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New Card Alert: Earn Up to 3X Miles for Every Purchase (Transfer to 9 Airlines!)

New Card Alert: Earn Up to 3X Miles for Every Purchase (Transfer to 9 Airlines!)

Million Mile SecretsNew Card Alert: Earn Up to 3X Miles for Every Purchase (Transfer to 9 Airlines!)Million Mile Secrets Team

I love when banks issue brand new credit cards.  Because it gives those of us in the miles & points hobby new ways to earn valuable travel rewards!

Barclays just introduced the Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard.  And it’s got some unique benefits!  For example, you’ll earn 2X miles on every purchase.  And you can redeem the miles for 1 cent each towards travel, OR transfer them to airline partners, like Flying Blue, Japan Airlines, and Etihad!

If you hit certain spending thresholds each year, you’ll also earn thousands of bonus miles.  Barclays really stresses that card benefit, though I don’t think it’s anything special.  Because the requirements are pretty high!

I do NOT recommend this card if you’re new to miles & points.  Because there are credit cards with more valuable sign-up bonuses and benefits that you should open first.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission from this card, but we’ll always let you know when a new deal pops up!

New Barclays Arrival Card
You Can Redeem Your Miles Towards Airfare, Hotels, Buses, and More! But There Are Some Stipulations You Need to Know About

Here is a quick review of the all new Barclays Arrival Premier card.

Introducing the New Barclays Arrival Premier

Link:   Barclays Arrival Premier

The Barclays Arrival Premier does NOT come with a sign-up bonus.  But Barclays emphasizes the benefit of earning bonus miles for meeting tiered spending requirements each year.  You’ll earn 15,000 bonus miles for spending $15,000 each cardmember year.  And another 10,000 bonus miles for spending an additional $10,000 each year.

Because this card earns 2X miles on every purchase, for example, you could earn 75,000 miles for spending $25,000 each cardmember year ($25,000 miles X 2 miles per $1 + 25,000 bonus miles for completing tiered spending).

You’ll also get:

The card comes with a $150 annual fee.

Using Your Miles

There are a handful of ways to redeem the miles you earn from the Barclays Arrival Premier.

1.   Purchase Travel

You can redeem your miles for a value of 1 cent each toward travel purchases, like airfare, hotels, campgrounds, cruises, etc.  But you can only redeem for purchases of $100+ (10,000+ miles).  You can erase any travel purchases you’ve made over $100 in the past 120 days.

New Barclays Arrival Card
Cruises Count as Travel With the Barclays Arrival Premier

2.   Statement Credits and Gift Cards

If you aren’t interested in using your miles for travel, or if you don’t have the minimum redemption amount of 10,000 miles, you can use them for a statement credit or for merchant gift cards.  You must redeem at least 5,000 miles.

I do NOT recommend this, because you’ll only get a value of 0.5 cents per mile.  For example, 5,000 miles will get you a $25 statement credit.

3.   Transfer to Airline Partners

This is a very interesting perk of the Barclays Arrival Premier.  You can transfer your miles to 9 airlines:

  • Aeromexico
  • China Eastern
  • Etihad
  • EVA Air
  • Flying Blue (loyalty program of Air France and KLM)
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Privilege
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas

The transfer ratio for all of these airlines is 1.4 Barclays Arrival Premier miles to 1 airline mile (1.4:1), except for Japan Airlines, which is 1.7:1.

New Barclays Arrival Card
Flying Blue Can Be a Very Valuable Transfer Partner. It Considers North Africa and Areas of the Middle East as Part of Europe. So You Can Fly There for Fewer Miles Than Many Other Airlines Charge!

Only the primary cardholder can transfer miles to their own airline loyalty accounts.  Most miles transfer requests are processed within 3 business days, but it could take up to 15 business days.

Is This a Good Deal?

If any of the listed airline programs are important to you, this could actually be a decent card for you!  You’ll earn 2X miles for every purchase, and up to 3X miles when you meet tiered spending requirements ($15,000 or $25,000 each cardmember year).

I personally would rather put that spending on other cards to earn new sign-up bonuses.  And I’m very disappointed this card has NO sign-up bonus.

But if you don’t like the hassle of paying attention to spending category bonuses or opening new cards, this is a pretty simple card that might fit your lifestyle.

That said, I find a lot more value in the Chase Sapphire Preferred, because of its much more useful transfer partners, like Southwest, Hyatt, and United Airlines.

You won’t earn 2X points for every purchase, but you can redeem each point for 1.25 cents towards travel.  And you’ll get 2X points when you spend on travel and dining.

New Barclays Arrival Card
If You Spend a Lot on Dining and Travel, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Might Give You a Better Return Overall

Plus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has a $95 annual fee, instead of the $150 annual fee that comes with the Barclays Arrival Premier.

Bottom Line

The new Barclays Arrival Premier card earns 2X miles on all purchases.  It has NO sign-up bonus.  But you’ll earn a bonus 15,000 miles when you spend $15,000 each cardmember year.  And another 10,000 miles when you spend an additional $10,000 in the same year.

You can redeem your miles for certain travel purchases, or transfer them to 9 airlines, including Etihad, Flying Blue, and Japan Airlines.  Most of the transfer partners aren’t super valuable.  But if Barclays continues to add more airlines, I might revisit this card.

If you already have lots of credit cards from AMEX, Chase, and Citi, this could be a good deal for you!  But I do NOT recommend this card if you’re new to the miles & points hobby.  Because there are credit cards with more valuable sign-up bonuses and benefits that you should open first.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always let you know when there’s a new deal.

What do you think of this new offer from Barclays?

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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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Weak! I was looking forward to this card but wow, what a let down!

Agreed. No sign up bonus, $150 fee, and have to spend $25,000 to get any value from it vs. other cards? Not for me. I appreciate that the blog needs to let you know about cards, but this one is a real dud.