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Re: Barclays As Your Only Card In Your Wallet...

I think the real lesson to take away from this is to not charge up against your credit limit, or at least if you do, make sure you have a backup source of payment in case something happens. Even if it wasn't a hold, it could have been a random bank error that was really nobody's fault, but the end result would have been the same. If the card isn't maxed out though, then there still should be available credit to cover charges until the hold is removed from the payment, or an error is resolved, or whatever.

 

The payment hold isn't an issue unique to Barclays either. A lot of other credit card companies will put a hold on a payment if the card is right near the limit. Pushing the payment from your bank account might help. Paying smaller amounts more often so that you're not right up at the limit should definitely help.

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Re: Barclays As Your Only Card In Your Wallet...

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Autumnslight wrote:

I think the real lesson to take away from this is to not charge up against your credit limit, or at least if you do, make sure you have a backup source of payment in case something happens. Even if it wasn't a hold, it could have been a random bank error that was really nobody's fault, but the end result would have been the same. If the card isn't maxed out though, then there still should be available credit to cover charges until the hold is removed from the payment, or an error is resolved, or whatever.

 

The payment hold isn't an issue unique to Barclays either. A lot of other credit card companies will put a hold on a payment if the card is right near the limit. Pushing the payment from your bank account might help. Paying smaller amounts more often so that you're not right up at the limit should definitely help.


^^ this...  if you max our your cards, and then try to live off the payments you make to them (make a payment and then charge it back to the limit)  they will hold your paymetns to make sure they don't get burnt... 

 

after you had this card a couple of year they might not do that, but the CC companies are going to protect themselves and you can't blame them for that.

 

 

I keep seeing posts where people are doing this and then getting upset when they don't have access to their money.  point is if you only have so much money in your bank account then don't pay it all to the point where you will be broke on one credit card that is maxed out, it's just not smart

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Re: Barclays As Your Only Card In Your Wallet...

I keep seeing posts where people are doing this and then getting upset when they don't have access to their money.

I'm pretty sure most of the posts you keep seeing are from the OP. He posts a new thread every few days about this ongoing saga.  Smiley Tongue

 

All I can say is, +1 Autumnslight who has succinctly rehashed all the good advice given in OP's prior threads.

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laboi_22 wrote:

I agree. After never really having them personally. I think they are much hyped. Discover, Chase, AMEX all beats them everytime!


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