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How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles

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TheBarclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® is a tool every frequent flyer should have in their wallet, especially big spenders and families. In essence, the card earns 2.28% back toward travel on all purchases. (Not to mention the sign up bonus worth $456 toward travel after spending $1k in the first three months on the card.)

With Arrival miles, you can book any flight on any airline with no blackouts and no need to search for award availability. You can even use the rewards to pay for the taxes and fees on other airlines’ award redemptions.

For Scott’s complete breakdown and analysis of the Arrival Plus, make sure to check out his comprehensive review here, and his ways to leverage the lucrative signup bonus here.

This post is a simple walk through of how to redeem your Arrival miles for travel purchases, as well as some pitfalls to avoid when doing so.

How do you redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles on travel? When do you receive your 10% rebate? Can you use Arrival miles as partial payment towards a charge? Is the redemption process simple? How do you avoid lower value redemptions?

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Anatomy of an Award: Booking Incredible Singapore Business Class to Europe with Lufthansa Miles

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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14. Get it now!

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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I just (almost) booked myself an award from Moscow, Russia to Greensboro, NC with 13 hours in Singapore Business Class for 52k Lufthansa miles + $240.

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The 50,000 mile sign up bonus on The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard ends December 15, 2013. I want to give another example of a great way to use the sign up bonus for the many people who’ve emailed me to tell me they’ve gotten the card.

I’ve already discussed:

This Anatomy of an Award will illustrate:

  • How to book a ticket with Lufthansa Miles & More miles
  • How to search for Singapore Business Class bed award space
  • How to add on segments within the US (and the solution to the problem you face with adding domestic space)

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Barclaycard Offering Cardmembers Their FICO Credit Scores for Free

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Barclaycard is now offering cardmembers their real FICO credit score for free. This is huge news because in the past, it has been difficult to get your real FICO credit score for free.

I know my FICO score now. Do you know yours?

I know my FICO score now. Do you know yours?

Getting your credit report for free is easy. Go to annualcreditreport.com and request all three reports for free once a year–or one every four months. The credit report doesn’t come with the score. Getting a FAKO score–the nickname people give to fake FICO scores–is easy enough too. But this is the first way I know of to get your real FICO score for free.

This is not a limited time promotion or a free trial of a paid service. This is no-strings-attached access to your real credit score for holders of several popular Barclaycards including the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases.

 

How do you get your free FICO score from Barclaycard?

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The 50k Lufthansa Mile Offer is Back for a Limited Time!

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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14. Get it now!

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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In May, The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® ran a 50,000 bonus mile offer for about six weeks, and it is back!

I personally got the card last time the offer was around because 55k miles after spending $5k on the card was way too good for me to pass up.

And since getting the card, I was offered another 15,000 bonus miles for spending $2,250 on the card, so my Lufthansa miles total is set to go over 72,000 miles from this card and its various bonuses very soon.

This is huge news because Lufthansa miles offer huge value:

  • to Hawaii
  • in domestic First Class and Business Class
  • to Europe
  • to Asia
  • to South America
  • to Central America
  • to Australia

Last time the offer came around I wrote a series of posts on the card. In my estimation, there are Six Great Uses and Two Bad Uses for the 50,000 bonus miles from the card.

But before getting to the great uses for 55,000 Lufthansa miles (or 72,000 in my case), let me walk you through the Miles & More program, which you may be unfamiliar with.

This post is a full primer of the Miles & More program for folks who don’t know much about it plus:

  • those six great uses including roundtrip business class to Europe for 55k miles and low taxes
  • how to book online and by phone
  • three ways to save miles on a Miles & More booking
  • and comparisons between Miles & More and United MileagePlus and US Airways Dividend Miles.

Is the 50k mile offer on the Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® right for you?

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MileValue Featured in Mashable Post about Beginner Getting Round the World Business Class Award for $1,340

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Mashable readers: Welcome to the best blog on redeeming frequent flyer miles. The way that I’ve traveled to over 20 countries this year and spent nine months abroad is by signing up for credit cards and using the miles to book business and first class awards.

Here is a post that explains to beginners what I do and why I do it. I wrote it for the benefit of new readers who were attracted to the site when MileValue was featured in the New York Times.

Travel for Pennies with Miles

The card Alissa got was the US Airways Premier World MasterCard with 30,000 bonus US Airways miles after first purchase, enough for a roundtrip award to Europe or South America. It is a great card to get started with US Airways miles, which are the best to North Asia and Australia among other places.

Here are some other great posts on some US Airways awards I’ve booked, including my all time favorite award:

If you already have miles and think they’re worthless, you just don’t know how to use them. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the top left corner. You’ll receive one daily email with all my posts, and you’ll be up to speed in no time.

Or you can skip the learning and use my Award Booking Service, which charges $111 per person to book your awards with your miles.

If you have a trip in mind but no miles yet, you should get a Free Credit Card Consultation from me, in which I tell you which cards to open to take your dream trip for free.

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A Mashable article titled “How I Flew Around the World in Business Class for $1,340” was just posted by a self-described MileValue reader about her round-the-world business class award.

Most of my knowledge I gleaned on how to book this reward ticket came from the travel blog Milevalue. It’s a travel blog run by a 26-year-old guy who writes easy-to-read blog posts on how to find and book overly complicated reward flights.

Alissa Haupt used that knowledge to book a ten segment US Airways award from Minneapolis to Shanghai via Europe and back for only 90k US Airways miles in business class, 30k of which she got on first purchase from the US Airways Premier World MasterCard.

I’m very proud of the student I didn’t know I had, who did a pretty good job–with room for some improvement–on what sounds like one of her first awards.

What did she get right? What did she get wrong? How can you do better?

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The Best Cards to Earn United, American, Delta, US Airways, Alaska, Southwest, and British Airways Miles

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For the Chicago Seminars, I compiled a hand out of all the cards that are useful for earning the following types of miles or that earn points that transfer to the following miles:

  • US Airways
  • American
  • Delta
  • United
  • British Airways
  • Southwest
  • Alaska

This is a good reference if you want to collect a certain type of miles, but this should not be construed as an endorsement to open all the cards on any of the lists.

I haven’t included any analysis or the offer details besides the sign up bonus, so see the cards’ applications for that information.

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How to Combine US Airways Promotions to Get Two Tickets to Europe for $284 Each

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There are currently four stackable promotions related to US Airways miles. Combine them to get two roundtrip tickets to Europe for $568.90 all in–only $284.45 per person.

  1. The 100% Share Miles promotion through October 15 that allows you to buy US Airways miles for 1.13 cents each.
  2. The up to 50% rebate on awards that select US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders have been offered.
  3. The standard 5,000 mile discount per person that all US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders get on US Airways awards that are entirely operated by US Airways.
  4. US Airways off peak awards to Europe.

How can you turn those four promotions into two tickets to Europe for $568.90–less than $290 per person!? What kind of deal can you get if you weren’t offered the 50% rebate?

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Barclay’s offering US Airways Offering Cardholders up to 50% Back on Redeemed Miles

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Barclay’s is offering US Airways Premier World MasterCard holders up to a 50% rebate on redeemed miles between and November 30, 2013 up to a maximum of 30,000 rebated miles!

This is an incredible deal, and complements Monday’s Share Miles deal that I called “the best opportunity to buy miles all year.”

Are you eligible for a 50% rebate on your US Airways awards? What are the relevant terms and conditions?

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Analysis of the US Airways Card “New Benefits” Email

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US Airways emailed me the following yesterday:

It’s some slick marketing, but I won’t be taking advantage of any of the “new” benefits. I have a US Airways Premier World MasterCard, so you’d think I’d be excited, but I’m not.

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US Airways to Join Oneworld November 1? Your Best Move

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Speculation is running rampant that US Airways will join oneworld November 1. The most recent fanning of the flames came from a post on FlyerTalk purporting to rely on an internal memo to US Airways employees.

Then View From the Wing pointed to this article quoting J. Scott Kirby, US Airways’ president saying: “We plan to be fully transitioned to oneworld by the beginning of next year.”

I don’t know whether US Airways will join oneworld on November 1, December 31, or somewhere in between as part of its merger with American Airlines, but I can prepare for the transition which looks nearly certain to happen this year.

If November 1 is the date, the timing of this leak is ideal for stragglers who still haven’t gotten the US Airways Premier World MasterCard with 30,000 US Airways miles after first purchase.

Those stragglers have time to get the card once and maybe even twice if they hurry.

What does the switch to oneworld mean for you? How can you prepare?

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Are You Targeted to Earn Up to 2,500 Bonus US Airways Miles?

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The US Airways Premier World MasterCard is offering me 5 miles per dollar at grocery stores, drug stores, and electronic stores for the next three months via a targeted email. Check your inbox for the same or a similar offer.

What offer did I get?

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Are Lufthansa Miles More Valuable than United Miles?

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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14. Get it now!

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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The Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard offers 50,000 bonus Lufthansa miles after spending $5k in three months. I got the card a few months ago for one reason: as a way to conserve United miles.

In some situations Lufthansa miles are far more valuable than United miles. If you want to fly:

  • economy class to Europe
  • domestic first class
  • domestic economy
  • first class to Hawaii
  • Swiss First Class
  • Lufthansa First Class if you want to book more than 15 days in advance
  • business class to Australia

… you are better off using Lufthansa miles. If you want to fly:

  • economy class to Southern South America
  • economy class to Hawaii
  • economy class to the Caribbean
  • business class to the Caribbean
  • economy class to Central America
  • business class to Central America
  • economy class to Australia

… United and Lufthansa miles are equally useful. For most other itineraries, United miles are better.

So for some trips–meaning for some people–Lufthansa miles are more valuable. For some trips–and for some people–United miles are more valuable. But whichever group you’re in, you should collect Lufthansa miles.

How can that be?

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Top Nine Credit Card Offers That Are About to Disappear

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Update: Several–if not all–of these offers have expired. For the current best offers for free travel, see Best Credit Cards Offers.

When signing up for a credit card, I think there are four factors to consider:

  1. What is the value of the sign up bonus?
  2. What is value of putting my pattern of spending on the card? (category bonuses and the value of the base point earned)
  3. What are the benefits of holding the card? (lounge access, free checked bags, discounted awards, etc)
  4. When is the deal disappearing?

All things equal, you should apply for a card with a limited time sign up bonus over one that is stable. You can get the stable card next time.

What are the top nine credit card offers that are about to disappear? When are they disappearing? And how much worse will the upcoming offers be?

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Lufthansa Miles & More 50k Mile Offer to End June 30, 2014

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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14. Get it now!

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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The Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard has offers 20,000 bonus miles after first purchase.

For me this deal was too good to pass up, so I applied for the Miles & More card a few weeks ago. The approval took me two quick phone calls, and I am now working on the minimum spending requirement.

If you have been considering getting this card, make sure you get it before June 30 to get the full 50,000 mile sign up bonus. If you don’t know much about the card or sign up bonus, I’ll be reprinting my primer on the Miles & More program and six great uses of the card after the jump.

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Barclay’s Best Offers and How They Can Be Improved

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The 50k mile bonus offer is back on the Lufthansa card mentioned in this post until 6/30/14. Get it now!

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchases or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary
  • No Foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance member airlines and on other partners
  • $79 Annual Fee. Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details

Application Link: The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard

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Barclay’s currently has four credit cards that I have or want–up from one last year. That’s a big improvement by Barclay’s in the travel rewards card arena.

The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard with 50,000 Miles & More miles after spending $5k in three months.

The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard with 40,000 miles ($400 toward travel) after spending $1k in three months.

The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard with 40,000 EarlyReturns miles after spending $500 in three months.

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard with 30,000 Dividend Miles after first purchase.

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