Posted by William Charles on September 5, 2015
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Published on September 5th, 2015 | by William Charles

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Details About New Barclaycard “Luxury” Card (Previously Black Card) Released – Available From October 1st

Update: Three new cards were released under the Luxury Card brand.

Barclaycard have finally released details about their rebranding of their Black Card to the Luxury Card (we first knew about this back in early July). Existing customers will be converted on October 1st (and new sign ups should start on October 1st).

luxury card

Changes

  • Becoming a Mastercard World Elite (previously Visa Signature)
  • Annual fee will remain the same
  • Keeping the Black Card branding (I really don’t get this one as I believe they lost a lawsuit in regards to this which sparked the change to Luxury Card in the first place. Luxury Card is only mentioned on the website and not on the card mock up)

Added Benefits

Keep in mind this card earns 1x points on all purchases with no bonus categories.

  • $100 annual airline credit for qualifying airline purchases
  • $100 Global Entry fee credit
  • Points are worth 1.5¢ when redeeming for cash back/statement credit (previously 1¢)
  • EMV chip (presumably with some PIN functionality like other Barclaycard products)
  • Access to Mastercard Priceless Cities & Priceless Golf Privileges

Removed Benefits

  • Lost Luggage Reimbursement
  • Roadside Dispatch
  • Trip Delay Reimbursement

Our Thoughts

This card sucked before and now it still sucks. It’s crazy that a card with a $450 annual fee earns at a lower rate than multiple cards with no annual fee (e.g Citi Double Cash & American Express Fidelity which both earn at 2% cash back on all purchases). A lot of premium cards have low earning rates though like the American Express Platinum or Citi Prestige, but they actually have useful benefits (better lounge access, free golf, higher redemption rates for existing points for paid airfare etc etc) and also come with better credits (e.g $250 or $200 in airline credits). In addition to that the sign up bonuses are actually attractive, 50,000 points for the Prestige and 100,000 points for Platinum (sometimes even as high as 150,000).

The only reason you’d possibly sign up for this card is because it’s a black card and you think that makes you important/impressive, I daresay Barclaycard has gotten a lot of idiots to sign up using this tactic which is why they are hesistant to make big improvements to this card and actually make it somewhat competitive.

Unless they launch the new Barclaycard Luxury Black Card World Elite Mastercard (can you have card three times in your name?) with a huge sign up bonus, I can’t see why anybody would even remotely considering applying for it.



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Vic
Vic

Thanks for giving me a good laugh on Saturday morning!
Such a ridiculous name and product.

Jon
Jon

There are so many suckers out there, barclay is just baiting them.

Chucks
Chucks

I wouldn’t call the Prestige a low earning card. 3x/4.8% for any hotel or airline matches or beats most airline or hotel specific cards at their own game. 2x/3.2% for entertainment and dining isn’t shabby either.

Maybe you meant for general spend? Even then 1x/1.6% isn’t terrible.

Presley
Presley

This should be a $0 annual fee card. Some $0 annual fee card have better benefits and earn more rewards.

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Carlos
Carlos

Sorry didnt realize how old that post was guys.
Just take offense when somebody can sit here and try to put down someone who has made others $1000s of dollars including myself.
Thomas may just work for Barclays.

HM
HM

The Barclay Card series of 3 is a an absolute joke! I carry an Amex Business PT with no pre set spending limit as well as a Ritz Rewards card with a line of credit in excess of $40k I also carry an Amex PT Delta Sky miles card with a $25k credit line. My income is more than adequate. I have ZERO debt and each card is paid in full each month.
I have an Experian score of 790 as well. I applied for the Barclays “Gold Card” to give it a try although hesitant of the $995.00 annual fee which to me is ridiculous. I was turned down….They are going to lose quite a bit of new clients who can actually afford the obnoxious annual fees and not to mention those who carry balances.

Ed
Ed

My is on they way I’ll give it a try

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