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The Barclays Arrival Plus credit card is a great product that has not been available for signups for a while now. It was pulled early this year, before the new Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard was launched. The new card is lacking a signup bonus so it’s likely not a success story for the card issuer. That might be the reason why Barclays Arrival Plus is available once again.
Barclays Arrival Plus is Back
View from the Wing reports that the Barclays Arrival Plus credit card has been made available once again through direct mailers. It is also expected to be available online starting July 1st, 2018. The signup bonus is also increased.
- Earn 60,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 within the first 3 months or card membership
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases
- Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- $89 Annual Fee (not waived)
Earning And Using Miles
Barclays Arrival Plus earns 2% back on all purchases and it gives you 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem. That actually makes it a 2.1% card, hence the $525 valuation for the sign-up bonus. You can redeem your miles for travel statement credits starting at 10,000 miles for $100 toward all or a portion of your travel purchase of $100 or more made within the past 120 days. Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing.
This is a great card to have for any frequent traveler. Besides the great current bonus and the 2.1% earning rate, one of its strong points is that it doesn’t keep you tied to any airline or hotel chain. You can use your miles for almost any travel purchase, and you can book however you want. You can book directly with an airline or hotel, or a travel agent or OTA. As long as you use your Barclays Arrival Plus as form of payment, you can reimburse yourself for your travel expenses with your miles.
Barclays Arrival Plus basically earn 2.1X miles back on all purchases when you include the 5% redemption bonus. It’s great news for those who missed out on the card when it was available. Now the bonus will be even better, at 60,000 miles, but you’ll have to pay the $89 annual fee. So it’s slightly better than the previous 50K bonus and waived fee.