It appears Barclay is stepping up it’s game with Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® and it’s new and improved sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles or $440 in travel.
If you want to use the 40,000 miles for a “cash back statement credit” it will equal $200 since you get 0.5 in “non travel” statement credits.
The sign-up bonus previously was a measly 20,000 miles or $200 in statement credits. Anytime a bonus doubles, it’s a good thing. The other Barclays card that you probably know about is the US Airways card. There was a carousal of offers a couple of months ago for the card. Read up on this thread to find the best US Air offers now. I love anytime there are good Barclaycard options to choose from. They pull Transunion (most likely) when inquiring about your credit worthiness. My Transunion credit report is pretty spotless, while Chase and Amex are all over my Experian report.
You will receive 40,000 bonus miles or $400 in travel statement credits after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
The Arrival card gives you the option to book travel through their online portal with miles – much like Capital One, Ultimate Rewards, and the Thank You programs. This would be a good option if you’re looking for domestic flights. Barclays list travels as a redemption in “Airlines, Travel Agencies & Tour Operators, Hotels, Motels & Resorts, Cruise Lines, Passenger Railways and Car Rental Agencies as defined by the merchant category code.”
You can’t transfer the miles earned from the Arrival card to other travel loyalty programs like you can with Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards points. Would be sweet if you could! I would personally use the miles for domestic flights. $440 (with 10% kickback) in travel is a generous sign-up bonus. Yes, I can get more value out of other miles because I use them for business or first class redemptions, but $400 is $400.
Btw, the $89 annual fee is waived for the first year. You never know with Barclays, but it’s waived on this offer.
Here are the other perks that come with the Arrival card.
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases with no caps
This is a nice gesture, but probably won’t make me use the Arrival card over a rewards card that earns Ultimate Rewards or SPG points for my everyday spending. Heck, we all know that most of my spending is going towards meeting sign-up bonuses anyway.
- Enjoy a 0% introductory APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening – after that, a variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%,based on your creditworthiness
Having a 0% introductory APR period for 12 months is great, but don’t ever spend more than you can pay back before your billing cycle closes. I know life throws curveballs sometime, so it is nice to have a 0% option.
- Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
I always love a little kick-back after burning miles!
- No foreign transaction fees
Another cool feature is that the card doesn’t have any foreign transaction fees. I already have a few chip & pin cards, so this isn’t a game changer for me.
- Complimentary TripIt© Pro mobile travel organizer subscription ($49 annual value)
I have no experience with the Tripit app, but I would be willing to try it out since the Pro version is thrown in for free. I found it humorous on the application page that the Barclays was comparing the Arrival card with the United Explorer, and bold enough to go toe to toe with the Sapphire Preferred. That’s cute.
The Barclays Arrival card is a great option to throw into an upcoming App Party. The sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles is a sweet deal, and for only spending $3,000 in 3 months. I love that Barclays pulls Transunion too, so if this offer is still around, I will be applying for it during my next round of rewards card applications.
(Disclaimer: I do receive a referral for the Barclay Arrival World Mastercard)
— Geoff Whitmore