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Barclaycard Freedom Rewards points

Barclaycards that earn Freedom Rewards points are not currently available to new customers. If you're already using the scheme, here's how to collect and redeem points, and if you're not, find out about popular alternatives.

If you have a Freedom Rewards credit card from Barclays, you automatically earn Freedom points every time you use your credit card, and you can convert them into a variety of vouchers.

We’ve looked at how the scheme works to help you get the best out of it.

Barclaycard Freedom Rewards program

If you already have a Barclaycard Freedom Rewards card, chances are you’re already collecting points. Barclays normally gives you 1 point for every £1 you spend, but the earn rate doubles when you use the card at supermarkets, petrol stations and to travel with Transport for London.

For example, if in a month you spend £100 on the Tube, £100 in petrol, £500 for your grocery shopping and £600 for other purchases with your Barclaycard, you earn 2,000 Freedom points.

The Barclaycard Freedom Rewards scheme is reserved for consumers who have a Freedom Rewards credit card, which isn’t available for new customers anymore. At the time of writing, the card offers cash back, rather than points.

If you’re looking to earn rewards on your spending, you’ll have to browse for alternatives – you can compare alternative rewards credit cards.

How do you redeem Barclaycard Freedom points?

You normally earn a £5 voucher every time you collect 1,750 Freedom points. However, sometimes Barclays publishes additional offers on its Rewards store, which allow you to get more value for your points.

You can redeem your Freedom points online by logging into the store and converting them into vouchers or charity donations.

You can either have them emailed or posted to you. Emailed vouchers arrive almost instantly, while posted ones can take up to 10 days.

Comparison of rewards credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
1 - 20 of 50
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Credit Card Rewards Offer Mastercard
0% for 12 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
19.9% APR (variable)
Double points on spend in M&S for first year (2 points per £1). Then 1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% APR (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 23 months reverting to 18.9%
£3 per month
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
24.7% APR (variable)
0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
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American Express® Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card
25.3%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
25.3% APR (variable)
New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
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The American Express Rewards® Credit Card
25.3%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
25.3% APR (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 point for every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express® Credit Card
25.3%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
25.3% APR (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 5,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Spend £12,000 annually and get a travel companion voucher when redeeming Avios for a BA reward flight. Terms Apply
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
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Royal Bank of Scotland Reward Credit Card (existing customers only)
21.9%
£24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
26.8% APR (variable)
Earn 1% back at supermarkets and 0.25% back everywhere else, including supermarket petrol stations. At selected retailers, you could earn 1-15% back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 26.8% APR (variable).
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NatWest Reward Credit Card (existing customers only)
21.9%
£24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
26.8% APR (variable)
You'll earn 1% back at supermarkets and 0.25% back everywhere else, including supermarket petrol stations. At selected retailers, you could earn 1-15% back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 26.8% APR (variable).
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American Express® Platinum Cashback Credit Card
25.3%
£25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
30.7% APR (variable)
New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.75% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1.25% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
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American Express® Nectar Credit Card
25.3%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
30.7% APR (variable)
Earn 20,000 bonus Nectar points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months. Earn a minimum of 3 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners, and 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
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NatWest Reward Black Credit Card (existing customers only)
21.9%
£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £5,000, max. limit not specified.
40.7% APR (variable)
You'll earn 1% back at supermarkets and 0.5% back everywhere else, including supermarket petrol stations. At selected retailers, you could earn 1-15% back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 40.7% APR (variable).
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Royal Bank of Scotland Reward Black Credit Card (existing customers only)
21.9%
£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £5,000, max. limit not specified.
40.7% APR (variable)
Earn 1% back at supermarkets and 0.5% back everywhere else, including supermarket petrol stations. At selected retailers, you could earn 1-15% back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 40.7% APR (variable).
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The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
25.3%
£75 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
42.6% APR (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 points when you spend £3,000 within 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 2 points per £1 spent and 6 points per £1 of eligible spend at Marriott properties.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 42.6% APR (variable).
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American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
25.3%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
61% APR (variable)
New welcome offer: Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership. Offer ends 19 July. Terms Apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum, your representative rate is 61% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card
25.3%
£250 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
102.5% APR (variable)
Earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. New Cardmembers Only. Earn 3 Avios for per £1 spent directly with BA and 1.5 Avios per £1 spent elsewhere. Terms Apply

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £250 per annum, your representative rate is 102.5% APR (variable).
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The Platinum Card
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The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£575 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £4,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Terms apply.

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Tesco Bank Low APR Card
9.942%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
9.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco, must have available credit to earn points. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card Visa
18.2%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
18.2% APR (variable)
1p earned for every £2 spent in The Co-operative Food stores (excluding in-store concessions) and 1p earned for every £3.33 spent anywhere else. Cashback will be added to your share of the Group profits and this will be paid to you twice a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.2% APR (variable).
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
18.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
18.9% APR (variable)
0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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Name Product Annual/monthly fees Purchases Representative APR Link Cashback details Representative example
Santander All in One Credit Card
£3 per month
0% for 23 months reverting to 18.9%
24.7%
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0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
American Express® Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card
£0
25.3%
25.3%
Check eligibility
New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
American Express® Platinum Cashback Credit Card
£25 per annum
25.3%
30.7%
Check eligibility
New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.75% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1.25% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
£0
18.9%
18.9%
0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
smile Classic Credit Card
£0
19.9%
19.9%
0.25% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Halifax Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
£0
19.94%
19.9%
0.25% on £1 to £4000 of yearly spend. 0.5% after £4001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Lloyds Bank Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
£0
19.94%
19.9%
0.25% on £1 to £4000 of yearly spend. 0.5% after £4001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
£0
22.9%
22.9%
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Vitality American Express® Credit Card
£0 (but £4.75 fee for the Vitality programme)
25.3%
36.3%
0.5% on £1 to £10,000 of yearly spend and 1% thereafter. Paid on anniversary. Must spend £3,000 annually to earn cashback. Earn up to 2% additional cashback on first £1,000 spend each month based on Vitality products held and monthly activity points earned. New cardmember offer: earn £100 statement credit when £2,000 spent in first three months.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £0 per month (please note there is a £4.75 fee for the Vitality programme), your representative rate is 36.3% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
£15 per month
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8%
0.5% cashback on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid monthly into card account.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
British Airways American Express® Credit Card
25.3%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
25.3% APR (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 5,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Spend £12,000 annually and get a travel companion voucher when redeeming Avios for a BA reward flight. Terms Apply
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card
25.3%
£250 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
102.5% APR (variable)
Earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. New Cardmembers Only. Earn 3 Avios for per £1 spent directly with BA and 1.5 Avios per £1 spent elsewhere. Terms Apply

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £250 per annum, your representative rate is 102.5% APR (variable).
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Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card
22.9%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
22.9% APR (variable)
Earn 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend and 1.5.miles for every £1 spend with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays. Spend £20K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to Premium, or a Companion ticket.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus Credit Card
22.9%
£160 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
63.9% APR (variable)
Earn 15,000 bonus points with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Plus, get an extra 15,000 points when you apply between 5 May and 6 June 2022 and spend £3,000 within 90 days of opening your account. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £160 per annum, your representative rate is 63.9% APR (variable).
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Pros and cons of Barclaycard Freedom Rewards

Pros

  • Double points on grocery shopping, petrol and Transport for London.
  • You collect points even when you use the card abroad.
  • Charity donation redeem option.
  • Wide choice of partners to redeem your points.
  • Other members of your family can use your account and collect points.
  • Special offers that allow you to collect more points or increase their value.

Cons

  • Low value per point.
  • Points expire after three years.
  • You can’t redeem your points for cash.

Who are Barclaycard Freedom Rewards partners?

Despite not being able to turn Freedom points into cash, you do have quite a range of options you can choose from for your vouchers. The most well-represented category is entertainment, so the Freedom Rewards scheme is a good option if you like cinema, theatre or one-day trips with the family, but Barclays also offers various deals for food and shopping.

While most options are for physical shops, you can spend some vouchers online.

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