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Two weeks ago, Barclaycard rebranded its flagship card as the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®.

The card still comes with the same 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days and double miles on all purchases, which adds up to over $500 in free flights after meeting the minimum spending requirement.

The new features are:

  • Longer time period to redeem miles for statement credits. You now have 120 days from the date of a travel purchase to use Arrival miles to remove the charge from your statement.
  • Expanded definition of travel purchases. You can still redeem miles for flights, hotels, and car rentals. You can now also redeem for amusement parks, trains, taxis, ferries, campgrounds, and more.
  • Chip and PIN capability. This is America’s first major card with the world’s standard account safety measures. Chip and PIN is sometimes the only way to purchase certain things abroad–for instance train tickets in Northern Europe.

I have a trip to Brazil coming up next month, so I want to test out the chip and PIN system on the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®.

Today I called Barclaycard at the number on the back of my card.

I told the agent I had heard the Arrival Plus now had chip and PIN capabilities, and I’d love to be sent a new card with a chip for an upcoming trip.

She told me my new card would arrive in 7-10 business days. There is no cost to receive a new card.

I then asked to set my PIN. She said a random PIN could be sent to me, or I could set one over the automated system.

The automated system warned that repeating or consecutively-numbered PINs like 1234, 1212, or 1111 would be rejected. I set my PIN in a few seconds, and hung up.

This two minute call might make my trip to Brazil easier and will certainly make my next European trip easier.

The Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® will be my go-to card abroad because it has no foreign transaction fees and earns an astounding 2 miles per dollar (which I value at 2.28 cents) on all purchases.

  • Have you asked for your new Arrival Plus yet?
  • Have you used its chip and PIN capabilities?

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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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