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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 ..
  • Broadmoor Hotel Food and Beverage (Colorado Spring, CO)
  • 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 DCA - $136 (7/9/19)
  • 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 Nov 24, 18, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by kaipoman View Post
FWIW applied last week and was auto-denied. In fact, they didn't even bother pulling my credit report.

When I received the denial letter the other day, the reason they gave was "You've reached the limit on the number of times you can have this card" or something to that effect.

I've had two Arrival cards over the past few years. Most recent was opened around 18 months ago and closed around 6 months ago.

760 score and 4/24.
Wooo .. Thats not good. I was approved 3 months ago and closed my only other Arrival card 13 months before approval.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by kaipoman View Post
FWIW applied last week and was auto-denied. In fact, they didn't even bother pulling my credit report.

When I received the denial letter the other day, the reason they gave was "You've reached the limit on the number of times you can have this card" or something to that effect.

I've had two Arrival cards over the past few years. Most recent was opened around 18 months ago and closed around 6 months ago.

760 score and 4/24.
Sorry to hear that; cancelled my Arrival Plus (had been open a couple of years) with the intent of reapplying once I was under 6/24.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 3:34 pm
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DP: I applied yesterday while at 7/24 and with a current no fee Arrival. I called the recon line today and the reason for the denial was because of my Arrival account. He then asked me about my income, profession, and why I had opened 3 cards in the past several months. After answering his questions, he was able to approve me by shifting CL from my other Barclays accounts!
I applied with a current no fee Arrival and called 866-408-4064. Then I was told that I have the same product so they can't process my application. I explained they are different but they just keep saying that it's Arrival, it's the same. Very frustrated. Which recon line did you call? Maybe I should try again ......
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Old Nov 27, 18, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by freeforest View Post
I applied with a current no fee Arrival and called 866-408-4064. Then I gotta was told that I have the same product so they can't process my application. I explained they are different but they just keep saying that it's Arrival, it's the same. Very frustrated. Which recon line did you call? Maybe I should try again ......
They won’t budge. They’ve always consider the Arrival and Arrival + the same product. It’s a good habit to check “rules” before applications. Even when you think you know something, things change.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 4:30 pm
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Angry Barclays asking for IRS Form 4506T

I recently applied for the Arrival +. Previously had the card, then downgraded to the no-fee in 2015 and cancelled it 14 months ago. Received a letter from Barclays saying they needed to verify my stated income (mid-6 figures) and needed to send them an IRS Form 4506T, which allows them to have access to all my tax returns. Credit score is 820+, perfect payment history. When I called to ask why they needed my income tax returns, they said it was to verify my identity. I am very offended by this invasive request and am considering withdrawing my application instead of providing them with access to my tax returns.
Has anybody else received a request like this? The person I spoke to said it was "a new policy" for certain applications but could/would not provide any more information.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by fredwooch View Post
I recently applied for the Arrival +. Previously had the card, then downgraded to the no-fee in 2015 and cancelled it 14 months ago. Received a letter from Barclays saying they needed to verify my stated income (mid-6 figures) and needed to send them an IRS Form 4506T, which allows them to have access to all my tax returns. Credit score is 820+, perfect payment history. When I called to ask why they needed my income tax returns, they said it was to verify my identity. I am very offended by this invasive request and am considering withdrawing my application instead of providing them with access to my tax returns.
Has anybody else received a request like this? The person I spoke to said it was "a new policy" for certain applications but could/would not provide any more information.
They hardly need total access to your tax returns to simply "verify (your) identity", that's nonsense. I know I'd find that request offensive too, if I had an 820 score, and perfect payment history. No way I'd do that just for a lousy Arrival card. Do you need that card that badly?
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Old Nov 30, 18, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by RobertHanson View Post
They hardly need total access to your tax returns to simply "verify (your) identity", that's nonsense. I know I'd find that request offensive too, if I had an 820 score, and perfect payment history. No way I'd do that just for a lousy Arrival card. Do you need that card that badly?
Certainly don't need the card that badly and I told them to shove it. I hated to waste the hard pull, though, and I'm still curious whether this is truly a new policy to verify income and identity, or whether something else was going on. They wouldn't tell me what triggered the request, so I'm looking for any other data points out there.
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Old Dec 1, 18, 11:03 am
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Certainly don't need the card that badly and I told them to shove it.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 9:05 am
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Has anyone seen deadlines on how long this 70,000 will last? I'm interested in applying in Jan. 2019
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Old Dec 11, 18, 7:53 am
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Can anyone answer whether EASYJET flights are coded so that they can be redeemed with points on Arrival+?
Over next few months I will be flying a lot with them, and wanted this card specifically to erase those purchases.
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Old Dec 22, 18, 12:05 pm
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I recently got the Arrival + and am trying to meet the $5K min Spend. Does anyone have (or have read of) any data points on buying gift cards at Simon Mall to meet the $5K requirement in 90 days? I'd like to make a large/legitimate gift card purchase for gifts for co-workers and family for the holidays...but don't want to have Barclays try to claim I was using the card "in a manner inconsistent with everyday use... blah blah". Many of the posts here seem to address either the approval process or the process of getting the sign-bonus a 2nd/3rd/4th time(both good topics)...but I'm having trouble finding any DPs on my Simon question here or on Reddit as it pertains to the Arrival +.
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Old Dec 24, 18, 12:24 pm
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How long from approval until the card shows up in the mail? I have a large purchase I need to make before the end of the year and would like to put it on this card.
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Old Dec 24, 18, 8:01 pm
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...I'd like to make a large/legitimate gift card purchase for gifts for co-workers and family for the holidays...but don't want to have Barclays try to claim I was using the card "in a manner inconsistent with everyday use... blah blah"...
There's no way for the bank to know how you used your purchase. That's puffing, as in selling a used car driven only by "an old lady to and from church".
If there are no DPs on a common subject posted on FT or Reddit, that means nothing unusual or newsworthy happened -- such posts are supposed to go on facebook.
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Old Dec 24, 18, 8:28 pm
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If my account had been closed by Barclay for suspicious activities (MS, for example), is there any chance for me to get this card? How long does Barclay remember such record? Thanks.
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Old Dec 25, 18, 8:28 am
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Denied Datapoint

I have had the Barclay's Arrival Plus card once before...opened on 10/6/16, closed on 11/14/17. Prior to my application for a second Barclay's Arrival Plus card, I was at 2/6, 5/12, and 9/24. FICO is 854 on scale up to 900 and income well over $100K. Got the response that my application needed further review. I immediately selected the link to check my application status and received message that the application was denied and that a letter will be forthcoming advising of the denial reason.
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