Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite Mastercard Newly Rebranded

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Link: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Roughly a year ago Barclaycard introduced the Barclaycard ArrivalTM World Mastercard, which is one of the most compelling cashback travel credit cards in the market:

  • It offers two miles per dollar spent on all purchases
  • You get a 10% refund on miles when you redeem them
  • Each mile can redeemed for one cent towards the cost of travel, meaning you’re getting a return of ~2.22 cents per dollar spent

~2.2% cash back is a return that’s tough to beat for spend that otherwise doesn’t fit in a “bonus” category.

The sign-up bonus on the card is 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within first 90 days (with each “mile” getting you a cent towards the cost of travel). The annual fee is $89, and it’s waived for the first year.

Anyway, they’ve just rebranded the card today, and it’s now called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®.

With the rebranding, the card will have a few new benefits:

  • It will now be a chip & PIN card, which can be useful in Europe (the card also has no foreign transaction fees, so it’s a good card to use abroad)
  • It’s transitioning from being a World Mastercard to being a World Elite Mastercard, which opens up some additional card perks
  • You can now redeem your points for travel statement credits in the past 120 days (it was 90 days, previously)
  • They’ve expanded the travel categories for which you can redeem your points to include the following: Buses, Taxis, Limos, Campgrounds, Trailer Parks, Timeshares, Tourist Attractions and Exhibits, International railway

Bottom line

Ultimately these changes aren’t radical for the average consumer and don’t change the value proposition of the card, which was already excellent, but it’s nice to see a broader definition of “travel,” and fellow procrastinators will appreciate having more time to redeem statement credits.

That being said, it is at least worth knowing that the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® is the replacement of what was previously known as the Barclaycard ArrivalTM World Mastercard.

And for that matter if you don’t have the card yet, it really is worth considering. With miles in many programs being devalued, it’s tough to beat the value offered by this card. In terms of mental accounting I love using this card as a way to subsidize fuel surcharges on award tickets, given that they’re increasingly becoming more common.

Link: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

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  1. The others are saying there’s a pin option for the chip. Yes? I just got stuck at Schiphol Thursday because my CSP (w/ chip-sig) was getting declined at the ticket machine. I went and bought a ticket instead from the agent and annoyed HER with my credit card and passport ^_^ If Chase hadn’t already announced their plans for a pin I would jump on this (assuming that it’s true this card has a pin option).

  2. Just called, for the existing card holders, the card itself will be “upgraded” on May 28th, and the new card with same card number, pin(if any) and new expiration date will be shipped after 10 working days of May 28th. Current card can be used up until July 28th. Quite excited of this “new” card!

  3. Score. Just for fun we passed my CSP around the table and each used it to pay for a round of drinks (all doubles because…europe…and had to demand ice because ice obviously is not good value since it takes up valuable cola space). They were dumbfounded that a) I wanted to pay for a round of drinks with a credit card and 2) they could just use it and sign whatever they wanted when the receipt popped out. Whatevs…thanks!

  4. Congrats on being the first blogger (at least that I’ve noticed) that’s identified the bonus as 2.22%.

  5. I have to original Barclay Arrival Card. Do you know if one can apply for the new Barclay Arrival plus?

  6. I have to say, the lack of a pin on the CSP has been a bigger pain than I was led to believe originally. There have been too many times in Europe when I had to use cash because the card didn’t work without a pin. Having a chip + pin on this card definitely bumps it up my app list.

  7. Is this considered a new product that will let me get the bonus again even though I’ve had the card in the past?

  8. Just called barclays and there is a world mastercard AND a world elite mastercard flavor of this card.

    My old arrival was a world card and they’re sending me an arrival plus world card. Not elite. They said they upgrade people based on credit history etc when they soft your account over time.

  9. Have to ask – why would anyone opt for this card over the Fidelity Amex 2% cash back card? No annual fee on that card, and no fees on the Fidelity account you need to redeem the cash back. I’m not sure that a 0.22… premium is worth it when the funds will be restricted to travel.

    Other than earning Ben a commission, I don’t think this card is doing much.

  10. @William Charles–Yes I know, but didn’t want to seem too geeky.
    @Ed. It’s not like you have to spend it on specific travel. As long as 2% of your spend is for travel, you just claim the credits for that spend. It’s very simple. It’s just like cash. It’s usually pretty easy to find travel-related items you spent on.

  11. @Lucky: Are you absolutely positive that this card is a chip-and-PIN card? The sign-up page calls it a chip card, which is how other US issuers often refer to their chip-and-signature cards.

  12. @Harold – I understand that, but what I’m asking is, why go through the trouble? There’s a no-fee card out there that will let you just sweep that 2% back into your checking/brokerage account as cash. You don’t even need to go in and request the reimbursement like you do with the Barclay card – with the Fidelity Amex, you can log in once and set it to sweep your “points” back as cash automatically each month. Other than no FTF and the possibility of Chip+PIN in the future, there’s nothing unique about this card to justify the annual fee. The additional 0.222… rebate only nets positive over the $89 AF at north of $40k spending, if I’m doing that math correctly. The only real benefit, then, is the sign up bonus.

    The only reason this is all over the blogs is because it offers a commission. And I’m not faulting Ben for pushing it – he’s not making anyone sign up for it. It’s just not a very good product.

  13. @NONELITE – So how do we get them to pull to get the World Elite MC. I am being told you have to re-apply for a new card ! This is ridiculous and not customer centric at all if true !

  14. I think its a total slap in the face to current Barclaycard Arrival (paying annual fee) customers that you are not upgraded to the World Elite. Barclaycard, if you are reading take note, if we apply for the card today we (paying customers) get World Elite, why wouldn’t we as existing customers ! Similarly those not paying an annual fee and applying today get World Standard Mastercard only, see the issue here !!!

  15. @Lucky,
    I have onld card. Is the new policy (redemption for trains and buses) effective on my old card?
    Thanks, Andy

  16. @Ed–I completely agree. Once I cycled through the initial bonus and the resulting 10% credits, I gave up on the card. Time to move onto better bonuses. Maybe that’s why Barclay rejected me for the Miles and More Card.

  17. @Harold,
    Barclay card is resentful. They would not let me cancelled my US Airways card before payying annual fee until I had to call three times to cancel the card. After that, they denied many of card applications. So, I stopped applying new card by myself and only used my wife and parents to apply.

  18. Flying to Europe from the US at end of next week. Just called in to Barclaycard Customer Service to expedite the delivery of the Chip+PIN card for $29.99 2-day Fedex. Double checked with the CSR that I will be getting the Chip+PIN Card by Tuesday and that it IS a Chip+PIN Card (vs Chip+Sig). Have other Chip+Sig cards but wanted this one just in case.

  19. Used the link…after about a week of “pending” finally got approved. Didn’t feel motivated enough to call—all worked out though. I gave them a ring to ask to have the card rushed to me and he waived the fee. Go figure…… 🙂

  20. Hi, Lucky! Can you please elaborate on the Arrival World Elite benefits pertaining to the cabin upgrades from coach to business class on select airlines? I’ve read that it’s difficult to “qualify” for the upgrades, and that most times, the CS reps don’t even know about these benefits. Do you know of anyone who’ve actually been able to avail of the upgrades? Thanks in advance!!

  21. @ airgypsy — This only applies when booking full fare economy class. You’ll find that almost every time you’ll pay less for discounted business class than you’d pay for full fare economy class, so I wouldn’t consider that to be much of a deal.

  22. Lucky, I’m interested in applying for this card and have a few questions. Which airline does this 40,000 miles go to? or I can transfer miles to any airline such as UA, AA, etc. What does it mean by “You can now redeem your points for travel statement credits in the past 120 days”. For example, I redeemed UA miles two months ago and used my CSP card to pay for the tax and fees. How is this card going to help? Thanks!

  23. @ Jamie — These miles don’t transfer to any airlines, but instead each “mile” can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase. So if you buy a $200 airline ticket, you can redeem 20,000 points for it.

  24. So it’s essentially a cash back card where cash is applicable to travel expense only and you will earn 2x cash back with all spending? I just applied through your link and got approved. Thanks!

  25. @ Jamie — Yep, that’s correct, though in additional to two points per dollar you’re getting a 10% refund on all redemptions, so it’s the equivalent of ~2.22% cash back towards travel, which is quite good.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

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