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Upcoming Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival 40,000 Point Offer

by on February 17, 2014 · 76 comments

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One of the best travel credit cards currently on the market is the Barlcaycard Arrival. Back in April, Barclaycard upped its sign-up bonus to 40,000 miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days, but my contacts at Barclaycard have confirmed that the minimum spending requirement is going to increase to $3,000 within 90 days very soon (exact date TBD), so if you’ve been thinking about applying for this card, now might be the best time to get in on the offer. There may be some other minor changes to the offer, but the sign-up bonus will still be 40,000 points after the increased spend. Right now the 40,000 point sign-up bonus equates to $440 in travel rewards- not bad for a card with no annual fee the first year ($89 thereafter).

I’m not terribly surprised because the card’s main competitor, the Chase Sapphire Preferred, has a similar 40,000 point bonus (45,000 if you add an additional user) after $3,000 spent within 3 months and the trend I’ve seen among lucrative credit card offers is to increase the initial spend bonuses. While Arrival points cannot be transferred to airline and hotel partners like the Sapphire Preferred, they’re good for covering travel expenses that normal airline miles and hotel points cannot cover (like trains, award ticket fees, purchasing airline tickets, B&Bs and more). Having an Arrival card is another smart step in diversifying your points portfolio, also because you get 2x on all purchases, so it’s especially good for purchases that don’t have a category bonus on any other card or foreign expenses since there are no foreign transaction fees.

The Barclaycard Arrival was a popular choice thanks to a historically high bonus and other card perks.

The Barclaycard Arrival is upping its minimum spending requirement soon.

As a reminder, here are the current terms:

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $1,000 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)
  • $89 annual fee waived the first year.

So as you can see, there are a lot of reasons to get the Arrival. First is that 40,000-mile sign-up bonus. Those miles equate to over $440 in value when you use them for travel expenses including:

Airlines
Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (including online agencies such as Expedia, Priceline and TripIt)
Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Cruise Lines
Passenger Railways
Car Rental Agencies

The card earns 2X miles on all purchases, and you can redeem those miles at a rate of 1 cent each towards travel in the categories above (note, the expense must be categorized as travel on your statement). You also get a 10% mileage refund on travel redemptions, bringing the return on your spending to around 2.2%. Plus, when you redeem Arrival miles for airfare and hotels, you generally earn airline miles and points on those flights since you are paying for them with a credit card and then getting reimbursed using points after the fact just as if you were actually purchasing them. Plus, if you have elite status you can still enjoy your elite benefits such as possibly getting upgraded.

Because Arrival miles are fixed-value points, you can pretty much use them like cash for any travel expense, so there are no blackout dates like with regular award miles or hotel points. The downside is that premium travel purchases will cost you a lot of Arrival miles since their value is fixed at 1 cent apiece (not counting that 10% mileage refund), but if you need the flexibility to buy any ticket or book any room when you need it, these miles can be great.

One other thing to note is, if you’re all maxed out with Chase and American Express and Citi credit cards, Barclaycard is another issuer with a strong portfolio of travel credit cards,

The card also has some other great perks including that it waives foreign transaction fees, and is a World Mastercard, which means it comes with tons of valuable benefits like Master Rental Insurance for rental cards, Master Trip insurance to cover you when traveling, lost and delayed baggage insurance and roadside assistance, among other benefits. Check out the full list here.

The TripIt Pro membership is another interesting feature. It normally costs $49 per year and 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. It will also 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).

One of the pillars of any successful points strategy is diversifying your points and miles, and that’s why having a fixed-value miles card like the Arrival with a great rate of return that’s up at around 2.2% is a good idea. If you’ve been thinking about this card, I would just suggest getting it sooner rather than later because that minimum spending requirement is going to triple and it’s going to happen very soon.

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In the meantime, share any questions about the Arrival and how to use miles in the comments.

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  • Darren

    Does Uber count as travel with this card in terms of redeeming miles?

  • joothani

    If I apply for this card, spend the $1000 in 3 months and then close the card in next 6 months, will I still be able to use the 40,000 points?
    My wife has applied for this card, but after reading your post I am thinking about applying for myself too.

  • JeffR

    TPG — I’ll preface this by saying I am a fan and enjoy your site. But unless I’m missing something, I don’t see why you are so enthusiastic about this card. The points don’t transfer so they are fixed at a 1-cent-per-mile rate, which is dismal. So that bonus is far less in value than 40,000 Chase Sapphire points, which can be put to significant value on, say, United (yes, even now), if you’re looking at international business class awards, in particular . Plus even at 2x miles, Arrival points have less value and are less flexible than Chase points (especially so on travel-related charges, since Chase effectively gives you 2.14 points per dollar, which depending on how you use them, could be worth 4 cents per point and up (as opposed to a fixed 1-cent per point with Barclay)). Unless I’m really missing something, the only reason for you to be so enthusiastic about this card (and even compare it to the Sapphire Preferred card) is the referral fee you get. I totally get your right/need to make a living, but I think in this case, it’s clouding your judgment — and doing a disservice to readers who will rely on that judgment. But please correct me if I am wrong!

  • Nhrca1065

    The main benefit of the Barclays Arrival is to redeem for TRAVEL, which include expenses for Airlines, Travel Agencies & Tour Operators, Hotels, Motels & Resorts, Cruise Lines, Passenger Railways and Car Rental Agencies, in order to get the 10% back.
    Redeeming for other expenses reduces the benefits of this card significantly.

  • shannon

    The value ends up being 2.2 points per dollar. The advantage is you can use this for anything travel related. This card will allow me to redeem the points for my upcoming stay at Disney World resorts and for non-chain hotels. This isn’t the card I’m using for airline redemption.

  • JeffR

    That’s a fair point. I guess I just naturally see everything miles-related as airline redemption and didn’t realize that people have non-flying expenses, as well. Thanks for the clarification. Though I still think there is no comparison between the cards for those looking mainly at airline redemptions.

  • Sanders

    I think you are missing something. If redeemed for travel, the Arrival gives 2.20 points per dollar, which happens to be more than the CSP at 2.14 points. Plus it’s 2x miles on all purchases, whereas the CSP is 2x on only travel and dining. The CSP could win out when combined with Chase Freedom/Bold cards I’d say, but the Barclays Arrival isn’t bad by any means, especially for non-category spending.

  • Burton

    Can you redeem the points for partial charge? i.e $400 airline ticket, use the points for $200 of the $400.

  • Mr. Cool

    outside of the 40k bonus, WHY is this card ANY better than the cap1 spark (always 2% cash back)???
    -i feel this arrival hype is totally unfounded
    -am i missing something please?

  • Mr. Cool

    “arrival” benefits are a deception. 2.2c value only for travel. cap1 spark = 2% cash back on EVERYTHING

  • James Dean

    I was in Thailand and paid for my ferry ticket using this card. Yes, I got charged 3% fee (but no FX fees). Barclays coded the purchase as travel, and in the end, it cost me $6 in fees, but with 10% points back, the trip was free. Everybody should get this card and use it when you can’t use miles/points to book travel.

  • YabbaDabbaDoo

    1. The 40,000 bonus is enough of a reason to get the card fee free for first year.
    2. Does CAP 1 send a 1099 for the ‘cash back’ ?

  • Tellitlikeitis

    JeffR – You certainly are missing something – it’s TPG’s referral payments that he gets when readers apply for the cards through his links. More referrals = more money for TPG. I’m not complaining, just explaining.

  • Sanders

    The Arrival IS 2% cash back everything, 2.2% if redeemed specifically for “travel,” which could be subway, taxis, flights, hotels, etc. Cap1 Venture World card that gets 2% cash back is also good, but the Arrival includes a higher signup bonus, free FICO score, only pulls from one credit agency, includes some extras like the TripIt Pro.

    If you spend a certain amount, the Arrival is more valuable than the Cap1. Really depends on the person’s spending habits.

  • Don

    FWIW my g/f got a Sapphire Preferred mailer that only asked for 2k spend to get the 40k bonus.

  • YabbaDabbaDoo

    1. why would you close the account before the renewal fee comes up in 12 months ? **
    2. Is there really anything to think about ? It’s $400++
    FREE. Why hesitate ?
    **You need to have an open account to use the points.
    If you close the acct there is no way to use the points.

  • YabbaDabbaDoo

    1.The benefit is the bonus points, worth $400+ FOR FREE, (which is far from ‘dismal’)
    2. He’s not saying that you shouldn’t get both cards OR that this should be the only card you use!
    3. The 2x for each dollar spent on anything is nice.

  • YabbaDabbaDoo

    1. The next $1000 you spend will get you $20.00 with your CAP1 card.
    2. A new acct with ARRIVAL, the next $1000 you spend will get you $400.00.
    3. Isn’t $400 better than $20 or do I need to go back to school ?

  • AndrewAbroad

    Glad I snagged this card recently. Planning a trip to New Zealand and I am finding it difficult to use point because many brands don’t have a presence there. The more I cut out of hotels, car rentals, and other travel expenses the more money I have for fun activities.

  • Sherman

    some of my friends would actually spend 50k Delta points for a domestic ticket, or 20k SPG points for a hotel that’s worth around $200. Not every one is willing/interested to spend time in thinking about how to use their points, and in my friends’ cases, it’s better for them to have cash-valued points. It really takes a lot of effort, time and opportunity to make Chase points worth more than 2.2 cent pp. Also points are much less flexible. Say if you are spending Avios for a short-haul American Airlines flight at 4500 Avios (UR points), you will need to transfer over in thousands (5000 avios) and that indirectly raises the prices of an award and devalues UR points. I’d rather have cash.

  • Sherman

    Plus, you earn miles (elite qualifying too) redeeming Barclay’s points (paying cash) for air ticket, and you don’t when redeeming UR points in United etc. This is usually not included in blogger’s calculation of point value. I think bloggers tend to exaggerate how much points are worth, rather than promote cash-based points like Barclays.

  • matthewD

    Mr. Cool posted similar BS on Million Mile Secrets seven days ago and was quickly told the following…

    Mrcool — Arrival is better than Cap 1. Both give 2x on all purchases. Both let you redeem at 1 cent per point toward travel. But Arrival gives a 10 percent rebate on redemptions, so it’s really 2.2 cents per $1 spend. Plus, you get access to rewards boost mall, and a free tripit subscription. Plus, the Arrival has a better sign up bonus (usually) and only pulls from one credit agency, while cap 1 pulls all three. Only way cap one is better is that the annual fee is $30 less.

    It’s obvious Mr. Cool has a hidden agenda or is a VERY slow study.

  • Mr. Cool

    i appreciate the personal attack and am willing to wager that you wont say that to my face. the VERY slow study is your wife for getting stuck with a telephone tough guy. now that im done responding to your ad hominem…
    … 0.2 cents higher value is HARDLY enough considering arrival 2.2c can be used ONLY on travel vs. cap1- 2% on everything. the bonus is not the item which is touted in this post, rather the 2.2c on travel

  • Mr. Cool

    i hear you on thAt! i dont mind TPG making $krilla, but the hype is unfounded

  • Mr. Cool

    .2% better but redeemable ONLY for travel. not a very strong advantage. pretty weak actually. ceteris paribus the arrival spending value is no better than cap1 spark, so no matter how much you spend or your spending habits its 2% vs 2.2% travel dollars

  • Mr. Cool

    1. agreed, but the reason the arrival is being hyped is not the bonus. its the 2.2% value.
    2. no

  • Mr. Cool
  • Mr. Cool

    1. incorrect. $1k spend on cap1 spark = ($1k out of $5k towards $250 bonus. add auth user = add’l $50. PLUS the $20 (see “detailed benefits” on cap1 site)
    2.ok. soon to be $3k, not $1k
    3. 400 (lets even say 440) travel-only dollars better than $320 cash money? by all means, feel free to go wherever you like

  • scott

    My wife and I each got a Barclays card and we used the bonus miles to each get a ticket to Iceland. The tickets cost $547 R/T each, and we had enough on the Barclays card to offset $525 each from the tickets, so we ended up only paying $22 each for the flights. No worried about blackout dates or award availability. I’ve also used the cards to offset $172 in fees on 2 award tickets on AA to the Cayman Islands. I was able to use it after Southwest canceled our flights and we lost our seat assignments. Faced with having to board last on our new, last minute flights, which meant not sitting together and not having room in the overhead for our bags, we used the Barclay card to offset fees for priority boarding at the gate that put us ahead of everyone else. This has become one of my favorite cards.

  • scott

    Outside of the 40K bonus? Are you kidding? That’s like saying, outside of the 100K AA bonus for the Citi Executive card, why get it because it only gives you 1 point per dollar.

  • chaser78

    You can ARGUE arrival points might have less value, but you cannot say arrival points have less flexibility. For example, I needed a flight from koh samui to bangkok, but you pretty much cannot find any program that offer this via points, so I book with Barclay and then use the arrival points. If you do not always tailor your travel plan solely on where you can go via miles and points, you might get MORE value from a barclay cards, as you can take advantage of travel deals on travelzoo and etc.

    Let say you want to go to location X, plane tickets is $500, hotels is $200. With chase points, you might end up spending 25,000 points for flight and 10,000 points. So here you say, wow i got 2 cents on the dollars on chase points!
    However, it’s possible that you could have gotten a travelzoo special package for the same trip at $300 instead of $700. Then you only need 30,000 arrival points, so you might get even MORE value. This is especially more true if you do not use points for high end hotel or business/first flight.

    Chase points are GREAT value for higher end travel, but arrival points are great for discount travel.

  • Mr. Cool

    cap1 spark offers a $320 real money bonus.

    100k AA is orders of magnitude more valuable than $440, poor comparison

  • chaser78

    disagree, the card is being hype because of the bonus and the 2.2 value, but most important of all, is ANOTHER card from another vendor you can get. The older cards been played.
    After the year is up, and the fee starts kicking in, most ppl will cancel and move on to another.

  • Mr. Cool

    440 arrival travel dollars vs. cap1 spark $300 real money and 2% real money. cap1 is also ANOTHER “vendor”

  • scott

    I didn’t realize the $440 wasn’t real money. Yes, it can only be redeemed for travel, but most people on these sites are getting these cards for travel purposes.

  • scott

    Yes, you can redeem for partial charge. I just did that for a ticket on Icelandair.

  • Mr. Cool

    cash is king.
    comparing the bonus alone, arrival is better. but arrival is being advertised here for the 2.2%

  • Adelphos33

    The Arrival is great because you can’t use hotel points or miles for all travel expenses. I booked flights to Europe mainly using miles (Avios and Virgin Atlantic). I had about $400 in fuel surcharges that I redeemed Arrival miles for, plus I bought a short hop in Europe on Air Berlin for $160 and redeemed Arrival miles against that. So my out of pocket costs went from $560 to $0 due to my Arrival. Even if you aren’t convinced about using the card on a regular basis, the $440 bonus is very useful for defraying travel costs on a one-time basis. Flights, fuel surcharges, hotels, whatever.

  • scott

    But this site is geared for people who use credit cards for travel(it emphasizes “Maximize Your Travel Points” in the header). If you’re just comparing two credit cards and you have no intention of having travel related expenses, then the Barclay card isn’t that great. My wife and I each have a Barclay card and have already redeemed points for 2 tickets to Iceland, to offset award fees on 2 AA award tickets to the Cayman Islands and for unforeseen travel fees when a SW flight got canceled. And we got 10% of the points back each time. But again, the authors of this site know that

  • Mr. Cool

    all great uses of arrival, but…. 0.2% better than cap1 spark. is that actually worth it?

  • Adelphos33

    The Arrival card is better for most people due to the larger signup bonus. The Venture is a good card, though, which may have not gotten its previous due. The Amex Blue Sky Preferred is a similar card to Arrival and Venture (though it is weaker than those two)

  • mytake

    This card ONLY gives you cashback for travel. I don’t know how you conclude that it is ’2% cash back everything’. Other Barclay cards give 0.5% when you cash out for giftcards – don’t know if this is the same.

    I will second all the others that note that this card has no significant advantage over Chase INK or AMEX Gold other than providing TPG additional referrals. I don’t mind providing TPG income when he provides useful information, but in this case the rationale for getting this card is a BIIIIIG stretch.

    TPG’s rationale to ‘diversify cards’ is silly. You apply for cards if the initial offer is good AND the cash-out and/or earning opportunities are attractive. One could make a case that this is a new ‘source’ for cards, but I have never had a problem with having too many Chase or AMEX cards. On the few occasions that I have been denied, I have called up the reconsideration line and have just closed or reduced the credit line on existing cards.

  • the truth

    You neglect to mention that CAP 1 lets you redeam for CASH.

  • Mr. Cool

    bonus, yes, though the spark bonus is good too. i feel that spark is superior to venture

  • scott

    You’re also forgetting the $400 signup bonus compared to the $320 Cap1 gives you. And yes, the 10% return is a big difference. I put a lot of money on this card, and 10% back is a lot. I redeemed 52,500 points for a flight and immediately got 5250 points back–that’s an additional $52.50. $40 of that points back came from the original signup bonus, which is now valued at $440 vs. the $320 from Cap 1. That’s now $120 difference in signup. So yes, $120 extra in signup plus 10% back every time I redeem is totally worth it. My wife and I travel a LOT, so this is a great card for us. You keep repeating is .2% better, but you keep neglecting the $120 difference in signup bonus.

  • Mr. Cool

    .2% (10% difference) is a pretty weak excuse to take points vs cash money.
    on the contrary, im not neglecting anything.. in fact i openly mention that the sign up bonus ALONE is better with the arrival. but ill also repeat AGAIN that the arrival is being sold to us for its 2.2% benefit. this is obvious from reading the article just above our back-and-forth.

    BTW.. 52,500 x 0.2% (diff b/w arrival & spark) does not = 5,250. more like 104 –> $1.04

  • thepointsguy

    I’m not saying this card is MORE valuable than sapphire Preferred, because that depends on your redemption needs. It earns you 2.2% back across the board and essentially $440 in free travel and a waived annual fee for the first year- an awesome deal in my opinion.

  • thepointsguy

    You got it- it’s all about having as manoptions as possible

  • thepointsguy

    Undounded? The minimum spend is tripling and this offer has no annual fee and is worth $440 for my readers. I stand by the deal and inside tip that will save my readers minimum spend that can go towards other offers

  • thepointsguy

    Spark is a business card and Arrival is person, for starters. Apples and oranges, no?

  • Dee

    I was going to give it a last try, since Barclay has declined my application for few times. However, it declined my application again, and it would definitely be the last time.

  • thepointsguy

    Who says the 40k bonus is not worthwhile? I think it’s a huge reason to get the card

  • thepointsguy

    Yes.. The minimum redemption is $25/2500 points

  • Mr. Cool

    we ALL know that its just as easy to open a biz account as a personal acct. mangoes and kumquats

  • Mr. Cool

    lol just cause the min spend is tripling doesnt make the $440 & 2.2% any better than it currently is

  • Mr. Cool

    i dont know who says 40k bonus is not worthwhile.

    “One of the pillars of any successful points strategy is diversifying your points and miles, and that’s why having a fixed-value miles card like the Arrival with a great rate of return that’s up at around 2.2% is a good idea.”
    -cap1 spark’s 2% EASILY overtakes arrival’s 2.2%

  • Brandon

    Dude, we get it that you like Spark and disagree with the article. Please stop posting if you don’t have anything new to add.

  • Mr. Cool

    actually, i dont have the spark card.
    & i wonder why youre not asking other users who repeat in their posts the same benefits that TGP outlined in this article (“anything new to add”) to stop posting.

  • scott

    This is like beating a dead horse. It is not a weak excuse when you use the card for travel. This site is geared for people who are looking for the best TRAVEL credit cards, not cash back cards. I use this card frequently for travel because I travel A LOT! Therefore I am not earning as much by using a cash back card. And it is not just a .2% difference–you’re getting $120 dollars MORE than Cap1 when you sign up and use your points. If people with the Barclay card were just going to let the points sit for long periods of time, then yes, it would not be worth it. But most people visiting this site travel a decent amount. They are visiting a travel site to find the best cards to use for travel! I take about 1-2 trips per month and I use these points all the time. And the points are available to use as soon as your charges post. I really don’t understand why you’re visiting travel forums and telling people not to get credit cards that are best used for travel.

  • Mr. Cool

    AGAIN, the bonus ALONE is worth getting the card. but the 2.2% is a deception.
    im not telling anyone to NOT get anything. if youre not willing to consider constructive criticism than theres no point in participating in a forum

  • scott

    This is what the blog states, “You also get a 10% mileage refund on travel redemptions, bringing the return on your spending to around 2.2%. ” How is this deception? It clearly states you need to use this on travel redemptions.

  • goodenough

    kudos to TPG for all his knock-out tips and reminders.

    I got this Barclay’s card last month, and did the $1,000 spend — and the 40,000 bonus points posted just yesterday.

    I can now use that to pay for most of my round trip $500 flight from Japan to Seoul…(as I am visiting Japan in October this year).

    … and that trip to Japan, with TPG’s tips for the Chase Saphire card.. several month’s past…. allowed me to upgrade from coach to business class on the direct flight from Denver to Tokyo on United… on the new Dreamliner…. saving me a LOT of money to travel business class.

    thanks … TPG. Not all of your tips apply to me… and I see that you have many critics that accuse you of a lot of things… but all I’m saying is that if you apply the tips that work for you… it works.

    I have made many other upgrades in the past due to TPG’s tips, too.

    Find what works for you. Not everything does.

    The “trolls”‘ here that provide minutia to citique — are disturbing, and deserve no reply. TPG is a great place to be, unless you are a malcontent — and in that case, no place is good enough for you.

  • Darren

    Also useful for more unique experiences than is available through the airlines or chain hotels. Although our upcoming trip to Europe will be mostly on points, we are also going to spend a night in a castle in Germany, which just isn’t an option with the major chains

  • goodenough

    there’s no hype here. you are just a malcontent, or full of envy. Either way that’s about you, not TPG. If you want to read about how it helps others, read my other post… if you are smart enough to scroll up and down.

  • Mrcoolsdope

    the min spend tripling doesn’t mean everyone has applied for the card, either…that has been considering it.. .so what’ s your point? Envy? Competitive blogger to TPG? What is your contribution to this discussion????

  • pantywti

    your panties in a twist, Mr. Cool.
    It’s obvious to us. Adjust your panties, and then get back to us.

  • seekthe

    do you have ANYTHING helpful to add to the discussion? It appears not. You are a troll, who likes to argue. Please seek therapy.

  • trolls

    please don’t feed the trolls, like Mr. Cool. Trolls are malcontents, and have insatiable appetites. They will go elsewhere if you don’t feed them.

  • Steve

    I hope MrCool doesn’t find out about the Fidelity Amex. He’ll stroke out.

  • Burton

    is additional cards an extra charge?

  • getalife

    Dude, we’re sorry your self esteem is low, but arguing here ad nauseam is not doing you any favors.

  • MJ

    ok. I applied for this card yesterday. Can I close the card before the anniversary comes up and the annual fee kicks in, without utilizing 40,000 points?

  • Amol

    So buy a refundable ticket.

  • Amol

    2.14x UR is worth 2.67 cents at the 1.25 cents per point value for redeeming travel. But as you said, the 2X comes on a limited array of transaxtions.

  • incaroads

    If only you knew how small and sad you seem to a casual traveler like me, who thinks it’s pretty fun to earn sign-up bonuses and who appreciates the tips that can be found on blogs like this one.

  • lowlife

    I agree, incaroads. I started reading this blog (and others) because I wanted to increase my leisure travel… taking 2-3 international trips a year. I’ve probably saved $10,000 due to the tips here…and a have also been able to “gift” some travel for friends of mine who have hit hard times in this economy, but needed to see family.

    The bitter arguments over minute details escape me. They clutter the discussion which is otherwise helpful.

    Who knew there was an underground society who have nothing better in their life to do than troll great blogs like this…and manufacture grief.

    Life is hard enough. Why be a self-absorbed low-life and create more pain in the world?

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