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BarclayCard Makes Changes To How Participation Miles Are Earned In The Travel Community

April 15, 2014

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 […]

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My Experience Using TripIt Pro to Organize My Travel

April 14, 2014

I recently signed up and was approved for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard which comes with a sign up bonus of 40,000 miles after $3,000 in spend within the first 90 days and a complimentary subscription for TripIt Pro, worth $49 annually. Having never really used TripIt’s services before, I wanted to give it a […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Should I Get a US Airways or American Airlines Credit Card?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Mike needs a new credit card. He’s a US Airways flyer, but is thinking ahead to the merger with American. Here’s his question: “Wondering if you would post about which credit card to get (US Airways or American). I have lot of upcoming travel and typically fly US Airways up and down the […]

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Which Are the Best Credit Cards for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival or Amex EveryDay?

March 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I answered the question Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival? Now I’ve received an email from TPG reader Chaz, who’s torn between these two cards and a brand new one on the scene – the Amex EveryDay cards: “I’m trying to decide between two of three credit cards: Amex […]

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Reminder: Posting a Travel Story to the Barclaycard Arrival Travel Community Earns You Miles

March 19, 2014

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 […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Hawaii Swag Bag and 10,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles

March 13, 2014

This past Tuesday, I wrote a full review the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard, which features several valuable benefits like discounted award levels, companion discounts and vouchers and more. Though the card is best for travelers looking to maximize their Hawaii travel specifically, it’s a solid product. I actually had the opportunity to […]

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Credit Card Review: Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard

March 11, 2014

Last month, Barclaycard launched all-new Hawaiian Airlines credit cards, which are loaded with a ton of new perks and benefits (plus a pretty solid sign-up bonus). The New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you make $1,000 in eligible purchases in the first 90 days Enjoy a Complimentary Checked Bag for […]

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Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Barclaycard Arrival?

March 2, 2014

TPG reader Lance sent me a Facebook message this week to ask me about which credit card he should get. “I already have an American Express Platinum and Starwood cards, but I want to get another card that allows me to use points for travel expenses and statement credits. I’m deciding between the Barclaycard Arrival […]

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How to Get a Free FICO Credit Score From Certain Credit Cards

February 26, 2014

Compiled by the Fair Isaac Corporation and sold to individuals and companies/banks, the widely-used credit score known as FICO helps lenders and credit card companies determine a consumer’s level of fiscal responsibility and risk. The higher this score, which ranges from 300-850. The higher your score, the better your credit. Once every 12 months, consumers can […]

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Analyzing the Barclaycard Arrival Earn Ratio of 2.27% When Redeeming for Travel

February 20, 2014

The Barclaycard Arrival‘s minimum spending requirement to earn the 40,000-mile sign-up bonus has tripled from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days, and I know that many readers are curious about the card and just why I think it’s one of the top travel credit cards on the market. In fact, when we wrote about […]

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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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Top 10 Ways To Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Miles

February 18, 2014

The Barclaycard Arrival‘s minimum spending requirement to earn the 40,000-mile sign-up bonus is tripling from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days very, very soon. I thought I would re-run this post which ran in June 2013 to help those new to the BarclayCard Arrival understand the ins and outs of the programs and how to […]

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Upcoming Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival 40,000 Point Offer

February 17, 2014

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 […]

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Top 10 Current Credit Card Bonuses for A Round of Applications

January 28, 2014

In the credit card game, when great offers come along, you’ve got to hop on them fast. Sign-up bonuses are the fastest way to rack up a lot of points or miles, and in order to maximize the great deals out there, a lot of folks apply for multiple cards in a single day. The […]

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Barclaycard Credit Card Contract With US Airways and American Extended Through 2017

January 17, 2014

One of the major points of speculation surrounding the American Airlines-US Airways merger has been what will happen to the US Airways Mastercard issued by Barclaycard once US Airways’ Dividend Miles program is folded into American’s AAdvantage program and whether the card will go away before or after that. Last week, Barclaycard issued a letter […]

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US Airways Mastercard Bonus of Up to 50,000 Miles

January 9, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote that the US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard is going to be around for a while longer (my guess is probably about a year) and that Barclaycard had sent out letters to cardholders assuring them so. Making this news even better is that a sign-up bonus offer of up to 50,000 miles for […]

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Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard Not Going Away

January 8, 2014

With the American Airlines US Airways merger proceeding apace and yesterday’s big news that flyers of both airlines would be able to earn and redeem miles on either, speculation has been even more rampant than usual that the US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard would be discontinued sometime soon. That’s because Citi will continue to offer […]

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New Virgin America Credit Cards Now Available

January 7, 2014

A few months ago, Virgin America and Barclaycard ended their partnership so folks looking to apply for a Virgin America credit card could no longer do so, and last month, the bank sent out a letter to current Virgin America credit cardholders stating that their current credit cards would be phased out by January 1, […]

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Barclaycard Launches New Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card With 35,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus

January 3, 2014

Until a few months ago, Bank of America was the major issuer of the Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles credit card. They lost the partnership and since then, it’s been unclear what would happen. However, earlier this week, Barclaycard launched new personal and business versions of the credit card, both of which are offering up to 35,000 […]

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

January 2, 2014

Since it’s a new year, I’ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they’re going to buckle down in 2014 and get into the points and miles game, starting with applying for the […]

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Should I Get The Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard In Anticipation Of Converting US Airways Miles To American Miles?

December 15, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Jay Gatsby tweeted me this week with a question on a lot of readers’ minds: “@thepointsguy What do you think about opening the Barclays US Airways card – will miles convert 1:1 to AA soon?” It’s a very good question that a lot of us are wondering about since the American-US Airways […]

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Barclaycard Enhances Its Travel Community Rewards With The Option To Use Points On Amazon

November 16, 2013

Earlier this year, Barclaycard launched an online travel community where their Arrival cardholders can earn miles for sharing their stories, photos and advice with other users, and at the time, they said that the community would be open to non-cardholders as well, who could earn points redeemable for travel and other expenses, but details at […]

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Barclaycard Cardmembers Get Free FICO Scores Starting Today

November 4, 2013

Barclaycard has been making some very positive moves in the travel credit cards marketplace as it beefs up its offerings with great products like the Arrival card, and in another new initiative, it has become the first top 10 issuer to offer cardmembers complimentary FICO scores. Barclaycard announced today, November 4, 2013, that it has […]

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