The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Isn’t Going Anywhere

Barclaycard ArrivalDelta Points had an interesting post this afternoon, arguing that because the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard is being discontinued (or maybe just his application link — it isn’t clear), the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard may also be on the chopping block.

I completely disagree.

First, the two cards cater to different audiences. The Rewards card is a cash-back card with no annual fee, and the Arrival card has an $89 annual fee (waived the first year) and earns “miles” that can be used as statement credits against travel purchases. One is a cheap, effective way to charge purchases with plastic, and the other is targeted to an upscale demographic.

Second, the Arrival World MasterCard is a very recent addition to Barclays’ product lineup. This is why I think Delta Points was more likely referring to the loss of his application link and not the card itself. When my application link for the Priceline Rewards card disappeared, you could still apply through other channels, and I try to keep such non-affiliate links updated. Just because I don’t get paid doesn’t mean a card is no longer a good deal.

Finally, changes to the availability of one card application link rarely seem to affect other cards. I have an affiliate link for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card, but not the Citi ThankYou Premier card. Why? I don’t know. Sometimes a link disappears with no explanation and just returns a couple weeks later. This happened recently with Barclays’ Virgin America card, although with a lower offer.

What I can say is what I was told when the 40,000-mile bonus for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard was first announced — It’s a limited time offer. No duh. Previously it was only 20,000 miles, then 10,000. But 40,000 miles are worth $400 when you redeem them for a statement credit after purchasing a flight. Plus you get 10% of your miles back to redeem again, making it effectively a $440 sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.

Barclaycard Arrival

Beyond the sign-up bonus, this card really stands apart from some alternatives because you earn two points on every purchase. With the 10% back on travel I told you about, this card has potential to earn 2.2% cash-back on everything. The annual fee of $89 is waived the first year, and you get a free subscription to TripIt Pro. It’s not a bad card for a frequent traveler, and one of the few cards from Barclays I’d recommend holding on to after the bonus.

I got lots of clicks when I first announced the 40,000-mile sign up offer. I am very grateful for your support, but I also think it is a good card, which is why I’m reminding you to consider it if you have any applications planned in the next week or two. The offer will go away eventually. I’m sure it will be back, but I don’t know when.

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  • Fishing4Deals

    The redemption scheme for statement credits on this card is a work in progress. The latest evolution allows partial redemption of charges in $25 increments. The 10 percent bonus points seem to post immediately.

  • DeltaPoints ✈

    Maybe Scott. However, I was told that:

    “This is a limited-time offer and may be cancelled at any time without notice.”

    We will see. If it is here in a month, you were right. If it ends tomorrow, we move on to the next deal!

    As to the “Angry’s”, I think this is a great post by a great and talented BA blogger!

    • Scottrick

      If the card is here, yes. The 40K offer will likely be gone. Your post didn’t make much distinction between the two.

  • Nick Knight

    I wish Barclays would show more love to their Lufthansa card.

    • Scottrick

      So do I. It’s not a bad card, if you look at it from the perspective of most credit card offers for non-US residents. But for those of us here, we are used to much better. Chase seemed to figure this out with its British Airways card.

  • Truthiness

    This is the credited response.

  • idahost

    so appropriate the most worthless Boarding Area blogger Delta Points writes about Delta and is usually wrong/worthless in his posts

    • Scottrick

      Please try not to use my blog for personal attacks.

  • Danny

    Could I use the miles to pay for airline fees?

    I’m trying to book an avios flight later this year, and this indeed comes with some pretty hefty fees (~$250 for the flight I’m looking for). Could I pay that fee with the Barclaycard, and then use some of the 40,000 points to pay off the said airline fee?

    Thanks for any help!

    • Scottrick

      Maybe. If it’s charged by the airline, then it should probably look like any other travel charge, so you would just ask for a statement credit against it.

  • belinda

    The Virgin American Barclay card is being converted to the Barclaycard on Jan 2nd of next year. Just got a mail.

    • Scottrick

      Makes sense. As a fixed-point system that can be redeemed on any airline, the Barclaycard Arrival made Virgin’s card redundant.