The Barclays 50K Bonus Is Now “Officially” Live!

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Update: This offer for the Barclays Arrival Plus(TM) World Elite Mastercard® is expired. Learn more about the current offer here.

Earlier I posted about how at the moment the Barclays Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® is offering the best sign-up bonus I’ve ever seen on the card. The card has a bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 90 days, and those miles are worth ~$525. For a card with the annual fee waived the first year (and $89 per year thereafter), that’s fantastic.

Anyway, the increased offer came as a bit of a surprise, and when I first posted the offer some people seemed to have issues with the application page:

  • Some reported being asked to log-in on the application page, leading to an error
  • Others reported still seeing the 40,000 mile offer on the application page, rather than the 50,000 mile offer

Well, the offer is now “officially” official, and the application page should be updated correctly for everyone. So if you were having issues with the application page or saw a different offer listed, that should be fixed now.

While I’ll have more about this offer in the coming days, I wanted to answer a couple of the questions I’ve received:

I applied for the Barclays Arrival Plus recently — will they match the better offer?

While it can’t hurt to ask, generally speaking it seems that Barclays won’t match offers that differ from what you applied for, so your request is likely to be denied.

I’ve had this card in the past… can I apply again?

The terms of this offer say the following:

This one-time 50,000 miles offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers and existing accounts are not eligible for this offer.

So technically if you’ve had the card before then you’re not eligible for the bonus again. That being said, anecdotally that doesn’t seem to consistently be enforced. I know many people who were able to recently sign-up for the card and receive the bonus even though they had it a few years back. As long as you don’t have the card at the moment and haven’t had it for a while, you should have a good chance of approval. However, the rules technically do state that only first time cardmembers are eligible for the bonus.

Anyway, this is a fantastic offer, so if you don’t have the Barclays Arrival Plus I’d highly recommend applying! Anecdotally I find that Barclays products aren’t too tough to be approved for, and this is a great product that’s rewarding for everyday spend as well.

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  1. I really don’t get why on earth would put the picture of the Russian Sapsan in here. You can’t even redeem that sign up bonus towards the travel on that train. I read the post teice but it’s still a mistery for me…

  2. So the Ritz Carlton is officially not the best card anymore or can we still look forward to some more posts about it?

    Please say yes.

  3. I’ve had this card for a while and it’s gonna be the first to go. It was cool to have Trip It Pro, but now that that’s gone I can’t see any value. My main reason for getting this card was to have a chip+pin card for use at automated things in europe, but I haven’t been able to get it to work ONCE. When it does work, I have to sign a slip. Don’t really care for it, and wouldn’t recommend it. Their customer service is pretty lousy too.

  4. @Andrey: What do you mean we can’t use it for the Sapsan? Aren’t trains considered travel by Barclaycard any more? 🙁

    @Credit: It’s hard to say no to $100 off of any domestic flight where two people are flying! 😉

  5. @Ted – someone correct me if I’m wrong but these are their own points you use to credit your account. Similar to the venture card x points = x dollars which can be redeemed.

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