How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus Points for Travel

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How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus Points for Travel

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I’ve written about how the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is 1 of my favorite cards because you earn 2X miles on every purchase.

If you redeem miles for statement credits towards regular purchases, you get 1% cash back.  But when you redeem for travel expenses, you get 2.1% back when you consider the 5% rebate you get for travel redemptions.  That’s a very good deal.

What’s the Barclaycard Arrival Plus?

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

Link:   My review of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

The 40,000 mile sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card is worth $400 if you redeem for travel expenses.

But you get an extra 5% of your miles back after every travel redemption.  So you’ll get another 2,000 points ($20) back after you redeem your 40,000 miles for travel.

Barclaycard defines travel as:

Airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, campgrounds, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, tourist attractions, discount travel sites, trains, buses, taxis, limousines, and ferries as defined by the merchant category code.  Purchases made at merchants that do not process transactions under these terms or that use incorrect merchant category codes will not qualify.

 How To Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus Points For Travel
You Can Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus Miles for 2.1% Back on Travel, Like Car Rentals

However, if you use your miles for non-travel expenses, you’ll only get 0.5 cents per mile, which isn’t very good.

Redeeming Miles for Travel Expenses

Million Mile Secrets readers have asked how to use Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles for travel expenses.  It’s actually quite straightforward.

1.   Log Into Your Barclaycard Account

Log in and select your Barclaycard Arrival Plus card (if you have more than 1 Barclaycard account).

Then click on the “Rewards” tab on the right side of the page.

Under “Pay Yourself Back For Travel”, click the “Redeem Now” button.

2.   Select Your Travel Expense 

The minimum number of miles you can use to reduce a travel expense is 2,500 miles or $25.   The minimum is travel expense is now $100.

Only purchases that Barclaycard considers travel will appear in the list of purchases available for redemption.

From the “Purchases Available For Redemption” list, select the travel expense you wish to use miles for.

You’ll be prompted to redeem either the minimum number of miles (2,500 or $25) $100 for the purchase, or the actual number of miles for the total cost of the purchase (in the example below, 2,800 miles or $28).

Select the redemption you want.  Once you click on redeem, you’ll get a statement credit for the amount you selected.  And you can’t come back and redeem more miles for that purchase again.

3.   Continue Redeeming or Save Your Miles for Later

If you have the miles, you can redeem for as many travel purchases as appear on your list.   However, you don’t have to use your miles right away (or even use them towards travel expenses).

That said, redeeming for non-travel expenses is not a very good value (0.5 cents per mile or 1% cash back).

Once you’ve made a travel purchase, you have 120 days to use your miles to pay for it.  The list of purchases available for redemption shows how many days you have left to redeem miles for each transaction.

Remember, once you’ve redeemed miles towards a travel purchase, you’ll get a 5% rebate on the miles you’ve used.  For example, if you redeem 10,000 miles ($100) you’ll get 500 miles ($5) deposited back to your account.

Bottom Line

It’s easy to redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles towards travel expenses to get 2.1% back in statement credits.

You can select from a list of your travel purchases and redeem miles against them individually.  But they’ll only be on the list for 120 days after the transaction date, and you can only credit miles towards each transaction once.

Using Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles is a great way to pay yourself back for travel spending you can’t normally use miles and points for.

What expenses have you redeemed your Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles for?

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Thanks for the info. Just wondering how long it takes for the transaction to show up after I have redeemed miles. I redeemed 60,000 miles for $600 back on flights. My points were gone right away but my balance has not changed. Should this take more than a business day or two? I’m out of the country and having a hard time contacting Barclay



Does anybody know if I charge items to my room and then use the Arrival Card to pay for food/golf/and resort fees, can I redeem points for the final charge?

Did you get any responses?

Are there specific airlines preferred for redeeming points?

Hi I just downgraded my Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Card to a non-annual fee Barclay AAdvantage Card. I was actually offered two options of the non-annual fee card; One is Barclay rewards Mastercard with 10,000 Barclay points if I meet some spending requirements; The other is the Barclay Arrival World Mastercard with 5,000 Miles if I meet some spending requirements. I chose the latter. I thought the miles are worth more but I might be wrong… Have I made a smart choice? I prefer miles over cash backs but apparently this is 5,000 miles less than the 10,000 points. I hope I made myself clear in my question but I am quite confused about the miles vs points scenario. Thanks!

Can I use Barclay miles for all airlines

Sounds like maybe I should have stuck to an airline card for points for air travel. I will probably cancel this one and go for one that is more straight forward in its definitions.

It seems these are indeed POINTS and not MILES.

Miles I can put on my account with a given airline and get a tickets with their MILES program. Can’t do that with this card. These are just POINTS you collect and redeem for travel expenses.

Wouldn’t it be 2.222222% if you actually end up spending just 0.9 miles for 1 cent of rewards? Last I checked, 1/0.9 is 1.11111111, not 1.1

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