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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by susa » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:37 pm

Just applied online (..and got approval + email from bank) for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®.

While it has the "spend 5,000 in 90 days, receive 70,000 points" offer, it was not clear immediately if these points convert to a cash back ($700) to account -or- if they can be redeemed only toward travel.

Would anyone here know ?

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Re: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by awval999 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:39 pm

You have to redeem them against a purchase that codes as travel. The miles are redeemed as an account credit.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:41 pm

The official rules for redeeming points from this card can be found here.
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Re: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by susa » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:13 pm

Looks like cash back is possible, no need to redeem against travel
You also have the option to redeem your miles for cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise.

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Post by Jags4186 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:20 pm

You can redeem for cashback, but you will get 50% the value.

Here’s what you do. Book a very expensive refundable airline ticket. Redeem your points towards this charge. Then cancel the ticket and get a refund.

I recommend JetBlue as they let you cancel online very easily.

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Re: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by 02nz » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:30 pm

I have this card and don't love the way they have you redeem the "miles." They're not really miles but points that can be redeemed for statement credits against travel purchases. So if you have 70,000 points, and you make a $500 travel purchase, after the purchase posts you can redeem 50,000 points for a $500 statement credit. But it has to be in a travel category, you have to redeem for at least $100, and you only have a limited time window (I think 90 days within the purchase) during which you can redeem against that purchase. You do get a 5% rebate on redemptions, so in the above example you get 2,500 points back.

Capital One has similar cards that are marketed as "miles" cards but in reality just cash back on travel. But Capital One's redemption system is much more straightforward, without Barclay's ridiculous rules.

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Re: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by 02nz » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:32 pm

Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:20 pm
You can redeem for cashback, but you will get 50% the value.

Here’s what you do. Book a very expensive refundable airline ticket. Redeem your points towards this charge. Then cancel the ticket and get a refund.

I recommend JetBlue as they let you cancel online very easily.
I've done that too, but with unrestricted (not just flexible, which carry penalties) fares on United, or with prepaid hotel sites (e.g. Hotels.com) with rates that are free to cancel (usually up to 1 or 2 days before check-in, but pay close attention as there are also nonrefundable rates).

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Re: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®

Post by MotoTrojan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:40 pm

For those that travel frequently this and similar cards (Cap1 Venture) are much easier to manage than booking through a travel portal etc. Not as easy as cashback but $700 for doing nothing (assuming you spend >$2000 a month) is a sweet deal.

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