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The Barclay Arrival+ card presents a great opportunity to save big money on a wide variety of travel options. My wife and I have each gotten the card twice and earned the bonus both times. We’ve used these Arrival+ miles to off-set the price of anything from AirBNB stays to train tickets, rental cars, and taxes/fees on international award tickets. The current bonus on the Barclay Arrival+ card is 50,000 miles for spending $3,000. The great news is that you can get this bonus more than once!
We wrote about how to maximize the value of your miles, using a math lesson, to help you navigate the tricky redemption structure.
My wife and I each got this card back in mid-2015. At that time, the bonus was worth 40,000 miles. We each earned that bonus, and we also used the (no longer available) Citi checking account funding opportunity. After earning the miles, we used them to off-set travel expenses for our trips to Europe, Hawaii, Australia, and Around-the-World!
Bonus Round 2
These trip redemptions drained our Arrival+ mile balances, so we decided to try and get the bonus again. We called Barclays and requested an account downgrade to the Barclay Rewards Card (NOT the Arrival card). The Barclay Rewards card has no annual fee, and it is not part of the Arrival program. If you downgrade to the no-fee Arrival card, you will not be eligible for another Arrival+ bonus.
After downgrading the accounts, we waited a little over a week and submitted applications for our new Arrival+ cards. Both applications were approved, and we’ve each gotten our 50,000 bonus points! Many of the data points I had seen indicated that you need to wait 6 months or more before re-applying. Apparently that is no longer the case.
Barclay Arrival+ miles are some of the most flexible and useful miles available. The current 50,000-mile bonus is the highest ever offered. I encourage you to grab this card if you’ve never had it before, or to follow our process above to get the bonus a second time. You can apply for the card via the “travel cards” link below or through our Top Offers menu tab. Cheers!