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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

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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 May 17, 19, 12:08 pm
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Denied for closing within 24 months

Applied for the Arrival+ and was rejected (4/24, 820 credit score). Called recon and was told the reason for denial was that I had closed a previous Arrival plus less than 24 months ago (Rec'd bonus 10/16, closed 9/17). I thought I understood all the Barclay Arrival+ churning rules, but I missed this. Is this a new rule for the Arrival+, similar to the Citi opened/closed within 24 months rule?
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Old May 18, 19, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by jag4 View Post
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.
I have booked an airbnb reservation for 2 months straight paying with gift card credit without problem through airbnb.com.
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Old May 18, 19, 4:31 am
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I think the closed-within-24-months rule is not set in stone - I have similar stats (3/24, high credit score, opened previous Arrival + 4/17, closed 11/17) and was instantly approved 5/13/19 for $12500 credit line.
Other Barclay cards = Aviator MC that's been open for ~5 years and for which I paid the fee this year - minimal spend and I had a JetBlue Plus MC which I closed 2/19 when the first annual fee was due.
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Old May 18, 19, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by philemer View Post
Let's stay on topic gang (Arrival + card). airbnb discussions belong here:
Sorry, I'm new! The connection was that I bought Airbnb gift cards with my arrival plus points (as described above), and was hoping someone would add that to the Wiki, since I looked pretty hard for that information online and couldn't find it.
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Old May 18, 19, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by jag4 View Post
Sorry, I'm new! The connection was that I bought Airbnb gift cards with my arrival plus points (as described above), and was hoping someone would add that to the Wiki, since I looked pretty hard for that information online and couldn't find it.
Thanks for the DP. I just added airbnb GC purchased thru UA MPX site.
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Old May 18, 19, 1:53 pm
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Thanks for the DP. I just added airbnb GC purchased thru UA MPX site.
Thanks!
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Old May 22, 19, 6:12 pm
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Help. Barclaycard has my payment on hold. The payment was received 2 days ago (paid like 4 days ago), but now it says "payment on hold". Credit limit has not returned. What's going on? How long will the payment be on hold? I need to meet the min spend within like a month because I'm going on a trip literally in less than a month's time.
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Old May 23, 19, 3:31 pm
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How did you make the payment (a) from Barclays website (b) from your bank's online billpay service (c) with a paper check through the USPS (d) some other way?

Did you make the payment before the statement generated?
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Old May 23, 19, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
How did you make the payment (a) from Barclays website (b) from your bank's online billpay service (c) with a paper check through the USPS (d) some other way?

Did you make the payment before the statement generated?
Barclay site. Barclay doesn't let me pay more than the statement balance. But, now that I look at it, I accidentally made it from my business checking instead of personal checking. I wonder if that's the issue.
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Old May 23, 19, 7:38 pm
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Barclay site. Barclay doesn't let me pay more than the statement balance. But, now that I look at it, I accidentally made it from my business checking instead of personal checking. I wonder if that's the issue.
Call them.
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Old May 24, 19, 10:02 pm
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So I have another question. When I bought 3 economy award flights with United, it was $50 each for taxes and fees, BUT it rang up as different transactions on barclay. So, it rang up as three $50 transactions, even though I bought them on the same itinerary. What the heck? Does this happen for pretty much any flight you buy (where they separate the charges and charge it per person)? Or is it just United award flights? Because now I need to buy some other cheap train tickets on another website, but each train ticket is less than $100, and idk if it will charge it all in one transaction or different.. Help. How do I find out which ones charge as one transaction?
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Old May 26, 19, 4:32 pm
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So I have another question. When I bought 3 economy award flights with United, it was $50 each for taxes and fees, BUT it rang up as different transactions on barclay. So, it rang up as three $50 transactions, even though I bought them on the same itinerary. What the heck? Does this happen for pretty much any flight you buy (where they separate the charges and charge it per person)? Or is it just United award flights? Because now I need to buy some other cheap train tickets on another website, but each train ticket is less than $100, and idk if it will charge it all in one transaction or different.. Help. How do I find out which ones charge as one transaction?
Every airline bills it this way, the charge is per ticket. Has nothing to do with UA.

No idea about train tickets. Someone who knows may chime in the experience.
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Old May 26, 19, 4:45 pm
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Every airline bills it this way, the charge is per ticket. Has nothing to do with UA.

No idea about train tickets. Someone who knows may chime in the experience.
Every airline? What about international ones? Trying to travel within Russia using s7, will be about $75 per ticket for 3 tickets.

If the separate transactions is true for all airlines, should I buy an r/t ticket instead of one way? R/t it would be $150 per ticket.
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Old May 26, 19, 7:53 pm
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Every airline? What about international ones? Trying to travel within Russia using s7, will be about $75 per ticket for 3 tickets..........
No experience with S7 but that's the case with all major USA, Western European as well as Asian airlines. Each transaction posted to credit card has ticket number(s) list as reference. Hence, each ticket, not PNR, posts as one transaction. The exception is when you purchase a tour package from TA where tickets are sold as bulk and not priced individually.
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Old May 26, 19, 9:40 pm
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No experience with S7 but that's the case with all major USA, Western European as well as Asian airlines. Each transaction posted to credit card has ticket number(s) list as reference. Hence, each ticket, not PNR, posts as one transaction. The exception is when you purchase a tour package from TA where tickets are sold as bulk and not priced individually.
What about round trip tickets? Do they get split into two "one ways"?
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