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

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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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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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.

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?

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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@TONY – Te best way to check is to call when you activate the card, but you should have locked-in the lower spending requirement.

@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.

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Million Mile Secrets

@Andrew – That’s a great offer and hopefully there is a link to that soon.

@jimbob – Congrats and thanks for using our links!

@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.

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