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When Barclays launched the Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard as the bank’s first card with points that transfer to miles back in April I wrote “additional transfer partners are expected to follow.”
At the time I expected the first new partner to be Air Canada’s Aeroplan, which is also an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner and which allows most Star Alliance awards to be redeemed online.
That’s happened. They’ve brought on Aeroplan, and that brings their stable of partners to:
|Program Name||Conversion Ratio
(Premier Points : Points)
|Air France and KLM Flying Blue||1.4 : 1|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1.4 : 1|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||1.7 : 1|
|China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles||1.4 : 1|
|Etihad Guest||1.4 : 1|
|EVA Air Infinity MileageLands||1.4 : 1|
|JAL Mileage Bank||1.7 : 1|
|Jet Airways JetPrivilege||1.4 : 1|
|Malaysia Airlines Enrich||1.4 : 1|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||1.4 : 1|
Most often I use Aeroplan for business class between North America and Europe for 55,000 (or 57,500 miles depending on destination) each way in business class, 70,000 (or 80,000) in first class. They do add fuel surcharges on some partners like Lufthansa and Austrian, however they do not add fuel surcharges to awards on Brussels Airlines, Swiss, or United.
Bear in mind of course that Air Canada and Aeroplan will sever ties in two years. I’m trying to spend down my Aeroplan balance. Only transfer what you plan to use.
I believe that Barclays makes a mistake in offering double points on all spend plus threshold bonuses while then offering transfer rates that are less than one-to-one. It obscures how strong earning of transferable points is with this card.
If you spend $25,000 in a year on this card you’ll earn 75,000 points which are transferable to over 50,000 miles with 1.4:1 partners or 44,000 with 1.7:1 partners. That’s a really strong earning rate. The marketing of the product undersells that.
To be sure, it’s not the most lucrative earn in the market, and at a $150 annual fee (Update 7/6/18: annual fee is now $0 the first year), making this a good card – especially for those interested in Japan Airlines miles – but I haven’t gotten it myself yet (Here are the terms and conditions for the card). Since Barclays is still in test mode with the new card I’m waiting to see what else they add and am maintaining an open mind about signing up.