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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
  • 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



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Old Mar 23, 18, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
Is there a special AA offer going on?
There has been a 70 - 75 K AA Churn going on for years. I'm on card # 10

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi...-business.html
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Old Mar 23, 18, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
There has been a 70 - 75 K AA Churn going on for years. I'm on card # 10

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi...-business.html
For the Executive. I assumed it was the regular card.
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Old Mar 23, 18, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
For the Executive. I assumed it was the regular card.
The thread is for all Citi AA cards, the current churn is for the Platinum MC

The Exec ($450 AF) churn ended years ago............the Platinum ( $95 AF, first year waived) Churn has been going on for over a year now.

50K / $3k / 3 month spend matched to 70k for asking

65K/ $4K/ 4 months spend matched to 75K for asking
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Old Mar 23, 18, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
For the Executive. I assumed it was the regular card.
Regular AA cards but only thru targeted mailers. You need to read the thread being directed to before making assumption.
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Old Mar 24, 18, 1:13 pm
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Application links appear to be down. Per DoC, sounds like they may be relaunching this card soon.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 6:13 pm
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I decided to close my Arrival as I had a problem getting miles for using their online shopping portal. There are such better travel cards now anyway. 2 miles per $ on travel and 1 mile per $ on everything else is no big deal. I wouldn’t pay $89 AF just to get 2 miles per dollar either. I consider the Premier version not worth $150 AF either.
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Old Apr 14, 18, 5:32 am
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
I decided to close my Arrival as I had a problem getting miles for using their online shopping portal. There are such better travel cards now anyway. 2 miles per $ on travel and 1 mile per $ on everything else is no big deal. I wouldn’t pay $89 AF just to get 2 miles per dollar either. I consider the Premier version not worth $150 AF either.
With the 5% redemption, the effective rate is 2.1% which makes it a pretty good travel card.
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Old Apr 14, 18, 7:04 am
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I have a card that earns 3 miles per $ on travel and 1.5 miles per $ on all else with no AF. It also gives me $100 off airline incidentals and reimburses Global Entry. So I will be using it instead.
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Old Apr 14, 18, 7:26 am
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Originally Posted by FrankMS View Post
With the 5% redemption, the effective rate is 2.1% which makes it a pretty good travel card.
If anyone is able to PC to the new "premier card" please post. (from A, A+ or barclay-rewards).

2.1% arrival is ok, but there are better cards for non-bonused spend. Amex edp, BB+, spg. citi DC, BoA rewards if you have requisite holdings, chase FU. A few other 2.5-3% cashback cards out there too. Barclays card works at pin only locations in europe, like at a train kiosk, which is helpful. But barclays jetblue/aa cards work the same, so you don't need them all.

Cheers.
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Old May 22, 18, 11:39 pm
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Does anyone know if Big Bus Tours (Sightseeing Bus Tours | Hop-On Hop-Off | Big Bus Tours) is coded as travel on the Arrival+ card? I'm going to 3 different cities and will be purchasing Big Bus Tours tickets and it would be helpful if I could redeem my points. Thanks in advance.
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Old May 23, 18, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by champ.49er View Post
Does anyone know if Big Bus Tours (Sightseeing Bus Tours | Hop-On Hop-Off | Big Bus Tours) is coded as travel on the Arrival+ card? I'm going to 3 different cities and will be purchasing Big Bus Tours tickets and it would be helpful if I could redeem my points. Thanks in advance.
I will never use Big Bus. These clowns have an army of aggressive sales soldiers who harass the crap out of you. In Budapest we didn't go 2 blocks before 15-20 of these clowns hunted us down. If I want a tour bus it's pretty easy to find one that doesn't require being attacked by their comrades.

But to answer your question I've done other tours that did and some that didn't count. You can always call them and do a manual redemption since it's clearly a travel expense. This is why I like a card like BOA's Premium card and you can redeem against any transaction or even redeem to your checking account. And travel is 2x or more with Preferred Rewards.
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Old May 26, 18, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by moops380 View Post
If anyone is able to PC to the new "premier card" please post. (from A, A+ or barclay-rewards).

2.1% arrival is ok, but there are better cards for non-bonused spend. Amex edp, BB+, spg. citi DC, BoA rewards if you have requisite holdings, chase FU. A few other 2.5-3% cashback cards out there too. Barclays card works at pin only locations in europe, like at a train kiosk, which is helpful. But barclays jetblue/aa cards work the same, so you don't need them all.

Cheers.
Have not need to use that the past 3 years for our 2 to 3 trips in Europe each year. The last time we used it was in Vienna 2014 or 2015.. And the card failed at the parking gate at Monte St.Michel. Had to go to the office to pay anyway. No PIN needed.
Many European countries finally realized that they need to reprogram their machines to accommodate the US-issued card that even it has chip it does not have PIN. Even the Barclays cards transaction hierarchy is NOT PIN first,

Would not pay AF just for this function that no longer seems to be an absolute must.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 3:19 pm
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How are you able to get those mailers?
I signed up an individual but they only receive the 24-month language emails. :-(
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Old Jun 13, 18, 3:29 pm
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Any luck with the Arrival Plus bonus for the 4th time?
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Old Jun 13, 18, 8:04 pm
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Doc posted today that a 60K arrival plus card is coming back July 1
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