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This 70,000 Mile Offer Ends Today -- 3 Reasons Your Family Should Apply Now

June 07, 2019
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Final day to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard with a 70,000-mile sign-up bonus. Apply now.

I interrupt the kick-off to your family's summer fun, end-of-the-school-year madness or whatever else you have going on to say this is your last chance to pick up a huge sign-up bonus on one of my absolute favorite credit cards. My family is vacationing in Hawaii right now, but we put away the mai tais and hiking boots for a few minutes to pick up this card before it's too late -- and I encourage you to do the same if you like your points to pay for travel.

Within a few hours, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard will no longer offer a 70,000 mile bonus worth over $700 in travel. I don't know what sign-up bonus it will offer next, but I'd bet my next Hawaiian shave ice that the number will be lower. The current offer of 70,000 miles awarded after $5,000 spent in the first 90 days is the best we have ever seen, but that ends today (June 7).

Here are three quick reasons your family should potentially make applying for this card a priority, just like we did:

1. Use the Miles to Book Travel However You Want

The miles earned with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard are not like traditional airline miles that are tied to an award chart in one program. They are called "miles," but they are worth a fixed 1 cent each for travel. You use them by charging travel expenses to the card and then wiping some or all of that charge off your card with the miles within 120 days of the purchase.

For example, if you buy a $150 plane ticket, you can use 15,000 miles to wipe off the charge. You'll then also get 5% of the miles back when you redeem them for travel. Do note that the travel charge must be at least $100 to use your miles. Here are the specifics of how that process works.

What's great about this way of using miles is that you don't have to mess with a specific portal, booking site or award availability. Simply book travel directly with the airline, the hotel, the car rental company, Airbnb, etc. and then click a few buttons to wipe out the charge from within your Barclaycard account. This allows you to earn points, elite status credit, take advantage of deals and still use your miles to keep cash in your wallet.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

2. Pay for Disney Tickets and Other Travel Expenses

Not every travel expense can be booked with airline miles and hotel points. So, even if you are swimming in traditional miles and points, you might still have some gaps in your travel budget. Maybe you used miles to fly to Disney and your hotel points to stay near the parks, but what are your plans for covering the hundreds of dollars in park tickets?

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You can use your Arrival miles to cover any travel expense -- such as Disney tickets -- as long as they code as travel. With the Disney example, if you purchase tickets from a site like Undercover Tourist, they should code as travel. Note that park tickets purchased by themselves directly from Disney do not code as travel.

Toy Story Land (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

Or, perhaps your family needs train tickets, a rental car or want to make a down payment on a cruise. Your Arrival miles can be used toward any of those common family travel expenses -- unlike other types of miles.

3. $735 Is a Bunch of Travel

Last, but far from least, your family needs this card (today), simply because the bonus is big and we know it is dropping in the very near future. There are some larger sign-up bonuses out there, but not any that are this flexible, versatile and easy to use. Whether your family prefers budget or luxury travel, getting more than $735 -- $700 from the initial bonus and $35 more when you redeem those miles -- of your next trip covered by one card sign-up bonus is hard to argue with. That alone was enough to make me stop what I was doing and apply before it's too late.

Bottom Line

At TPG, we frequently say there is no one card or type of mile that is the right match for everyone, and that's true. However, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard comes very close to being that universally good-for-everyone card. That is especially true for those with families who need flexibility and versatility from their miles to travel when they want and how they want.

The three reasons given here barely scratch the surface of reasons this card is a great match for families who travel. There's also the card's handy Chip + PIN capability, ability to earn free miles by participating in its online travel community, the $0 introductory annual fee the first year (then $89) and more. Just remember, the 70k bonus ends in a matter of hours, so don't delay.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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