Arrival miles can be redeemed for any travel expense like any flight (no blackouts), taxes and fees on award tickets, hotels, airbnb, car rentals, cruises, and more. After the 10% rebate on all travel redemptions and the fact that you earn 2 miles per dollar on the purchase before you remove it from your account with a redemption, this card offer 2.28% back toward travel on all purchases.

Barclaycard has put out a video about how to redeem Arrival miles, which I think is a smart move. The incredibly simple process is still widely misunderstood, and this 1 minute video should clear that up. (Of course, I don’t think any blog readers here are confused because I’ve published How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles with step-by-step screen shots.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDeSpqEoye4

A couple things to note about the video:

  • It mentions you earns 2x miles on travel purchases. On the no-annual-fee Arrival card, you earn 2x on travel and 1x on everything else. On the Arrival Plus, you earn 2x miles on everything.
  • They mention that 2,500 miles = $25 statement credit. True, but with the Arrival Plus, you also get a 10% rebate on miles redeemed for statement credits to offset travel. So the net is 2,250 miles = $25 statement credit.
  • There is a tiny, tiny error in the simulated redemption that $1,122.22 = 112,222 miles. They actually round up to the nearest 100 miles: 112,300 miles. As I said, tiny.

Right now the Arrival Plus is offering 40,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. Because it also earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, just meeting the minimum spending requirement gives you 46,000 Arrival miles. Because of the 10% rebate on travel redemptions, having 46,000 Arrival miles is worth more than $500 in free flights, hotels, car rentals, or other travel expenses. The Arrival Plus is the card I put all my spending on that can’t earn a category or sign up bonus. I always carry it–even abroad because there are no foreign transaction fees.

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