New Barclaycard Arrival Plus 70K Offer

Barclays has introduced a new welcome bonus on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard card good for 70,000 Arrival miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. That’s worth $700 when redeemed for travel — combined with the 2x Arrival miles earned on purchases, you’d have enough for $800 total in travel redemptions after meeting the minimum spending, which is an excellent offer (and the best we’ve ever seen on this card).

The Offer

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
70K Arrival miles
Limited Time Offer: 70K miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $89

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.

Key Card Details

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

Annual Fee: $89

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base

Earning rate: 2X Miles on all purchases

Noteworthy perks: Get 5% Miles back when redeeming for travel ⚬ Chip wth PIN capability ⚬ No foreign transaction fees ⚬ Redeem miles for travel statement credits at 1 cent per point ⚬ See Rates & Fees

Quick Thoughts

A welcome bonus of 70K Arrival miles is good for $700 worth of travel, and that can really come in handy for all of those ancillary expenses that can’t be covered with airline miles and hotel points and/or when awards are scarce or simply cheap enough that it makes more sense to pay.

As the $89 annual fee is waived for the first year, this is an opportunity to try before you buy — though the card doesn’t offer a compelling long-term value proposition since you can equal your return on a card with no annual fee like the Citi Double Cash or do even better with something like the Alliant Cashback Visa (which offers 3% back the first year and 2.5% in subsequent years with only a $59 annual fee) and not be tied to travel redemptions to get optimal value.

Still, Barclays is offering $700 in travel after making $5,000 in purchases here and that’s not something to ignore. Combined with 2 Arrival miles per dollar on all purchases (which can be redeemed at a value of $0.01 each toward travel), you’ll have enough for a total of $800 worth of travel when you’ve finished the minimum spend.

Furthermore, this card offers a 5% points rebate when you redeem for travel, so after redeeming for $800 worth of travel, you’d get 4,000 Arrival miles back. Of course, if you want to get $0.01 in value out of each of those miles, you’ll need to spend another $3,000 to earn an additional 6K Arrival miles since travel redemptions start at 10K Arrival miles. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with statement credit or gift card redemptions, which start at 5K miles for $25 (in other words, you’ll still have to spend more in order to use those 4K rebated points).

Unfortunately, it seems that Barclays is applying a 5/24 rule to this card similar to Chase’s 5/24 rule. That is to say that if you have opened 5 or more credit cards with any bank in the past 24 months, it is difficult to be approved. Also note that the application terms indicate that you may not be eligible for this offer if you have or have had an Arrival Plus card in the past. The language isn’t firm on that, so YMMV.

Overall, this card is well worth considering. It’s got no foreign transaction fees and had true Chip & PIN capability that comes in handy abroad for things like train kiosks (though Greg has written that Apple Pay / Google Pay can obviate the need for Chip & PIN in many instances). If you like to stay at AirBnB’s now and then or want to use points to cover your cruise, award fees, or flights where awards don’t make sense or aren’t available, a bonus like this can certainly come in handy. I think it’s weak in the face of Capital One’s recent decision to introduce transfer partners for the Venture and Spark Miles cards (and a better welcome offer on the Venture card), but it’s certainly stronger than the previous offer of 60K Arrival miles and will work for those who might not qualify for the new Capital One offers but can for this card or those who prefer a Mastercard.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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JL100
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JL100

I just got it in October under the 60k offer and they did not apply 5/24, but it could be a very recent change.

Greg The Frequent Miler
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As far as I can tell, Barclays’ version of 5/24 isn’t as set in stone as Chase’s.

mike
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mike

I am working on spend right now for the 60K. Think they will match this current offer?

Probably
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Probably

Impossible to get the card. Can’t even get their aviator now when they were handing them out like candies before

sam
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sam

Stink! I JUST applied and was approved for this card yesterday! Wish I’d waited. Barclay doesn’t match offers, do they? 🙁

sam
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sam

Sent SM. They have forwarded my request to the appropriate area for further review. So, we’ll see in 7 to 10 days.

Sr123
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Sr123

Did they match?

John
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John

You should also mention in the article that the terms state you may not be eligible for the offer if you have or have had the card in the past….

Brian
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Brian

Nick, why do you say “5/24” and not “6/24”? From what I’ve seen on other sites, it seems like “6/24” is usually reported. But I assume you have a good reason.

I ask not merely for academic interest but because the difference is significant for me, being under 5/24 at the moment. If “6/24” is the probable cutoff, I’ll make the Arrival Plus my #6. But if “5/24” is likely, then I’d make it my #5 rather than another Chase card. Thanks in advance!

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