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Last summer, Barclaycard launched an online travel community designed to allow Arrival cardholders to earn bonus miles for sharing their travel stories, photos and advice with other users. Non-cardholders were also invited participate though their miles aren’t as valuable as those earned by cardholders since they cannot be redeemed for travel purchase statement credits. However, both cardholders and non-cardholders alike can earn Amazon e-certificates by racking up miles – they will be sent a $5 Amazon e-certificate as soon as they reach the 2,500 mile threshold.

The easiest way to rack up miles with this growing community is to post 50-word travel stories that each include a photo. For each story you post, you earn 200 miles – not bad for a couple minutes’ work, and the equivalent of spending $100 on your Arrival card (which earns miles at a rate of 2x per $1).

Travel stories posted to the Barclaycard Travel Community earn 200 miles apiece
Travel stories posted by members of the Barclaycard Travel Community earn them 200 miles apiece

Barclaycard Travel Community members can actually earn miles in three different ways:

Creating a profile = 500 miles. A community profile is considered complete when it has the following: your city and state; at least one travel interest, travel style and travel companion selected; and at least 5 cities added to your “My travels” map.

Posting a travel story = 200 miles. Travel stories that are posted on the site have to be 50 words (or more) in length and include at least one photo. Even if you can only put aside an hour here and there, you could write and post a few of these stories per week, racking up miles.

Receiving kudos = 10 miles. Every time someone gives “kudos” to a travel story that you’ve posted (“kudos” is similar to “liking” something on Facebook), you earn 10 miles. On the community site, kudos aren’t as common an occurrence as newly posted stories, but you can certainly make a practice of handing out kudos to others in order to inspire them to kudos you back, or consider inviting your friends and family to join the community so that you can swap kudos amongst yourselves.

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Non-cardholders are automatically sent $5 Amazon e-certificates upon earning 2,500 miles (so a value of 0.2 cents per mile). The $5 can only be utilized within the United States and used towards a purchase of anything sold on Amazon.com.

However, if you’re a Barclaycard Arrival cardholder, be sure to link your Barclaycard account with your travel community profile so that miles go directly to your card account and you can redeem them as you would normally. Each mile is worth 1.1 cent each towards travel redeemed as statement credits thanks to the card’s 5% travel mileage redemption refund, so those same 2,500 miles would be worth $27.50 – a much better rate of return.

To link your Barclaycard account to your community profile, log into the community, click on “My Stories,” and the option to link will appear under your lifetime community miles total. Your community-earned miles will be added to your statement every billing cycle and listed as “Participation Miles.”

Click here to join the community and start earning miles. Just note, the site is closely monitored so that only acceptable content is posted, so be sure to follow the writing guidelines and terms and conditions. Have fun sharing your travel stories!

For more information on Barclaycard and the Arrival, check out these previous posts:

Have any of you joined the community and posted so far? Share your experiences in the comments.

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