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The Sign-Up Bonus on Barclaycard Arrival Plus Is Increased to 50,000 Points

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.

( Hat tip to DoC)

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Author: Leana

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.

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36 thoughts on “The Sign-Up Bonus on Barclaycard Arrival Plus Is Increased to 50,000 Points

  1. Hi,
    I’m having a hard time finding your link for the BarclayCard. I followed the “credit card link” icon and nothing showed up. It could be my computer is blocking pop ups. Can you post a link somewhere else? I would rather you get credit for the referral.

    • Michelle, first of all, thank you so much for your willingness to support the site! It means a lot, and I don’t take it for granted. Check this post that gives all the instructions on how to find the offers
      Short version: once you click through my affiliate link, look at the top where it says “Card type” When you hover over it, it will give you a choice of banks. Just go from there, and you should find what you are looking for. I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to link to individual cards. Let me know if you find it OK, if not, I’ll send you an email.

    • P.S. I just checked the link, and it looks like this offer is currently down on Barclaycard site. Maybe they are in the process of updating it, I don’t know. It gets to landing page, but when you click “apply” it errors out. You might want to try later on. Let me know how it goes!

    • @Michelle Yes! Credit is my affiliate site. As long as you click through my link, it should be recorded and I’ll get paid (hopefully). It’s similar to a shopping portal. As long as you don’t click out, it will track because my ID is embedded.
      Once again, thanks and sorry for all the nuisance you have to go through…

      • Approved! I had this card when it first came out but it’s been about 2 years since I closed it. This will pay for our rental car on our next vacation or the transfer fees for our timeshare. Flight points are already set. Next, I need to work on spending money. LOL. As much as I hate paying my son’s college tuition, it’s a nice amount to use for minimum spends on various cards!!!!!

    • @Michelle Thank you so much!!! I know it was a lot of trouble figuring out the quirks of using my affiliate link, but rest assured, it means a lot to me and Nancy. Thanks for your support!

  2. This is a sign from the Gods of points and miles, hahaha.
    My last round of apps was July 6th so I have to wait 3 weeks to apply for the Barclays. I hope this offer will last. On my last application I applied for Citi Prestige e Delta (personal and business) and got approved. Last time I applied at Barclays was probably march and I got the Wyndham card. Should I wait 3 more weeks?? My fingers are on fire to apply today 🙂 Am I the only person like this? Is this a sign a need professional help?
    Thanks again for all your help.

    • @Tania You are so funny! I hate to say it, but most of us in the miles and points hobby probably need professional help. 🙂 I know I could use some…
      I’m really glad you didn’t apply before today. I think this offer will still be around in three weeks. Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything, but I’m pretty sure Barclays won’t pull it within days. So I think you should be fine waiting a bit if you are concerned about your approval chances.

  3. This card was my first. I never got rid of it. Which means there’s no chance of me being approved for this version.

    It appears my concerns about the hobby going the way of extreme couponing were overblown. The state of the hobby is strong.

    • @Cheapblackdad You may want to consider canceling it and re-applying. Of course, I’m assuming you can easily utilize the points first. It’s impossible to predict the outcome, but you’ll never know unless you try. From what I’ve understood, Barclays won’t pull your credit if you are deemed not eligible for the sign-up bonus. So, that’s a plus.
      Overall, I agree, the hobby is very much alive. It’s not in quite as good of health as it used to be, and MS folks are definitely feeling the pain. But I just got my CSR, so I’m happy!

  4. From the card terms: “You can redeem your miles for travel and cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise. Travel statement credit redemptions start at 10,000 miles for $100 toward a qualifying travel purchase of $100 or more made within the last 120 days. Cash back statement credit and gift card redemptions start at 5,000 miles for $25” Does it mean they allow regular spend statement credit too? That would be $500 cash vs $525 travel cash. Believe it or not my third Arrival+ rolled in while I’m still keeping Arrival NAF for PIN+chip such as at those damned train ticket machines in Spain.

    • Duh. Of course its only $250 for statement credit so back to travel credit 🙂 This newer rules $100 minimum suck as I’m just purchasing some Indian flights and all is around $40 to $80…

      • @Seth Yeah, travel credit sure beats cash and gift card redemption, but $100 minimum stinks.
        I don’t advocate this, but there is a workaround to cash out points for actual $. Obviously, buying refundable airfare or hotels would work. Also, Southwest revenue tickets, since they are fully refundable. Like I said, I don’t discuss it in detail because I think it borders on fraud. But, if someone isn’t intentionally taking advantage of this loophole, that’s a different story. Anyway, I don’t mind mentioning it in the comments, but don’t want to make it public.
        P.S. I’m debating on whether to go for another Arrival Plus. Decisions decisions…

  5. Duh. $250 it is. The travel credit only makes sense and the newer rule of $100 min is rather restrictive. Good as a Flexperk alternative for paid flights and some hotel purchases.

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  7. A think a loophole around the $100 redemption is possible and require pre-planning. You would first get the Barclay Arrival Plus CC with the 50,000 points. Then wait a few months, maybe 4-6, then downgrade to the Barclay Rewards CC which doesn’t have an annual fee and allows redemptions on anything, not just travel, in $10 increments.

    • @Lisa That’s actually a great point! It’s hard to say how things will be in 6 months, and whether this type of conversion will even be possible. But you are absolutely right. This would be the way to go for those who just want to cash.

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