GET $525 IN TRAVEL from Increased 50,000 Point Bonus on Barclaycard Arrival Plus

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

Several months ago the signup bonus jumped on this card to its biggest public offer ever.

It’s long been one of the very best travel rebate cards. You earn 2 points per dollar, each point is worth a penny apiece when redeemed for travel (and actually more because you get 5% of your points back when you redeem).

Put another way, it’s a 2.1% rebate card if you’re using your points towards travel and redeeming at least 10,000 points.

I like cash better, so the no annual fee Citi Double Cash Card and Fidelity Investment Rewards Visa are preferred even though the rate of return is a little lower.

However, Arrival Plus gives you a $0 annual fee the first year and crucially there’s a limited-time offer of 50,000 points after $3,000 spend on purchases in the first 90 days.

  • That’s worth $500 as a travel credit
  • Then you get 5% back, or $25, to redeem again

This is an increase of $105 in value over the 40,000 point signup bonus that’s been the standard, and an increase of $85 over what that bonus even used to be worth. It’s the best offer I’ve ever seen for this card.

It’s a great opportunity to cover your travel expenses that aren’t paid for with miles using this card to limit the out of pocket cash for your trips. You can use the credit at highest value for spend with airlines; hotels; car rentals; cruises; travel agencies; online travel sites; trains; cabs; and more.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

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  1. is it true that if you use this card to buy Visa Debit Gift Cards from Simon Malls, then its classified as cash advance?

  2. I had this card a few years ago and when it lost its usefulness, I had it downgraded to the lesser version of this card with no annual fee. Does anyone know if it would be possible to get this one again and what Barclaycard’s policies are on receiving a bonus a second time?

  3. @LBC The fine-print on the linked page says: “This one-time 50,000 miles offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only”

  4. @Steve, does that mean people who have never had this card or people who are new to Barclaycard in general?? I already have another Barclaycard… but never this car… would I still get the bonus? 🙂

  5. @LBC @Bill – I was in the same position with the downgraded, no annual fee version when I noticed this signup jump up a couple months ago. It had been several years since I first received the 40,000 point offer. I closed the no annual fee card, waited a couple weeks, and then applied for the new offer, and was approved. I have since received the bonus, so this worked for me.

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