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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 at the time of 60,000 miles after $5000 spend within 3 months.
Then in September they waived the card’s $89 annual fee for the first year, meaning the value of getting the card got even $89 better.
Now they’ve increased the initial bonus again to a record 70,000 miles after $5000 spend on purchases within 90 days of cardmembership. I wouldn’t be surprised if they see themselves in an arms race with Capital One. I’d love to see them add points transfers to miles, which they built out for their no longer available Premier card.
These points 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 $735+, 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.
Here are the card’s rates and fees. It’s one of the few chip and PIN cards issued in the U.S.