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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.

The Travel Rewards

All new cardholders of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® will earn 40,000 bonus miles 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.

This Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® comes with other bonuses and rewards, as well, including:

  • Enjoy 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 toward an eligible travel purchase.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made while traveling abroad
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months on Balance Transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR will apply, 18.24%, 22.24% or 25.24%, based on your creditworthiness. There is a fee for balance transfers.

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 an ongoing variable APR of 18.24%, 22.24% or 25.24% depending on credit history .  There are a couple of modest but standard drawbacks to consider when applying for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

  • $89 annual fee (waived first year)
  • Balance transfer fee of 3%, minimum $5

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 miles that are easy to redeem on any vacation or business trip.

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Article comments

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caroline Caldwell says:

What is the process for redeeming points for flights? Can you book the flights and reserve hotel rooms in advance or do you book/ reserve through Barcklys? How easy is it to redeem points for flights and hotel room rates?