Last updated on September 7th, 2021
Barclays continues to switch holders of credit cards no longer available to new applicants to its new Barclays View Mastercard. The latest card to be formally discontinued is the Uber Visa. Here is what you need to know about the discontinuation of the Uber Visa Card and the switchover to the Barclays View Mastercard.
Uber Card Switching to Barclays View Mastercard in October
The Uber Visa is an impressive credit card for people who dine out or friend Uber or UberEATS. The card earns up to 5% cash back and offers various benefits that Barclays customers want – namely, no foreign transaction fees and cell phone protection. The updated Uber Visa Card was closed to new applicants in mid-2020 – and now Barclays is pulling the card altogether.
Existing Uber credit cardholders will see their cards converted to the Barclays View Mastercard on October 22, 2021. The View is Barclays’ first new foray into proprietary rewards cards in some time, as the bank tries to move beyond only offering co-branded products. Barclays previously issued its own cards – notably the popular Arrival cards – before their withdrawal some years ago.
The View Mastercard is a versatile and well-rounded rewards card that earns 3X on dining, 2X on streaming services and phone/internet/TV providers, plus groceries, and 1X on all other eligible purchases. The card, which replaced the Barclaycard Financing Visa, also offers periodic special financing on select retailers like Apple and Best Buy.
Drawbacks to the Uber Product Change
The biggest changes for Uber cardholders will be the loss of cell phone protection and the addition of foreign transaction fees. Cell phone protection is a fast-fading perk protecting against theft or damage when the phone plan is paid for using the card.
However, the addition of foreign transaction fees strips one of the best benefits of the original Uber Visa. That card earned 3% back on global dining, making it a perfect companion for those who wanted to earn impressive rewards worldwide but didn’t want an annual fee.
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