NEWS: Government’s 22 point plan to ease air travel disruption and Curve’s new X card – is it worth a try?

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Government’s 22-point plan to ease disruption

Although the current cancellations are only affecting a small percentage of flights, the delays and queues seem to be a problem for most passengers and there is no sign of any easing. With school holidays only weeks away, the government has come up with a plan to help sort out the problems.

Its plan includes:

  • Making sure the schedules are achievable. This includes several weekly groups to review things like immigration and flight operations that will involve all the relevant parties ensuring that they can deliver the schedule. 
  • The launch of a new Aviation Passenger Charter, a one-stop guide for passengers informing them of their rights, responsibilities and what they can reasonably expect of the aviation industry when flying. 
  • A proposal to strengthen consumer protection for air passengers such as additional enforcement powers for the CAA.
  • The government has changed the law so the airline industry has more flexibility to train staff and allow them to deploy staff quickly and flexibly while maintaining security standards.
  • Promoting aviation jobs in various ways.

I think some of these will definitely help such as the cross-party meetings which hopefully should allow more oversight of where things are going wrong. Currently, everything seems to come as a surprise to airlines and airports such as people wanting to fly or the fact that an aircraft hasn’t yet taken off to the airport you are waiting at will mean your flight will be delayed! Hopefully, this will force them to move from being entirely reactive to being more proactive.

However, I think overall it will not stop the issues that are currently happening from continuing over the summer to some degree given the short time frames. It also doesn’t solve the fundamental issues that many airport roles are poorly paid with shift work and dealing with angry passengers which is not something that everyone wants to do. Unless they start to address the changes in working practices and pay cuts that were introduced during Covid, I can’t see there being a big rush for anyone to fill all the jobs. 

 

Curve introduces another level of Curve card and changes the free card benefits

I have used Curve card for a long time and although it’s less useful now you can’t pair it with American Express, it’s still very handy for saving on foreign exchange fees. You can pair most Mastercards and Visa cards with it and then use the single Curve card for your transactions. Most of the time foreign currency transactions are free which saves around 3% of the usual credit card fee. Usually, you pay a small fee for weekend transactions but that is waived until September 2022. You can also pair it with a debit card to withdraw cash abroad. (subject to limits)

Curve also offers cashback offer on the Black and Metal Curve cards. For other cards, there are Rewards which again offer discounts off particular retailers. 

There is now a large range of cards to choose from. Whether all these levels stay remains to be seen as it seems rather confusing for the average consumer.

Curve say that the free card was costing them too much, so rather than removing the free tier, they decided to introduce a high-value, low-cost subscription called Curve X.

Here’s what the range of cards will look like from now on: 

For most people, the free card will probably still be enough even though some benefits have been reduced such as being limited on the number of cards and the go back in time feature (allows you to change the card you paid with). 

If you are currently a free Curve card holder there is a special offer Curve X to existing customers at a 60% discount of £1.99/ month for a full year if you upgrade within 30 days.

You can find more information and apply here. 

11 Comments on "NEWS: Government’s 22 point plan to ease air travel disruption and Curve’s new X card – is it worth a try?"

  1. I think the rising inflation/interest rates could spell the end for Curve. This move smacks of their VC backers putting pressure on them to show they can be profitable. If they can’t, the plug could well be pulled. No one in their right mind would spend £5/month for that list of benefits.

  2. The only benefit I could see with Curve was Amex and, without that, it’s pointless. I use Monzo for overseas spending even with their new structure it works out just fine for what I need.

  3. It almost seems as if one of the side effects of the various lockdowns is that airports and airlines have simply forgotten how to operate. It almost appears that there was no real plan for a return to mostly ‘normal’ service. I realize that as countries started to open, government restrictions did have an effect

    I also dont think this problem really starts to go away until workers that took a COVID pay cut get that returned to them.

  4. Rex I Leyland | 1 July 2022 at 11:11 am |

    Never use Amex abroad the charges are crippling! When travelling Revolut is the only card to use as it is very secure and offers the keenest exchange rate pegged to the official bank rate. It takes away all the hassle of spending abroad, regardless of which country or currency.

  5. Use of Curve with some cards leads to shutdown of those card accounts. I’m one of those who have lost their IHG MasterCards this way. There are suggestions that the Barclaycard Avios Mastercards may be treated similarly.

    It would be useful to know which cads are safe to use with Curve. Ideas?

    • Well I’ve been using mine with Virgin Atlantic Mastercard for many years and never had an issue. I’ve not heard of anyone with issues with the new Avios Barclaycard. I believe a lot of the issue was how people were using Curve with IHG as there were a few loopholes.

  6. I think there is a mistake in your matrix. On Curve’s website it says the overseas amount on Curve X is !K not 2K. Do you want to clarify?

  7. Thanks, Michele. I only used my Curve card for IHG MC and Aqua MC travel and shopping transactions, no loopholess. I do miss the IHG black card and easy IHG platinum status. Another blog has raised doubts about risks using Curve with the Avios Barclaycard.

    With imminent changes to the Aqua MC (shopping rather than travel), I’ll probably delink that and add another, possibly the Virgin Atlantic MC.

  8. Thinking of applying for the free curve to replace an old Halifax clarity. Would link IHG and VA Mastercards to it. What is the issue with the IHG card? Why do IHG take it off you if you use with Curve? Anyone know? TIA

  9. Barclaycard card plus has been a nightmare with various functions not working. Was difficult to set up. Would have canceled if it wasn’t for the avios. No mention re airports of how long it takes to get security clearance!!!

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