The Barclaycard Arrival is quickly becoming one of my favorite rewards cards. I love that I can use Arrival rewards for any kind of travel – for example, boutique hotels, or flights that weren’t available with miles. This flexibility makes it easy to create the exact types of trips that I want to take….and ensures that these trips are (almost) free.
How? By combining award stays (using hotel points) and flights (using airline miles) with the ability of this card to pay for additional travel costs such as rental cars or train tickets, our out-of-pocket spend has been reduced by hundreds.
And that’s always a good thing.
If you don’t already have the card, here’s the scoop:
- The sign-up bonus is great. The 40,000 bonus miles are worth even more, when you consider the next bullet point…
- Each time you redeem points for travel, you get 10% of those miles back (i.e. redeem 40,000 miles for travel and get 4,000 miles back)
- The card is super easy to use (when you use the card, you get 2x miles, which you can spend on travel…any travel!). You don’t have to think much about where to use the card OR how to redeem your miles. It’s just easy.
So that’s awesome.
How to earn even more miles for free!
Barclaycard has layered on additional perks lately that make me even happier that I have the card. One of these perks is the Barclaycard Travel Community. When you join the community, you can earn free miles simply for creating an online profile and posting stories about recent trips you have taken. The miles are deposited directly to your Barclay Arrival account.
It took me about five minutes to earn 700 points (500 for creating a profile and 200 for a story with a photo).
Earn miles even if you aren’t a cardmember
If you don’t have a Barclay Arrival World Mastercard yet, you can still earn miles.
If you are not a cardmember, once you reach 2500 miles, an Amazon e-certificate will be automatically emailed to you. (Tip: you probably do not want the Amazon certificate, as it is only worth $5).
Or, you can bank miles now (up to 2400, I assume) in anticipation/preparation for getting the card.
If you are a cardmember, once you link your Barclaycard Arrival account to your Travel Community profile, any miles you earn will be transferred to your Barclaycard Arrival account each month. You’ll see they are referenced as Participation Miles on your statements.
Another way to earn more miles
If you already have a Barclaycard Arrival, you can earn more miles by going through the Rewardsboost shopping portal. Once you are logged in to your account, this shows up on the home screen.
Currently, the Rewardsboost portal is offering 4 miles per dollar when you buy American Express gift cards. This is in addition to the 2 miles per dollar that you already get from using the card, so your total miles payout is actually 6 miles per dollar. Since you get a 10% rebate when you use your miles, this translates to 6.6% cash back towards travel!
Normally, there is a $3.95 purchase charge per card. However, you can currently use the code FPVALAF to waive this charge. (Note that shipping charge of $8.95 per order is not waived.)
You can purchase a maximum $5,000 per order.
Personally, I’m so glad that this card hit the scene! It’s really become a useful tool in my Points and Miles Toolkit.
Do you have the Arrival card yet? What do you think?