Best Offer Ever for Barclaycard Arrival Plus!

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Exciting news!  You can now earn 50,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, after meeting minimum spending requirements.  That’s worth $525 in statement credits towards travel purchases of $100 or more!

That’s a great sign-up bonus for a card that waives the annual fee the first year.  And this is the highest offer I’ve ever seen on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time to apply!

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Save $525 on Airfare With the Increased Sign-Up Bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card!

I’ll share the details of this offer.  And help you decide if the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card makes sense for you!

Earn More Barclaycard Arrival Miles!

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Link:   My Review of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus

With the increased sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, you can earn 50,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account.

You’ll also get:

  • 2X Barclaycard Arrival miles per $1 you spend on all purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Chip-and-PIN capability for use overseas 

The $89 annual fee is waived the first year.

The sign-up bonus is worth $525 in statement credits for travel purchases of $100+, because your miles are worth 1 cent each.  And you’ll get 5% of your miles back when you redeem them for travel.

This effectively makes the card a 2.1% back card when you redeem miles for travel.  The minimum redemption amount is $100 (10,000 miles).

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If you use your miles for cash back, your miles are only worth 0.5 cents each, and the minimum redemption amount is $25 (5,000 miles).  Making the sign-up bonus worth $250 in cash back.

So it’s a better deal to use your points for statement credits on travel purchases. 

Travel redemption options include:

  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Timeshares
  • Campgrounds
  • Car rental agencies
  • Cruise lines
  • Travel agencies
  • Discount travel sites (they don’t specify which, but I suspect sites like Hotwire, Priceline, and Orbitz could count!)
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Limousines
  • Ferries

You have a lot of options!  Just remember, you must redeem a minimum of 10,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles (worth $100) when you’re using miles for travel purchases.  So inexpensive taxi rides or a $10 campground fee will NOT qualify.

Also, tourist attractions like museums and theme parks are no longer on the travel redemption list.

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Tourist Attractions Do NOT Count as Travel With the Barclaycard Arrival Plus

So you can NOT use your Barclaycard Arrival miles for a trip to see Mickey Mouse. 🙁

Is This a Good Deal?

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is a great choice for the sign-up bonus, but not good for keeping beyond the first year, when you’ll have to pay the $89 annual fee.  Because there are other no-annual-fee cards that earn similar cash back. 

Other Cards to Consider After the First Year

Link:   Citi® Double Cash

Link:   Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card

The Citi Double Cash earns 1% cash back on purchases, and 1% back when you pay your bill.  And the Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature offers 2% cash back everywhere when you deposit rewards points into your eligible Fidelity account.

Because these are cash back cards, you can redeem your rewards for anything, not just travel.  The only downside is they DO NOT come with a sign-up bonus.

Recently Approved With a Lower Sign-Up Bonus?

If you recently applied for this card with the 40,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles sign-up bonus, it’s worth calling the bank to see if they’ll match the better offer.  You can also send a secure message.

I can’t guarantee this will work, but it’s certainly worth trying to earn an additional 10,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles.

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin got the Barclaycard Arrival Plus ~3 weeks ago.

She just called the bank to see if they would match the higher 50,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles offer.  The phone representative couldn’t, but said they’d open a case for her that could take up to 7 to 10 business days.

So she may or may not get the extra miles, but at least they didn’t say no!

Bottom Line

If you’ve been thinking about getting the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, it’s a great time to apply!

Because with the highest offer ever for this card, you’ll earn 50,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles after meeting minimum spending requirements.  That’s worth $525 in statement credits for travel purchases of $100 or more.

Travel categories include things like airfare, hotel stays, train tickets, and cruise ships.  But with the $100 minimum redemption, quick and inexpensive taxi rides, for example, will NOT qualify.

And although the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card has a great sign-up bonus, it’s not worth keeping after the first year when the annual fee is due.  Because there are other no-annual-fee cards, like the Citi Double Cash, that offer similar cash back.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this great deal?  Let me know in the comments!

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26 responses to “Best Offer Ever for Barclaycard Arrival Plus!

  1. Am I missing something here, or is the no-fee CFU far superior to this card? You can get way more value with the 1.5x UR points/$ when you transfer them. Even the Citi Double Cash looks superior (2.0% vs. 2.1%, but you can use it for anything and there is no AF). Are there any other benefits to the card that would justify the $89 AF or is this purely a churn and burn card?

  2. Are RCI exchange fees “travel”?

  3. Does it include Airbnb in the travel categories ?

  4. will the miles expire as soon as we cancel the card, if there anyway we can keep them active with No annual fee card?

  5. Is there a 24 month limit on having this card in the past? Or can it be churned faster? Mine’s been closed 12+ months

  6. Can you get the bonus again if you’ve had the card in the past?

  7. @mmt – I’m not sure.

    @Rachel – It does.

    @Shaan – You can get the no annual fee card, but the redemption isn’t as lucrative.

    @Ed K – If you don’t have the card open, it may be possible.

  8. Will you get the bonus if you apply but currently have an add-on card ?

  9. Closed the card ~ 2 years ago but currently have an add-on arrival plus card. If I apply will I get the bonus ? I’ve heard the card is churn able but Barclays languages says “bonus applicable for first time card members”.

  10. Unsuccessful match attempt via secure messaging. I may try again on the phone. Sad face

  11. Still unclear about the question asked about receiving this bonus if you have had the card sometime in the past.

    Does anyone know about receiving this or a similar bonus more than once. If so how long between bonus/applications?

  12. Katherine Hillebrand

    I have the same question as Susan. Can you get the bonus more than once and how long do you need to wait between closing the card and reapplying?

  13. I got this card approved in the evening of the day BEFORE the improved offer. I called to have them match the new 50K offer. The rep said she couldn’t change the date so -no. I asked for a supervisor in customer relations and got the additional 10K.

  14. Yesterday I opened the envelope with my new card & 40K miles, and saw the 50K miles offer! Phoned immediately, & was told I couldn’t switch. After a bit of conversation with the sympathetic rep, who spoke to her supervisor, she said I could “try” cancelling the card & applying for the new offer, but my applicatoin may not be accepted. Aside from being polite and personable, what other tactics might I use if I call again? And will it ding my reputation with Barclays to do so?

  15. Really curious about getting this card again after previously having open over two years ago. I know in the past Barclay’s allowed bonuses more than once. Anyone have any idea?

  16. As a reminder to your military readers, Barclays Bank is very military friendly and waives all annual fees….including waiving all fees for military spouses. This is a keeper card for military personnel.

  17. @RG – If you’re an authorized user on another card that should not hurt your chances of being approved. And yes, it’s possible to get the bonus again after ~2 years. Check out my post about which cards let you get the sign-up bonus again:

    @Mike – It never hurts to ask! 😉

    @susan lanza & @Katherine Hillebrand – Read this post about which cards let you get the sign-up bonus again and how long to wait between applications:

    @Jimster – Great!

    @Karey – I would not suggest closing the card and applying again, because that will cause another credit inquiry. Try a secure message or calling and speaking with someone else.

    @Ian – Check out this post:

    @Billybobyahoo – It is! Thanks for the reminder!

  18. Please comment on the redemption gotchas for this card. Must the credit be in exact $100 multiples? Can you combine line items on the card statement to reach the $100 minimum. Can you have multiple $100 items on the same statement credited? etc.

  19. @mmt – Yes you can only redeem your “miles” in increments of 10,000 miles ($100 multiples). And no, you can NOT combine items to reach the $100 minimum. But you CAN have multiple $100 items on the same statement credited.

  20. Do the Barclays points transfer to airline partners? If so, who are partners and what is transfer rate?

  21. DaveRamseyIsDangerous

    “So you can NOT use your Barclaycard Arrival miles for a trip to see Mickey Mouse. ”

    Not technically true. You can use the miles to purchase discounted theme park tickets from Undercover Tourist (Walt Disney World) or Ares Travel (Disneyland).

    Also, don’t $3,000 in purchases also generate 6,000 miles, meaning that you have accumulated 56,000 miles? Then, if 50,000 are exchanged, you would have the 2,500 redemption rebate + 6,000 miles. With 8,500 miles remaining after cashing in 50,000, it would make sense for the cardholder to spend another $750 to generate an additional 1,500 miles to get back to the magic 10,000.

    Under the old Arrival rules, one could redeem in increments of $25 up to the full purchase price. Is that possible with the new rules? In other words, say I spend $390.74 on, I don’t know, a 3-day park-hopper + bonus day ticket through Undercover Tourist for Walt Disney World, could I redeem 39,074 miles exactly?

  22. @Million Mile Secrets @mmt; redemption is a minimum of $100, not increments. I redeemed 33,730 points for $373 a couple of weeks back w/o issues. Arrival card redemption wording: “Third, choose any qualifying travel purchase of $100 or more made within the last 120 days and redeem your miles for a travel statement credit toward all or a portion of your travel purchase.”

  23. I see that theme parks don’t count, but what about Legoland HOTEL if booked as a package?

  24. DaveRamseyIsDangerous

    @Lane – From my experience, MMS is actually wrong on the “no theme parks” discussion. If you purchase theme park tickets through a travel agency, such as Undercover Tourist (Florida) or Ares Travel (Cali), you will be able to use Arrival Miles because the transaction is coded as a travel agency purchase.

  25. DaveRamseyIsDangerous

    And, let me clarify. I should have stated that better. MMS is not wrong. You can’t use miles to DIRECTLY purchase theme park tickets. You need to run the purchase through one of the travel agencies mentioned above, which I is going to get you a better overall price anyway.

    • @A36pilot – They don’t transfer to airline partners

      @tobin – Duh! Thank you for the comment.

      @DaveRamseyIsDangerous – That’s true about theme parks purchased through a travel agency! Thanks for sharing and your comments.