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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.



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 Apr 21, 19, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by tmiw View Post
I've had the card for a month and so far, I'm not all that impressed with their customer service.
  1. Attempted to add my card to Google Pay right after activating it. I was required to call in (which is a bit annoying, but fine). After a fair bit of time on hold I finally got a live person that asked me security questions from public records...who then got someone else on the line to ask me a different set of security questions. Fortunately, the first person was then able to activate the virtual card after that. Total time on the phone: 22 minutes.
  2. A large purchase at Home Depot resulted in a "please call us" message on their online banking. I spent 30 minutes on hold before getting someone who was able to clear the fraud flag on my account. Fraud is one of those things you'd think would have a low wait time (if nothing else, to reduce their fraud losses due to delays).
  3. Tried to use Google Pay at my work's cafeteria yesterday and it declined. Later, when I called Barclaycard to ask if my account has any issues, they couldn't see any transactions from that morning and claimed that it declined "on the merchant's end". This despite the Google Pay app actually showing the transaction with the word "declined" next to it and the Barclaycard mobile app sending me a declined transaction push notification later that day.
Note that these calls were all during typical business hours on the West Coast (or shortly thereafter in the case of the Google Pay activation), so it's not a function of me calling in the middle of the night or something. Anyway, we'll see how the rest of the first year goes but I'm thinking this is going to be one of the cards that gets downgraded or cancelled once the AF hits.

​​​​​​Agreed. Between the crazy wait time whenever I need to ask a question and the $100 min requirement for redemptions. This card is gone.
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Old Apr 26, 19, 4:17 am
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Legoland California codes as restaurant

So my original Legoland passes shows up as theme parks so it's no go for redemption.

I just got my remaining hotel bill at
Legoland California posted as restaurant even though there was resort fee that was part of it.

Legoland Hotel

Eating Places, Restaurants

I hate these guessing games.
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Old Apr 30, 19, 10:22 am
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I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I have a question about barclay arrival plus and airbnb. I need to book an airbnb stay for about $1000. I will have 100k barclay miles. I heard that some airbnb transactions don't count as "travel" for barclay, is this true or is it just a rumor? I really wouldn't be spending the $1000 myself, so I don't want to book it and then have barclay fall through. If it helps, my airbnb stay will be in Russia.
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Old May 2, 19, 5:32 pm
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I have had several Arrival cards over the past few years and I always seem to mess up at the end and not get maximum value.

I have ~ 32,000 ($320) Arrival points, we are going to Vegas this month and I also have a WN flight that goes on sale 5/29 where my Luv vouchers won't cover the entire price of the flight plus we have to fees to Dominican and I want EBCI.

Is it best to charge say $200 for our Vegas trip on the Arrival and then have the 5% rebate leave me with over 12,500 ( $125) Arrival points left to use towards the WN flight ?

I seem to remember if you had a charge for say $250 and less than $125 worth of Arrival points that you could only redeem $100 towards the $250 charge but if I had $125 in Arrival points I could redeem $125 towards the $250

Any help would be great, thanks

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Old May 8, 19, 1:47 pm
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Just got the pending-but-instant-decline on this one. Probably for being over 6/24.
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Old May 10, 19, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
Just got the pending-but-instant-decline on this one. Probably for being over 6/24.
Does Barclays have a 6/24 rule now? Nothing in the wiki about that. I haven't been paying attention to any Barclays threads for awhile, but am tempted by the current Radisson cc offer. But forget about 6/24, I'm typically at least 6/6. No point in getting another HP if it's an auto-decline.
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Old May 10, 19, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by RobertHanson View Post
Does Barclays have a 6/24 rule now? Nothing in the wiki about that. I haven't been paying attention to any Barclays threads for awhile, but am tempted by the current Radisson cc offer. But forget about 6/24, I'm typically at least 6/6. No point in getting another HP if it's an auto-decline.
I don't think it's as set-in-stone as Chase's 5/24 but Barclays does appear to be getting pickier. Scroll back in this thread and you'll find references to a theoretical 6/24 guideline.
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Old May 12, 19, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by txflyer77 View Post
I don't think it's as set-in-stone as Chase's 5/24 but Barclays does appear to be getting pickier. Scroll back in this thread and you'll find references to a theoretical 6/24 guideline.
Thanks. It really doesn't matter if it's 5/24, or 6/24, since with my Citi apps I'm almost always at 6/6, aka 24/24. I've been an instant approval with all of my Barclays apps, (6 or so), but the last one was a couple of years back. Sounds like I can just ignore Barclays apps at this point. A bit too bad, since I'd like to get a Radisson card, and the new Hawaiian card. But absolutely not enough to stop applying for the next 24 months, which is a decision I'd already made re Chase.
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Old May 12, 19, 3:44 pm
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My wife and I were both approved for our 2nd and 3rd A+ cards a couple of months ago and we are both roughly 25/24. Not sure what to make of it but clearly there is not a hard 6/24 rule for Barclays like Chase.
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Old May 12, 19, 6:21 pm
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My wife and I were both approved for our 2nd and 3rd A+ cards a couple of months ago and we are both roughly 25/24. Not sure what to make of it but clearly there is not a hard 6/24 rule for Barclays like Chase.
could it be bc you dont have many new cards in recent months? (ie most of your cards were procured more than 1 yr or 1.5 yrs ago)
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Old May 12, 19, 6:34 pm
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could it be bc you dont have many new cards in recent months? (ie most of your cards were procured more than 1 yr or 1.5 yrs ago)
Ive been getting an AA card every month for the past year or so, on top of various other random cards, so don’t think so.
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Old May 12, 19, 7:45 pm
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Ive been getting an AA card every month for the past year or so, on top of various other random cards, so don’t think so.
This is good DP then. was it insta-approved for you for the A+?
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Old May 12, 19, 7:49 pm
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This is good DP then. was it insta-approved for you for the A+?
No, neither me nor my wife were insta approved. She had to send in verification documents, while I just had to call in.
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Old May 13, 19, 3:01 pm
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My wife and I were both approved for our 2nd and 3rd A+ cards a couple of months ago and we are both roughly 25/24. Not sure what to make of it but clearly there is not a hard 6/24 rule for Barclays like Chase.
Thank You Very Much .Previous posts were discouraging me, despite my prior @6 Barclays apps being approved. But the las one was around 2 years ago,

I guess I'll give them a try then. Worst thing that can happen is my HP record goes from 6/6 to 7/6.

As we used to say in Junior High "Anything that's worth a try, is worth a try".
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Old May 15, 19, 11:14 am
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Data point -- Airbnb gift card via MPX

I just created this account and so can't edit the wiki. I'd appreciate if someone else added the info, as it isn't available anywhere I can find online.

5/13/19 Purchased $100 gift card for Airbnb via MPX app on my phone, charged to my Arrival+.
It showed up a few days later as merchant category: "LODGING HOTELS, MOTELS AND RESORTS"
Just redeemed 10K miles as a travel credit.

I received 200 United miles for using MPX for this purchase.

This is a big deal for me, because I'm not planning on travelling this year, but Airbnb gift card credit does not expire. The only downside is that you can't use gift card credit on Airbnb for reservations longer than 28 days.
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