December 6th, 2012

Review: Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – Earn Travel Points Faster

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Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – Points toward travel on any airline

This card from one of our advertising partners comes in two varieties—one without an annual fee and one with a fee. The differences work out to how quickly you can earn points toward travel. Here’s how the details break down and options from other partners:

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – Earn 1x on All Purchases

  • Earn 2x miles on travel and dining purchases.
  • Earn 1x miles on all other purchases.
  • Earn up to 20,000 bonus miles if you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. The 10,000 bonus miles will get you $200 off your next trip.
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits.
  • No limit on miles you can earn and miles never expire.

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases

With both cards, you can use your miles on any airline to any destination—there are no seat restrictions or blackout dates. For the frequent overseas traveler, it’s good to know that there are no foreign transaction fees with the Barclaycard Arrival.

How it compares to other travel rewards cards

Chase Sapphire Card – This card has a similar rewards-earning structure. You can get 10,000 bonus points after spending $500 in the first three months of card membership, just like the fee-free Barclaycard Arrival. Plus, it doubles your points for airfare booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, which is better than the 10% back you get with Arrival when you redeem your miles for travel purchases. Downside: You need excellent credit to qualify for this card.

Capital One Venture Rewards Card – This is one of the highest-rated travel rewards cards, because it gives you 2x miles on every purchase, every day. Downside: After the first year, you’ll need to pay an annual fee.

Virgin America Visa Signature Card – This card currently has a limited time offer: you can earn up to 25,000 bonus points. Otherwise, you’ll earn 3 points for every $1 spent on Virgin America purchases and 1 point for every $1 spent everywhere else. Plus, cardholders get $150 off of a companion ticket each year. This card is for the frequent Virgin America flier. Downside: If you don’t fly often on Virgin America, this card isn’t the best choice.

Bottom Line: Overall, the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is a good option for people with excellent credit who want flexibility in choosing an airline and are eager to earn airline miles for their purchases.

Apply for the fee-free Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard.

Apply for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – $89 annual fee.

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5 Comments

  1. I NEED TO CONTACT BARCLAYS BANK, IN REGARDS TO A POSSIBLE FRAUDULENT CREDIT APPLICATION. I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM BARCLAYCARD ARRIVAL, I NEVER APPLIED FOR THIS CARD? I CALLED 411, THE NUMBER I GOT DIDN’T OFFER AN OPTION TO SPEAK TO A REP., THERE ARE NO OTHER NUMBERS TO CALL. THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING TO SAY THE LEAST. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. CAN ANYONE SEND ME A NUMBER WHERE I CAN SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS? THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

    DAVE at 1:15 pm on December 31, 2012
  2. Please use the Barclaycard website to contact Barclays: https://www.barclaycardus.com/

    bethy at 1:03 pm on January 2, 2013
  3. Every card CreditKarma recommends I get denied including this one. I have a 645-659 score with good income, RIDICULOUS

    Wilfredo Lopez at 1:30 pm on June 15, 2013
  4. Jenna

    Sorry about that, Wilfredo. The offers on Credit Karma are personalized for you, but they’re still subject to approval by the offer provider. The provider might take other factors in your credit profile into account before approving you.

    Jenna at 2:53 pm on June 17, 2013

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