Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card Offering Best Sign-Up Bonus Ever!

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Update: This offer for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite MasterCard® has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

One of the best travel cashback credit cards out there is the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®. The card is compelling in general, though at the moment it has the best sign-up bonus I’ve ever seen on the card. The card’s annual fee is waived the first year, and is $89 per year thereafter.

With this new offer you can earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. In the past the bonus has been 40,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spend, so this bonus is 25% better than usual.

While Barclays markets the currency earned on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus as miles, in reality the card offers cashback towards travel. That’s to say that each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase.

You can redeem points by requesting a statement credit for your purchase within 120 days, and points can be redeemed towards purchases with airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, campgrounds, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, discount travel sites, trains, buses, taxis, limousines, and ferries (as defined by the merchant code).

That means the 50,000 miles can be redeemed for $500 towards travel.

On top of that, you get 5% miles back every time you redeem. So if you redeemed 50,000 miles for a $500 travel purchase you’d get another 2,500 miles, which you could eventually redeem for $25 towards a travel purchase (though the minimum redemption amount is 10,000 miles/$100).

Long term this card can also be pretty rewarding. You earn 2x miles per dollar spent, meaning in reality you’re getting two cents towards the cost of a travel purchase per dollar spent, plus another 5% after you redeem those points, for a return of 2.1%+, which is great.

Bottom line

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is one of the best travel cashback credit cards out there, and this is the best offer we’ve seen on the card. You’re getting a sign-up bonus worth $525+ with no annual fee the first year, which is fantastic.

On top of that, it’s a card that can be great long term, given that it offers the equivalent of a 2.1%+ return on travel spend. If you haven’t yet signed up for the card, I’d seriously considering doing so with this excellent offer.

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  1. I got this card 2 months ago and hit the spend quick and got the 40k points. Do you think a secure message asking to match the 50k signup will be successful? I normally don’t have much luck with barclays customer service…but an extra 10k pts would be nice. Thx

  2. No way this is worth it past the first year where the annual fee is waived. Nice to see the increased signup bonus though.

  3. I gave an ultimatum to all my family and friends to apply for this card using your links or never talk to me again. Ever.

    Now I am feeling lonely.

  4. Anyone know if I had this card 2 years ago and cancelled one year ago, if i apply this time do I get the signup bonus?

  5. So… I just tried to use your link for the offer. It brings to the page where it confirms what you said – 50 k bonus miles. However when I click on the apply now button it brings me to a confirmation page showing only 40 k bonus miles.

    I’ll wait until the glitch is fixed?

  6. This is what I get:

    Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card
    Get an Instant Response
    Earn 40,000 bonus miles2X miles on all your purchasesNo foreign transaction fee

  7. I just tried and failed to get a match to 50k using secure message w/ Barclays. Applied for the 40k offer a month ago.

  8. What can I say Lucky – One Mile at a Time is Magic! And Yes the link worked fine and I was approved!

    Now Ill wait a month or so for the Ritz Carlton Card – Really want that one.

    Thanks Again

  9. @Credit Lol!!!
    @Daniel Yeah you’re right, theres no way this card is worth after the 1st year. After Barclay gutted this cards main attractions (10% rebate And 5k minimum rebate) this has become effectively a sign up-bonus worthy, cancel after card. Stop saying otherwise lucky.

  10. Warning to everybody out there who applies for this card!!! Barclay implemented a new policy asking for a copy of your driver license, your social security card, and a utility/bank statement mailed to their PO Box.
    The best part is that they will not put it in writing. After I applied I received a letter in the mail asking for a bank statement or utility bill as “address verification”. I mailed it in. After 10 days still no answer. I called in and I was asked to send a copy of my DL and SS card. I asked them why the letter did not ask for this and I was told that they “will not put it in writing because it makes some people uncomfortable”. Wow. Really? I could not believe my ears! I argued that I already have 2 other credit cards with Barclay so they already have that information. Of note is that I am in perfect standing with them and I have a near perfect credit score. I explained that nobody ever had asked me for that information to be mailed in and their request makes me extremely uncomfortable, but they did not budge. My husband applied and two other friends of mine applied. Same treatment. What a shame! Most ridiculous policy I ever heard. No way I will mail them my private information. And they don’t even have a secure fax where I could send it in. Unbelievable, ah?

  11. Barclay asked me to mail them copies of my drivers license, social security card, and bank statement. I have great credit and cards from multiple companies. Now I will never do business with Barclay’s under any circumstances – ever.

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