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

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

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Old May 23, 19, 4:16 am   -   Wikipost
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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 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.
  • Parking at LGA $204



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 May 24, 17, 12:28 pm
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Is Barclays super account sensitive now? I have opened about 7 accounts in the past 5 months so they declined me for an A+ even during reconsideration.
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Old May 24, 17, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by teetertotterboy View Post
Is Barclays super account sensitive now? I have opened about 7 accounts in the past 5 months so they declined me for an A+ even during reconsideration.
I think you mean 7 among all banks, not 7 with Barclays. Is that right?
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Old May 24, 17, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by rrgg View Post
I think you mean 7 among all banks, not 7 with Barclays. Is that right?
Yes, 7 among different banks.
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Old May 26, 17, 5:49 am
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Using arrival points for hotel shuttle in Cabo?

Has anyone been able to use Arrival points for a shuttle from airport to hotel in Cabo? Looks like Suppershuttle works in some places like Cancun. Thanks for your help.
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Old May 26, 17, 7:17 am
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Barclays cares about $500 purchases at CVS? How so? Not that I would want GCs from CVS anyway. Would stick to travel related expenses. Just curious...
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Old May 26, 17, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by jan_believes View Post
Barclays cares about $500 purchases at CVS? How so? Not that I would want GCs from CVS anyway. Would stick to travel related expenses. Just curious...
NO DPs saying that. I just asked a question, since I have min spnd to complete on several cards for DW and myself. Only answer was that they don't care.
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Old May 26, 17, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by teetertotterboy View Post
Yes, 7 among different banks.
I wouldn't think of establishing a DP here but I will comment that the 7 different bank reference would also mean 7 HPs, at least in my experience.

So, based on my experience, might not be a good idea to pursue a new account, Barclays or otherwise, with high HP portion of score. I learned that's just angling for a rejection with another HP added to the overall picture.

But, I hope you eventually get that Arrival Plus. It's high on my list while I wait out the HPs I have. Best wishes!
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Old May 26, 17, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Blueskyheaven View Post
I am getting all online orders canceled when i use this card. I checked the address of the barclay account and my costco and walmart account and nothing is mismatched. All online orders are getting canceled minus later. The 10 or so various Barclay reps i spoke to since the last few weeks tell me there is nothing wrong with my account and they are approving every transaction from their part. This card works fine at any store locations. Sucks! The order cancelation emails says something is wrong with my payment info.


Any one know how to fix this?
Do you live in an apartment building? Or have an atypical address for some other reason? Barclays does weird things with addresses. For example, my address is:

123 Main St
Apt 1802
Philadelphia PA 19121

But Barclays has it as:

Apt 1802
123 Main St
Philadelphia PA 19121

It's caused issues for me occasionally, and it can't be fixed on Barclays end as far as I know.
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Old May 26, 17, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by mh1361 View Post
It's caused issues for me occasionally, and it can't be fixed on Barclays end as far as I know.
Yes, this issue can be easily fixed by the user. Go to your personal info online, and "Change Address" to 123 Main St Apt X (all on line1 of address).
If the system objects, select the "correct as written" option.
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Old May 26, 17, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by mh1361 View Post
Do you live in an apartment building? Or have an atypical address for some other reason? Barclays does weird things with addresses. For example, my address is:

123 Main St
Apt 1802
Philadelphia PA 19121

But Barclays has it as:

Apt 1802
123 Main St
Philadelphia PA 19121

It's caused issues for me occasionally, and it can't be fixed on Barclays end as far as I know.
They're "Brit-ish"!

Google some UK address examples. If it's their IT dept setting them up, it's their way that will be followed.
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Old May 26, 17, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by shanna135 View Post
Has anyone been able to use Arrival points for a shuttle from airport to hotel in Cabo? Looks like Suppershuttle works in some places like Cancun. Thanks for your help.
Will the total be over $100?
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Old May 27, 17, 4:50 am
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Yes but didn't know if it would qualify as travel.
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Old May 31, 17, 8:17 pm
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I just applied for the AA Aviator red card, it went pending, and called in and got it approved. Not wanting to waste a hard pull, I applied the same day for the Arrival Plus. It also went into pending. Should I just let the arrival plus application go through the process or call recon again? I didn't know if an agent would see I applied for two cards on the same day and deny the second.

The recon line CS agent just asked me a few questions from public records to confirm my identity then said I was approved. She also called me back at the cell number I provided on the app to confirm it was a real number and mine.

P.S. I haven't had any other Barclay cards in ages....a few years at least.

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Old May 31, 17, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by yngdiego View Post
I just applied for the AA Aviator red card, it went pending, and called in and got it approved. Not wanting to waste a hard pull, I applied the same day for the Arrival Plus. It also went into pending. Should I just let the arrival plus application go through the process or call recon again? I didn't know if an agent would see I applied for two cards on the same day and deny the second.

The recon line CS agent just asked me a few questions from public records to confirm my identity then said I was approved. She also called me back at the cell number I provided on the app to confirm it was a real number and mine.

P.S. I haven't had any other Barclay cards in ages....a few years at least.
When my wife did this last summer she got hit with 2 hard pulls from Barclays on the same day, and they were not merged by the bureau.
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Old May 31, 17, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
When my wife did this last summer she got hit with 2 hard pulls from Barclays on the same day, and they were not merged by the bureau.
Did either or both go into pending? Did she call?
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