New 60K Barclaycard Arrival Plus Offer With First Year Annual Fee Waived

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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.

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  1. No one answered my previous questions??

    How much do you guys tipycally pay for a stay at an IHG property in Europe??
    Is breakfast always included?

    I stayed at the one in Warsaw and it was super super. Pool on the top floor and delicious breakfast!!

  2. Everyone needs to make that trek up to see Taktsang Monastery (pictured in the article’s header) in Bhutan. Simply amazing location!!

  3. @ Stanley
    Not sure about all IHG properties, but at Intercontinental you have to pay for breakfast. There are rates that includes breakfast, but the rate is higher. My last 3 Intercontinental was Sao Paulo, Warsaw and Budapest. At Sao Paulo I decided not to go with breakfast rate, but I ended up eating breakfast and charging it to the room. At Warsaw I decided to go with rate that includes breakfast. At Budapest I decided not to go with breakfast rate nor eat breakfast at hotel at all. Depending on the Intercontinental, it might not be worth paying for breakfast. Warsaw’s breakfast in MAIN room was totally worth it.

  4. @ Eddie — There are lots of travel expenses that you can’t use traditional miles for, but can use Arrival Plus miles (such as the tourist fees in Bhutan, where this monastery is located).

  5. Looks like this is a once in a lifetime bonus offer similar to amex now. Didn’t used to be this way with Barclays if I recall, but the fine print seems to allude to that.

  6. I was just declined. According to DoC, you may actually be ineligible if you already have either the Arrival or Arrival+ card. Bummer. Hoping they didn’t do an inquiry at least.

  7. @Stanley Best IHG property stay in Europe so far was the IC London O2. As a Platinum Ambassador, they give you a special rate of 65 pounds for three people per day which includes breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktail as well as admission to the lounge anytime as long as they are still opened. I think the lounge closed at ten or eleven pm.

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