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Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Bonus Hits 40,000 Points

by on April 3, 2013 · 75 comments

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While Barclaycard may not have as many travel credit cards as some of the other big issuers, they’ve been on a roll lately with their US Airways World MasterCard and Virgin America Elevate cards- both of which can offer huge value if you know how to leverage the points and perks of those cards.

Barclaycard Arrival Offer

They also recently launched two versions of a new product called the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. This is a fixed value miles program, which allows you to purchase travel yourself and then get statement credits at the rate of 1 cent per mile when you redeem for travel. While 1 cent per dollar spent is standard earn rate for fixed value programs, Barclaycard is kicking it up a notch by offering 2 miles per dollar on all purchases on the $89 annual fee card or 2X on travel and dining on the no fee version. The $89 annual fee version (the fee is waived for the first year) of the card comes with a 40,000 mile bonus opportunity ($400 in value towards travel) and the no annual fee version of the card comes with a 20,000 mile bonus opportunity ($200 in value towards travel).

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard – With $89 Annual Fee waived for the first year

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days after account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99% depending upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • No mileage caps and no foreign transaction fees
  • Get 10% of your miles back when you redeem for travel
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no restrictions and no blackout dates
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
  • Complimentary Triplt Pro subscription – the mobile travel organizer that helps make traveling easier (an annual $49 value)

There is also a non-fee version, though its bonus is just 10,000 bonus miles for the same initial spending requirement and since the annual fee is waived for the first year on the premium card, you might as well get that one instead.

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – No Annual Fee

  • Start by earning 20,000 bonus miles if you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days after account opening. 20,000 bonus miles equates to $200 off your next trip!
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99% depending upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on travel and dining purchases
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No mileage caps and no foreign transaction fees
  • Get 10% of your miles back when you redeem for travel
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
  • Complimentary Triplt® Pro subscription for one year – the mobile travel organizer that helps make traveling easier ($49 value)

So as you can see, the major differences are that with the card with the $89 annual fee, you can earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 within 90 days and 2X miles per $1 you spend on all purchases; while the no annual fee card earns just 20,000 bonus miles for spending $1,000 within 90 days and 2X miles only on travel and dining purchases and 1X miles on all other purchases.

Both function like most other fixed-value points cards where you earn a certain amount of points per dollar you spend then you can redeem those points at a rate of one cent each for travel. However, only these two also have a special feature where you get 10% of the miles back that you redeem towards travel.

So if you were to spend 100,000 miles on a trip (equating to $1,000), you’d get 10,000 miles (worth $100 value) back. That can add a tremendous amount of value back to your miles portfolio. If, for instance, you choose the annual fee card, you’re essentially earning 2.2 cents per dollar you spend – that’s a good rate above most other fixed-value cards, which either only offer bonuses on certain spend categories, like the Citi Forward or US Bank Flexperks Travel Rewards Visa, or just offer a flat rate like the Capital One Venture at 2 points per $1, or the Citi Thank You Premier, which earns just 1 point per dollar, which can then be redeemed for 1.33 cents each.

You can also redeem miles for cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise but at the rate of between 0.5-1% depending on which card you have. Cash back statement credits start at 2,500 miles but for just $12.50 in value. Gift card redemptions start at 5,000 miles for $25, so you’re getting a value of 0.5 cents per mile and bringing your return on spending to just 1% with the annual fee card and potentially just 0.5% on the no annual fee card. Merchant gift card redemption rates vary.

Other credit cards like American Airlines’ co-branded Citi cards offer a similar 10% mileage refund up to 10,000 miles annually, and certain cards offer you a per-point bonus like Ultimate Rewards points earned with a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus being worth 1.25 cents each instead of 1 cent when redeemed directly for travel, but this is the only one I know of that offers a 10% refund on all miles you spend, giving you a bonus of up to about 20% on your redemptions, though the downside is that you need to have the miles to redeem first and will then get them back rather than just being given a value bonus when it comes time to redeem them. So in the end, you’re using just 90% of the points you need for redemptions even though you have to have 100% of them before redeeming.

Though the no annual fee version just earns 2X points on just travel and dining (like the Sapphire Preferred), the annual fee card earns 2X points on all purchases, matching the Venture. When you factor in that 10% mileage refund, that means you’re getting 2.2% back on your dollar. With the Capital One Venture, you get 2% back, and with the US Bank Flexperks Visa, you get between 1-2% return on your dollar.

Another interesting feature of the premium card is that you get a membership to TripIt Pro, which normally costs $49 per year. TripIt Pro is basically a travel organizer and planner that will keep track of your flight itineraries automatically when you have emails forwarded to it, can store maps, directions, photos and other helpful details as you plan trips, send you mobile alerts about things like flight and gate changes, will share your itineraries with contacts you designate, and comes with complimentary 1-year memberships to Hertz #1 Club Gold and Regus Gold (which can be worth much more than $49).

Both cards are also World MasterCards, which is a special premium category of product that offer several value-added benefits including:

Master Rental Insurance, which will pay for physical damage and theft to most rental vehicles with an MSRP of $50,000 or less when the World MasterCard is used to initiate and pay for the entire rental transaction.

Mastertrip protection including travel assistance, replacement of lost tickets, documents and luggage. It works when you’re traveling 50 miles or more from home, and can transfer up to $5,000 to cover travel emergencies. The service also helps to locate luggage (though it is not baggage insurance). They also provide assistance to people in emergencies including referrals for doctors or lawyers.

World MasterCards reimburse travelers up to $300 for amenities if your bags are delayed more than 4 hours as long as you pay for the cost of your trip with the card.

The cards’ Worldwide Travel Accident Insurance provides automatic coverage up to $1 million for accidents while traveling, and like many other premium credit cards, World MasterCards  also offer warranty extension, doubling any warranty beyond the manufacturer’s up to a total of 12 months. You also get purchase protection, which includes coverage of lost or damaged items within 90 days of purchase up to $1,000 per purchase and $25,000 annually per card annually. They provide price protection, which means that if you buy something with your World Mastercard and the same item is available for a lower price within 60 days, you get the difference between the new price and the price you paid, up to $250. You can file four claims per year.

Master Roadassist  provides 24-hour emergency roadside assistance through AAA when you’re 100 miles or more from home. Though you have to pay, it’s better than calling a tow company because fees are pre-negotiated to be fair.

Priceless New York is a perks program that with exclusive deals and offers in New York City that they email to customers, like access to exclusive concerts, or shopping perks like free delivery from FAO Schwartz and a $50 restaurant gift card for the Shops at Columbus Circle.

World MasterCard holders also have access to 15% discounted prices on MasterCard Airport Concierge service. They can meet you at the plane door and get you fast-tracked through immigration, assist with baggage on departure, or send a chauffeured luxury vehicle upon arrival – these services and more are available.

World Experiences and Offers at Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental and Relais & Chateaux properties when you use the card to pay for your stay – kind of like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts works, or Visa Signature Hotels. At Fairmont hotels, you receive a room upgrade to best available and late checkout (2pm) for free – though blackout dates do apply.  At Mandarin Oriental properties, you receive complimentary breakfast, priority check-in and VIP status, which may include some kind of in-room amenity. At Relais & Châteaux hotels worldwide, you’ll receive the fourth night free or a bottle of champagne after a three-night stay.

To see the full list of World MasterCard benefits check out the benefits page here.

All in all, these two cards, but especially the premium one with its larger sign-up bonus and TripIt Pro subscription might just change the fixed-value points sphere for the better. The fact that the premium version earns 2 miles per $1 on all purchases, comes with a 10% miles refund and all the benefits of a World MasterCard make it a very solid product and one I’m considering for my next round of applications.

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  • Fanfoot

    Don’t know. Seems like I already have enough things to keep track of with points in the various hotel programs, airlines, Chase UR points, Amex MW points, $200 United Airlines credits per Platinum per year building up, etc etc. Another program with points that don’t transfer anywhere? Don’t think I’m down with that. Even with AwardWallet keeping track of it all…

  • Mindy C.

    Sounds like a ‘cash-back’ card since the ‘miles’ are more like points, except that these are even more restricted than points in that they can only be used to reimburse travels. Who are they targeting?

  • Dave L

    I’ve heard it’s easy to get this card twice. I got one in January. Any idea on my chances of getting it again in my next App-o-rama later this month?

  • http://twitter.com/pricesquire Ben Price

    Maybe I’m too much of a newbie to appreciate it, but this card just doesn’t look that attractive to me. I’m not a fan of fixed-point programs, and it kinda just looks like a CapitalOne Venture No Hassle credit card…

  • http://weddingspend.com/ Wedding Spend

    . . . “comes with complimentary 1-year memberships to Hertz #1 Club Gold and Regus Gold”

    Not really sure that is worth highlighting considering those are basically free.

  • disqust101

    About the only good thing is 2x everywhere, including my favorite pharmacy. The lousy thing is you aren’t able to leverage those points – just redeem for cash. If I run out of cards to apply for, I might bother to get it. But otherwise, meh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002539773497 Johnny Bench

    I personally would place their NFL card above this one since you get the same 40,000 points but which can be used as a $400 credit toward any purchase. I’ll trade those extra travel benefits (which I’d probably never use anyway) and even the 10 percent refund, for being able to credit any of my purchases and not just travel-related ones.

  • tassojunior

    Remember, unlike Cap 1, Barclays csr’s are usually India’s worst. If you can’t do the redeemption online good luck.

  • thepointsguy

    You don’t go through a phone line for redemptions- you buy like normal then submit for statment credit (travel gets 10% rebate)

  • US FlexPerks

    How is this being compared to US Bank FlexPerks? for FlexPerks redemption 20000 FlexPoints is enough for $400 in travel(not $200..)..they also give 2x in Grocery (find reload cards…) FlexPerks is 4x on certain categories…2x on the rest. I don’t get it..their redemption system is costly

  • Alex

    What a worthless card. And I love how all bloggers are suddenly talking about this card at the same time.

  • Stratos

    please let us know if you do get it again!

  • Stratos

    Please let us know if you do get it again!

  • ls

    Actually, this card looks very tempting to me.This could potentially mean 440
    dollars back for any form of travel. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought
    Us bank Flexperks and Capital One similar cards can only be used for flights. This is good for cruises and hotels. Sure, if I was starting out , I would apply
    for US airways card (going away), Barclays NFL card with 400 back, and
    CSP cards in that order. But for those of us, who already have these cards, this is the best deal currently. A question to TPG: how likely would be approval with 1 hard pull in the last 6 months and 3 in the last year? I know they pull Transunion, where I live. Thanks in advance for answering and featuring this deal to begin with.

  • Ryan B.

    People like me… who book my own corporate travel on my personal credit card and also spend $200k / year on all purchases (travel and non-travel combined). Gives me the chance to earn 440,000 points that I can easily liquidate to $4,400 by applying it to my plane tickets that I buy for my company paid travel.

  • thepointsguy

    These points are easy to use though- basically just spend $440 on travel and the statement gets credited- no need to transfer/check availability/worry about expiration

  • thepointsguy

    $440 in free travel for a sign-up bonus and waived annual fee may seem boring to you, but is lucrative to a lot of people

  • thepointsguy

    I like first class travel, so I still also tend to fixate on airline miles, but that game isn’t for everyone. This card offers $440 in free travel- any travel that you want to buy, which is appealing for people who don’t/can’t use award miles due to availability.

  • thepointsguy

    That doesn’t seem like a ton of inquiries..I can never say for sure, but as long as your credit score is high and debt low, you should be fine

  • thepointsguy

    Flexperks redemptions can be up to 2 cents, or less depending on the amount of the flight and where it falls in the bands of redemptions. Arrival “miles” are simply just 2.2 cents a piece when used for travel- you book a flight and then request the statement credit

  • thepointsguy

    40,000 can be used for any purchase as well, plus you get the 10% rebate when using it to pay for travel, so I think Arrival is better

  • thepointsguy

    If you want international first class travel and to be able to leverage the points for more than 2.2 cents, this card isn’t for you. But if you spend a lot and like to redeem for flights and not worry about award availability (and earn miles/ eqms on redemptions) then this could make a lot of sense

  • thepointsguy

    It’s cash back, but they just give a bonus when you redeem for travel

  • US FlexPerks

    right..but still the Flexperks gives double points for your favorite category (of grocery, gas etc) so you are getting up to 4 cents. So if you are buying VR like currency at grocery…with flexperks it costs $80 in 3.95 fees to get a $400 ticket (or pay $120 in fees for a $600 ticket) on any airline…with this card at CVS it would be double this…correct? Also flexperks gives an additional $25 per booking for incidentals.

  • miknew

    Pointsguy

    In another forum, people are saying that if you redeem for non-travel purchases, that you receive half the value. I tried calling Barclays to confirm this but every number I call refuses to get me to a CS person. Very frustrating. Any comments.

    Mike

  • travelin

    Would the travel credit be good for an award flight that has a high fuel surcharge

  • vaughn

    It’s my understanding that the statement redemption value of these points is 0.5, making the statement redemption value only $200. That could be why the NFL card is more valuable if you’re not planning on traveling.

  • Deborah Shprentz

    I opened the Arrival card in January under a targeted offer of 40,000 points with $500 spend and no annual fee ever. The Barclay customer service folks are not up to speed on the terms of the card. The 40,000 points was only worth $200 if redeemed for a statement credit, but $400 if applied to travel expenses greater than $25 but less than or equal to $400. With my version of the card, only restaurants and travel charges earned double points. I think this is a better offer because of the two points everywhere and the annual fee waiver for the first year.

    I opened the card because I was told that Priceline charges would be treated as travel expenses. Almost all my hotel reservations are made through Priceline. Well sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren’t. I am still trying to get this straightened out.

    I blog about my experience here:

    http://fishing4deals.com/2013/03/08/barclaycard-arrival-targeted-credit-card-offer-450-in-free-travel-or-not/

  • Fanfoot

    Thanks. That pretty much kills it for me.

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  • Carrie

    So, say I stay at a resort and my total charges upon check out are $400, I will soon get that $400 credited on this card? My stay would have ultimately cost me $0? That is very valuable to my family! Please confirm I have this straight.

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- you pay for the resort on your card and then login to your account and use 40,000 points to pay for the $400 and you’ll get 4,000 back to use on a future trip

  • Carrie

    Thank you! Huge value if both hubby and I open these cards. I appreciate all you do! :) P.S. Haven’t had a Miles puppy update in a while…hint!

  • http://www.triplepundit.com Nick Aster

    Very interesting. Seems like holding one of these, plus an ink bold would be a great deal: 5x on certain things, 2x on all the rest.

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  • Paul

    Something to keep in mind though with Citi Premier is that you also earn a point for every mile you actually fly. So, it does come out to being more than 1 point per dollar spent. If you spend 1000 on a roundtrip Washington – London, you get 1000 points for the purchase but you also get 7000 points for the actual flight. The flight points are transferred as you spend the money so the next 6000 dollars you spend you will get 2 points per dollar.

  • Rob

    Do you know if you can apply the statement credit to part of a transaction? So if I book a $500 hotel and it comes up as one transaction, can I apply the $400 credit and then pay the balance? Or does your point total need to be able to cover the entire transaction?

  • Carrie

    Hubby and I were both denied. I have no idea why. Very disappointed. :( Anyone else? We were both recently approved for the US Airways card, maybe that is why we were declined.

  • monemail

    just applied for the no annual fee one… easy to meet threshold and no worry about annual fee. this is a good deal…xD

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  • SoCal

    Thanks for the great review, just signed up!

  • thumbelina

    I need to redeposit two AA awards. would those redeposit fees count as travel and be reimbursed. They are for two different dates and amount to $150×2=300 Thanks for any info!

  • Sophia Kulich

    I travel for business ansd use various credit cards which accumulate miles. WIth Barclay card I quickly accumulated with bonus something 40,000 pints and they told me will give $400 credit. I was frustrated with that that I spent my purchases on this card. If I would for example used AMEX plat or Capital one, for 45,000 points I would get with advance purchase flight value $500-$600. Here they just refunded me $400. I am not excited with this. Let’s say I would accumulate points until $60,000. With other programs I would be elgibile for european flight. And here they would give me $600?? European flight from USA valued about $1200. Let me know if I do not get it right.

  • cmw75225

    Remember, though, you’re getting 2 points per dollar spent, so the points are costing you half of what the
    Amex points cost you. I thought the Capital One exchange worked basically the same way, i.e. you pay for tickets you book at best price available and then pay with Capital One points at 1 cent per point. Just what I’ve gathered from what I’ve read.

  • cmw949

    I’m considering Capital One Venture vs. the Barclay Award card (the annual fee versions of each). A big selling point with both is that I’ll accrue airline Elite Status points on flights I’m paying for with points, whereas no Elite status points are accrued when I fly on, e.g. an American Aadvantage ticket.

    My main question is whether the Barclay system for redeeming travel points is as easy to use as Capital One’s is reputed to be. Capital One customer service is reputed to be better than Barclay’s, right?

  • thepointsguy

    It is very simple- you book airfare/travel expenses and pay for them and then you logon and use points at 1 cent a piece to take off the charges on your statement (plus you get 10% points back) for a net rebate of 2.2% vs 2% on Venture. Both are good cards, but with the 40k signup bonus on arrival and no fee the first year, it is a no brainer

  • thepointsguy

    Yes they will count as travel so you can get reimbursed for those fees

  • thepointsguy

    Yes it would apply since it just shows as a charge from the airline

  • thepointsguy

    That is correct- I updated the post

  • BillT

    Re: Barclays Arrival World MasterCard where you get 40,000 points seems that you can get a statement credit of $400 (by using the 40,000 points). There seems to be language about 90 days. Once I get the 40,000 points can I use the points and get a statement credit at any time as long as my card is active. I want to get the card and points now but may not use the points (statement credit) until next year.
    Thanks

  • BillT

    A followup. – Once I get the 40,000 points can I book say 3 hotel nights with the card and the total is say $600 – will Barclays give me a statement credit of $400? There seems to be some discussion about getting less credit????

  • Cynthia

    So I’m still learning how to figure out how to value points in different earning systems. Here’s an example: I have an AMEX gold skymiles card and now I have a Barclays Arrival (annual fee version). I want to purchase a Delta flight. If I use the AMEX I’ll get miles for the actual miles flown plus 2 miles per dollar spent on the Delta ticket (correct?). If I use the Barclays to purchase the ticket, I’ll still get the miles flown and Barclays will give me 2 miles per dollar, plus I’ll eventually get 10% of those miles back when I redeem them in the future for travel.

    Looking at it from a total $ value standpoint, would that make the purchase on Barclays the better option?

    The hardest part of the points game for me is trying to figure out the spending strategy that will earn the biggest benefit.

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  • Deb

    can I transfer the barclay mastercard points into el al matmid points? Or do I use their travel agent to book on el al using points? thanks

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  • Not a fan of Barclays

    Be aware that Barclays can do a bait and switch on you. I applied for the 40,000 bonus points card. After spending the $1000, I noticed that they only credited me 20,000. I called numerous times to question this and all they said was wait and it will be given at the next billing. Never happened. I finally spoke with a supervisor and she said that I was only getting the 20,000 and to read my cardmember agreement. Well, yes, it did say that but I have never read those in the past. Card companies always give me what I apply for. Barclay’s never said they were denying me the 40,000, just give me 20,000 and $89 per year. I told the supervisor that I have never had this problem with another card company and felt it was unfair as my credit is impeccable. Didn’t move her at all. Cancelled and shredded the card. Plus, their redemption’s suck..

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  • Farhan

    I applied for this card and received my 40k points. Their redemption offer is not as lucrative.I don’t see the value in this card. I understand the $400 credit; however there are other cards with greater benefits. I regret it..

  • Jack Reynolds

    It’s generally agreed that $400 + in free money for a non-chase card ap is in itself a great deal. I find it unbelievable the number of people who don’t understand such a simple concept. The bloggers have even highlighted a couple good uses of the card for anyone that might have a spot in their wallet to consider keeping the card. As far as the usefulness of any card, that will depend on who you are and what your priorities are. Personally I put the majority of my spend on my Club Carlson card. For someone else with a companion pass it might be Southwest. (I have a companion pass, but barely fly enough to use my current points.)
    For many people 2% + cashback on travel might be worth keeping the card. For myself: At renewal, the card will be cancelled, downgraded, or having the annual fee waived. (I haven’t spent time researching the availability of these options, as I’ll be fine with any of the 3. Do I regret it? I apologize for the lack of understanding, but I doubt I’ll ever comprehend the idea of regretting free money.

  • Jack Reynolds

    I doubt you still need the answer to this, but someone else might.

    The Delta card will give you 2 Delta Miles.
    The Barclay’s will give you 2 Bayclays Miles / Points. – Barclays calls them miles, but Since the redemption value is flat and can be used on any travel, it might be easier to consider them ‘points’.

    Assuming you have any use for a specific type of miles, Most miles programs are going to be a better value, Especially when buying things that are in their bonus category (Delta flights with the Delta card was your example.)

    This card may be competitive on other things though. Discount Airlines, Car Rentals, Priceline, Hotwire Travel (If they count it properly)., Unless you highly value your miles, 2% + cashback may be a good deal for these other expenses. (For your example, you would only get 1 Delta mile, but this card would get you 2% +)

  • mohd

    can I transfer Barclaycard points to emirates skywards miles ?

  • Albert

    I made a $392 air travel charge. I’m given the option to apply 39200, 37500, 35000, or 32500 points only. So looks to me you can only do the full charge or the three closest denominations of $25. I have charges in the range of $295-$392 and they all have options like this.

  • Mike

    @thepointsguy:disqus Technically you’re getting 2.222222(repeating)% cash back. Let’s just call it 2.22%. If you call out the Sapphire for 2.14, might as well mention this too. If you spend $10,000 you’ll get 20,000 points (worth $200). Spend those points and you’ll get 2,000 points back (worth $20). Spend those points and you’ll get back 200 points (worth $2)…etc. So that initial spend of $10,000 has given you $222.22 back.

  • Jay Stewart Samilin

    My Virgin America Visa Sig is being converted to this one in the beginning of next year. Still debating how this compares to the Amex Plat though and if i should keep it.

    Will you be doing a comparison of the two, considering it seems like a great card for the frequent traveler?

  • Jay Stewart Samilin

    (and just to clarify)…what’s the flexibility with transferring to other airlines via World Mastercard? Is it really ANY airline (One World/ Star Alliance/ Skyteam/ etc)?

    That would be a huge push toward using this card more!

  • Chucks

    These are the easiest to redeem and probably give one of the best rewards on ordinary purchases. Really your problem is the rest of your rewards lineup is too complex.

  • Chucks

    If you spend even a small portion of your purchases on travel, why would it make a difference if you credit travel purchases or ordinary purchases?

  • Jimmy

    Just got this card, one pro is you get the bonus immediately after spending $1000 to use before the statement posts…One Big Con is you can only apply points toward a travel transaction Once!! So it makes sense to wait before applying a partial credit…Unlike like the BOA Travel card you can keep applying credits until the 3 months have past from the posting date (boa only gives 1.5 per dollar though)

  • Chad

    I currently have the United mileage plus club card but I live in Cleveland ohio and united is cutting flights and laying off around 500 ppl. With that being said Im looking for a new card that I can use for more than just united flights because of United closing the Cleveland hub and offering less flights to use miles . Im looking at The Barclays Arrival or the Southwest Black card. Southwest seems to offer great flights for miles. I know that if I get the barclays card I can book southwest flights BUT is 1 barclays point the same as 1 southwest point?

    Thanks!

  • ev

    Citi Premier is no longer worth it, they discontinued the “one point per mile actually flown” deal in October 2013.
    Just found out yesterday, and it was hard to find out, I had to talk to a “Card Expert” at Citi. They said they mailed me a notice of the change, but I have never seen it.

  • Merlin Calo

    So what is the main reason you chose the Chase Sapphire as the #1 rewards travel card over the Barclay card? Is there a limit or cap on the reward points on the barclay card.. Has your opinion change from the time of this post..

  • Rosanne Dausilio

    I’m about to spent at least $2000 in travel. Should I (1) use my Barclay card and end up with dollar credit to my account; or (2) take out a new card for 40000 miles and charge it there; or (3) use my regular cards that are tied to specific airlines like my Amex Jet Blue. I’m confused as which is the best way to proceed. Thx.

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