Can You Use Arrival Miles for Free Airbnb Stays?

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Can you use Arrival miles to get free lodging from airbnb, the easiest way to rent someone else's apartment while you travel?

I talked my brother into getting the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® a couple years ago for the same reasons that I got one, the big sign up bonus and the two miles per dollar on all purchases.

How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is a tool every frequent flyer should have in their wallet, especially big spenders and families. In essence, the card earns 2.1% back toward travel on all purchases.

Best Order for Card Applications to Maximize Bonuses Over Your Lifetime

Updated 9/21/16 with consideration of Citi's new sign up bonus rule. 

If you're just getting into the miles hobby or coming back after a break, it's important to realize that there is an order in which to apply for credit cards that can help you maximize your award earning potential.

Barclaycard Arrival Miles Are Worth 1.075 Cents Each

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

You also earn 2x miles on all purchases with the card. That means you'll have at least 46,000 Arrival miles after meeting the minimum spending requirement.

Arrival miles are worth about 1.075 cents each toward travel, so meeting the minimum spending requirement is worth about $495 in free travel.

Barclaycard Arrival Miles Are Worth 1.075 Cents Each

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

You also earn 2x miles on all purchases with the card. That means you'll have at least 46,000 Arrival miles after meeting the minimum spending requirement.

Arrival miles are worth about 1.075 cents each toward travel, so meeting the minimum spending requirement is worth about $495 in free travel.

Four Negative Changes to Arrival Plus for Existing Cardholders

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® offers new cardholders 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in 90 days, which is worth $430 in free travel, and 2.15% back toward travel on all purchases. See my full breakdown of the Arrival Plus.

Existing cardholders have better perks than new cardholders. If you got the Arrival Plus before September 30, 2014, your benefits will be aligned with new cardholders' on November 17, 2015.

Targeted 15,000 Bonus Miles for Existing American Airlines Cardholders

Loyal reader Drew sent along an amazing targeted offer he received to continue spending on his Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard (which is what US Airways cards turned into after the US Airways/American Airlines merger.)

If he spends $500 per month on his card in August, September, and October, he'll get 15,000 bonus miles!

That means for a total of $1,500 in spending, he will earn 16,500 miles, which is 11 American Airlines miles per dollar!

The email came to Drew with the subject "Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your card!" Check your email for

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

This was a popular post two years ago, and I want to update it with all the cards to earn the following miles, which I consider the most important:

American
Delta
United
Alaska
Singapore
British Airways
Southwest

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, just the sign up bonus. These cards have annual fees, minimum spending requirements, and category bonuses.

You Will Get Your Bonus Miles from Your US Airways Card

I got a US Airways MasterCard just before the program disappeared, merged into the American Airlines AAdvantage program. Today, I activated the card--a card which theoretically earns miles in a defunct program.

I've gotten a lot of tweets, emails, and messages from others who opened the card just recently and haven't yet earned their 50,000 mile bonus.

The Only Miles You Can Use Before You Earn Them

In a recent Free Credit Card Consultation, Matt wrote:
Goal: April 4 - 7 from Chicago (preferably ORD) to San Francisco Bay Area for 2 adults. Ideally, we'd like to fly both ways (economy or business) and stay at a hotel entirely on points earned from new and current cards. Thank you for your help! We love your website and plan on using your Award Booking Service in the future - especially for international adventures.

from Wikipedia

Here's my response:
There's a lag time when earning miles.