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TonySpero said:   NutsAboutGolf said:   I have no other Barclay's cards and this one has a mid 2014 experation...When I log in it says "Activate your account
To start using your card, please activate your account right away. Activate now." Wonder what that's all about?



Do you have a Bank of America RCI Elite Rewards Card?


No.

Received my new card yesterday, same exact card, same expiration, different #. They claim it was a security breach.

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neophyte said:   All right: I received my statement and noticed the change - they caught up and stopped awarding the points for loading online certain prepaid Visa products.

It's much harder to block retail transactions
Update - maybe it was all time glitch, on my recent statement I received full 2% CB on my non-NYOP transactions.

I did run multiple NYOPs, but I doubt that made the difference

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FYI, I just received this bonus offer in my e-mail:
Use your Priceline rewards Visa Card October 1 through December 31, 2013 and earn 5 bonus points for every $1 you spend—up to 2,500 bonus points—on purchases you make every day in the following categories¹:

• Gas Station purchases
• Restaurant purchases (including fast food)
• Department, Toy or Game store purchases

Best of all, this is in addition to the points you already earn for using your card every day. You must activate this offer by October 20, 2013 to earn your bonus points!

¹ This bonus offer is for select Priceline rewards Visa Card cardmembers and is not transferable. Qualified cardmembers who activate by October 20, 2013, will earn 5 bonus points for every one dollar ($1) in new purchase(s) at gas stations, restaurants, fast food restaurants, department stores, toy stores and game stores (that are not later returned or rescinded) that post to their account between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, up to a maximum of 2,500 bonus points. Eligible gas station, restaurant, fast food restaurant, department store, toy store, and game store purchases are defined by merchant category codes. Each merchant designates a category code to assign to purchases at its establishment. Although most gas station, restaurant, fast food restaurant, department store, toy store, and game store purchases will use merchant category codes selected for this offer, it is possible that some gas station, restaurant, fast food restaurant, department store, toy store, and game store companies have designated a merchant category code that is not classified as a gas station, restaurant, fast food restaurant, department store, toy store, and game store company and therefore any purchases made will not qualify for the points. To be eligible for this offer, the cardmember's account must be open and in good standing and they must have activated this promotion by October 20, 2013. Purchases made during periods when the cardmember's account is delinquent, their balance exceeds their credit line or their account is otherwise not in good standing do not qualify for this offer. The bonus points will appear on the cardmember's statement up to 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion.

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its a barclays thing. they are also doing it for football cards

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Do current members get to keep the 2% on everything?

I don't have this card but I'm curious how they handle reward changes.

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blaze03 said:   Do current members get to keep the 2% on everything?

I don't have this card but I'm curious how they handle reward changes.

  So far, there's been no changes for existing card members; still getting 2%.

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I got the email yesterday, but quite confusing. It said I will get 2 points per $ on the cats /listed (gas/fast food/ rest/ department stores) I am already getting 2% on this card. I emailed them and got a response that I expected, even more confusing. it said I will get 2 points in addition to the 2 points I get now, and that they signed me up. Also the points "will be turned over to my Upromise acct" !!. I emailed them back 10 minutes ago. asked 1) What is Upromise since I never used it and 2) I get 4 points per $1? I already get 5 points on these cats with other cards.

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barrytuneup said:   I got the email yesterday, but quite confusing. It said I will get 2 points per $ on the cats /listed (gas/fast food/ rest/ department stores) I am already getting 2% on this card. I emailed them and got a response that I expected, even more confusing. it said I will get 2 points in addition to the 2 points I get now, and that they signed me up. Also the points "will be turned over to my Upromise acct" !!. I emailed them back 10 minutes ago. asked 1) What is Upromise since I never used it and 2) I get 4 points per $1? I already get 5 points on these cats with other cards.
  "Best of all, this is in addition to the points you already earn for using your card every day."
You'll earn 4 points (2 points regular + 2 points bonus) per $1 spending in those categories beginning Oct. 1...up to $1250 (2500/2) in spending.  I think the Barclay's rep is confused.
 

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Can someone confirm that you get 5% on air ticket purchases? Can you redeem the points you get as account credit for that same purchase in the upcoming billing cycle?

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I thought it's only 5pts on NYP purchases. I'm talking about the old 2% CashBack card.

eta: Looks like the new 1% card has 5pts on Priceline.com airline ticket purchases. Pretty cool. Didn't know that. My old 2% card definitely doesn't have that. 

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freeka said:   Can someone confirm that you get 5% on air ticket purchases? Can you redeem the points you get as account credit for that same purchase in the upcoming billing cycle?
  Actually I am asking about the latest iteration of Priceline Visa which is 5x on Priceline purchases.

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They have built the reward program wrong for the new card and refuse to give 5 pts per dollar on eligible Priceline purchases and are giving 5 pts only on nyop. I can't get Barclay or Priceline to fix it even though their card system can support it with my experience on the old annual fee card.

So don't get this card if you are expecting 5 pt per dollar on retail air purchases. It is a mismatch between the application and the actual benefits.

Rasheed

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phototristan said:   I had unauthorized charges on my Priceline Visa and Barclay's had to send me a card with a new number. Get this-they charge $29. for the replacement card if you want it expedited! Otherwise, it's 10 business days.

Barclay's has some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced with any credit card. They are just as bad, if not worse than Bank of America and FIA Card Services.

  The 2% is what makes this card great. BARCLAYS is the absolute WORST customer service. Trust me I deal with everyone. When I called they said they would overnight a card. It did not come so a second call did the trick. No cost to me by the way. However they are the worst. They reps often are fumbling around and seem to have all sorts of issues. They know their service stinks also.

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Just checked my online statement, (it keeps a running total of points updated within 3 days)still only getting 2%, (no 4% which rep signed me up for)so I needed to charge 24.00 to get to my threshold to redeem for 25.00 credit. This card stinks, Also the charges drop off after about 24 days, so if you plan on getting credit on a charge, you have to be fast. I'm working on a 25.00 diner charge from 15 days ago. As soon as my last $24.00 goes thru, I'm done with this card. Will have 2 points left over. I already switched to my Cap Spark Business (2%) and no games. First year free but I'll negotiate the fee in March!!

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I read through the last five pages but didn't see any one else pointing this out.

Apparently this card does not offer nearly any of the benefits that pretty much all other Visa cards offer. I went to use the Visa Warranty Manager service for a product that failed and apparently it is specifically not offered on this card, which I found kind of weird since it is included even on debit cards I have. Well shrug, time to move my spend back to the Fidelity Amex.

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iNFEKT said:   I read through the last five pages but didn't see any one else pointing this out.

Apparently this card does not offer nearly any of the benefits that pretty much all other Visa cards offer. I went to use the Visa Warranty Manager service for a product that failed and apparently it is specifically not offered on this card, which I found kind of weird since it is included even on debit cards I have. Well shrug, time to move my spend back to the Fidelity Amex.

  
Mine is a Visa Signature so I do have those benefits. 

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Noted in passing:

1.  Some weeks ago, on this thread, there was talk about the possibility of us losing the 2% across-the-board rebate.

2.  Only in the last few days I'm seeing, on TV, ads for the new Capital One Quicksilver Rewards card with across-the-board 1.5% Cash Back.

I'm seeing high visibility Quicksilver as bolstering our 2% reward by reducing the gap between our reward and the next highest heavily advertised reward, which prior was only 1%.  It would have been better if Quicksilver had come out at 2%, but 1.5% is better than 1% and 1.5% provides a measure of competition for Priceline.

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Even better if Quicksilver boosted it to 3% ;0)

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Good to know. I definitely don't have signature, but I have platinum everywhere else. It seems like they didn't choose to go that route with this card. Either way another negative for me at least.

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No big deal really, if they get rid of the 2%, I'll switch over to the Fidelity AMEX.

The only real benefit to this card is that Visa is accepted more widely.

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So I am looking into getting this card on the new version. Anyone here have it (i.e. 5% on all Priceline purchases)?. I use Priceline for the majority of my travel so a guaranteed 5% for all travel (minus cruises) would be great!

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Very good CashBack card (best ive ever had 2% on everything, obviously i use my discover for 5% if something qualifies etc)
Customer service is decent.

Only problem with this card is that they sometimes dont let large transactions go through. So i sometimes just use my amex if I cant afford for any processing delay. Ive just been accepted to amex fidelity 2% so going to switch all my spending to that card.

Overall over time the 2% got me alot of CashBack. Definitely recommend this card if you value CashBack more than any other factor. Everyone can hate on this card but if saving money is what youre after ignore the people who enjoy whining.

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cdancer20 said:   So I am looking into getting this card on the new version. Anyone here have it (i.e. 5% on all Priceline purchases)?. I use Priceline for the majority of my travel so a guaranteed 5% for all travel (minus cruises) would be great!

I answered this question earlier, but they refuse to give 5% on all Priceline purchases (new version). Sorry.

Rasheed

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rasheedb said:   
cdancer20 said:   So I am looking into getting this card on the new version. Anyone here have it (i.e. 5% on all Priceline purchases)?. I use Priceline for the majority of my travel so a guaranteed 5% for all travel (minus cruises) would be great!

I answered this question earlier, but they refuse to give 5% on all Priceline purchases (new version). Sorry.

Rasheed

  
So from what I read, you say that they don't give 5 pts for retail airline?  And they refuse to fix it even though on their website it only mentions excluding " cruise bookings, non-Name Your Own Price® car reservations, and hotel reservations designated as Pay When You StaySM. "

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I even emailed the customer service regarding this and they confirmed that regular bookings are not eligible for 5% contrary to what they mention on the website.

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Hmmm...well that makes this card a slight bit less attractive. However, I do still make a lot of hotel reservations on here and car rentals from time to time. I guess something to think about.

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cdancer20 said:   
So from what I read, you say that they don't give 5 pts for retail airline?  And they refuse to fix it even though on their website it only mentions excluding " cruise bookings, non-Name Your Own Price® car reservations, and hotel reservations designated as Pay When You StaySM. "


Yes and Yes. The excuse is that Barclay can't do this properly. However, I have some specific ways to show them it is indeed possible and can be done (I showed it directly on their computer screens to Office of the President at Barclay on how it could be tracked as it is done on the old AF product). Let's put it this way, Barclay does not want to offer the 5x points.

I am specifically mad with Priceline and have asked them to get me in touch with the folks who create these plans on the Priceline side in that they might be able to get in touch with a counter part at Barclay who can FIX the points structure tool. Priceline is not interested and continues to advertise falsely on the application. At their current stock price, they don't care. At their lower stock price, they didn't care either.

This might be a good item to report CFFB, but I don't want to mess with my separate 2x on everything card either. I don't think the CFFB cares either. I can't believe there are not more people mad about this or who applied expecting 5x on some non-NYOP purchases (specifically retail air).

Rasheed

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What about 5x for retail hotels?

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cdancer20 said:   What about 5x for retail hotels?

No. Only NYOP is given any bonus.

Rasheed

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awesome1000 said:   Very good CashBack card (best ive ever had 2% on everything, obviously i use my discover for 5% if something qualifies etc)
Customer service is decent.

Only problem with this card is that they sometimes dont let large transactions go through. So i sometimes just use my amex if I cant afford for any processing delay. Ive just been accepted to amex fidelity 2% so going to switch all my spending to that card.

Overall over time the 2% got me alot of CashBack. Definitely recommend this card if you value CashBack more than any other factor. Everyone can hate on this card but if saving money is what youre after ignore the people who enjoy whining.

  
Thank you for a good post and green.  But could you possibly put a finer point on your use of the word "large"?  What are we talking about here?  Does "large" mean $5K?  $10K?  $50K?  More?

About the largest single charge I've ever made to my own card is circa $5K, a bit more perhaps.  Was I on thin ice?  How large is "large"?  

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Has anyone successfully lowed their cash advance limit to 0 or low amount with this card. CSR is stating "In order to decrease cash advance amount, your credit line will be decreased. Please respond to this message with your desired credit limit to lower the cash advance line."

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I funded a Chase bank account using the Priceline card and go hit a cash advance fee.   I guess we should add Barclays to Citi for issuers not to use when funding an account.  CSR was able to credit the fee for me but still not happy.  Couldn't reduce my cash advance line to $0 either according to the rep.

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You guys getting hit with CA fees... do they charge it right away or when the statement closes?

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The same time as the transaction.   My statement doesn't close until 2/23. 

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oumazdamx6 said:   I funded a Chase bank account using the Priceline card and go hit a cash advance fee.   I guess we should add Barclays to Citi for issuers not to use when funding an account.  CSR was able to credit the fee for me but still not happy.  Couldn't reduce my cash advance line to $0 either according to the rep.
  The rep told you partially wrong.  You can't lower to 0 but you can lower to $1.  I have successfully lowered Sallie Mae Mastercard and Barclay Arrival.  However you have to speak to the right person.  the first CSR that I spoke to also didn't know what I meant.  You have to ask for the "credit" department or something like that.  I forget.

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Has anyone had their card expire and get a new card mailed to them? Mine expires in 3 months and I worry that might be when they kill the 2% bonus...

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What are some of the creative ways to have a better redemption rate for the point on the card? I'm having a ton of points on the account and don't want to redeem for 2%. But I don't have much use for NYOP either as I don't travel that much. Anyone have a suggestion for me? Thanks.

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Only way is to use it for NYOP purchases. 2% is really pretty good so not sure why you don't like that.

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Well, 2% is good. 3% is even better. I'm just thinking about the opportunity cost if I have to redeem for 2%...

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Footzilla said:   Has anyone had their card expire and get a new card mailed to them? Mine expires in 3 months and I worry that might be when they kill the 2% bonus...
Just got my replacement cards for ones that were expiring 04/14. Same account numbers, new expiration date and new CVV codes. Called the number on the sticker to activate, logged in online and my rewards details still shows:

Year-round benefits: 

  • Earn 5 points for every $1 you spend on Name Your Own Price® purchases
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 you spend everywhere else
  • Redeem points to pay for anything you buy with your card (minimum $25 purchase required)
  • Enjoy additional card benefits – 

 

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