Head for Points is reporting today:
As part of the move away from Wirecard, Curve has now brought in a fee if you want to receive a physical plastic card . These are:
- Curve Blue: £4.99
- Curve Black / Metal: No fee
Personally I support all card issuers charging fees for physical cards on subscription-free products where digital alternatives are available, because:
- It discourages unnecessary harm to the environment, just like shops charging for plastic bags.
- It encourages more people to use Apple Pay and Google Pay, which has a knock-on effect of encouraging more merchants to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay correctly with no transaction limits. When card terminals, running old software, erroneously reject Apple Pay and Google Pay above the transaction limit for physical contactless cards with an “insert card” message (because the card terminal fails to recognise it as a digital tokenised card), if an increasing number of consumers respond to merchants that they don’t have a physical card, then more merchants will make the effort to update the software in their card terminals to process tokenised cards correctly and avoid lost sales.
However, Curve has not yet published this new £5 fee. At https://www.curve.com/en-gb/p/blue Curve still states:
Sign up to Curve today and we’ll send you a beautiful Curve Blue card for free!
Therefore if you have friends whom you want to introduce to Curve, now is the time to do so before the £5 fee is introduced. Don’t forget to use your referral code.