John Lewis Partnership Card Reviews

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Section 75 under the Consumer Credit Act

I made a claim to John Lewis finance in April 2021 under the Section 75 Consumer Credit Act because I had paid a deposit for a holiday in a chalet in France. Under their terms of sale of the company, if we were unable to access the resort due to... Read more

I made a claim to John Lewis finance in April 2021 under the Section 75 Consumer Credit Act because I had paid a deposit for a holiday in a chalet in France. Under their terms of sale of the company, if we were unable to access the resort due to exceptional circumstances (Covid 19) it says they would refund our deposit. We were in lockdown in the UK so we were prohibited from travelling abroad. The French company has repeatedly refused to refund our deposit which was all documented and sent to John Lewis along with a request to claim back my £950. John Lewis refused. I wrote back sending copies of the Conditions of Sale and they did not even bother to answer. I then re sent the letter in August by registered delivery so I know it was delivered and still no reply over 5 months later. John Lewis make it impossible to deal with any problems because you cannot email or speak to anyone in the department that deals with these claims but only write. Leave this credit card well alone. There are so many decent companies out there so my advice is use any one of them but avoid John Lewis. Judging by the terrible reviews I am not the only one to have received quite appalling service.

Reviewed on 10th January 2022
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Philippa Mercado

App

The App upgrade in early Nov 21 does not work and I know have to log on via a tablet \ PC to view my account. Moreover, I cannot authenticate on line purchases so cannot use my card onIine. ... Read more

The App upgrade in early Nov 21 does not work and I know have to log on via a tablet \ PC to view my account. Moreover, I cannot authenticate on line purchases so cannot use my card onIine.

Have tried contacting the call centre several times and went round the in circles with the automated call direction, I left several messages which they did reply to telling me ring the centre. Two months on and no indication of when the app will be fixed?

So New Year, New Credit Card me thinks!


Reviewed on 31st December 2021
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Robert James Petherbridge

complete mayhem of admin

I have a credit card with them for the last 15 years or so, the last 2-3 years has been completely shambolic right from call connection quality through... Read more

I have a credit card with them for the last 15 years or so, the last 2-3 years has been completely shambolic right from call connection quality through to
their Card security administration which appears to be running in an ‘outsourced’ model. It looks like the trust is on HSBC to get things right at the expense of their own brand value

Reviewed on 19th December 2021
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Techy Lad

terrible app and online portal

I'm about to look for another card as it is a nightmare to log in online.

Reviewed on 14th December 2021
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Hywel a Cadi Wigley

Where are the One Time Passwords?

I'm now unable to view my account via internet or phone because, however often the website claims to have sent a one time code, I have yet to receive one. It is clear I am not the only one. I would reluctantly go back to paper statements but that... Read more

I'm now unable to view my account via internet or phone because, however often the website claims to have sent a one time code, I have yet to receive one. It is clear I am not the only one. I would reluctantly go back to paper statements but that would mean being in a phone queue for several hours. I suspect the long queue of people waiting on the phone are experiencing the same problem. It is time John Lewis recognised it had a technical problem and did something about it.

Reviewed on 29th October 2021
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Peter Danckwerts

Contadiction

I have wasted whole afternoons - on one occasion talking to four different advisers in succession - trying to resolve a nonsense, I am locked out of my online account because, allegedly, the details provided do not match their records, Yet in the... Read more

I have wasted whole afternoons - on one occasion talking to four different advisers in succession - trying to resolve a nonsense, I am locked out of my online account because, allegedly, the details provided do not match their records, Yet in the telephone conversations every last piece of information has been confirmed as correct. The advisers say there is nothing they can do, I shall (the vouchers one earns notwithstanding) be cancelling my card.

Reviewed on 24th October 2021
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Anthony Baker

My payments keep continually getting declined despite health credit on account

Since Friday I have experienced 5 declined payments - all very small sums of money despite having a large credit on the account . I have been on the phone numerous times to get the card unblocked . Each time I ask why the customer care team can’t give ... Read more

Since Friday I have experienced 5 declined payments - all very small sums of money despite having a large credit on the account . I have been on the phone numerous times to get the card unblocked . Each time I ask why the customer care team can’t give me an answer and say they can’t guarantee it won’t happen again. I received an email tonight saying a payment for £10 has been declined . As I use my card for all payments I can’t confirm like this . I will look for another provider and this has made me so angry I will no longer support JL with any figure purchases (previously have bought all our white goods, furniture etc). As JL can’t get their act together over this they deserve to be consigned to the retailing rubbish bin

Reviewed on 19th October 2021
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Kerry Burrows

Credit Card - Total waste of time!

Applied for credit card (I was attracted by the rewards offer), accepted immediately, arrived three days later. Activated it online straightaway as you normally would. Card still not working three days later - call up and am then told they will take 3... Read more

Applied for credit card (I was attracted by the rewards offer), accepted immediately, arrived three days later. Activated it online straightaway as you normally would. Card still not working three days later - call up and am then told they will take 3 working days to go through credit checks before I can use the card!!! What on earth was the point of my application and acceptance? Card absolutely no use, wanted it for a purchase, now need to cancel the card as there is no point in keeping such a ridiculous card that has been a total waste of time. JLF you should have said card tentatively accepted, pending credit checks and you should never have sent me a card I could not use. I've never known another financial provider send out a card that could not be used.

Reviewed on 12th October 2021
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Helen Bird

Complete incompetence

I have been trying to obtain an OTP - One Time Passcode to access my account. Three weeks have passed and still not OTP. has been received. Mobile phone with BT technology have investgated and they state that there is no evidence of John Lewis... Read more

I have been trying to obtain an OTP - One Time Passcode to access my account. Three weeks have passed and still not OTP. has been received. Mobile phone with BT technology have investgated and they state that there is no evidence of John Lewis attempting to send the OTP, despite approximately 30 attempts to obtain it. I contacted John Lewis again, and suggested that we use an old Vodafone mobile number, and gave them that number, which they show as recorded on their website. I was told that it would take 24 hours for the new number to register with John Lewis. 24 hours have passed, and I have made a further five attempts using Vodafone, and am now locked out, and no OTP has come through. John Lewis customer service are now telling me that it takes 24 hours for the OTP to arrive. This is contrary to the information given previously, when I was told that the OTP would arrive in a matter of seconds. I have just spoken with customer service again, and they say they will sort it out and call me back.

I asked to speak with a John Lewis executive/supervisor with no result. Neither the FOS nor the Consumer Helpline are of assistance, and I have been referred to a legal entity..

As the situation stands now, I have no access to my account and John Lewis flatly refuses to give access without the OTP. Consequently, I have absolutely no control or access to my account with John Lewis. This is unacceptable and appallingly bad service. One cannot get beyond customer service reps, who are probably located outside the UK and are trained to deal only with routine matters. They are very apologetic, but are very limited in the manner in which they can be of any real assistance. John Lewis appears to be abdicating all responsibility for their incompetence and leaving it to their Customer Service reps to take calls with no involvement on the part of upper level management.

Reviewed on 12th October 2021
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Susie J. Palmer

Misleading information on hyped up credit card

"The password for your Partnership Card online account has been successfully... Read more

"The password for your Partnership Card online account has been successfully reset.
If you didn’t make this change then please call us on 0345 300 3833, (our lines are open from 7am - 11pm). Calls may be monitored and/or recorded.
This email was sent by an automated system, so please don’t reply to it." taken from their email sent to me. However their lines are not open at 7am or even at 7.30am. Their automated message blares out: We are experiencing a high volume of calls? really? at 7.30am on a Sunday morning?

Reviewed on 3rd October 2021
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Ava

Misleading information

"The password for your Partnership Card online account has been successfully... Read more

"The password for your Partnership Card online account has been successfully reset.
If you didn’t make this change then please call us on 0345 300 3833, (our lines are open from 7am - 11pm). Calls may be monitored and/or recorded." taken from the email sent to me.
This email was sent by an automated system, so please don’t reply to it.' the phone number listed is not open from 7am. The first thing the automated message says is: "We are currently experiencing high call volumes" Really? at 7.30 am on a Sunday morning? Pull the other one John Lewis and then the call is cut off.

Reviewed on 3rd October 2021
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Ava

Avoid

Terrible app, truly one of the worst. Changing payment dates, statements totals don't equal sum of listed items.

Reviewed on 14th September 2021
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Tim Young

Unbelievably Poor Service

I never receive a OneTimePassCode from them. My other bank accounts, Amazon etc no problem. I have made numerous complaints. and had a whole variety of excuses. "It must be your phone" no its not I get OTPs from everyone else! "We're not aware of... Read more

I never receive a OneTimePassCode from them. My other bank accounts, Amazon etc no problem. I have made numerous complaints. and had a whole variety of excuses. "It must be your phone" no its not I get OTPs from everyone else! "We're not aware of anyone else having this problem" yes you are, other staff have admitted as much! "Its a Mastercard problem - ring them" they know or should know that Mastercard only talk to banks, not members of the public! I have been assured by a member of their fraud team that the problem would not continue if I use my desktop computer. That turned out to be false as well
I currently have an escalated complaint with them and will see what happens. If the issue is not resolved I will close the account and take my business elsewhere. Life is too short. With service like this it is no wonder John Lewis is in trouble.

Reviewed on 13th September 2021
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marc grody

Unhelpful

Recently scammed by the CBD gummy scam.what I thought was costing me £69 cost me £217. Partnership card were aware of this scam and although I reported it within an hour they felt it unlikely I would get money back. I blocked my card in case of f... Read more

Recently scammed by the CBD gummy scam.what I thought was costing me £69 cost me £217. Partnership card were aware of this scam and although I reported it within an hour they felt it unlikely I would get money back. I blocked my card in case of further scams but wanted to check transactions . After 4 phone calls still unable to access account. Have switched to American Express-what a difference!

Reviewed on 21st August 2021
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Tim johnston

Admitted they mislead me

Been a loyal and faithful customer for over 15 years. After taking a payment break which they advised me to do after I lost my job. When I made the first payment after the break and having secured a new role they advised me all was ok with the... Read more

Been a loyal and faithful customer for over 15 years. After taking a payment break which they advised me to do after I lost my job. When I made the first payment after the break and having secured a new role they advised me all was ok with the account but still sent a default notice which effected my credit card account. I took them to the FCA where they admitted their mistake but couldn’t reverse the notice. I won damages but it does not make up for the stress and now damage to my credit rating. Avoid this company and taking this card.

Reviewed on 16th July 2021
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RMS

Terrible Service

Had terrible problems getting this card working- several wasted trips to the shop and several calls being left on hold for 15/20 minutes at a time. Avoid

Reviewed on 14th July 2021
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Chris

Change of points to receive vouchers

Well John Lewis you have lost me as a partnership card customer since changing your point system less than half what I used to get instead of trying rip off your loyal credit card customers why don't you cut your 25% discount what you give John Lewis... Read more

Well John Lewis you have lost me as a partnership card customer since changing your point system less than half what I used to get instead of trying rip off your loyal credit card customers why don't you cut your 25% discount what you give John Lewis staff on top of any other discounts.

Reviewed on 6th July 2021
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Warren Yeo

No vouchers ever sent

Since having card the points build up quickly and disappear off statements, however never seen any of these promised vouchers.

Reviewed on 5th July 2021
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M Reeves

Extremely poor customer service

Trying to deal with a disputed purchase has made me lose the will to live. The online form is hopeless and when I sent in a complaint I received a pleasant telephone call but nothing changed. What a waste of time when we are told that if we purchase... Read more

Trying to deal with a disputed purchase has made me lose the will to live. The online form is hopeless and when I sent in a complaint I received a pleasant telephone call but nothing changed. What a waste of time when we are told that if we purchase something with a credit card we will have extra insurance if something goes wrong. Also where do you find an address to complain about anything! Just give it a try.

Reviewed on 14th June 2021
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Rose Ashton

Hair tearing frustration

I have been a mostly satisfied John Lewis shopper for most of my... Read more

I have been a mostly satisfied John Lewis shopper for most of my life.
However the Partnership Card which serves me well when using it. Badly let’s me down when I need to access my card account. In fact never, have I ever succeeded in being able to do this. Locked, locked & locked again! Phone call after call. Zero result.
Utterly timewasting & frustrating.
Having recently been defrauded online I was really anxious to see my transactions. The stress has been great, in fact it very nearly bought me to tears.
The site is appalling BAD. JL needs to remedy this ASAP!

Reviewed on 21st May 2021
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Gabrielle Hollington