Big: Arrival Plus 60,000 Point Initial Bonus Offer Now Comes With Annual Fee Waived First Year

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Earlier this year Barclays stopped taking new applications for the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® while they rolled out a premium version of the card whose points transferred to miles (but which did not offer a signup bonus).

Back in early July applications relaunched and they did so with the biggest-ever offer of 60,000 miles after $5000 spend within 3 months. These can be spent at a penny apiece towards travel, and when you redeem for travel you get a 5% rebate on points. The bonus then is worth $630+, and the card earns an effective return of 2.1% on your spend.

The card offers a nice rebate for unbonused spend, and the initial offer is great to cover travel expenses that airline miles and hotel points don’t.

What’s new now is that the card’s $89 annual fee is now waived the first year, meaning the value of getting the card just got even $89 better.

Here are the card’s rates and fees. It’s one of the few chip and PIN cards issued in the U.S.

Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard®

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  1. The “premium” version must have flopped rather badly that they are doing this now. Without an enrollment bonus, the premium version just isn’t appealing.

  2. Gary can you outline where using this card is better than others? The miles are used as travel credit or balance credit, so it just a rebate play?

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