July 2021’s credit card news & round-up

The latest news to help you get the most from your credit card.

Here’s my monthly update sharing changes for leading UK credit cards, as well as some of the relevant articles you might have missed on the blog.

July’s credit card update video

July credit card news

New online payment confirmation rules roll out

Government legislation, known as Strong Customer Authentication rules (or PSD2), will mean you’ll need to confirm more of your online purchases. It applies to both credit and debit cards and you’ve probably already come across it. Similar rules have applied to using your PIN for a while now.

It won’t be for every transaction. Money Saving Expert reports that it’ll be for most purchases over £25, or cumulative spending over £85. You’ll also be able to add some retailers to a trusted list so you only need to approve them the first time you’re asked.

Though implementation on this next part has been delayed until March 22, many card providers have already started asking customers to enter a code to finalise a purchase.

This code is usually sent as an OTP (One Time Passcode) to your phone or as a voice message to your landline You might alternatively be asked to open up your banking app to give your approval. Some will require the dreaded card reader! It’ll depend on the card provider which methods you can choose from.

It’s going to be annoying if you don’t have your phone with you when spending money online, but should prevent large purchases made from your cards without your knowing.

£100 Amazon gift card with Amex/Amazon business credit card

Not all of you will be able to get this as you need to be running a business, including a self-employed sole trader and as a limited company. If you are eligible then there’s currently a £100 Amazon voucher with the Amazon Business American Express credit card – and there’s no minimum spend required.

The card normally comes with a £50 annual fee, but that has also been waived for this promotion. More details in my best card offer round up.

I’ll be giving it a miss though as part of my year without Amazon! As tempting as it is to get a free £100 it would mean I’d have to spend it with a company I’m avoiding rather than supporting other businesses.

This month’s best credit cards

As always when talking about credit cards the best credit card for you will depend on your credit report and why you need one.

Make sure you read my rules for having and applying for a credit card. You’ll also find my list of the latest offers in the same article.

But assuming you’ve got a great credit report, don’t need one to clear existing debts and will clear the balance completely each month, these are my top picks:

Andy’s Top Three Credit Cards (July 2021)

  • Amex Preferred Rewards Gold Card for the welcome bonus (read more)
  • Amex Nectar for ongoing 1% cashback
  • Barclaycard Rewards for 0.25% cashback and fee-free spending overseas

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