Update: This offer for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite MasterCard® has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
The offer on the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® (see terms) has just been improved even more. In July we saw the card return with an increased welcome bonus, and now it has that same bonus with the added benefit of having the annual fee waived for the first year.
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is now offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 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 60,000 mile welcome bonus can be redeemed for $600 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.