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As I wrote about last week, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® was expected to change shortly. For anyone who has been considering applying but hasn’t done so yet, I’ve now received word that the sign-up bonus is expected to be pulled tomorrow morning, so there are only hours remaining for the current offer. I just applied for this card myself, so will share my experience with that shortly, but first let’s recap.
This increased bonus has been around since last September, and is the highest ever bonus we’ve seen on the card — it’s 25% larger than the previous bonus. As a reminder, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus is offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. On top of that, the card’s $89 annual fee is waived the first year.
While Barclaycard markets the currency earned on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus as miles, in reality the card offers cashback towards travel. That’s to say that each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase.
You can redeem points by requesting a statement credit for your purchase within 120 days, and points can be redeemed towards purchases with airlines, hotels, motels, timeshares, campgrounds, car rental agencies, cruise lines, travel agencies, discount travel sites, trains, buses, taxis, limousines, and ferries (as defined by the merchant code).
That means the 50,000 miles can be redeemed for $500 towards travel.
On top of that, you get 5% miles back every time you redeem. So if you redeemed 50,000 miles for a $500 travel purchase you’d get another 2,500 miles, which you could eventually redeem for $25 towards a travel purchase (though the minimum redemption amount is 10,000 miles/$100).
Long term this card can also be pretty rewarding. You earn 2x miles per dollar spent, meaning in reality you’re getting two cents towards the cost of a travel purchase per dollar spent, plus another 5% after you redeem those points, for a return of 2.1%+, which is great.
I just applied for the card as I don’t have it right now. For now my application shows as “pending,” though that’s pretty common for my applications nowadays. Hopefully it ends up coming through. I just couldn’t resist applying under this great offer.
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is one of the best travel cashback credit cards out there. This is the best offer we’ve seen on the card, and the bonus should be pulled tomorrow, so you’ll want to apply in the next few hours if you’ve been considering the card. You’re getting a sign-up bonus worth $525+ with no annual fee the first year, which is fantastic.
On top of that, it’s a card that can be great long term, given that it offers the equivalent of a 2.1%+ return on travel spend. If you haven’t yet signed up for the card, I’d seriously considering doing so while this excellent offer is still around.