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.

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The Barclaycard Freedom Rewards credit card is no longer available, however, if you already have Freedom points, you might still be able to use them. Barclays have annoucned that Freedom Rewards will be closing in June 2024, and that your account will be moved to Barclaycard Rewards.

Barclaycard Freedom Rewards program

If you had a Barclaycard Freedom Rewards card, chances are you were already collecting points. Barclaycard usually gave you 1 point for every £1 you spent, but the earn rate doubled when you used the card at supermarkets, petrol stations and for travel with Transport for London.

For example, if in a month you spent £100 on the Tube, £100 on petrol and £500 on your grocery shopping (all earning double points), then £600 on other purchases with your Barclaycard (earning single points), you would have earned 2,000 Freedom points that month.

You could then redeem these points for vouchers, which could be spent at retailers and entertainment venues who were Barclaycard Freedom partners.

The Barclaycard Freedom Rewards scheme was reserved for customers who had a Freedom Rewards credit card, which isn’t available to new customers anymore. If you’re a new customer looking to earn rewards on your credit card spending, you’ll have to browse alternatives – you can use this guide to compare rewards credit cards.

How do you redeem Barclaycard Freedom points?

If you still have Freedom points, these can be redeemed for vouchers, which start from £5 for 1,750 Freedom points.

You can redeem your Freedom points by logging into the Freedom Rewards store, where you can check your points balance and convert them into vouchers to spend at a Freedom partner.

You’ll need to pick your Freedom partner and redeem your Freedom points for either an e-voucher sent via email, or a voucher or gift card sent to you by post.

Emailed vouchers arrive almost instantly, while posted ones could take up to 10 days.

Pros and cons of Barclaycard Freedom Rewards

Pros

  • Double points on grocery shopping, petrol and Transport for London.
  • You collected points even when you used the card abroad.
  • Wide choice of partners to redeem your points.
  • Special offers that allowed 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 partners?

Despite not being able to turn Freedom points into cash, you do have quite a range of options to choose from when redeeming your vouchers at a Freedom partner. The most well-represented category is entertainment – including the cinema, theatre and day trips – but there are also still various deals for food and shopping.

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

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M&S Bank Credit Card Purchase Plus Offer Mastercard
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1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
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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 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard
3.9
★★★★★
★★★★★
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1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
24.9% 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 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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American Express® Rewards Credit Card
3.9
★★★★★
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10,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
31% APR (variable)
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn up to 90,000 bonus points per year through refer a friend, 4,000 points awarded for every friend approved. 1 point = 0.45p (min 1,000 points) to shop, other rewards have differing conversions.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 31% APR (variable).
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The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
4.0
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2 points per £1 spent
£95 per annum
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Earn 60,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy® points when you spend £3,000 in the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Offer ends 3 July 2024. 18+, subject to status. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £95 per annum, your representative rate is 54.8% APR (variable).
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