just after posting my last comment on this thread I got a Welcome to Barclaycard email, and when I checked I had a credit limit of £20K.

    It shouldn’t be this difficult however!

  • Dermot says:

    Off subject but is anyone still trying to get 100,000 points they offered last year? They keep telling me it will be next month.

  • GeoffreyB says:

    So not really comparable at all then.

  • john says:

    Quick q, I hold the free Barclaycard Avios for less than 6 months, will I still qualify if I apply for the paid one (or switch to the paid one in-app)?

    • Rob says:

      You may be offered 5k in the app. To get 50k requires cancelling and waiting 2 years.

      • john says:

        Thanks Rob, will it be worth it if I only get 5k instead of 50? Thinking of switching to Avios Plus for the lower spending requirement.

        • Rob says:

          Entirely up to you of course – if your monthly spend is high then the £20 monthly fee is worth it purely for the extra 0.5 Avios per £1. If your spend is low then you really need to decide how much you value the voucher.

  • mrs_fussy says:

    Total shambles ! I OH applied, they left a hard search credit on his file and now can’t locate this application. There systems are a disgrace

    • Bhav says:

      Yup, totally agree. Their stuff are always struggling to reconcile information across different systems

  • John says:

    Is it normal for the eligibility checker to say something like “unable to determine eligibility”? Not self employed, no problems with income, debt or access to credit.

  • Bhav says:

    They gave me a £200 credit limit and then said no change once I supplied income info. And no credit limit changes for 6 months. Completely useless and have cancelled within 1 week of receiving. And probably means i won’t bother signing up again for 2 years. And their systems are a shambles

  • s says:

    Hi,
    is anyone getting rejected when applying? i applied online and got rejected? even though its a fee card and I have good credit score, don’t go near limits on my cards etc.

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