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

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Old May 27, 19, 12:19 pm   -   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 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 Dec 25, 18, 10:05 am
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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....the application was denied.
Wow, Barclays is really getting tough on apps with MAC. In the past, you would have been more than fine. What with Chase, B/A, and now Barclays having gone this way, and AMEX giving out second cards but not bonuses, Citi remains (for the moment) my go-to best friend.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 4:25 pm
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Any suggestions on easy redemption? Don't foresee any travel related expenses in near future which I want to put on barclay arrival plus card. Any easy way to encash these points?
Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I tried looking into last 5 pages but didn't find any suggestion/answer.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 4:48 pm
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Any suggestions on easy redemption? Don't foresee any travel related expenses in near future which I want to put on barclay arrival plus card. Any easy way to encash these points?
Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I tried looking into last 5 pages but didn't find any suggestion/answer.
Book something refundable. After it posts, cancel, redeem your points. There are calculators out there, that people put together, if you want to maximize your points and how to get down to almost 0 before closing.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 1:42 pm
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I have about $470 barclay points to use before I change my arrival plus to a no fee card mid-January. I've read a few places, posts and third party websites, that Delta gift cards count as travel but I can't find anything recent to confirm. Can anyone who's done this recently confirm this gets tagged as travel as I really don't want to get a gift card without being reimbursed? Or maybe someone offer a better suggestion for a use of the points I have?
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Old Dec 29, 18, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by rrgg View Post
You need to buy the Delta card through the mobile site to make it post as travel....
This is the reverse of what I would expect. Giftcards purchased from the desktop site are billed by Delta Airlines. Giftcards purchased from the mobile site are billed by Cashstar.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 6:06 pm
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This is the reverse of what I would expect. Giftcards purchased from the desktop site are billed by Delta Airlines. Giftcards purchased from the mobile site are billed by Cashstar.
I believe thats what I read online as well
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Old Dec 29, 18, 6:35 pm
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Sorry. Ignore my post. I bought one more than a year ago and probably have it backwards.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by zink88 View Post
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.
I received the denial letter today. Reason for denial..."The number of bankcards opened within the last 24 months". Credit score on the pull from Transunion was 838 out of 850. In my case, 9 cards in the last 24 months was too many.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 10:24 am
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I received the denial letter today. Reason for denial..."The number of bankcards opened within the last 24 months". Credit score on the pull from Transunion was 838 out of 850. In my case, 9 cards in the last 24 months was too many.
838 and only 9/24? Yikes...

Guess I won't be applying thru Barclays any time soon.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 11:07 pm
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Hi.. sorry if this is a basic question but I'm still trying to figure the miles thing out. I am thinking of getting the Barclaycard Arrival + Mastercard with 70k points. Rather than do the statement credit thing can I just transfer the points to one of their airline partners? I would like to transfer to the airline and combine it with other points I have. It does not make any mention of it in the "What Can I Redeem For" section of the FAQ.

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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by Iam Gmartin View Post
Hi.. sorry if this is a basic question but I'm still trying to figure the miles thing out. I am thinking of getting the Barclaycard Arrival + Mastercard with 70k points. Rather than do the statement credit thing can I just transfer the points to one of their airline partners? I would like to transfer to the airline and combine it with other points I have. It does not make any mention of it in the "What Can I Redeem For" section of the FAQ.

Cheers!
Mile transfers was a feature of the now-defunct Barclays Arrival Premier (I have it). The Arrival+ only offers cash redemptions.

Hopefully they'll bring back the Premier with a relaunch. I use the card quite a bit and like it very much (great for non-bonus category purchases abroad).
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Old Jan 14, 19, 3:06 am
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838 and only 9/24? Yikes...

Guess I won't be applying thru Barclays any time soon.

Does Barclays count business cards for their x/24 calculation?
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Old Jan 14, 19, 5:21 pm
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Book something refundable. After it posts, cancel, redeem your points. There are calculators out there, that people put together, if you want to maximize your points and how to get down to almost 0 before closing.
I booked a trip for the fall that we might change/cancel that is fully refundable. If I redeem the points on the trip, then end up having to cancel, will barclays reclaim the redemption somehow?
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Old Jan 18, 19, 9:52 am
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Question Barclays Arrival Plus Card: Possible to pay for Airline Lounge Membership Fees?

Barclays Arrival Plus World Elite Master Card has 70,000 bonus points for sign-up plus first year's annual fee is waived. Barclays points can be used to pay many different travel related expanses, such as, air tickets, hotel, taxi/uber, etc. But it is not clear if you can use Barclays points for paying Airline lounge membership fees. Anyone know if lounge membership fee is included in reimbursable charges?

If yes, then I will consider applying for the card and buying the Admirals Club membership and then cancelling my Citi Executive card.

Here is the link to Barclays Arrival Plus WE MC:

https://cards.barclaycardus.com/bank...te-mastercard/

Thanks.
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Old Jan 23, 19, 12:36 pm
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Been 1.74 years since last cancelled card; can I re-apply and get bonus?

According to my spreadsheet it's been 1.74 years since I last cancelled my Barclays Arrival Plus card. Would it be safe to apply now for another or should I wait 2 years? I've lost track of Barclays rules. What are my chances of getting the signup bonus again? Also, are there any other offers for the Barclays Arrival other than the 70K points for 5K spend. Not sure I'm going to be able to meet a 5K spend in 3 months.
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