Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Review ($400 Bonus)

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

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On February 23, 2014
Last modified:October 29, 2015


Offering 2x miles on every single purchase, the Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard is one of the best cards for really racking up the travel rewards. Plus, the limited time 4,000 mile bonus for spending $3,000 in the first 90 days really sweetens the deal.

Update: The spend required to receive the 40,000 bonus miles has gone up from $1,000 to $3,000 in the first 90 days. Even so, this card still ranks as one of the most rewarding and exclusive travel cards you’ll find anywhere.

When I think of a top travel rewards card, the likes of Capital One, Chase, and American Express come to mind. In fact, I carry cards from all three of those card issuers. But a fairly new entrant on the scene is offering some pretty sweet bonus rewards. The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is an excellent option for big spenders looking for big travel rewards. Using this card regularly could net you some serious savings on your next vacation. So it seemed that a review of the card was in order.


Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

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  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that's enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • Chip card technology, so paying for your purchases is more secure at chip-card terminals in the U.S. and abroad
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months for each Balance Transfer made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR will apply, currently 15.99% or 19.99%, depending on your creditworthiness.
  • Complimentary online FICO® Credit Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers

The Travel Rewards

With this card, you’ll earn two miles for every $1 spent, plus bonus miles in the first 90 days of opening your account. There’s no cap on the amount of miles you can earn, and miles can be redeemed for credit on flights, hotels, resorts, cruises, trains and car rentals.

Plus, when you redeem your miles for travel, you’ll get 10 percent in miles back. So if you redeem 30,000 miles, you’ll get 3,000 bonus miles back.

As an example, if you spend $4,000 on travel and dining and $16,000 on other purchases on a Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, you would get 40,000 miles — a $400 statement credit for travel-related costs, plus, the 4,000 bonus miles will get you started on saving for your next vacation.

For a limited time, you can get a 40,000 mile bonus when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days of opening your account. And since there’s no cap on redeeming miles, you can redeem those miles any time on nearly any travel-related purchase.

You just choose your airline, hotel, resort, cruise, train or car rental service and book using your Barclaycard. You can then redeem your miles for statement credit, saving you money on travel.

Other Bonuses and Rewards

This MasterCard comes with other bonuses and rewards, as well, including:

  • Complimentary TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer subscription, a $49 value
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • MasterCard Global Service with 24-hour assistance, emergency card replacement, and emergency cash advance
  • Up to $200,000 travel accident insurance
  • Reimbursement for expenses related to your baggage being delayed or misplaced
  • Trip cancellation and interruption coverage

Interest Rates and Fees

This card offers a 0% APR introductory rate for the first 12 months on balance transfers initiated within the first 45 days of card membership, with a rate of 15.99% or 19.99%* Variable (depending on your credit score) after that.

With an $89 annual fee (waived for the first year) and fees for balance transfers and cash advances, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® can be a bit expensive. But if you spend enough on it, your rewards will easily outweigh the associated fees.


As with all credit cards, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has a few caveats. Here are the main drawbacks to consider:

  • $89 annual fee (waived first year)
  • Higher APR after introductory fee (15.99% or 19.99%* Variable)
  • balance transfer fee of 3%, minimum $5
  • No access to exclusive events like some other travel rewards cards

The Bottom Line

There really aren’t that many drawbacks to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, as long as you use it often enough to offset the $89 annual fee. And if you’re paying off your balance each month, the APR is not a problem.

Bottom line is that this is a fabulous card for racking up some serious travel rewards points that are easy to redeem on any vacation or business trip.

To get more details and apply online, visit Barclaycard’s official website.

Published or Updated: October 29, 2015
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. Mrs. Smith says:

    We received our card a few days ago, and are looking forward to using the miles for a family vacation this summer.

  2. Alex says:

    The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is really a great rewards card for frequent travelers. The generous bonus miles and 2 miles on every purchase are very attractive.

  3. Rodney Brown says:

    I just signed up for this card. It also allows you to view your FICO score and sends alerts when it changes.

  4. Morris says:

    Is there a strategy for the order of redeeming miles? Do you redeem all of a travel charge before using the miles partially on bigger travel charges?
    Does it matter in the long run or is it all the same?

    • Rob Berger says:

      I’ve never thought it mattered. As long as the miles are used for travel, you get the most value.

  5. Ramon says:

    I have this card and use it for my everyday “non category bonus spending”. I love it. I think it’s fantastic to use to pay for an miscellaneous expenses that aren’t covered when I pay for hotels/flights with points (i.e. taxes, fuel surcharges, resort fees, etc). When using this card along with a solid reward points card, you can nearly cover all trip expenses.

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