New Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard: How the Changes Help You

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I’ve written lots about the Barclaycard Arrival card and some of the great benefits like ~2.1% cash back when you use your points for travel.  It’s 1 of my favorite cards, but now it’s even better!

Barclaycard has upgraded the card with a new name, design, and features.

The new name is the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.  More importantly, it now comes with a Chip & Signature technology with an option to use the card as Chip-and-PIN in case Chip & Signature is not accepted (which is great for overseas travel).  And they’ve made travel redemptions with the card much more flexible.

What’s Changed?

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Link:   My Review of the (Old) Barclaycard Arrival Card

1.   New Name and Card Design

The new name on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® makes it easier to distinguish from the no-annual-fee Barclaycard Arrival card, which has fewer benefits than the Arrival Plus card.

They’ve also changed the card design as is usually the case when cards are relaunched.

 2.   More Flexible Travel Redemption Options

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® keeps many of the same benefits that came with the old card:

  • 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months (worth $400 when redeemed for travel expenses)
  • Earn 2 miles for every $1 you spend on all purchases
  • Get 5% of your miles back when you redeem for travel
  • No foreign currency fees
  • $89 annual fee, waived for the first year

But the travel redemption options have changed for the better and now you have many more choices.  They’ve added new categories to what is considered travel for redeeming miles, including:

  • Timeshares
  • Campgrounds
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Discount travel sites (they don’t specify which, but I suspect sites like Hotwire, Priceline, and Orbitz could count!)
  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Limousines
  • Ferries

This also makes the Barclaycard Arrival Plus more competitive with the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  Because the Chase Sapphire Preferred already gives you 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel categories that include

airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, campgrounds, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, discount travel sites, and operators of trains, buses, taxis, limousines, ferries, toll bridges and highways, and parking lots and garages.

And you can still redeem miles for purchases in the previously existing categories, which are:

  • Airlines
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Cruise Lines
  • Passenger Railways
  • Car Rentals

I’m especially curious to see which discount travel sites Barclaycard will consider travel.  I sense another experiment coming on! 🙂  Here are the results of my previous experiments buying airline and hotel points with my Barclaycard.

They’ve also extended the timeframe for redeeming points for travel.  Previously, you could only redeem points for travel transactions within the past 90 days.  Now, you can redeem for transactions up to 120 days ago.

You have to redeem a minimum of 10,000 miles ($100) towards each travel redemption.

3.   Chip & PIN Technology

The new Barclaycard Arrival Plus card comes with Chip & Signature, and can be used for transactions overseas that require a chip-enabled card.

Most US credit cards with this technology are chip-and-signature, which don’t always work overseas (especially in vending machines, train ticket machines, and gas stations where you pay at the pump).

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus has the option to default to Chip & Pin to process a transaction in case Chip & Signature doesn’t work (which is often the case with automatic machines).

New Barclays Arrival Plus How The Changes Help You

You Can Use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus for Chip & PIN Overseas Transactions

Because it also has no foreign transaction fees, this is a great card to use when you travel out of the US!

If you already have the old Barclaycard Arrival, they’ll send you a new one when your card expires.  But if you want the new chip-enabled card now, you can request 1 by logging into your Barclaycard account.  Or you can call Barclaycard at 866-558-1107 to ask for the new card.

You don’t need a new card to use the rest of the new benefits, so if you don’t require the chip-and-PIN for traveling abroad, there’s no need to ask for a new card.

4.   World Elite MasterCard

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is now a World Elite Mastercard, which means you get extra perks like:

  • Travel insurance
  • Car rental insurance
  • Personal travel advisor and concierge services
  • Discounts and perks on luxury hotels
  • Shopping and dining promotions
  • Access to VIP events
New Barclays Arrival Plus How The Changes Help You

You’ll Get New Extra Benefits From the World Elite MasterCard Program

I haven’t tried out any of the World Elite Mastercard benefits yet, but if you have experience with it, please leave me a message in the comments!

This is similar to the Visa Signature benefits from the the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Bottom Line

Barclaycard has upgraded and redesigned the Arrival card, and changed its name to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.  It still has a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after completing minimum spending which will get you ~$420 in travel.

You’ll now get more choices for travel redemptions, Chip-and-Signature (with back-up Chip & Pin) technology, and access to World Elite Mastercard perks.

Barclaycard has made a good card even better with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®!

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42 responses to “New Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard: How the Changes Help You

  1. Hopefully this forces mastercard into changing their fraud liability to include PIN transactions.

  2. Christopher P. Ore

    Good morning, Darius.

    With respect to the New Barclays Arrival card, I read your review, but I don’t think there is mention of whether you can get the 40,000 bonus points (again) if you already have the ‘old’ Arrival card. Any insight on that?



  3. Will be interesting to see if vrbo or airbnb might be included.

  4. It’s not clear when logging into my Barclay account where one would request a new chip/pin card?

  5. Same question as Christopher P. Is this a different product than the “old” Arrival card? If so, does this mean I can get the signup bonus a second time, if I already have the “old” Arrival card?

  6. Is this considered a separate product, eligible for another bonus?

  7. I am curious.. I’m hoping i’m lucky enough that I just cancelled my original Barclaycard arrival over a week ago to avoid the annual fee. Since the card now has a new name and additional features will I be able to apply for the Arrival + Card and get the sign-up bonus?

  8. So much reviews

    Every blog seems to be pitching this product .. seems like barclays is paying bloggers rather well to promote this. on a surface level, this card is rather bland, the design not that good .. (looks like copy of citi and chase), the awards are in 2.2 or 2% .. there are tons of cards out there with better rewards structure not to mention way more bonus mentioned in other cards in this same blog. So I am not sure why this big hooplah about only this particular card.

  9. Hi Darius,
    My girlfriend is having a tough time getting an answer on her application for the arrival card. She applied back in March after you mentioned about the 1K spend with call and has called them twice to follow up and told her they are investigating what happened to application, but still nothing! any suggestions? Thank you and Emily for all your research.

  10. @So much review

    I don’t have a personal need for many cards. This is still a good card. Plus it is one of the few cards with chip+pin in the US. I will be taking this card to Europe if it works as well as one would hope. Seems like an allstar card in my book.

  11. Hi! I have the same question as many others above. I just go the “old” Barclay card a couple months ago and already completed my signup bonus (and redeemed those 40K for travel purchases, what a great promotion!)

    Since I have the “old” card, can I sign up for the “new” card and get the bonus again?

  12. Same question. Seems like a lot of us are hoping that since it’s a different card/product, we can get the bonus a 2nd time. However, another blogger seems to think that this idea of different products and getting bonuses only once per card is a strictly Chase concept. I’ll probably be canceling my Arrival in June when the annual fee comes up and i’d love to be able to get the new one w/ the bonus a little later.

    • – Barclays has tightened up on the approvals for cards, so I wouldn’t count on getting the card if you already have a Barclays Arrival open.
      @Jason – Send a secure message or call the number at the back of your card.

      @Tony – Sorry to hear about that. I’d apply again, because it is unlikely that they processed the earlier application (especially if she still hasn’t got the card!)

  13. The #1 question on my mind is, “What counts as a ‘Tourist Attraction?’ Any thoughts Daraius?

  14. I called Barclays card applications line and the folks there did not know with any certainty about Chip and Pin. They forwarded me on to Customer Service, and they confirmed Chip and Sign not PIN. Can anyone confirm the PIN technology is certain, and if so, how does the PIN get requested/assigned.

  15. I’m wondering if I sign up for the Arrival Plus, if I can downgrade to the no annual fee card after a year. Would you happen to know?

  16. Here is the official blog post from Barclays, it indicates this card is the Prius of credit cards:

  17. I wonder if “tourist attractions” includes Disney World? We used our card a ton there last year and couldn’t redeem miles for park ticket purchases, on-property food and merchandise, etc.

  18. My Arrivals card renewed about two weeks ago and I called prior to the renewal to cancel or to downgrade to the no fee version. I was offered a 50% rebate on the annual fee (44.50) I accepted the offer and will see what happens next year.

  19. So I asked Barclays if my card was now a World Elite MasterCard (I just got the Arrival Card). I was informed that MasterCard controls how gets World Elite status. Mine is now the Arrival Plus Card but is still only a World MasterCard, not Elite World MasterCard. So the transition is not automatic.

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  21. Jason
    There are a number of threads going on in Flyertalk and Barclaycard travel forum about Barclaycard stating they are not upgrading current annual fee paying Arrival customers to Arrival+ World Elite. Instead it seems they are only upgrading certain people using a criteria/scale and that others only get World (not Elite) which is on par with the new non annual fee card for new applicants !

    Similarly those that newly apply for the new Arrival+ World Elite annual fee card get the World Elite on simple card approval (approved or denied for card) with no scale (will not be offered a lesser product like Plat, World etc) immediately and it appears from the posts that a number of those new applicants have smaller credit lines, lower scores and of course no tenure with Barclaycard !

    As you can see, not a good customer service move by Barclaycard and not good treatment of existing customers. Other forums have more detail on this if interested.

  22. @MMS What is define as Tourist Attractions? Does Theme park tix purchase at theme park count? Like DinseySea in Tokyo or how about Seaworld tix from Groupon?

  23. Hey guys to clarify this is not a new product so no go on double dipping for bonuses.

    to the OP:
    the world elite benefits are a step above visa signature. visa signature is very comparable to mastercard world (what the barclay arrival used to be)

    the world elite is similar to amex’s customer service on the centurion in respect to booking hard to get tickets and dinner reservations.
    i have used this service with great success.

    one of the very cool things is free upgrades to business and first class with purchase of the conomy ticket. i plan to use this on my next trip to europe, get first class seating with coach pricing.

    you also gain access to many airport lounges similar to the amex platinum card.

    in my opinion this just became the cheapest world elite card to obtain and has great benefits now.

  24. I just got an e-mail stating I’ve been selected for an upgrade to the World Elite card. From what I can tell, if you used the card, chances are you’ll be upgraded. If you just met minimum spend for bonus and then went on to the next card, you’re probably left out of the World Elite club. No big deal, you weren’t using the card anyway and plenty of World Elite MCs out there to apply for – Citi Executive w/ 100k bonus miles, for instance. Rental car perks/status are nice… other than that *shrug*… OH! You can book a private jet. I wonder how far I can get with my $16,000 CL 😛

  25. Didn’t the old 40K Barclays Arrival also include a 0% APR offer like the current/old 20K fee free version? If so the new Arrival Plus was stripped of that 0% intro offer right?

  26. Not bad- Chip & PIN is what this card needed. My card is only a World, not a World Elite card, but my Citi AA Executive is a World Elite and I can say there’s nothing to write home about.

    Almost all of the World Elite benefits have so may technicalities and limitations it’s hard to imagine using or remembering to use them. A lot of the offers just act as advertisements for things you wouldn’t buy in the first place- a 10% discount on 5 star hotels, a free coffee with a booking at a gourmet cafe, etc. Their concierge service is decent, but they don’t seem to have any special clout. Calling the concierge service to book a restraurant is like a 20 minute menu-popping ordeal, making you wonder why you didn’t just google the place and call in the first place.

  27. After these changes, I used this card to book air travel on Orbitz. The transaction qualified as travel-eligible and allowed me to redeem points.

  28. I dont get it. Righ now through United Rewards (Points transferred from Chase Rewards Points), a one way flight from Atlanta to Rio De Janeiro is 30,000 points +$5 taxes and surcharges so total of 35,000 points. Cheapest fight i found for the same day as the united search costs $850 one way. If i used the World Elite Plus to purchase this flight, with 2x points i would earn 1700 miles. But wouldnt it cost me 85,000 miles to redeem this flight. Subtract the 10% miles so its 85,000 – 8,500 and subtract the 1700 i earned spending on the flight and it still comes out to 74,800 miles needed to comp this flight completely. Is this how it works for the Barclay? If so, that’s a huge discrepency.

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  31. Last August I got the Barclay Arrival World Master Card. The annual fee will be due this August. I just received the new Barclay Arrival Plus MasterCard in the mail from them, which I have not activated because I was thinking I want to downgrade to the no fee card. I have 6,952 miles on it. Will I lose them? I also have a Hawaiian Airlines and U.S. Airways card with Barclay, both of which did not have annual fees waived when opened. Will there be a negative impact on them?

  32. I am somewhat new to this. If I apply for this card and get the bonus etc, can I add to it whatever miles I have already got in my account at an existing airline. Example I have miles in my American airways AA account. Can I somehow add these miles from this credit card to that? Or alternatively get the miles from the AA account onto the the credit card account?

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  34. I canceled my barclays card last year… do I qualify for a new card? I don’t want to get the card and not the bonus along with it….

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