Barclaycard Rewards Visa review 2021

This Barclays Rewards card lets you earn cashback on your day-to-day spending while building a positive credit history.

Until recently this card offered new customers the chance to benefit from waived fees on non-sterling transactions, sadly these transactions will now incur a fee of 0%. Still, for those who don’t carry a card balance from month-to-month, cashback deals such as this, with no annual or monthly account fee, offer a way to make your money go a little further.

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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).

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Details

IssuerBarclaycard
NetworkVisa
Representative APR22.9% APR (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£0
Loyalty schemeCashback
Cashback details0.25% 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.
Incentive on openingUp to 5 months free trial of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News + and Apple Arcade. T&C's apply.
Additional Rewards InfoBuy tickets for up to 3500 selected live events through Barclaycard entertainment and get 5% off tickets per year and exclusive pre-sale tickets on selected festivals with 10% off ticket prices. Save 5% on food and drink at all UK 02 Academy venues.
Purchases22.9%
Purchases interest-free period (days)56
Balance transfers22.9%

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

If you’re new to credit cards, Barclaycard’s Platinum Cashback Plus could be a sensible card to start out with, and could earn you a few pennies while you spend. The cashback you build up while spending on this card will be credited monthly to your account. Just bear in mind that if you carry a balance from month to month, then the amount you’ll pay in interest is likely to outweigh the amount you’ll earn in cashback.

If you have a limited or damaged credit history, Barclaycard might offer you a tailored (higher) interest rate. You can check your eligibility before you apply, and without affecting your credit score, at the Barclaycard site.

Provided you use it correctly (make at least your minimum repayment on time each month and stay within your credit limit, for example), then as with any credit card, you could also build your credit score over time.

Like all Barclaycards, this card comes with a few appealing extras, including pre-sale tickets and discounts on selected gigs and festivals through Barclaycard entertainment.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with Barclaycard
  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
  • Earn cashback on day-to-day spending
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Minimum annual income requirement of £20,000
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • You may be offered an opening credit limit as low as £50

How does it compare with other cashback deals?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Rewards earn rate Max. intro bonus Purchases Representative APR Link Incentive Representative example
Santander All in One Credit Card
0.5% cashback
N/A
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
23.7% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
0.5% cashback 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 17.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
1% cashback
£100
24.5%
24.5% APR (variable)
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New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. 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 24.5% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.5% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
1.25% cashback
£125
24.5%
29.8% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. 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 24.5% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
0.5% cashback
£25
18.9%
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).
smile Classic Credit Card
0.25% cashback
N/A
19.9%
19.9% APR (variable)
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).
Lloyds Bank Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
0.5% cashback
£20
19.94%
19.9% APR (variable)
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
0.25% cashback
0.5% of all spend in first 3 months
22.9%
22.9% APR (variable)
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
0.5% cashback
N/A
24.5%
35.5% APR (variable)
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 24.5% (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 35.5% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
0.5% cashback
N/A
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8% APR (variable)
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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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Barclaycard's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 151 0900). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates as a result.

You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

How to apply for this Barclaycard

If you've compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, it's a smart idea to quickly use the "eligibility checker", which can give you a good idea of your chances of approval before you apply. Crucially, because it uses a "soft" credit search, this tool won't affect your credit score.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Barclaycard Rewards Visa?

If Barclaycard is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Barclaycard's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £50 and Barclaycard does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Barclaycard that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Barclaycard Rewards Visa?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

There's no cash advance fee on the Barclaycard Rewards Visa.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 22.9%, which is the same as the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What is the minimum payment on the Barclaycard Rewards Visa?

Each month you must pay at least 3.25% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £138.46 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £615.38 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.

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