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Barclays Arrival Plus, now 70K w/$5k spend

Barclays Arrival Plus, now 70K w/$5k spend

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This thread is a continuation of the discussion posted here from 12.08.2012 - 5.13.2014: Barclays Arrival/Arrival Cards (1.05%/2.1% travel credits)

Current offer for Arrival Plus is 70K pts w/$5K spend & AF waived 1st year.


Barclays says that you earn “miles” but you’re actually earning cash back with the card since you can’t transfer your Barclays miles to airlines. But you can redeem them for statement credits at 0.5 cents per mile (poor value) or 1.05 cent per mile if you redeem for travel.

You get 5% of your miles back if you redeem for travel, so 40,000 miles gets you $400 towards travel and 2,000 miles back (5% of your miles back). You must have at least 10K 'miles' in your acct if you wish to redeem as a travel credit. 2500 'miles' can be redeemed for a stmt credit though.

You earn 2X miles on all purchases, so you’re effectively getting 2% cash back for each purchase. But since you get 5% of your miles back when you redeem for travel, this is effectively a 2.1% cash back card when miles are redeemed for travel.

This makes the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® (with 2.1% cash back for travel) better than the Capital One Venture card which offers only 2 miles per $1 or 2% cash back, only if you spend $30k+ per year after first year, because Arrival Plus AF is $30 more than Venture.

If you receive a call from 302-255-8000 after applying for this or any other Barclay's card, it is a legit number! You can also call them back directly at 866-951-1437.




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

Successful
Don't forget travel purchase needs to be > $100 charge for 10K mile redemption
  • 9/11 Museum and Memorial - NYC
  • Accuracy Limo (via Square, Salt Lake City, UT limo service)
  • ACE Adventures (West Virginia White Water Rafting), had to call in to get it processed manually
  • agoda.com
  • AirAsia Flights (airasia.com)
  • airbnb bookings
  • airbnb GC purchased on United MPX site
  • Alaska Airlines checked baggage fee $25 charge
  • Amazing Bike Tours Thailand
  • AA Gift Card
  • American Airlines telephone booking (including booking fee)
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (ALB-NYP)
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (unknown destinations)
  • Arrival+ Annual Fee
  • Argosy Cruises (SEA, classified as RECREATION)
  • Autoeurope.com
  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) San Francisco
  • Balloons over Bagan
  • Bieber bus tickets
  • Boston MBTA Charlie Card reload & Commuter Rail passes & tickets
  • Burj Khalifa observation decks
  • Buying Lifemiles from Avianca
  • Capitaine Train Tickets (capitaine.com)
  • Carmel Limo (NYC car service)
  • carrentals.com
  • cheaptickets.com hotel
  • Chinese Visa Application Fees (had to call in. Credit showed up in account in 2 business days. See Post 912 and 921 for details)
  • City Taxi (Tampa)
  • CostcoTravel
  • Cotai Waterjet (Hong Kong)
  • CT Limo
  • Daily Getaways purchase of HHonors points
  • DB Bahn Trains Germany (bahn.de)
  • Disneyland Hong Kong (Manual redemption required)
  • DriveNow - all locations in EU/US
  • Dublin Bus Tours Hop on, Hop off (Green)
  • Eiffel Tower (manual redemption by phone allowed)
  • Empire State Building tickets
  • Enterprise rent-a-car, paid at the counter when returning the car (used Chase United Visa initially for primary coverage, but asked to pay with a different card when returning the car)
  • Eurostar Train Tickets (eurostar.com)
  • Europcar.com
  • Expedia.com
  • Hertz Rent-a-Car (booked on hertz.com)
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Pass
  • Hotel bookings through Rocketmiles (even refundable bookings or those tied to other promotions)
  • Hotels.com
  • Hotwire
  • ItaliaRail (online booking agency for TrenItalia)
  • LA Swamp Tours, Steamboat cruise, Haunted History Tours (New Orleans)
  • Lahaina-Maui Ferry Tickets - booked online at www.go-lanai.com
  • Las Vegas Show Booked through hotel
    Las Vegas show tickets booked online (Mandalay Bay Box office)
  • Limo Charges - Two limo charges that I made in March PRIOR the the recent changes to what qualifies as "Travel" showed up as eligible travel charges. I guess with the changes to what's covered, and for how long, these got pulled back in.
  • Lyft
  • M-Life advance reservation deposit
  • Montway Auto Transport (deposit)
  • New York City MTA Subway Cards
  • New York Waterways Ferry (between NJ and NYC)
  • Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line purchase made from telephone order from vacationstogo.com
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (deposits and payments)
  • NS Hispeed Train Tickets (nshispeed.com)
  • NYC Taxi
  • Orbitz.com purchase
  • ORCA card for Seattle area tolls (considered the very typical GOVERNMENT SERVICES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED)
  • Paris RATP Metro/VATP (buy 10-ticket pack for >$25 and save cost)
  • PeruRail (Machu Picchu train)
  • PMRF Beach Cottages (Kauai)
  • Priceline
  • Primetime Shuttle (Worked from LAX-SNA)
  • rail europe on Travelocity
  • rail JR Rail in Japan, load as tourist attraction, call in to get it credit (Post#938)
  • Safari Helicopter Tour (Kauai)
  • Sandals.com resort booking (unique vacations) was not redeemable last year. Is redeemable online now
  • SEASTREAK LLC - NYC (Commuter Ferri)
  • Singapore Cable Car
  • Southwest Early Bird Check-in (billed separately from airfare charges)
  • Spirit of NY Dinner Cruises - www.spiritcruises.com, which have cruises in several other cities as well.
  • Starwood Vacation Ownership (SPG Timeshare) Westin Princeville Kauai (coded as Timeshare).
  • St Pauls Cathedral (manual redemption by phone allowed)
  • Super Shuttle (mixed, worked in SF when (billed SUPERSHUTTLE EXECUCARS), worked in Boston (SUPERSHUTTLE BOSTON), failed in LA (SUPERSHUTTLE), Worked in Cancun.
  • Taxi in Zürich
  • Top of the Rock tickets - NYC
  • Trenitalia Online
  • Trimet (Portland OR public transportation)
  • Trip Advisor Rental
  • TurboJET (Hong Kong)
  • Uber
  • Uber GC through MPX $100 (re-confirmed 11/1/2018, using Arrival Premier)
  • United Baggage Fee
  • Universal Studio Orlando tickets (had to call in)
  • Viator (sightseeing/tours)
  • Victoria Clipper (passenger ferry)
  • Wedding at the Stratosphere's Chapel in the Clouds (billed as stratosphere)
  • Windsor Castle (manual redemption by phone allowed)
  • Wine purchases from different wine tasting rooms
  • WMATA (Washington DC Metro) - [[COLOR="Red"]reconfirmed 10/5/15]
  • Zipcar

    Unsuccessful (please mention the amount redeemed - important as anything under $25 $100 cannot be reimbursed)
    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.
  • www.b-europe.com (SNCB rail)
  • Amtrak (possibly due <$25 charge)
  • Blue Water Rafting. Merchant category "Recreation Services -- Not elsewhere classified"
  • Brazil airline GOL booked online codes as DIRECT MARKETING/DIRECT MARKETERS--NOT ELESWH ..
  • budgetair.co.uk (charged >$200)
  • Car2go
  • De Palm Tours, Aruba (classified as Recreation. Called Barclay twice.)
  • Description: ZERVE *CA WHALES Merchant Category: THEATRICAL PRODUCERS (EXCEPT MOTION PICTURES), TICKET AGENCIES...Tickets to whale watching tour purchased over the phone.
  • Evan Evans Sightseeing tours (UK based)- http://www.evanevanstours.co.uk
  • Fastrak tag autoload for San Francisco bridge tolls ($25)
  • Global Entry
  • Gotobus.com Long Distance Buses, ~$100
  • Homeaway.com, posts as real estate. Barclays said they'd make a one-time exception but future purchases won't count as travel.
  • Hostelbookers.com deposit (maybe the charge which is >$25 will count?)
  • Hotels.com Gift Card
  • IHG points and cash hotel redemption
  • Malaysian Overnight Train KUL-SIN (ktmb.com.my)
  • Monterey Aquarium
  • Parking at HSV ($96 in parking at Huntsville International Airport)
  • Parking at IAH (Houston Intercontinental - on airport) -$76 (PARKING LOTS AND GARAGES)
  • Parking at LAS
  • Parking at LGA $204
  • Parking at Port Imperial, Weehawken, NJ
  • Parking at SNA (John Wayne Airport)
  • San Francisco Clipper Card public transit (autoload from website)
  • Skyjump at Stratosphere Hotel LV $150 (01/14) - not charged by hotel.
  • Space Needle and Chihuly Garden Tickets
  • Starwood points purchase (BUSINESS SERVICES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED)
  • Taxi Magic /Curb- Taxi service
  • Thello train (France-Italy night train, codes as rail-freight)
  • Trenitalia (both online and in stations, posts as rail-freight)
  • UBER eGift Card (bought through the UBER app) for $100 - Not coded as "travel," so couldn't redeem online and they wouldn't do it over the phone, either.



Airlines that post purchases of multiple tickets as one amount or split them:

One Amount
BA (USD based award ticket)

Multiple Transactions
UA (award)
DL (award)
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Old Jun 26, 16, 1:39 pm
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This has been going over a month. Doesn't make sense to suspend a card application for that long. I wonder what's cooking. Let's hope it won't be like diner card that got removed for a while.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by trikotret View Post
This has been going over a month. Doesn't make sense to suspend a card application for that long. I wonder what's cooking. Let's hope it won't be like diner card that got removed for a while.
Agreed. You don't pull a card for a month for no reason. I am confused why the affiliate links still work, but I'm going to go ahead apply through one to see what happens. Maybe they will manually reject app? No clue.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 10:10 am
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Wife applied through the affiliate link and was approved. We have a 4 week trip in less than 2 weeks, so hopefully it arrives by then.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 2:07 pm
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I purchased some luau tickets through the concierge desk at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, and was able to use points to pay. The transaction posted as EXPEDIA LOCAL EXPERT. Also redeemed for a Thrifty Car Rental. No issues for either.
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Old Jun 27, 16, 6:31 pm
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Does anyone know if you can get a second card if you are currently holding one already?
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Old Jun 28, 16, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by waingro View Post
I'm taking the chance. I closed my Arrival+ card 12 months ago. Just reapplied and got instant approval. Will report back after inquiring about my signup bonus.
Still haven't received my card, but just got my welcome email mentioning the bonus:
Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days after account opening.
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Old Jun 29, 16, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by waingro View Post
Still haven't received my card, but just got my welcome email mentioning the bonus:
Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days after account opening.
Uh oh... If that timeline is the same for me I won't receive the card before our trip next week
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Old Jun 29, 16, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by waingro View Post
Still haven't received my card, but just got my welcome email mentioning the bonus:
Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days after account opening.
My Welcome email on June 3rd did not have the bonus mentioned but the paperwork did.
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Old Jun 29, 16, 6:29 pm
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What is a minimal period I need to wait after closing this card to reapply again?
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Old Jul 1, 16, 10:06 am
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What is a minimal period I need to wait after closing this card to reapply again?
I would wait 6+ months, but I have read of people getting it after waiting 3 months.
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Old Jul 1, 16, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
Uh oh... If that timeline is the same for me I won't receive the card before our trip next week
Originally Posted by waingro View Post
Still haven't received my card, but just got my welcome email mentioning the bonus:
Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days after account opening.
Wife's card showed up today. You might want to call Barclay's, as it's been a lot less time since she applied compared to you.
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Old Jul 1, 16, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
I would wait 6+ months, but I have read of people getting it after waiting 3 months.
Keep your limits low and you can do it in 3, done many for my group, especially during the US Air days.

4/16: Closed LH
4/16: Opened A+
7/16: Opened LH
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Old Jul 1, 16, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by frudd38 View Post
Keep your limits low and you can do it in 3, done many for my group, especially during the US Air days.

4/16: Closed LH
4/16: Opened A+
7/16: Opened LH
What card is LH ? Does Barclay ever approve cards and deny the bonus like Citi and Amex
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Old Jul 2, 16, 9:19 am
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What card is LH ? Does Barclay ever approve cards and deny the bonus like Citi and Amex
Lufthansa Miles and More. 50K mile sign up bonus comes and goes, right now it's not available.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credi...-spend-27.html

AFAIK, no....
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Old Jul 2, 16, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by RobertHanson View Post
Lufthansa Miles and More. 50K mile sign up bonus comes and goes, right now it's not available.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credi...-spend-27.html
How is it not available? The link in that thread directs to an active link which I just used yesterday..
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