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Update: This offer for Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is expired, but there’s currently an opportunity to earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within first 90 days of having the card. Learn more about the special offer here.
UPDATE: You can find details on the new Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card here.
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
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.