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physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 2:42pm
by Caledonia64
Yep i have searched 'membership card" and there were 500 results. So my quick q.is, does one still receive an actual physical in-ones-cycling-mitts CTC membership card nowadays (my membership lapsed for about 10 years, just rejoined)?

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 3:06pm
by Mick F
I have mine. Membership is by direct debit, and a new card arrives each year.
I don't carry mine with me though. My membership number is easy to remember, so I could quote it any time.

I'm a member because of the 3rd party insurance mainly. Well worth the fee.

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 3:26pm
by ratherbeintobago
Yes, card has gone from laminated paper to a proper plastic credit card; mine is in my wallet as we speak (just checked).

I’d be fine with a virtual one in eg Apple Wallet mind you.

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 4:14pm
by backnotes
I wish organisations would stop replacing thin peel-off laminated membership cards with plastic ingots where this is not needed. National Trust and Cycling UK both did this. I just looked and I have 14 credit-card sized cards of the standard 0.76mm thickness in my bulging wallet.

I can see there needs to be a bit of thickness and stiffness for cards that need to include contactless / chip and PIN technology, and be swiped and pushed into ATMs. You don't need this for cards that simply say who you are etc. 6 of my cards need to be "active". The rest are just printed bits of plastic.

With 66000 members, Cycling UK uses a 50m long ingot of plastic with a credit card cross section every year for renewal membership cards.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign give me a thin membership card that has a QR code on it, and is also good for 6 years - you get a code to write in a box each time you renew. One thin card every 6 years. I can see that the annual Cycling UK card shows you paid in the last year and are a current member, so multi-year may not possible in every case.

So it would be good if organisations considered thin loyalty/membership cards, multi-year cards, or virtual cards where this is possible.

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 5:09pm
by ratherbeintobago
backnotes wrote:I wish organisations would stop replacing thin peel-off laminated membership cards with plastic ingots where this is not needed. National Trust and Cycling UK both did this. I just looked and I have 14 credit-card sized cards of the standard 0.76mm thickness in my bulging wallet.


Funnily enough, the NT were talking about allowing people to carry their membership cards electronically now they’ve moved to a QR code system but this seems to have gone quiet.

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 6:44pm
by NUKe
ratherbeintobago wrote:Yes, card has gone from laminated paper to a proper plastic credit card; mine is in my wallet as we speak (just checked).

I’d be fine with a virtual one in eg Apple Wallet mind you.

That was a retrogradein my opinion
A more plastic
B the old one made a good tyre boot.

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 8 Sep 2019, 7:24pm
by richardfm
ratherbeintobago wrote:
backnotes wrote:I wish organisations would stop replacing thin peel-off laminated membership cards with plastic ingots where this is not needed. National Trust and Cycling UK both did this. I just looked and I have 14 credit-card sized cards of the standard 0.76mm thickness in my bulging wallet.


Funnily enough, the NT were talking about allowing people to carry their membership cards electronically now they’ve moved to a QR code system but this seems to have gone quiet.

I use an app called Stocard to store my NT, Cycling UK, Ramblers, Camping and Caravanning Club and many other cards. I've never had problem with the electronic version on the app being accepted. The QR code can be scanned from the phone, the same as from a card

Re: physical membership card

Posted: 9 Sep 2019, 6:46am
by millimole
ratherbeintobago wrote:
backnotes wrote:I wish organisations would stop replacing thin peel-off laminated membership cards with plastic ingots where this is not needed. National Trust and Cycling UK both did this. I just looked and I have 14 credit-card sized cards of the standard 0.76mm thickness in my bulging wallet.


Funnily enough, the NT were talking about allowing people to carry their membership cards electronically now they’ve moved to a QR code system but this seems to have gone quiet.
I noticed that NT cards can be stored in Google Pay on Android. I've not tried it, and would be nervous about using it if only for the complications of the parking machines.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my gormless idiot phone.