WOW: Barclaycard Arrival Plus 70K Bonus With Annual Fee Waived

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The welcome bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® (see terms) has just been improved even more (for the third time in a few months):

  • 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

And now…

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.

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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  1. Turkish Airlines just rolled out a huge web and app updates. They increased the Elite re-qualify requirement from 25000 miles to 30000 miles within a year, 37500 to 45000 if you choose to do it in 2 years. Ugh….where should I put my Star Alliance miles these days….

  2. what is the difference between this card and the spark business cash in regards to 2% cashback
    is this card the same but better because you get 5% refund every time you redeem the points??

  3. “This one-time 70,000 miles offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only.”

    Does this mean if I have had the card in the past, I am not eligible? I can not seem to remember barclaycards rules. i have had this card, but I received the bonus in the fall of 2016 (when I couldn’t get the CSR because of 5/24). So, it has been two years, and then product changed the card over a year ago.

    Thanks for any info on this.

  4. Remember when they say they won’t offer sign up bonus because that’s not what their customers want? Which makes me wonder: who are their (imaginary) ideal customers? People who hate money?

  5. @lucky: worth mentioning that most people on this blog will not be eligible due to Barclay’s approval rules. Read Doctor of Credit for more info before you get a hard pull.

  6. Lucky,

    Frequent miler is stating the following:
    “Unfortunately, it seems that Barclays is applying a 5/24 rule to this card similar to Chase’s 5/24 rule. That is to say that if you have opened 5 or more credit cards with any bank in the past 24 months, it is difficult to be approved.”

    If this is true, I would add this on your post because many readers will be denied if they applied.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  7. How do you know If you qualify for the sign up bonus? I had this card sometime ago, but cancelled it and I don’t remember when.

  8. I see several commenting on qualifications for the sign up bonus. It seems that these days a part of blogger best practices would always be to be upfront about stating whatever he or she knows about eligibility, particularly when a referral bonus to the blogger is involved. I already have this card, so the omission doesn’t affect me, but I’d like to know when I read a promotional article about a credit card offer whether or not it’s worth my time and hard pull to make an application. It’s simply a matter of maintaining trust and confidence among those who might act on offers. Thanks.

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