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  • JDB

    Had the same issue as described in the above posts. Applied for the paid card which all went through very smoothly.I was pleasantly surprised and thought ‘huh, maybe Barclaycard have improved’. Hit the target for the SUB, avios transferred, so I have had the card for about 7 weeks now. I tried to downgrade in the app from paid card to free card and got the ‘no offers available’ message. I asked by chat if I could change cards and was told no. I said well its either that or cancel and they still wouldn’t budge so I cancelled.

    same exact boat. the bonus posted promptly within the first £20 so I was happy with that. She did state you can re open a barclays card within 6 months. Did I not see you can open this Avios Plus after a year? or have I got that mixed up with Biz Platinum (13months actually).

    You can theoretically open a new Avios Barclaycard after six months, assuming you are approved but you cannot get another SUB for two years after closing the account.

    SteveJ

    Ah, now that you mention it, yes ! Took the card out in June for the 50k offer, put a 3k deposit down for a BA holiday in July and bonus hit in one transaction.
    Statements in July, August and just recently September’s. So there you go.

    Thanks for confirming, expecting my 3rd statement soon, so hoping for the same. Will report back.

    Today is my 3rd statement date (statement will be issued end of today). Like clockwork the downgrade option in the app is available. Seems this is an auto trigger once you’ve held the card exactly 3 months.

    E

    I got offered the downgrade a day after my second statement a couple of weeks ago. Not sure it’s as clear as always being after the third statement.

    Aston100

    I got offered the downgrade a day after my second statement a couple of weeks ago. Not sure it’s as clear as always being after the third statement.

    Indeed, player 2 got the downgrade option before the end of their 2nd month.
    I got it much later.

    Maybe they’ve subsequently sorted their IT?

    SteveJ

    I wonder if anyone is past their 3rd statement and DOESN’T have the downgrade option?

    It may well be 3 months is the worst case?

    Whisper2

    Third statement due tomorrow. No downgrade options when I checked last week, but it is there now. So not quite 3rd statement, but very close.

    Michael C

    So, after a BA-style wait on the phone, it turns out you can’t downgrade via the webpage OR over the phone…
    Ah, well…cancellation it is.

    Aston100

    So, after a BA-style wait on the phone, it turns out you can’t downgrade via the webpage OR over the phone…
    Ah, well…cancellation it is.

    How long have you held the card?

    Michael C

    So, after a BA-style wait on the phone, it turns out you can’t downgrade via the webpage OR over the phone…
    Ah, well…cancellation it is.

    How long have you held the card?

    Since “the beginning”; the problem is I don’t have the app, and they don’t allow you to do it any other way.

    marshy11

    I did not get the downgrade and was at the 3 month statement time albeit I hadn’t had the card that long as the first statement came before my card.

    SteveJ

    I did not get the downgrade and was at the 3 month statement time albeit I hadn’t had the card that long as the first statement came before my card.

    How long ago was this?

    marshy11

    I did not get the downgrade and was at the 3 month statement time albeit I hadn’t had the card that long as the first statement came before my card.

    How long ago was this?

    2nd September

    Friggo

    Data point: I received the offer to downgrade this morning- and it would have been this morning as I checked yesterday. I applied in mid-July and got my second statement last week.

    Thrillington

    Hit my £3000 this week, third statement yesterday (although, the statement itself is nowhere to be found in the app), and third £20. Not quite at 3 months though as I opened mid July (and had my first monthly fee and statement only a week after!) – hard to tell if the £20 fee is in advance or arrears since it did not correlate at all with opening date. Was hoping to be able to hit the target and cancel before the third charge, but alas.

    No downgrade offer yet – just says ‘No Options Available’, although I’m not sure if I’d rather downgrade or just cancel and revert to Virgin Atlantic for my non-Amex spend.

    pelicanicecoffeeolaf

    Just got my statement and I’m now able to downgrade!

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