Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®

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Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®

FM Mini Review: This card is best for earning JAL miles, which can be very valuable. If you spend exactly $15K or $25K per year, you can earn an effective 1.76 Japan Airlines miles per dollar or 2.14 miles per dollar with other transfer partners. Points can alternatively be redeemed for 1 cent each towards travel.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Earning rate: 2X Miles on all purchases

Big spend bonus: 15K bonus miles after $15K spend; 10K additional bonus miles after additional $10K spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Chip wth PIN capability ⚬ $100 Global Entry credit once every 5 years ⚬ Lounge Key access (pay $27 per lounge visit) ⚬ Transfer to most airline partners 1.4 Arrival to 1 airline mile (or 1.7 Arrival to 1 Japan Airlines or Air Canada Aeroplan mile).

Overview

The Arrival Premier is, in many ways, similar to Barclays Arrival Plus card, but with a key difference: Arrival Premier miles are transferable to a number of airline programs.

Here are the basics:

  • Annual fee: $150
  • Signup Bonus: None
  • No foreign exchange fees
  • Point earning rate: 2 Arrival miles per dollar
  • Bonus for big spend: 15,000 Arrival miles after $15K spend per card membership year. Another 10,000 Arrival miles for a total of $25K spend per membership year.
  • Best use of Arrival miles: Redeem for travel credits at a rate of 1 cent per Arrival mile, or transfer to airline partners
  • Transfer rate to airline partners: 1.4 to 1, or 1.7 to 1. See Rewards below.

Rewards

Points can be redeemed for travel credits at a rate of 1 cent per Arrival mile, or transfer to airline partners:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  • China Eastern
  • Etihad
  • EVA Air
  • Japan Airlines (JAL)
  • Jet Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas

Transfer ratio (for all except JAL): 1.4 Arrival miles to 1 airline mile

  • At 2X earnings, this means earning 1.43 airline miles per dollar
  • At 3X earnings (spend exactly $15K or $25K per year), this means earning 2.14 airline miles per dollar

Transfer ratio for Air Canada Aeroplan, or Japan Airlines (JAL): 1.7 Arrival miles to 1 airline mile

  • At 2X earnings, this means earning 1.17 JAL miles per dollar
  • At 3X earnings (spend exactly $15K or $25K per year), this means earning 1.76 JAL miles per dollar

Barclays expects the list of partners to grow over time.

Perks

  • $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement every 5 years
  • Lounge Key membership (this is like a subset of Priority Pass membership)
  • Travel protections: trip delay insurance, baggage delay insurance, trip cancellation / interruption, auto rental insurance, etc.

Application Tips

Barclays Application Tips


  • 5/24 Rule Arrival+ Only: Difficult (but not impossible) to get approved for Arrival+ if you've opened 5 or more cards with any bank in past 24 months.

  • Get Same Card Again: Must wait 6 months after cancelling previous card.

  • Hard inquiries are combined into 1 when approved same day. Most inquiries issued through TransUnion.


Consumer: Click here to check your application status
Business cards: Click here
If denied, call reconsideration here: 866-408-4064

Keep or Cancel?

With this card's $150 annual fee, most would be better off canceling when the annual fee comes due.

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Last updated on October 5th, 2018

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