Barclays replacing Apple Rewards card with Barclays View Mastercard on May 7

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in General Discussion edited March 31
Those enrolled in the Barclays Visa with Apple Rewards program will be shifted to the new Barclays View MasterCard, ending Barclays' affiliation with Apple.




For nearly a decade, Apple customers could buy Apple gear using the Barclaycard with Apple Rewards, which allowed interest-free payments on items like MacBooks and iPhones. This is coming to an end, as Barclays is killing off the vestigial remnants of its Apple Rewards Visa card on May 7, finally ending the program.

In September of 2020, Apple discontinued special financing for Barclays cardholders, suggesting that customers utilize the Apple Card instead. However, even though the financing had ended, customers were still allowed to earn points toward Apple gift cards, which could be redeemed at an Apple Store, Apple.com, or various Apple app stores.

Starting on May 7, Barclays Visa with Apple Rewards customers will be shifted to both a new card and a new reward system. Cardholders will receive a Barclays View MasterCard, which will begin earning points toward MasterCard benefits.

According to a letter sent to an AppleInsider reader, cardholders will:
  • Earn 3X points on restaurant purchases (including takeout and delivery)

  • Earn 2x points on internet, select streaming, phone, and TV services

  • Earn 2X points on grocery store purchases (excluding Target and Walmart)

  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases

  • Be periodically eligible for up to 18 months special financing at retailers such as Apple and Best Buy
Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

While the company does not say what will happen to existing Apple Rewards points, it could potentially convert them to MasterCard points. The company has not specified where points will be redeemable, but it seems likely that customers will be able to choose which gift cards they'd like to redeem them for.




Loyalty Gateway, a website run by MasterCard, allows users to redeem their points for gift cards from retailers like Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Apple. This would mean that customers could continue to receive Apple Gift Cards as a benefit should they want to.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,671member
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
  • Reply 2 of 6
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,983member
    Rayz2016 said:
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
    Noting = crowing? WTF. So they shouldn't have mentioned it and let users maybe find out on their own? Well, that would be Apple-typical, as with their OS versions. 


    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 3 of 6
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,070member
    macgui said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
    Noting = crowing? WTF. So they shouldn't have mentioned it and let users maybe find out on their own? Well, that would be Apple-typical, as with their OS versions. 
    It's not remotely special, and certainly not noteworthy. 
    Rayz2016
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,671member
    macgui said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
    Noting = crowing? WTF. So they shouldn't have mentioned it and let users maybe find out on their own? Well, that would be Apple-typical, as with their OS versions. 
    It's not remotely special, and certainly not noteworthy. 
    Rather like Barclays. I still remember them telling their customers they didn’t need Apple Pay because they were going to give them NFC stickers for their phones. 
    edited April 1
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,671member
    macgui said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
    Noting = crowing? WTF. So they shouldn't have mentioned it and let users maybe find out on their own? Well, that would be Apple-typical, as with their OS versions. 


    We’re not at home for Captain Angrypants. 
    edited April 1
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Rayz2016 said:
    Barclays also notes that the new card will feature tap-and-go NFC technology, allowing customers to make contactless payments directly with their card.

    Only Barclays think this is something worth crowing about. 
    Although I have not used a contactless credit card, I use ApplePay whenever it is available. If the contactless credit cards work as quickly as an ApplePay payment, and I no longer need to insert a card into a chip reader and wait for the transaction to be processed, that would be a benefit. 

    A BIGGER benefit is to no longer be slowed by chip cards that no longer work, so I need to do the “multiple failed chip read and swipe the card” routine.  I’ve had four chip cards fail this way so far, and it’s very annoying.  four chip cards fail this way so far, and it’s very annoying. 
    edited April 1
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