I’m deliberately using the word “points” instead of “miles.” Basically, it’s a rebate of $500 that you can use against any type of travel purchase as long as it’s at least $100. You also get a rebate on each redemption equal to 5%. The old offer was 40,000 points, so this is an increase equal to $100. Not too shabby!
I’ve previously ranked Barclaycard bonuses when it comes to family travel, and Arrival Plus offer was already at the top of the list. Obviously, this new development makes it even more compelling. It is marketed as “limited-time offer,” so it’s possible that it will be reduced at some point (but I have no idea).
Here are the details on the current offer:
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $500 travel statement credit
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases
- Redeem for travel or cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise. Redemption values vary
- 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 anything you buy while in another country
- 0% introductory APR for 12 months on Balance Transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR will apply, 16.24%, 20.24% or 23.24%, based on your creditworthiness.
This card does pay me commission if you apply through my site. When you first see the card after you click through my affiliate link, it shows 40,000 points (the old bonus). But once you click on application link, it will show a landing page with the new offer. I’m guessing my affiliate site didn’t get the chance to update the terms yet. As always, it’s your choice on whether you want to support the site, I’m simply giving you the option.
If you are thinking about signing up for one of Barclaycards, I would probably pick Arrival Plus due to “limited-time offer” verbiage. It is supposed to be churnable, as in, you can get it again even if you’ve previously received the bonus. I canceled my Arrival Plus card about two years ago. I signed up for it again last year, and got 40,000 points without any issues. Ditto for my husband.
Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything because one of my readers was denied the bonus due to previously having the card, so YMMV As I often like to say, the only way to know for sure is to actually apply. That is if you can handle minimum spending requirements.
I definitely don’t recommend that you create hardship for yourself, especially if you just signed up for Chase Sapphire Reserve offer. Speaking of, if given a choice, I would go with the latter, but that’s my personal opinion. You can also consider paying some bills via Plastiq and buying few gift cards you know for a fact you will use in a near future
I actually just had an exchange with a reader before I knew about this increased offer. She was trying to decide on whether to apply for Chase Disney Visa, Barclaycard Arrival Plus or Capital One Venture Rewards in order to pay off her upcoming Disney cruise. Here is my response to her:
There you have it. If you’ve recently applied for Barclaycard Arrival Plus, call them and see if they will match it to this new offer. No guarantees, but once again, you won’t know unless you try.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.