Barclays recently restructured several of the benefits offered on the Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard. During this process the application to apply for the card was pulled, however it looks like they are back as of today.
The good news is that the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 within the first 90 days is still intact. The bad news is that some of the changes to the card are negative, but overall not game changers.
This is a card that I have used extensively when traveling in Europe due to the chip & pin benefit. I’ve also been able to earn the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus twice, which means a total of $880 in free travel from the two cards!
Arrival miles are a great way to fill the gaps when you can use airline miles and hotel points. Each arrival mile is worth 1.0 cent when redeemed to cover the cost of travel and a great use for them is to cover cheap flights, non-brand hotels, bus and train travel, hostels, taxis and public transit, etc.
Still Worth Applying for Barclays Arrival+ MasterCard?
Earning the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus is now worth $420 in free travel vs. the $440 when the card offered a 10% rebate on redeemed miles. I still consider this a great offer and redeeming the miles is incredibly easy if you have any travel expenses whatsoever.
The biggest downgrade with the new version of the card is the $100 minimum redemption amount. This means that you can no longer redeem any leftover arrival miles you have in your account.
Instead you’ll need to redeem a minimum arrival miles on travel purchases of $100 or more. This makes redeeming miles more difficult if you have a lot of small travel expenses (taxis, public transit, etc).