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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard has arrived on the scene once again, this time with a highest-ever 60,000 point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days. While that is the highest introductory offer ever on this card, note that the $89 annual fee is not waived the first year this time around. Still, this is a great intro offer on a popular card that many will be glad to see return after a hiatus. We have added this card to our Best Offers page.
- The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is once again available, this time offering 60,000 bonus Arrival miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days
- Find more information and a link on our Barclaycard Arrival Plus card page
Key Card Details
- Card earns 2x Arrival miles on all purchases
- Miles can be redeemed for $0.01 each for a statement credit against travel purchases
- Get a 5% rebate on travel redemptions (works out to 2.1c earned per dollar spent after considering this rebate)
- Minimum travel redemption of 10,000 Arrival miles ($100)
- Minimum cash back statement credit redemption of 5,000 Arrival miles ($25)
- $89 annual fee is not waived the first year
This card had previously disappeared with the launch of the Barclays Arrival Premier card a few months ago, but it wasn’t long before rumors began circulating that the Arrival Plus would eventually be resurrected. This card has certainly had its fans due to the large welcome offer and ease of redemption towards an array of travel-related statement credits, though keep in mind the minimum redemption of 10,000 points ($100) towards travel. That’s kind of a pain because if you redeem 58,000 Arrival miles for a $580 travel purchase, you’d be left with 2,000 Arrival miles — having to spend another $4,000 before you could redeem for travel again. Keep that in mind when planning your redemptions so as not to orphan any Arrival miles or be tempted by the poor value of a cash back statement credit.
I’m sure someone will ask, so I’ll note that I do not expect you to be able to combine these miles with those earned from an Arrival Premier and transfer them to partners.
The welcome bonus on this card is certainly attractive. Even after figuring the cost of the annual fee, that bonus is worth $511 – and you’ll earn another 10,000 Arrival miles ($100 travel statement credit) while meeting the minimum spending requirement. All together, that’s a return that is certainly worthwhile.
Personally, I wouldn’t put everyday purchases on this card with more valuable options on the market, but Arrival Plus miles can come in handy for those travel purchases that are not connected to more valuable point systems like cheap paid cash tickets, AirBnB stays, train tickets, cruises and the sort. Note that initial comments I’ve seen indicate that approvals for this card may be kind of tight.
H/T: Doctor of Credit
Last updated on September 24th, 2018