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  • georgeg 14 posts

    Just had this email from BA:

    We regret to inform you that the British Airways Prepaid Mastercard® programme is closing on 22 April 2024. Please see below for further details and dates.

    What does this mean for you?

    Until 21 April 2024
    You can spend the balance on your card. For information regarding topping up your card, please check the British Airways Executive Club Rewards app. You have until this date to submit any missing Avios claims.

    22 April 2024 onwards
    Your card will automatically close on 22 April 2024. From this date, you will not be able to access your card or outstanding balance on the British Airways Executive Club Rewards App. If there are any funds remaining on your British Airways Prepaid Mastercard® you will be able to request these funds back.

    Clearly a failed experiment from BA! I actually don’t think I’ve ever been charged the monthly fee and curious if anyone else has?

    Mikeact 231 posts

    No surprise…..

    LittleNick 126 posts

    Clearly a failed experiment from BA! I actually don’t think I’ve ever been charged the monthly fee and curious if anyone else has?

    Yep but least we all got some bonus avios out of it! Also had the email

    greggrant 12 posts

    No, I was never charged the fee either! But check the FAQs. They state: As a gesture of goodwill, we will not charge you the £5 fee for any funds you want to redeem by 21 April 2024. Well, how generous of them.

    JDB 4,314 posts

    This is hardly a surprise given the (mis)use of the card described at length on here, the faff of prepaid cards all backed by a low quality card provider. And all that for a thimble full of Avios, so the market was always going to be too small to be viable.

    georgeg 14 posts

    I only ever used it to pay my Amex bill and then gave up when I hit a limit and got a not-insignificant amount of money stuck in the card with seemingly no way to extract it

    JDB 4,314 posts

    I only ever used it to pay my Amex bill and then gave up when I hit a limit and got a not-insignificant amount of money stuck in the card with seemingly no way to extract it

    Quod erat demonstrandum. I don’t think the clever creators/branders of the card ever intended or anticipated that the card would be used to pay Amex bills.

    List 25 posts

    ‘Clearly a failed experiment from BA! I actually don’t think I’ve ever been charged the monthly fee and curious if anyone else has?’

    Card held since May 2022. charged only twice. £2.99 in Dec 22 & Jan 23. No fee charged since then.

    Mikeact 231 posts

    I don’t want my £1.98 balance back….perhaps they may have a charity for small balances ?

    BBbetter 615 posts

    Tesco Clubcard pay plus next to go? Probably have to wait for Barclays to can it.

    AL 572 posts

    I only ever used it to pay my Amex bill and then gave up when I hit a limit and got a not-insignificant amount of money stuck in the card with seemingly no way to extract it

    +1 to this. I actually can’t be arsed going in to find out what’s left in the balance, if anything.
    Deleting the app, canning the card. Next.

    ed_fly 196 posts

    I only ever used it to pay my Amex bill and then gave up when I hit a limit and got a not-insignificant amount of money stuck in the card with seemingly no way to extract it

    Quod erat demonstrandum. I don’t think the clever creators/branders of the card ever intended or anticipated that the card would be used to pay Amex bills.

    I do question who they thought the market would be? With the exception of the (questionable) uses described above, it wasn’t a competitive offering and the implementation was awful as well.

    bobthebuilder 28 posts

    What prepaid cards are others on this site using now, if any? We have the need for a pre-paid card over the summer, and wondering what might be some options to consider.

    ed_fly 196 posts

    What prepaid cards are others on this site using now, if any? We have the need for a pre-paid card over the summer, and wondering what might be some options to consider.

    probably depends on what you want to use it for. Chase is a good starting point. Can be loaded and used as a pre-paid.

    kevind 46 posts

    +1 Never got charged any monthly fees
    +1 Trouble with money stuck in it
    +1 Trouble with using it on a few occasions as they sent me a new one without me requesting one

    Was surprised at this when it came out. A blind man could see it was going to be just a quick blast for some Avios and good night Vienna.

    BBbetter 615 posts

    What prepaid cards are others on this site using now, if any? We have the need for a pre-paid card over the summer, and wondering what might be some options to consider.

    Tesco clubcard pay plus.

    Super Secret Stuff 365 posts

    Clearly the “squad leader” for this project did a naff job

    (You’ll only know what I’m on about if you’re an OG forum person and got a good memory)

    Londonsteve 194 posts

    This is hardly a surprise given the (mis)use of the card described at length on here

    How was such a card being ‘misused’? Surely, any POS transaction was backed by cash and generated revenue for the prepaid card provider so what was the problem?

    I for one am sorry to see its passing, I had hoped the technical issues would be ironed out and it would turn into a reliable card that allowed me, as an ex-UK resident, to earn a modicum of Avios every month that became even more relevant after the arrival of Avios Boost. To my knowledge there isn’t another financial product offering Avios that isn’t a ‘credit’ product for which you need to pass credit scoring in the UK. I’m not resident in Spain where I’m sure IB offers some Avios earning cards, so I’m up a gumtree when it comes to earning Avios. Earning rates on cheaper flights have been heavily reduced so I’m relegated to using Avios e-Store as and when it’s relevant and price competitive versus local options.

    I don’t know why they had to make Avios Subscription a poor deal so quickly after it was introduced.

    FFoxSake 217 posts

    Clearly the “squad leader” for this project did a naff job

    It seems the Squad Leader responsible jumped the IAG Loyalty ship just before the BA Prepaid card launch. Now a Head of Product at VirginMedia O2.

    In his own words… “had overall responsibility for the IAG Loyalty mobile reward app platform (mobile apps for BA, Aer Lingus & Vueling), the technical development and delivery of the new BA prepaid MasterCard fintech product, and the onboard digital product offering for all BA, Iberia and Vueling aircraft.”

    Londonsteve 194 posts

    It seems the Squad Leader responsible jumped the IAG Loyalty ship just before the BA Prepaid card launch. Now a Head of Product at VirginMedia O2.

    He or she clearly did a ‘great’ job. Having also experienced problems with a Virgin Mobile to O2 migration after the latter acquired the former, I’m not surprised this is where our product genius has gone!

    georgeg 14 posts

    Clearly the “squad leader” for this project did a naff job

    It seems the Squad Leader responsible jumped the IAG Loyalty ship just before the BA Prepaid card launch. Now a Head of Product at VirginMedia O2.

    In his own words… “had overall responsibility for the IAG Loyalty mobile reward app platform (mobile apps for BA, Aer Lingus & Vueling), the technical development and delivery of the new BA prepaid MasterCard fintech product, and the onboard digital product offering for all BA, Iberia and Vueling aircraft.”

    I keep looking at jobs at IAG Loyalty (drawn in by their ‘birthday avios’ perk) and then realising how badly I would do here if it became known I worked there and not applying

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