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I can earn 5,000 bonus Arrival miles if I spend $1,500 per month in January, February, and March on my Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®.

The Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® offers 2 miles per dollar on all purchases. This would be another 5,000 miles for $4,500 in spending (or 1.11 bonus miles per dollar), so it would bring my total to 3.11 Arrival miles per dollar on all purchases during the duration of the offer.

Arrival miles are worth 1.14 cents each toward flights, car rentals, hotels, airbnb, the taxes on award tickets, and a lot more travel expenses. That means during the promotion I’d be getting 3.55% (3.11 * 1.14) back toward travel expenses.

  • Is this a good deal?
  • Were you targeted? For the same or a different version of the offer?

On December 23, I got an email with the subject line: “Earn 5,000 miles with your card!” Check your email and spam for a similar subject in case you missed it. You might even want to try the search with “10,000” and “15,000” instead of “5,000” for reasons I’ll explain below.

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The email didn’t indicate that registration was necessary.

Will I Participate?

No. My offer is tiny. It’s just over 1 extra mile per dollar. I’m better off optimizing my spending across my credit cards since $1,500 per month represents a ton of the money I normally put on credit cards. (Plus I’ll be in Argentina for all of January and February where using credit cards is a good way to pay 50% more than you need to.)

In the past, Barclaycard has run similar promotions on the Lufthansa and US Airways cards. The amount of bonus miles and amount of spending required per month has varied, but they’ve all been better than my offer here.

If this targeted Arrival mile offer that I received has several different versions including some with more generous miles and lower spending requirements, the lucky folks who got those offers should be more inclined to participate than I am.

Share in the comments whether you got an offer, and if it was different than mine.

Arrival Plus Info

The Arrival Plus is a great card for families, economy travelers, people who don’t want to pay their award taxes out of pocket, and anyone who likes airbnb.

Anyone planning to use Arrival miles for flights will stretch his Arrival miles further by finding cheap flights. Master setting Kayak Price Alerts as explained here to stretch your Arrival miles further on flights.

Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • No mileage caps or foreign transaction fees
  • Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
  • Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active cardmembers. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account.
Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


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