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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
  • 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.



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 Aug 30, 17, 2:25 pm
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Is there a minimum recommended time between Barclay applications? My wife got an Arrival+ a month ago and is ready to go for the AA Aviator. Is that too soon?
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Old Aug 30, 17, 2:28 pm
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Is there a minimum recommended time between Barclay applications? My wife got an Arrival+ a month ago and is ready to go for the AA Aviator. Is that too soon?
6 mo. but some have success sooner (not me)
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Old Aug 30, 17, 7:53 pm
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OK. Is there a link to that card's benefits?
I couldn't find anything public, but here's what it says in my account.

Earning miles

-Earn 2X miles on your qualifying travel and dining purchases.
-Earn 1X miles on all your other purchases.

Using my miles

Redeem your miles for travel statement credits, starting at 2,500 miles for $25 toward all or a portion of your qualifying travel purchases in the last 120 days. Do you not have a travel purchase? You can also redeem for cash back statement credits starting at 2,500 miles for $12.50, gift cards starting at 5,000 miles for $25 and merchandise.

Benefits

-Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem.
-Enjoy global acceptance with your chip-enabled card so you can make purchases while abroad as easily as you do at home.
-As a cardmember, you can view your FICO® Score online - at no charge, with no hidden fees and no sales pitches.
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Old Aug 31, 17, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
I couldn't find anything public, but here's what it says in my account.

Earning miles

-Earn 2X miles on your qualifying travel and dining purchases.
-Earn 1X miles on all your other purchases.

Using my miles

Redeem your miles for travel statement credits, starting at 2,500 miles for $25 toward all or a portion of your qualifying travel purchases in the last 120 days. Do you not have a travel purchase? You can also redeem for cash back statement credits starting at 2,500 miles for $12.50, gift cards starting at 5,000 miles for $25 and merchandise.

Benefits

-Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem.
-Enjoy global acceptance with your chip-enabled card so you can make purchases while abroad as easily as you do at home.
-As a cardmember, you can view your FICO® Score online - at no charge, with no hidden fees and no sales pitches.
Thank you.

Before I attempt to downgrade my Arrival+, let me confirm I need to. I have 3,280 points on my Arrival+ with no eligible travel charges presently. If I put a $100+ hotel stay on that card, I can use 2,500 points ($25) as a statement credit, right? Thus being left with 780+125=905 points, which wouldn't be enough to be used as a statement credit with the downgraded card either. Right?
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Old Aug 31, 17, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by RNE View Post
Thank you.

Before I attempt to downgrade my Arrival+, let me confirm I need to. I have 3,280 points on my Arrival+ with no eligible travel charges presently. If I put a $100+ hotel stay on that card, I can use 2,500 points ($25) as a statement credit, right? Thus being left with 780+125=905 points, which wouldn't be enough to be used as a statement credit with the downgraded card either. Right?
We haven't put any travel charges on the card, but everything I can find in my account says $25 is the minimum so I assume it will work. I don't know about the remaining 905 points.
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Old Aug 31, 17, 8:51 am
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Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
We haven't put any travel charges on the card, but everything I can find in my account says $25 is the minimum so I assume it will work. I don't know about the remaining 905 points.
Thank you.
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Old Aug 31, 17, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by RNE View Post
Before I attempt to downgrade my Arrival+, let me confirm I need to. I have 3,280 points on my Arrival+ with no eligible travel charges presently. If I put a $100+ hotel stay on that card, I can use 2,500 points ($25) as a statement credit, right? Thus being left with 780+125=905 points, which wouldn't be enough to be used as a statement credit with the downgraded card either. Right?
Thank you for mentioning this. My husband has 4049 points left on his Arrival+ card. I had only been paying attention to the 10K tranches of points and had lost sight of a way to use lesser amounts of points albeit at lesser value. Can I only redeem in $25 steps? Does he need to do a new travel charge of $100 or more in order to be able to credit some of his points against it?
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Old Sep 2, 17, 11:59 pm
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Looking for churning wisdom on this card.
I've had it before but closed for close to two years. My old Aviator (converted from USAir) got converted to the no-fee Rewards card which is still open.
Does that card need to be closed before re-applying for Arrival Plus? Some Reddit threads suggest yes. Any experience appreciated.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 8:52 am
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Hello,
When was the last time someone verfied the NYC spirit dinner cruise or Uber GC through MPX $100?
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Old Sep 6, 17, 8:33 am
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Datapoint - applied for arrival + Sep 2016, cancelled last month. applied for the aviator in June 2017 and cancelled last month too. applied today for arrival+ and was approved. requested for expedited delivery.

Does anyone know how long does it take for the expedited service to deliver the card?
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Old Sep 7, 17, 10:17 pm
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Applied for Arrival + today. Canceled the card March 1. Am at 13/12. Was not approved, but also not denied outright. Immediately checked the status page and was denied. Calling consideration line does not sound promising.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by giesen5 View Post
Applied for Arrival + today. Canceled the card March 1. Am at 13/12. Was not approved, but also not denied outright. Immediately checked the status page and was denied. Calling consideration line does not sound promising.
Go for it. You have nothing to lose by calling in.
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Old Sep 11, 17, 11:08 am
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Does having an Arrival prevent one from getting an Arrival+?
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Old Sep 13, 17, 10:10 am
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I've had two arrival plus cards, went for a third today. Denied stating I've had the product too many times recently.

History:

Card one
Open 9/15
Closed 2/16

Card two
Open 10/16
Closed 4/17
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Old Sep 13, 17, 11:56 am
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Was planning to have husband apply for his 4th in early Oct. but seeing that the 50k offer was ending soon I made the application and was first given a message of need to review but upon checking status he was denied and a letter to be mailed.
This would have been his 4th and last one was canceled in January.
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