There’s a lot of excitement within the travel rewards landscape at the idea of a new rewards credit card, new transfer partners and the idea of a new-to-everyone welcome offer. And for the last few weeks, Wells Fargo and its Autograph card portfolio have been at the center of some of that speculation.
We love a good rumor as much as the next person, but since speculation alone doesn’t fund reward trips, we got on the phone with our contact at Wells Fargo to parse out fact from fiction about exactly what is coming next.
While we still don’t have all the details, here’s everything you need to know (for now) about what’s coming.
New Wells Fargo card launching in 2024
TPG was able to confirm that Autograph Journey is the new Wells Fargo credit card coming in 2024. This card will join the existing Wells Fargo Autograph℠ Card, which launched in 2022 and offers a solid value proposition for a card with no annual fee (see rates and fees) — including a welcome offer of 30,000 bonus points when you spend $1,500 or more in purchases in the first three months from account opening.
The new Autograph Journey Visa card will most likely have an annual fee, though specifics around that are not yet 100% confirmed.
While the existing points-earning structure of the Autograph Journey was not yet available, Wells Fargo did confirm that the points-earning structure at launch will be more lucrative than that of the existing Autograph card, which awards 3 points per dollar in the following categories:
- Restaurant purchases — including dining in, takeout, catering and delivery
- Travel — including airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises
- Gas — including fuel at gas stations and electric charging purchases
- Transit — including subways, ride-hailing services, parking and tolls
- Popular streaming services
- Phone plans with cellphone and landline providers
Additionally, TPG was told that any speculation about the welcome offer for the new Autograph Journey card at launch is just that — speculation. Such details are still under development and not finalized.
Transfer partners are coming to Wells Fargo
In addition to an all-new card, TPG has confirmed that Wells Fargo will launch transfer partners in its Autograph portfolio. However, unlike some reports, that won’t be this year.
The exact timing of when transfer partners will come to the existing Autograph card (as well as the new Autograph Journey card) in 2024 is not yet available, nor is the list of transfer partners. However, this redemption option will be available on the relatively near-term horizon for the Autograph portfolio and, as such, will likely represent a major boost to the issuer’s customers.
Currently, the Wells Fargo Autograph Card is a fixed-value product, as the points you earn can be redeemed at a value of 1 cent apiece — for a statement credit or gift card (in $25 increments) or to book travel. However, since transferable rewards programs typically offer added flexibility and enhanced value through individual sweet spots, this has the potential to be a very positive development.
More to come from Wells Fargo in 2024
If an all-new credit card and a new transferable points currency aren’t enough to spark some curiosity, it’s also worth mentioning that TPG was told that Autograph Journey is just one of multiple new products coming to Wells Fargo in 2024.
For years, the rewards credit card game was largely dominated by Chase and American Express. And while they are still juggernauts in the space, and rightfully so, competition is a good thing for points-earning consumers.
The Bilt Mastercard is a great example of how an all-new card and loyalty program can come on the scene, make a difference in the landscape and shake up the wallets of those who have been at this for a long time. And it seems like Wells Fargo is primed for even more disruption in 2024.
There’s been rampant speculation in recent weeks about a shake-up to Wells Fargo’s card portfolio, and while we still don’t have all of the details, we can confirm several exciting changes are on the way in 2024. We know that transfer partners are coming to the Autograph Card, and there will indeed be at least one new card in the portfolio: the Autograph Journey.
While Wells Fargo hasn’t always been top of mind when it comes to the travel rewards card landscape, the past doesn’t predict the future, and we’re excited for what next year will bring for our readers.
Stay tuned to TPG, as we’ll have full details on the launch of these changes as soon as they’re available.