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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

There are additional articles on this deal if you want to learn more:

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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  • Rob says:

    As a bonus it is unaffordable and at some point Barclays will pull the plug but it seems they still have targets to hit …..

    I mean, they are paying you £500 of Avios to take out a card which loses them (I guess) 1p per £1 you spend ……

    • S says:

      Wonder if it’s been pulled as don’t get rejected usually – shame as offer looked good but Barclays losing customers and goodwill – I’ll be going for Amex platinum or virgin

  • Dyls says:

    Applied for the card. No emails, nothing. Then the physical card turned up in the post. Was asked to verify income, did. Didn’t work. Lots of back and forth. Ultimately am stuck at £200 credit limit. Am trying to multi-cycle like hell to still get the 50,000 Avios bonus. Can’t even book my summer holiday on it as can’t spend more than £200 in one go. I need to research manufactured spend tactics, as I can’t spend organically in little £200 chunks.

    • MC says:

      A £200 credit limit?! It’s hardly worth having the card.

      I applied, received an on-screen message saying they would be in touch “within 5 working days” with a decision or to request more information. Three weeks later, still nothing, no email, no letter, nothing. Then chased via chat and phoning CS, all ultimately useless, no answers. Broken systems at Barclays.

  • Flightsy says:

    Hypothetical question – if someone had previously held this card and received the sign up bonus and closed the card, then applied a few months later for this offer using their maiden name, under a second address that they own and are registered to on the voters roll and have some bank accounts / bills registered to under their second nationality (their second passport country issues passports in birth name (i.e. maiden name) only), would they receive the sign up bonus? Asking for a friend.

  • Ron says:

    Wondering if someone can help, having issues with getting an Avios earning c/c for my wife. All of her bank account, credit cards etc are in her married name but her passport is in her maiden name so when we travel she uses it. So when she set up her BA account she used her maiden name but then in the past she has had issues transferring avios from her Amex credit card (married name) to BA (maiden name).

    Does anyone know if she can set up a BA account in her married name (and therefore be able to transfer avios to it from a credit card) and use it to book reward flights in her maiden name?
    Cheers

    • zapato1060 says:

      3.5. Applicants accepted as Members will be given a Membership Number and may be provided with a Card. A Member may not have multiple Memberships. Each Member must maintain only one account. If a Member violates this rule, all Memberships (other than the first Membership approved by British Airways) will be cancelled, as will any Avios points contained in the cancelled accounts.

  • R Vieira says:

    I applied today (29th May) but got a message saying they will be in touch with a decision in the next 5 working days, or request additional documents. I *assume* I will still be eligible for the double points even if it takes longer to be approved?

    Very annoying to deal with Barclays, I had the same when applying for the account. They asked me to go into a branch to provide my documents, even though I have a mortgage with them (the systems don’t talk to each other was the response from CS). I think the same happened for the barclaycard.

  • SfoMan says:

    I have same message 200 limit and need to provide proof of self employed income.

    I love between US and UK, have business Income in US only and have rental property income in the UK. How should I get Past this hurdle. Wife is currently in UK and can supply supporting docs in branch if required.

  • Lily says:

    My bonus avios to be awarded if I hit £3,000 within 3 months is showing as 25,000 Avios in the app even though I applied for the Barclaycard Avios plus credit card via the link above and got it approved before the deadline and have used it for a month. Is this just how it appears on the app but I’ll be awarded 50,000 Avios?

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