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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Arrival Plus Hikes Sign-up Bonus to 70K Miles for a Limited Time

Here’s some news that will put travelers in the Thanksgiving spirit: The Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® just debuted its largest-ever sign-up bonus, available to new cardholders for a limited time.

For folks about to book last-minute holiday itineraries, this generous offer is one more reason to sign up for the flexible travel card.

Here’s the new sign-up bonus, which will become available on Monday, Nov. 19:

Limited-time offer: New cardmembers will be eligible to earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. That’s enough bonus miles to redeem for $700 in travel expenses.

This offer is about 17% higher than the previous sign-up bonus, which was 60,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. The spending threshold remains the same.

Combined with the high ongoing rewards on this card, this limited-time offer makes this card an excellent choice for travelers looking for flexible redemption options.

Miles earned on the card are worth 1 cent apiece when redeemed for credit against a broad range of travel purchases. You can earn 2 miles per dollar spent on all purchases, plus you’ll get a 5% bonus when you redeem rewards. (For example, if you redeem 100,000 miles, you’ll get an extra 5,000 miles.) That gives the card an effective 2.1% rewards rate when redeemed for travel statement credit.

This news comes on the heels of Capital One debuting a similar offer on the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (this limited-time offer is not available through NerdWallet) and announcing it would add transfer partners in December 2018.

What to know about the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

Limited-time sign-up bonus: New cardmembers will be eligible to earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. That’s enough bonus miles to redeem for $700 in travel expenses.

Annual fee: $89 (waived first year).

Foreign transaction fees: None.

Ongoing rewards: 

  • 2 miles on every purchase, worth 1 cent apiece when redeemed for travel statement credit, which can be applied to a wide range of travel purchases.
  • 5% miles back on every redemption made. 

Other benefits: This card is chip-and-PIN enabled, meaning you can use it at certain kiosks and parking meters abroad.



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