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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 May 10, 13, 10:42 am
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Join Date: Dec 2009
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Question about redeeming points for travel expenses...

If I use this card for non-room charges during an upcoming hotel stay, will these charges be coded as hotel charges? Specifically, I've prepaid for my room at a Fairmont, but expect to incur dining, spa, resort, etc. charges. My last similar stay had a single line charge on my cc bill for everything done at the hotel. But do credit card companies receive a breakdown of separate codes within a charge? Will Barclay know what was lodging, and what was dining/spa?

If I'm going to put my these hotel charges on the Arrival card, I'd like to know ahead of time whether or not I would be able to be reimbursed for them.

Thanks,
NHAnimator
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Old May 10, 13, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by NHAnimator View Post
Question about redeeming points for travel expenses...

If I use this card for non-room charges during an upcoming hotel stay, will these charges be coded as hotel charges? Specifically, I've prepaid for my room at a Fairmont, but expect to incur dining, spa, resort, etc. charges. My last similar stay had a single line charge on my cc bill for everything done at the hotel. But do credit card companies receive a breakdown of separate codes within a charge? Will Barclay know what was lodging, and what was dining/spa?

If I'm going to put my these hotel charges on the Arrival card, I'd like to know ahead of time whether or not I would be able to be reimbursed for them.

Thanks,
NHAnimator
If you charge everything to your room, you should avoid the (slim) possibility of having charges coded as other than Hotel/lodging, and be all set.
However, there are never any guarantees with Merchant Category Codes, YMMV. T&C of every MCC based rewards program specifically state that the issuer is not responsible for incorrectly coded transactions.
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Old May 10, 13, 2:37 pm
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Anyone have an idea as to how long this new offer lasts? I was denied last week for two many apps recently. Hoping its around in 3 months and I'll prioritize it in next AoR.
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Old May 10, 13, 10:20 pm
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I applied for Barclay arrival on May 2, got a pending 10 day message. A few days later, I got a denied letter stating "sufficient credit is available on your account issued by Barclays Bank Delaware."
At least Barclays didn't pull my credit report - I checked Credit Karma, and Barclay indicated that "a credit bureau report was not used in making this determination"

I guess that has to do with my NFL card app back in early Feb (spend $2500, get $400 back). Barclays prob don't want people having both cards. Has anyone been able to get both NFL and Arrival card?
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Old May 11, 13, 6:05 pm
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Originally Posted by terpfan101 View Post
Anyone have an idea as to how long this new offer lasts? I was denied last week for two many apps recently...

How many cards have you applied for in the past 6 months?
How many of them were Barclay cards?
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Old May 12, 13, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by katye View Post
I applied for Barclay arrival on May 2, got a pending 10 day message. A few days later, I got a denied letter stating "sufficient credit is available on your account issued by Barclays Bank Delaware."
At least Barclays didn't pull my credit report - I checked Credit Karma, and Barclay indicated that "a credit bureau report was not used in making this determination"

I guess that has to do with my NFL card app back in early Feb (spend $2500, get $400 back). Barclays prob don't want people having both cards. Has anyone been able to get both NFL and Arrival card?
I have both the NFL and the Arrival card. Got the NFL card september of last year for the $400 bonus, and got the Arrival a week ago.
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Old May 13, 13, 6:13 pm
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Will these miles post into my US Airways Account and combine with my current USAirway imles I have from the Barclays US Airway MC
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Old May 13, 13, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy View Post
How many cards have you applied for in the past 6 months?
How many of them were Barclay cards?
My TU report which they pulled contained only one inquiry (from Barclays) this one made #2 in last two years. The first one was for USAirways card in February. In last six months I had opened eight new personal accounts which they would have seen.
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Old May 15, 13, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by katye View Post
I applied for Barclay arrival on May 2, got a pending 10 day message. A few days later, I got a denied letter stating "sufficient credit is available on your account issued by Barclays Bank Delaware."
At least Barclays didn't pull my credit report - I checked Credit Karma, and Barclay indicated that "a credit bureau report was not used in making this determination"

I guess that has to do with my NFL card app back in early Feb (spend $2500, get $400 back). Barclays prob don't want people having both cards. Has anyone been able to get both NFL and Arrival card?
I have both cards. NFL from last year, Arrival was just approved automatically after the pending 10 day notice. Maybe try calling in to shift some credit around.
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Old May 16, 13, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by katye View Post
Has anyone been able to get both NFL and Arrival card?
Applied for NFL and Arrival card same day (5/8). Already had one Barclay's card (U.S. Airways Dividend MC approved ten months ago).

NFL was instant approved. Arrival was "pending." Haven't called recon yet. Checked Barclay's status page today (5/16) and still "pending" eight days later.

I'll be sure to update with results.
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Old May 16, 13, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by patternseverywhere View Post
Applied for NFL and Arrival card same day (5/8). Already had one Barclay's card (U.S. Airways Dividend MC approved ten months ago).

NFL was instant approved. Arrival was "pending." Haven't called recon yet. Checked Barclay's status page today (5/16) and still "pending" eight days later.

I'll be sure to update with results.
Please do, and thanks in advance.

One key data point you left out: How many credit card applications have you made (to all issuers) over the past 12 months?
That seems to be one of the key items that Barclay is scrutinizing.
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Old May 16, 13, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by kaminski6 View Post
Will these miles post into my US Airways Account and combine with my current USAirway imles I have from the Barclays US Airway MC
No. This is a separate account. It just happens that it's the same issuer.
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Old May 16, 13, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy View Post
Please do, and thanks in advance.

One key data point you left out: How many credit card applications have you made (to all issuers) over the past 12 months?
That seems to be one of the key items that Barclay is scrutinizing.
In my case, I had 11 card applications in the last 12 months in addition to a few hard pulls from an auto loan when I applied for the arrival card a few weeks ago. The agent I talked to made a mention of the large amounts of inquiries. However, I have had the Barclay sallie mae card and put around $1000 in purchases each month for over a year now. He specifically said that they appreciate the frequent usage and this might be why I was approved.
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Old May 21, 13, 3:10 pm
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Declined. Have 7 new individual accounts and 5 new authorized user accounts in 2013 on TU report. Only two inquiries in last 6 months on TU. Both calls to recon gave same reason, too many new accounts. No interest on their part in closing an existing Barclay card to open this one (have two other cards).
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Old May 22, 13, 1:18 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2005
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I'm experiencing an issue with travel redemption. I have three purchases listed as possible travel reimbursements. I just applied 37,500 to one, and I was instantly credited the 10% bonus miles. However, when I attempted to use the highest allowable amount of miles with the second purchase, it permitted me to use most of the bonus miles but stated my resultant balance would be over 1,700 in the negative. I'm afraid to confirm the second redemption.

UPDATE: Logging out then back in corrected this.

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