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Let's crowd source things that have counted towards travel redemptions that are not so obvious

Successful
  • NS Hispeed Train Tickets (nshispeed.com)
  • Capitaine Train Tickets (capitaine.com)
  • Eurostar Train Tickets (eurostar.com)
  • DB Bahn Trains Germany (bahn.de)
  • Super Shuttle (mixed, worked in SF when (billed SUPERSHUTTLE EXECUCARS), worked in Boston (SUPERSHUTTLE BOSTON), failed in LA (SUPERSHUTTLE)
  • rail europe on travelocity
  • New York City MTA Subway Cards
  • Boston MBTA Charlie Card reload & Commuter Rail passes & tickets
  • San Francisco Clipper Card public transit (autoload from website)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line purchase made from telephone order from vacationstogo.com
  • rail JR Rail in Japan, load as tourist attraction, call in to get it credit (Post#938)
  • Alaska Airlines checked baggage fee $25 charge
  • Southwest Early Bird Check-in (billed separately from airfare charges)
  • cheaptickets.com hotel
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (ALB-NYP)
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (unknown destinations)
  • Buying Lifemiles from Avianca
  • Primetime Shuttle (Worked from LAX-SNA)
  • Orbitz.com purchase
  • Priceline
  • Las Vegas Show Booked through hotel
  • Hotels.com
  • WMATA (Washington DC Metro) Weekly pass

Successful - Plus Only
  • Uber
  • NYC Taxi
  • Empire State Building tickets
  • SF Taxi (coded as "YELLOW CARD SERVICES I")

Unsuccessful (please mention the amount redeemed - important as anything under $25 cannot be reimbursed)

  • Amtrak (possibly due <$25 charge)
  • IHG points and cash hotel redemption
  • www.b-europe.com (SNCB rail)
  • Description: ZERVE *CA WHALES Merchant Category: THEATRICAL PRODUCERS (EXCEPT MOTION PICTURES), TICKET AGENCIES...Tickets to whale watching tour purchased over the phone.
  • Car2go
  • Hostelbookers.com deposit (maybe the charge which is >$25 will count?)
  • Thello train (France-Italy night train, codes as rail-freight)
  • Trenitalia (both online and in stations, posts as rail-freight)
  • Brazil airline GOL booked online codes as DIRECT MARKETING/DIRECT MARKETERS--NOT ELESWH ..
  • Blue Water Rafting. Merchant category "Recreation Services -- Not elsewhere classified"
  • Parking at IAH (Houston Intercontinental - on airport) -$76 (PARKING LOTS AND GARAGES)
  • Parking at SNA (John Wayne Airport)
  • Skyjump at Stratosphere Hotel LV $150 (01/14) - not charged by hotel.
  • Gotobus.com Long Distance Buses, ~$100
  • Global Entry

Don't forget travel purchase needs to be > $25 charge for 2,500 mile redemption
Partial redemptions are possible - however you cannot redeem against that charge again. So if you have a $500 charge and you spend 40K points against it, you cannot redeem 10K points for the remaining $100 of that charge.
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Barclays Arrival/Arrival Cards (1.1%/2.2% travel credits)

Old Sep 27, 2013, 11:16 am
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If you just want to get cash back to help with the cost then the Chase Sapphire Preferred would give you around $400 or 40 k and if both you and wife get it that doubles it. Just my 2cents
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 2:04 pm
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Looks like Barclay may be trying to compete with Freedom and Citi with its quarterly bonus. I just got an email which states:

" Between October 1 and December 31, 2013, earn 5 bonus miles for every $1 you spend with your Barclaycard Arrival™MasterCard®—up to 2,500 bonus miles—for everyday purchases in the following categoriesą:

• Gas Station purchases
• Restaurant purchases
(including fast food)
• Department, Toy or Game store purchases

Best of all, this is in addition to the miles you already earn for using your card every day.

You must activate this offer by October 20, 2013 to earn your bonus miles."

Unfortunately, this appears to be limited to 2500 bonus miles, so $500 in spending. But that's on top of the 2x points on all purchases so 3500 points for $500 of easy spending. $500 spending in these categories doesn't even require extra effort. My quick math says that's worth about $42. I'l take it!
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by calflygirl
Looks like Barclay may be trying to compete with Freedom and Citi with its quarterly bonus. I just got an email which states:

" Between October 1 and December 31, 2013, earn 5 bonus miles for every $1 you spend with your Barclaycard Arrival™MasterCard®—up to 2,500 bonus miles—for everyday purchases in the following categoriesą:

• Gas Station purchases
• Restaurant purchases
(including fast food)
• Department, Toy or Game store purchases

Best of all, this is in addition to the miles you already earn for using your card every day.

You must activate this offer by October 20, 2013 to earn your bonus miles."

Unfortunately, this appears to be limited to 2500 bonus miles, so $500 in spending. But that's on top of the 2x points on all purchases so 3500 points for $500 of easy spending. $500 spending in these categories doesn't even require extra effort. My quick math says that's worth about $42. I'l take it!
Is the activation link generic? Or specific to your card? If generic, can you post?

Thanks
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 3:55 pm
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Got the same email today. Sounds like some of the major cards are trying to make sure people use them for their Christmas shopping!

I really love this card, honestly! Sooooo convenient for me recently - covering car rentals, hotels, award flight taxes, etc.. It's becoming my go to card. Wonder if I'll be able to get another one next year like the US Airways cards? Suppose at least the no-annual fee version should be easy.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 4:25 pm
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I didn't get the offer, but I Literally just activated a new account yesterday.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by pinguy
Is the activation link generic? Or specific to your card? If generic, can you post?

Thanks
Just got this offer on my other card (US Airways). Looks like the link is specific to the user and card.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 4:57 pm
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I got it for NFL, but for 2 bonus points instead of 5!
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 5:38 pm
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I got the offer for my US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard 2 bonus miles for every $1 you spend—up to 2,500 bonus miles
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 6:59 pm
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Is Target categorized as a department score?
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 7:34 pm
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Can someone post the generic portion of the link? For example if the link is
PHP Code:
http://bonusoffer.barclaycardarrival.com/referID=81283737101762 
just post the first part Sometimes it works to allow registration.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by TTT103
Is Target categorized as a department score?
No. They code differently. The ones near me code as grocery stores.
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Old Sep 28, 2013, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by calflygirl
No. They code differently. The ones near me code as grocery stores.
OK, Thanks
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Old Oct 1, 2013, 11:53 pm
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Originally Posted by calflygirl
No. They code differently. The ones near me code as grocery stores.
Help on this please.! I was targeted for 5X for Barclay/Arrival. So Ax/Target load for 500 at Target won't work? If not, does anyone know if WM is definitely considered "Department store" and if they sell $500 GC? PM if you would rather.... tia
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Old Oct 2, 2013, 5:10 pm
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What are some reasons that they deny apps? I didn't see a wiki on this thread with that info.
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Old Oct 2, 2013, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by TheDapperDon
What are some reasons that they deny apps? I didn't see a wiki on this thread with that info.
This comes up from time to time in every thread on Barclays cards. Some common reasons:

Too many recent applications for credit (recent being 12 months or more).
Too many recently opened accounts.
Sufficient credit (you already have 2 or more Barclays cards).
Applying on Thursday.
Applying on days other than Thursday.
And of course, reconsideration agent bad hair day.
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