Arrival Plus Increases Bonus to 50,000 Miles


For a limited time, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus comes with 50,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. The old bonus was 40,000 points.

The card earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases. You can redeem the miles to offset any travel expense greater than $100 inside your Barclaycard account within 120 days of the purchase.

Arrival Plus is King of Cashback Cards without Being One

The king of cash back cards is the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, which isn't even a cash back card.

The card offers 2.15% back on all purchases in the form of 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.

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.

Barclaycard Video: How to Redeem Arrival Miles

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.

Earn 5,000 Bonus Arrival Miles Offer on Arrival Plus

The card offer described in this post has expired. To see the latest top travel credit cards with big bonuses that will save you tons, check out our Top 10 List for Consumers and Top 10 List for Small Businesses.

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.

Since I Met Minimum Spends I Carry Three Cards

See the current top credit card offers for free travel here.

Don't try to optimize your credit card strategy for every last mile.

United Award Chart vs. LifeMiles Award Chart

On Friday, I wrote about a revolutionary idea:

You can use the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to get 1.52 LifeMiles per dollar on all purchases.

Make This Two Minute Call Before Your Next International Trip

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.