Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Minimum Spending [Potentially] Increasing by $2,000

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According to The Points Guy, the minimum spending requirement on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® will soon increase to $3,000 within 90 days.  Currently, you only have to spend $1,000 within 90 days to get the 40,000 point bonus which is worth ~$400 towards any travel redemption.

The Arrival card has one of the lowest spending requirements, so it makes sense that the minimum spending would eventually increase to match that of other cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  That said, other Barclaycards have low spending requirements so I wonder if the spending on those will increase as well?

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Review

I was approved for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® instantly last month and will get 40,000 miles (~$420 towards travel) after spending $1,000 (now $3,000).

I like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® because it is a cash back card so I can use my points towards any flight or hotel.  This is great for those times when you want more flexibility and don’t want to be held hostage to find award seats at the low-level.  You can also use it for other travel expenses such as cruises etc. and get up to $400 back for those expenses.

With the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® you will earn 2X points on EVERY purchase.  Plus, you get 5% miles back when you use your miles towards travel purchases.  So you’re effectively getting ~2.1 cents towards travel for every $1 you spend on the card.

Here are some other benefits of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® :

  • 40,000 Miles after spending $1,000 (now, $3,000) within the 1st 90 days of account opening
  • 1 mile can be redeemed for 0.5 cent in statement credits or ~1.1 cents towards travel, so 40,000 miles is worth at least $200 or $400 if redeemed for travel.
  • $89 annual fee waived for 1st year; No foreign transaction fee
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

Don’t apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® if you’re looking for first or business class travel.  That’s because the $400 sign-up bonus won’t get you much in terms of first class or business class tickets.  And you’d have to spend a lot of money on the card to earn enough miles to redeem for a first or business class ticket.

The Capital One Spark card is a business card which offers 2% cash back on all purchases, but has a lower sign-up bonus of $250 to $300.  However Capital One will pull your credit score from all 3 credit bureaus instead of the usual one credit bureau from Barclaycard.

It also requires a much higher minimum spending of $5,000 within the 1st 90 days of account opening.  So it is understandable why Barclaycard may raise the minimum spending requirement.

Bottom Line

The minimum spending requirement on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® card *could* soon increase to $3,000 from $1,000.  Update:  The minimum spending on the Barclaycard Arrival has ALREADY increased to $3,000 within 90 days.  Barclaycard often has low minimum spending requirements on their cards and sometimes even requires you to make only 1 purchase to get the sign-up bonus.  I wonder if other Barclaycards will increase their minimum spending requirements as well?

I wouldn’t go out of my way to sign-up for the card if you hadn’t planned on applying for the card.

That said, if you don’t use Bluebird or the other ways to meet the minimum spending requirement, a lower minimum spending requirement could be better than a higher spending requirement.

In either case, take a look at my list of 40 ways to complete the minimum spending requirement.

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27 responses to “Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Minimum Spending [Potentially] Increasing by $2,000

  1. Hi Darius, I know USAir card can be churned? But what about Arrival card? Is it also churnable? Thanks

  2. Hi Darius,

    I have US Airways Dividend Miles Master Card since 12/18/13. Do you think I am able to apply for Barclays’
    Arrival Card and receive the 40,000 bonus miles before the minimum spending requirement increases to $3,000.


  3. Just curious why you say this: “I wouldn’t go out of my way to sign-up for the card if you hadn’t planned on applying for the card.”

    I hadn’t planned on applying, and I am pretty much at the point where I am acquiring points right now in preparation for some vacations, but it seems like a decent deal.

    • @Ali – Barclays has tightened up on approving folks for cards. They like to see you spending on their existing cards. But if you get approved, you usually get the bonus again.

      @tsui – It could be possible if you have been using your existing card. But it will vary by person.

      @ Brian – I was trying to say that you shouldn’t apply for the card just because the minimum spending is increasing if you previously weren’t interested in applying for the card.

  4. Hi Daraius,

    Thanks for the heads up on this card. My wife and I were both approved. WooHoo! This will help with the cost of our upcoming trip to Victoria, BC. We’ll be taking the Victoria Clipper (ferry) from Seattle to Victoria.

    Your blog is excellent, btw.


  5. Once I get the 40K points, can I cancel the card and still keep the points? I ask because I don’t have any travel plans, but don’t want to have to keep the card beyond 1 year and get hit with the annual fee.

  6. Regarding Barkley Arrival chunability :how long would you need to wait before applying again?

  7. How long does it take for them to send our the credit card? I was approved on the 12th of February, and until I haven’t received it yet. Is it normal due to the winter/snow storm that’s going on recently?

  8. Eugene: From my experience, Barclays cards do take a bit longer to arrive.

  9. Matt, here’s my understanding of how it works: on a card like Arrival, you lose the points when you cancel because you no longer have access to your account. This is different from a card that earns you miles with an airline. Those miles are stored with the airline and are still available to you after you cancel the card you used to earn them.

  10. Hi Daraius,

    I have a question on another Barclays card – Frontier.

    I signed up for the bonus “Earn 40,000 miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days”. I did meet my minimum spending of $500 within the first month. Due to holiday time travel, I missed paying the first statement balance by a day. Barclays did not give me the bonus 40K or miles for my spending.

    When I called them, they asked me to talk to Frontier airlines, but, Frontier has no clue about what happened to my bonus miles. When I emailed Frontier, they said that, according to the T&C, I forfeit all miles accrued because I was late by one day in making my payment.

    Any tips on what can I do to get the Frontier 40K bonus miles + miles for spending from Barclays? Thanks in advance.

  11. I pulled the trigger for the Arrival card and got denied for not using my US Airways card enough. My credit score is in the 790-800 range. I was told that they will not consider giving me a second product until I show them I can handle their cards. What a bunch of crap!! I’m planning to cancel my US Airways card all together. Just FYI if any of you have a card and are not using it!

  12. @Gregg, I got ‘too many recent inquiries’ and the same thing about not using my us airways card enough. Recon was a dead end. Oh well.

    • @Scott – Thanks for reading and for using our link!

      @Matt – You can’t keep the points once you cancel the card. You have to use them before you cancel the card.

      @Larry – Barclays has tightened up a lot and I wouldn’t expect to get the same card again unless you spend a lot of money on Barclays cards or don’t have many recent inquiries.

      @Eugene Toh – About 10 days.

      @The Dessert Engineer @Jonathan – Thanks for helping out!

      @Jay – I’ve seen that clause in the Barclays terms and conditions, and didn’t know that they started enforcing it. Barclays grants the miles, so you could call them again and ask if you can still get the bonus.

  13. Has anyone received a targeted from Fifth Third for a very similar product? $500 reward after $2k spend in 90 days?

  14. My wife and I both have the US Air card and never use it. I recently went through all of my cards and lowered the limits down to 5k each. After about a month, I applied for this card for both of us and we each were approved with a 5K credit limit. Who knows if it would work for you but cancel all unnecessary cards and lower any limits down to 5K and see if it works for you. Good luck.

  15. Million Mile Secrets:

    I used your link to apply and approved for both my wife and me. Your welcome.

    jimbob (not my real name)…..

  16. @Andrew:

    I would love the link to the Fifth Third card if you can find it.

  17. @jimbob
    Sorry for not clarifying–this was a targeted postal mail offer. It looks great but having never seen it mentioned here, I just wanted third party confirmation.

  18. @Andrew

    Sometimes those targeted offers have links to apply online and it might be possible for others to apply for the same deal as well.

  19. I have applied and got approved for this card on Feb 18, do you know if I’m still have the old spending requirements? Thanks

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  21. Thank you Daraius. I just called Barclays (800 307 0341) to apply for the Arrival Card with lower spending requirements & 40.000 miles and was approved immediately. I love looking at the pictures of your trip to Italy. Thank you for taking the time to take them and post them.

    Question: I have Chase Sapphire Preferred and Freedom. I just received a Chase Ink Plus. If I cancel the Chase Sapphire Preferred before the annual fee is due (in a month), how long do I have to wait to apply for the Sapphire Preferred again and get the bonus or for the Ink Bold?

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  23. Be careful with your “no annual fee for the first year” card! Took 45 minutes on the phone to get them to remove it. Tried first via email, then was informed to call a number, which I did. Every security question was answered, then I was to hold for a number to call for customer service. Disconnected. Called back. Refused to give out the correct number without going through all the security questions..Then to the other number same rigmarole. I would much prefer them to just provide what they advertised.