I just added a few new cards to my portfolio recently, one of which was the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®. It appears my decision to add this card to my applications was well-timed. Barclay’s has held the sign-up bonus steady at 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.
While the bonus isn’t changing, the spending requirement to earn the bonus is. The date has yet to be announced but according to The Points Guy the minimum spending requirement is slated to go up soon to $3,000 in the first 90 days.
The card earns 2x points on all purchases which can be redeemed for statement credits at a rate of 1 cent per point against travel purchases. Plus when you redeem for travel you get a 10% rebate on the miles redeemed resulting in a return of 2.2% back on your spending.
This card is an ideal card to fill in the travel gaps where your airline and hotel points cannot help you out. One of the main reasons why I applied for this card is to use the points for things such as rental cars that many times end up coming out-of-pocket. This card is also perfect for those who frequently redeem miles for domestic economy class tickets as many times you won’t be getting 2.2 cents per mile using airline miles.
So what counts as a travel expense? According to the Arrivals terms and conditions a travel purchase is defined as:
- Travel Agencies & Tour Operators
- Hotels, Motels & Resorts
- Cruise Lines
- Passenger Railways
- Car Rental Agencies
The card also comes with a subscription to TripIt Pro (normally $49 annually), which only having the card a week I have yet to activate. TripIt Pro is a travel organizer which will track and manage all your travel plans and itineraries along with your points balances for over 120 different loyalty programs.
Anyway, the change is not a devastating change and the sky is not falling. You do not have to rush out and apply for the card right now. But for some the difference between a $1,000 & a $3,000 spending may be the deciding factor for some in whether or not to apply for the card. Besides, that is $2,000 that could be put towards another minimum spending bonus.