She Says, He Says: 500+ Arrival Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign-Up

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He Says:   Did you know you can get free miles by writing short stories and posting them on the Barclaycard Travel Community?

You earn miles by posting your stories, adding details, and getting kudos from other readers.  And you can transfer the miles to your Barclaycard Arrival Plus account, so you can use them as cash back for travel redemptions!

But a Barclaycard Arrival Plus card isn’t required to earn rewards!

She Says:   This sounds like a lot of work!  But I like that you get 500 miles just for signing-up.  It isn’t as much as the 40,000 point (~$440) sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card, but I’ll take points for signing up!

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

Do You Like to Write? You Can Earn Free Miles With the Barclaycard Travel Community!

What’s the Barclaycard Travel Community?

Link:   Barclaycard Travel Community

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

He Says:   The Barclaycard Travel Community is an online community, much like a social network, that allows members to share their travel photos and stories with other travel enthusiasts.  Once you sign-up and create a profile, you can write and post stories of your own, and read stories written by others.

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

You Can Read Travel Stories Other Folks Have Posted, and Create Your Own!

There’s also a travel blog and a discussion board within the site, where members can ask questions, share information and travel tips, and talk about all things travel-related!

You can also search for stories about specific destinations or attractions, which makes this a really neat tool for researching a destination or planning a trip!

She Says:   I dunno, I looked around and it seems like a disorganized version of Yelp to me.  I searched for Chicago and all sorts of random travel stories came up without headlines that tell me what they’ll be about.

I searched for the Empire State Building and even those weren’t that helpful to me.  Some were copy and paste jobs obviously done to earn miles.

Maybe I’m missing something, but there are many established sites for planning a trip from WikiTravel to Rick Steves guidebooks.

He Says:   But the best part of this community is being able to earn free Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles just for posting your travel stories and photos.  There’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn.

So if the travel writer in you is just itching for a creative outlet, this could be a good way to earn some easy miles!

She Says:   I already have a creative outlet for my travel writing!  😉

How Do You Sign-Up?

He Says:   I wanted to check this out, so we registered for an account.  You’ll need to create a username, password, and submit your email address.

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

Registering for the Barclaycard Travel Community Is Easy

Barclaycard will email asking you to confirm your account.  And you’ll need to add a few details to your profile, like location, travel interests, and a few facts about yourself.  You can also add places you’ve visited to a map, so others can see where you’ve traveled.

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

It’s Quick to Fill Out Your Profile

You’ll earn 500 miles once your profile includes:

  • At least 1 travel interest
  • At least 1 travel companion
  • At least 1 travel style
  • Adding at least 5 places you’ve visited to your travel map
She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

My Travel Map: Still a Work in Progress!

He Says:   500 Barclaycard miles are worth $5.50 (500 miles x 1.1 cent per mile) in travel!  I’ll take 500 miles for ~5 minutes of work.

She Says:   Any miles you earn will post to your account the following day.  But if you want to transfer the miles to your Barclaycard Arrival account to use toward travel redemptions, you need to link your Barclaycard Travel Community account to your Barclaycard Arrival Plus account.  And the miles will post to your Arrival account on the 1st of every month.

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

The 500 Mile Sign-Up Bonus Posted the Next Day!

If you don’t link an account, you’ll get a $5 Amazon gift certificate for every 2,500 miles you earn.

She Says:   If you don’t have a Barclaycard Arrival Plus card yet, you can still register and post stories.  But here are some good reasons to get the card!

How Do You Earn Miles for Stories?

He Says:   Once you’ve signed-up, you can post travel stories with photos.  Some ideas for stories might include mini-trip reports, travel tips and tricks, attractions, or restaurant reviews.  They’re looking for anything travel-related that can help others in the community!

She Says He Says 500 Barclays Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign Up

Adding Stories and Photos Is Easy, and You’ll Earn at Least 150 Miles per Story

When you post a story (minimum 50 words or ~3 to 4 sentences and 1 photo…that’s not much!), you’ll earn:

  • 150 miles per story, worth $1.65 in travel (150 miles x 1.1 cents per mile)
  • 10 miles for every detail you add using an interactive map (no limit to how many you can add)
  • 10 miles for every “kudos” you get on your story from other community members

You can write a maximum of 5 stories for a particular destination or locale.  But there’s no limit to the total number of stories you can write!  Here are some tips for writing a good Barclaycard Travel Community story.

She Says:   I don’t know.  $1.65 or so for what could be a lot of work for some people doesn’t seem like a very good return on investment to me!

Plus, Barclaycard is looking for legitimate stories that can help or inspire others with their travels.  They review your content and will kick you off the site if you flood it with useless or irrelevant material.

So while this is an easy way to earn miles, you’ll have to put some thought and effort into your posts!  That takes time.

How Can This Add Up?

He Says:   If you like writing and helping others, the free miles could add up very quickly.  Suppose you submit just 1 story and photo a day and add 5 details.  That’s 200 miles, worth $2.20 in travel (200 miles x 1.1 cents per mile).

Say you write 20 stories a month.  That’s 4,000 miles, or $44 in travel (4,000 miles x 1.1 cents per mile).

That’s not bad at all for just spending a few minutes each day writing travel stories!  And if you’re a really prolific writer, you could earn unlimited miles!

She Says:   I think most folks would find it difficult to write a post with an original photo (they don’t want you to steal photos) and tagged details in less than 20 minutes.  So that’s 400 minutes, which doesn’t including digging up photos and the time it takes to think of 20 travel stories!

That’s ~7 hours to earn $44.  That’s less than $7 per hour and they’d have to crank out 20 posts.  That’s why I think this is great for specific groups of people but not most.

He Says:   Retirees, people with lots of free time, stay-at-home parents, and people who already spend hours on sites like Facebook or Yelp might like this.  It could be fun and you’ll get some miles in the process.  I think it’s an interesting idea!

Think about all of our Facebook friends who post photos every day with long comments.  Lots of people have time for that!

She Says:   Ok, granted.  This really isn’t for busy folks, though.  I’d sign-up for the easy points.  Posting for miles isn’t worth your time but maybe you’ll have fun.  Just don’t post lots of personal information!

And remember, miles can only be redeemed for what’s considered travel by Barclaycard.  But with recent changes to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, they’ve expanded their travel categories considerably.

You can read about my experiments to see which airline miles and gift cards got coded as travel, and also my post about which hotel points and gift cards count, too.

You could redeem the miles for non-travel expenses, but you’d only get 0.5 cents per mile, which isn’t good at all.

He Says:   I think some of our readers will really get a kick out of this!

Bottom Line

He Says:   You can earn free miles by writing travel stories and posting photos on the Barclaycard Travel Community.

Just for signing-up and completing your profile, you’ll get 500 miles (worth $5.50 in travel).  And you’ll earn at least 150 miles for every story you post.  There’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn.

By sharing your travel stories, you’ll be helping other readers.  And you might learn a few things from their adventures, too!

I see this as a great opportunity.  Especially when you’re sharing stories from getting Big Travel with Small Money!

She Says  As you can see, Daraius and I have different opinions about the Barclaycard Travel Community.  What do YOU think?

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8 responses to “She Says, He Says: 500+ Arrival Miles With Barclaycard Travel Community Sign-Up

  1. Enjoyed the rhetorical style of your ‘he said, she said’. I think she’s right…sounds like a lot of work!
    Not for me, but I found the commentary amusing.

  2. I’m busy but used nights and Sundays for a few months and earned 89,000 yes 89k arrival miles on this site back when it was 200pts per story. I was calculating my earnings and getting $20+/hour in free travel from posts, kudos, and badges which is worth it to me as I consider travel a high priority!! Keep in mind the badges earn miles too but they don’t tell you how much. I think it’s 500 and there’s like 15 badges. I got all but one. Check out my username and leave kudos: x712xdamx

  3. barclaycard travel community website started way back in November 2013. I did sign up for this immediately and utilized my free time time to earn close to $500 in no time. It must be the most rewarding mile/point earning for me ever. Good thing is you don’t have to be a credit card holder. You can even get amazon gift card (1/5th value) for the posts too. However, I am not sure how long they will continue this as it looks like free money giveaway to me. Check out my username “beautiful_usa” and leave kudos.

  4. At least for now, there is no “unlimited” opportunity to earn points by posting stories. Though it isn’t publicized, the limit is 1,000 stories, as noted in a response made to an inquiry on the blog a couple of weeks ago. A couple of people, at least, actually have reached that amount. For most people 1,000 as a limit wouldn’t be a problem, but there are some who travel a lot, and who could easily exceed that with time. The reply said they were working on increasing the number, but the total is indeed limited at present.

  5. I took an afternoon to gather a bunch of photos from my computer and have gradually entered stories when I have time. I’ve made $111 so far!

  6. Did I miss the date for getting the 500 miles after filling in the above information said to be required? It says I earned the “getting to know you” badge, but it does not show that I have 500 miles… still just zero.

  7. I signed up about a month ago, posted three real stories, just tried logging in again after getting a contest email, and was told I was banned from using the site. I dont know what I did wrong

  8. @Alex I was banned too for no apparent reason. I simply posted stories and pics from the trips that I took. I think there is an old guy on there that reports pics and stories of things that he doesn’t like and for what ever reason the listen to him. I saw a post on there where some people were scamming the system and talking about it on reddit and he reported them and got them banned.