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:
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.
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