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    • By MSE Megan F 1st May 18, 4:02 PM
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    MSE News: Barclays offers switchers double rewards for a year
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    • 1st May 18, 4:02 PM
    MSE News: Barclays offers switchers double rewards for a year 1st May 18 at 4:02 PM
    Barclays is doubling its Blue Rewards scheme incentives for new and existing customers who switch an account to it - meaning they can earn at least 132 in the first 12 months...
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 15th May 18, 3:09 PM
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    Just be warned that you need a dedicated Barclays card reader to make payments etc.online. Nationwide & Natwest readers will allow you to log in but they don't have an 'enter' button which you need to set up payments.
    Just discovered that!... and yes, I tried pressing the different buttons in turn and that didn't work.

    15 mins on the phone to, possibly, an overseas call centre.

    Will now remove the rest of the money from a bank machine and take it to pay into another bank account! Can't move it over the phone as I don't have a telephone pass number .Annoying. I also wanted to set up a SO: 5 -ish day wait for the card reader to come in the post before I can set that up.

    I was offered a code to be e-mailed to me- and clicked on that button but no e-mail forthcoming..............

    DDs showing on the account.

    Ah, well, still ahead of the Natwest debacle!
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    • ColdIron
    • By ColdIron 15th May 18, 3:18 PM
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    Just be warned that you need a Barclays card reader to make payments etc.online. Nationwide & Natwest readers will allow you to log in but they don't have an 'enter' button which you need to set up payments.
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Use the green OK button on your Nationwide reader, it serves the same purpose. You don't need the card reader to make payments but you do for new payees, my Nationwide reader allows you to use the 'sign' function just fine with a Barclays card
    • Ashen
    • By Ashen 15th May 18, 3:19 PM
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    Had two texts from Barclays this morning, saying that they've contacted my old bank. Bit late considering the switch date I was given is tomorrow. Will see I guess.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 15th May 18, 3:33 PM
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    Use the green OK button on your Nationwide reader, it serves the same purpose. You don't need the card reader to make payments but you do for new payees, my Nationwide reader allows you to use the 'sign' function just fine with a Barclays card
    Originally posted by ColdIron
    No the green button OK did not work- tried it. Can't remember what it said but I needed to enter a code off the screen & I've a feeling it said something like choose function.. Do I dare try again with the 'sign' function? or risk getting blocked.....and yes, I did need the card reader because there are no payees on the new account.
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    • ColdIron
    • By ColdIron 15th May 18, 3:52 PM
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    No the green button OK did not work- tried it. Can't remember what it said but I needed to enter a code off the screen & I've a feeling it said something like choose function.. Do I dare try again with the 'sign' function? or risk getting blocked.....and yes, I did need the card reader because there are no payees on the new account.
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    If you have no payees you will need to set some up with the card reader before you can transfer money (just like Nationwide). If you make future payments to these accounts you don't need the card reader as you have 'signed' them already. The buttons, symbols and colours are the same except Nationwide's green button says OK instead of Barclays Enter. Put your card in, it will ask you to SELECT FUNCTION, press the Sign button, enter your PIN (Press green OK), enter the account number of the new payee (Press green OK) and then the amount (remembering it's pence not pounds) (Press green OK) and you'll be given an 8 character code to enter online


    It works, I did it this morning
    • Ashen
    • By Ashen 16th May 18, 1:16 AM
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    Just to avoid any possible doubt over eligibility for existing Blue Rewards customers - they're sending this out to at least some customers (not sure who, since it wouldn't seem sensible on their part to send out to all customers?!):

    Get even more with double Barclays Blue Rewards

    You're already enjoying monthly cash rewards through Barclays Blue Rewards but you could be getting so much more. Double, to be exact.

    If you've got another current account with a different bank, switch it to us by the 29 June 2018 using the Current Account Switching Service (CASS), and we'll give you double cash rewards every month for a year up to 384^. Terms and Conditions apply
    • beefturnmail
    • By beefturnmail 16th May 18, 4:16 PM
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    After applying for an account on the 10th May, had my branch 'appointment' (didn't pre-arrange one, just walked in) today for the switch as instructed by the e-mail.

    Branch didn't seem to have much of a clue (didn't know about the 12 month blue reward incentive until I told them and they checked on the website - I rather got the impression I was the first in that branch to do this.)

    Nevertheless the switch was processed in about 15 minutes, with no selling. The did ask why I was switching and I gave an honest answer (for the incentive).

    They didn't ask to see any of my ID I had taken with me - but did ask me to put in my card into a reader and enter my PIN (which luckily had arrived yesterday). Switch date agreed for 24th May.

    Then when I got home, I have a letter dated 11th May, saying "we are processing your switch as instructed which will take place on the 25th May", so it seems there was no need to go into the branch at all. Though now I seem to have 2 switches set up on the 24th and 25th. Will wait to see what happens....
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th May 18, 8:53 PM
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    Had my 'interview' today.- had to make an appointment a week ago!
    It turns out that she was on holiday, hence the delay.
    Painless- ID checked and photocopied.
    She had loads of bank updates to read through but no mention of the switch deal with double Blue Rewards for a year!
    So, I was the first customer to make her aware.
    She transferred the money for me- so that payee is now on system.

    If you are switching for the blue rewards deal you might be interested to get a quote for house/contents insurance as it would net 6 per month. I shall go in for a quote nearer my renewal date and see if the Barclays quote is cheaper / comparable.

    Switch starts May 22nd, due to be completed 29th.
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    • Ashen
    • By Ashen 17th May 18, 9:28 PM
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    I had a switch date of the 16th on the form I signed at my switching appointment, letter through the post today confirming it as the 22nd.

    If I was actually using my switching account as my main bank account I might be annoyed.
    • keef-WhatStandards
    • By keef-WhatStandards 18th May 18, 1:43 AM
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    So, I was the first customer to make her aware.
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    This sort of thing annoys me. These people are employed to advise us and yet all too often we have to advise them!

    I gave up trying to get any sense out of Barclays and filled in two forms *online*, so it is possible to do it online. One to get 75 to transfer my Santander account to Halifax and hopefully another 100 to transfer the extra Barclays account I ended up with, transferred to Natwest.
    • keef-WhatStandards
    • By keef-WhatStandards 18th May 18, 1:54 AM
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    Originally posted by keef-WhatStandards
    Still can't get the hang of quoting on this board. I select the quote button at the bottom of the item I want to quote and it quotes the last post! Manually having to amend the poster's name in the quote box is daft.

    Replying to Ashen :-

    Since when has anything banks do been "sensible"?

    I get offers that don't apply to me all the time from Halifax and when queried I get told it is "a marketing decision". In other words it is cheaper to send letters out to all customers rather than program their system to pick out only the customers to whom the offer applies.

    Tesco is another one. Opening my online banking, I get told I should apply for a second card, despite having two cards! They email me, despite insisting they don't accept email communication, telling me I do a to get b and when I do I get c. Then they insist I ring them to sort it out, rather than pass on my comments to their IT dept or contractors.

    Perhaps it is just me?
    Last edited by keef-WhatStandards; 18-05-2018 at 2:08 AM.
    • beefturnmail
    • By beefturnmail 18th May 18, 10:23 AM
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    To update on my post - I got 2 texts messages at the same time yesterday - one saying my switch was being processed, the second saying it had been cancelled as they could not proceed with it. I phoned the switch team to find out what was going on. Turns out that when I went in to branch the advisor had initiated on second switch in addition to one I had initiated online and it was this second switch which had been cancelled.

    Raised the question of what is the purpose of the branch visit? My ID was not even checked whilst I was there (though they did ask my to put my debit card PIN into their reader - can they verify ID by doing this?)
    • gocat
    • By gocat 18th May 18, 11:06 AM
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    Need to go to bank to show ID (got passport for that)
    For proof of adress Im sure it said can take old style paper driving license. But on the email it said , it says card only style.
    Havent got any other proof of adress, all my bank etc accounts are online and it says doesnt accept printed off statements.
    What is one to do
    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 18th May 18, 11:09 AM
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    I have a current account with Barclays and am getting Blue rewards.

    I phoned banking and spoke twice. First call I spoke to an Indian agent. She told me that I was not eligible for the incentive as I was already getting blue rewards. I told her she was talking rubbish.

    Second call 30 mins later, I spoke to another Indian. I asked to speak to someone in the UK. I was transferred to UK agent, who confirmed that I was eligible. Told me to go to my local branch with my Barclays debit card (no other id is needed) and details of my N/wide account.I then just sign a switching agreement.

    I am going to complain about the first agent that I spoke to.

    Nice and easy.
    • beefturnmail
    • By beefturnmail 18th May 18, 1:56 PM
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    Need to go to bank to show ID (got passport for that)
    For proof of adress Im sure it said can take old style paper driving license. But on the email it said , it says card only style.
    Havent got any other proof of adress, all my bank etc accounts are online and it says doesnt accept printed off statements.
    What is one to do
    Originally posted by gocat
    Go in to branch anyway - they didn't ask to see my ID when I went in
    • 18cc
    • By 18cc 18th May 18, 2:30 PM
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    Went to the branch today with my Halifax debit card they took down the details asked me to choose a switching date and sign and all done so I will switch my Halifax account at the beginning of June

    I asked about the card reader in order to make payments they said it is called pinsentry and although I can order a card reader the function is also within the Barclays banking app so I will use that
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 18th May 18, 3:03 PM
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    I certainly showed my ID docs and the banking advisor (still can't remember what they are called!) photocopied them to be sent to 'somebody!'

    My Barclaycard is up and running.
    I'm planning to spend small amount each month - 10 max. The DD will be one of the 2 needed to earn the 7 bonus plus Barclaycard will give me 1 pm for 24 months. Bit of a no brainer really......

    I don't have smart phone (mine is simply a phone!) so need the card reader.
    At this point heard a thump on the floor and the c.r. has just arrived in a jiffy bag.
    This week the phone pass also turned up.
    Think that's everything done and dusted.
    Ready for May 29th
    Last edited by Katiehound; 18-05-2018 at 3:07 PM.
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    • gocat
    • By gocat 18th May 18, 3:20 PM
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    Need to go to bank to show ID (got passport for that)
    For proof of adress Im sure it said can take old style paper driving license. But on the email it said , it says card only style.
    Havent got any other proof of adress, all my bank etc accounts are online and it says doesnt accept printed off statements.
    What is one to do
    Originally posted by gocat
    Go in to branch anyway - they didn't ask to see my ID when I went in
    Originally posted by beefturnmail
    Now Ive received a letter with a "specimen Signature card" to sign and return. Also received a letter saying my "account is now open and eady to use"
    Will I still need to go to the bank?
    tia
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 18th May 18, 3:26 PM
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    Need to go to bank to show ID (got passport for that)
    For proof of adress Im sure it said can take old style paper driving license. But on the email it said , it says card only style.
    Havent got any other proof of adress, all my bank etc accounts are online and it says doesnt accept printed off statements.
    What is one to do
    Originally posted by gocat
    I would discuss this with the switching team as you can't be the only person with this particular problem, see if they have any suggestions
    If you don't have the number it is: 0333 202 7458

    I see the old paper licence has both address and signature. (I keep mine so that I don't lose the card!) Surely it's only recently that the paper one became invalid?
    Last edited by Katiehound; 18-05-2018 at 3:29 PM.
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    • keef-WhatStandards
    • By keef-WhatStandards 18th May 18, 4:22 PM
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    I told her she was talking rubbish.
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    LOL!

    Whilst I often want to do this, I find it better to ask for proof that what is being said is true via T&Cs or website URL.
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