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About a month ago I reminded readers to check out the BarclayCard Arrival Travel Community where Arrival cardholders and non-cardholders can earn bonus miles for sharing their travel stories, photos and advice with other users. While the miles that non-cardholders earn are not as valuable as those earned by cardholders since they cannot be redeemed for travel purchase statement credits, 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.
On April 11th, JaredY who is the BarclayCard Travel Community Manager, posted a blog announcing changes to BarclaycardTravel.com and how Participation Miles are earned. Originally, BarclayCard Travel Community members could 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.
Changes to Earning Participation Miles
BarclayCard Travel community managers noticed that many people who were posting stories were not including story details which help provide comprehensive reviews for other members on the various places you visited whether it be hotels, restaurants or other tourist attractions. To help make the community a better travel resource, the Community is now offering 10 Participation Miles for every detail included in a story as long as the detail is available in the google maps database. Another incentive to add details is the more details you add, the more likely it will be that someone will give you kudos for sharing a good story and you can still earn 10 miles every time you receive kudos.
Since you can now earn miles for adding details to your story, they are reducing the number of miles earned for posting a story from 200 to 150. As long as you share 5 details within your story you’ll still be getting 200 miles and can even earn beyond that if you include more than 5 details. Luckily at this time there is no limit to the number of details you can enter, but be sure to not abuse that feature because community managers will be monitoring stories and will put a cap on that if they see members are entering “fake or irrelevant details.”
Lastly, members will be limited to sharing 5 stories about one particular city. Many people write several stories about their hometowns and the community would like to encourage more stories from a visitor perspective instead of local perspective, although those can be great too. 5 stories per city still seems like a decent amount since that will get you at least 750 per city and thats without adding an details.
These changes are pretty reasonable and BarclayCard is still trying to find ways to better the Travel Community while rewarding members for contributing so its a win-win for both. For a couple minutes’ work I think it’s well worth it to sit down, write a few stories and add as many legitimate details as possible.
Haven’t Yet Joined The Travel Community?
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 10% 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:
- Barclaycard Launches Online Travel Community Plans To Reward Content Contributors With Points
- Barclaycard Enhances Its Travel Community Awards with Option to Use Points on Amazon
- Barclaycard Members Get Free FICO Scores Starting Today
- Why Now Is The Time To Apply For A Barclaycard Travel Credit Card
- Top 10 Ways To Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Miles
- Barclaycard Is On A Roll: More Things They Can Do To Dominate The Travel Reward Credit Card Industry
- Details on the Barclaycard Arrival Travel Bonus Category and Redemption Options
- Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Bonus Hits 40,000 Miles