Upcoming Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival 40,000 Point Offer

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Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard

One of the best travel credit cards currently on the market is the Barclaycard 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.

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.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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