Credit Card Bonus Offering $700+ Worth Of Travel (With Annual Fee Waived)

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It has been quite a while since I’ve written about the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® (see terms), and I think it’s worth posting a reminder about this card, given that it currently has its best ever welcome bonus. Within the past several months this welcome bonus has been improved a few times:

  • This card used to have a welcome bonus of 50K miles upon completing minimum spend, and the annual fee wasn’t waived the first year
  • Then the card’s welcome bonus was increased to 60K miles
  • Then the card’s welcome bonus was improved to 60K miles with the annual fee waived the first year

Currently the Barclaycard Arrival Plus is offering a welcome bonus of 70,000 miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 90 days. While the card has an $89 annual fee, it’s waived for the first 12 months.

The card earns 2x miles on all purchases, and each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase. Furthermore, you get 5% of the miles back to use towards your next redemption every time you redeem.

The travel category for which you can redeem is really broad, as you can redeem points for everything ranging from flights to hotels to timeshares to campgrounds to car rentals to cruises to travel agencies to trains to buses to ferries, and much more.

This is a solid travel card for anyone looking to earn rewards in the form of cash that can be used towards travel, given how these miles can be redeemed. The 70,000 mile welcome bonus can be redeemed for $700 towards the cost of a travel purchase, so with the annual fee waived for the first year, that’s roughly what I value the welcome bonus at.

That’s a really good bonus. Sure, earning traditional miles and points is great, but this can help you cover all kinds of purchases that can’t be booked with miles, be it an inter-island Air Tahiti flight, a stay at a Four Seasons, a car rental, or fuel surcharges on award tickets.

Long term this is a card that’s essentially getting you two miles per dollar that are equal to two cents total, plus a 5% refund on redeemed miles, so your net return is over 2% of value. Furthermore, the card has no foreign transaction fees, and is also one of the few valuable US credit cards with Chip & PIN technology.

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is a card that I have, so if you don’t yet have it, this is an ideal time to pick it up.

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Comments

  1. Is it possible to transfer these points to any other programs or are they only redeemable for travel at the rate of 1 cent per mile?

  2. @ Sam — Unfortunately there are no transfer partners, you can just redeem them for one cent each towards travel purchases.

  3. Good deal but you should really call these “points” rather than miles because that’s what they are. Calling them miles implies they’re of equal value as redeemable frequent flyer miles when they’re really just travel-oriented, card specific points. Calling them miles is just a marketing term.

  4. I was actually just approved for this and have been trying to research whether Disney tickets purchased from AAA codes as Travel. I know of another outlet that definitely does but only AAA has the annual passes. (Had the card 4 years ago so crossing fingers get the bonus again – the language is really wishy washy but reports seem to indicate you will get it again).

  5. Does the card require minimum of $100 cost before applying? If so, the Capital One cards are much more useful…

  6. It hurts so much being under 5/24. Offers like this make me question of doing this. Missed the Capital One Venture Card too.

  7. I love this card. When it comes time to use my points/miles, it gives me a list of charges that I can “cancel” using the points. Correction to Lucky – it is a Chip and Signature card, but also provides a PIN to use in unattended situations. However, you still have to sign a lot of slips when there is an attendant.

  8. I applied when they first started this promo in November and was approved several days later and got going with my minimum spend with some holiday shopping. Hit my 5k and received my bonus about a month ago now. This has quickly become my everyday card as so many of my purchases are for items where bonus categories are limited. These points will be nice to have when taking advantage of cash fare sales or hotels outside of any loyalty program (like the new TWA hotel at JFK).

  9. I’m planning to apply for this. Do you know when is the deadline to apply for this 70K offer?

  10. I was disappointed in the process for getting the card. Even with FICO scores above 800 for both my wife and myself Barclays requested we complete an IRS form 4506 to verify our income, then lost the forms, we had to resend the forms, and are still waiting for approval for my wife. And I requested the cards in December. Horrible customer service.

  11. I used this card extensively in Europe for everyday spend on a recent 5 week trip. The pin came in handy many times at automated terminals and unattended petrol stations. Charlie Plesums is right, the redemption for travel expenses is slick and easy. I suspect this may become my go to card for everyday spend once my introductory welcome bonus on the Chase Freedom Unlimited ends (I hit a window where I got 3 points per $ for the first year instead of the 15000 points on the Freedom Unlimited).

  12. Why the plus sign in the amount of reward? At 1cpp, the sign up bonus is exactly $700.

    That said, pass. I mean, maybe I have too few cards, but it feels wrong to open more than 2 cards/year. Between Chase, Citi, Amex, various airlines cards (I mean, Delta alone has 4), various hotel cards, and venture, I don’t see the value of wasting time here.

  13. I recently got this card and have been pleased with it.

    What is interesting to me is that points post as charges post to your account – no waiting until a billing cycle closes. The bonus points posted as soon as I hit the spending requirement.

    This allows one to take travel statement credits before the monthly statement closes.

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