Starting today you’ll notice that the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCards have a new name and look as part of the Arrival’s one-year anniversary celebration!

The new name on the 2X earning card is the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. The name on the 1X earning card will remain as the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®. This change will also help differentiate which version of the Arrival card you want to apply for, which as a consumer could be confusing previously because the names were essentially the exact same–hold the 2X and 1X terms.

The look of both credit cards has also changed, but with the new makeovers neither of the cards terms and conditions have been changed nor have the sign up bonus offers. But there are some added perks for the Arrival Plus. Card holders and future card holders of the Arrival Plus World Elite and the Arrival will much more easily be able to tell which card is which, but a new addition is that all new Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® will come standard as EMV chip-enabled cards for easier and safer card use abroad.

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has a sign up bonus offer 40,000 after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days and has a 2X mile earning value on all purchases. The card does have a $89 annual fee. The new cards are EMV chip cards and has no foreign transaction fee so it is a great card to use while traveling abroad. While you are traveling you can now also take advantage of a broader list of what is considered travel expenses. They now include: Buses, Taxis, Limos, Campgrounds, Trailer Parks, Timeshares, Tourist Attractions and Exhibits, International railway

To request the new version of the card, you can do so by logging on to your Barclays account, or else cards are not expected to be sent out for a few more months.

Application Link: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Card Details:

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • 0% intr APR for 12 months for each Balance Transfer made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR currently 14.99% or 18.99%, depending on your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases – Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home
  • Redeem your miles for travel statement credits – redemptions start at 2,500 miles for $25 toward travel purchases made in the last 120 days
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Credit Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®

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The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®. has 20,000 mile sign up bonus after spending $1,000 in 90 days and earns 1X on all non-travel related purchases. Travel purchases do earn you 2X miles which include hotels, airfare and cruises.

Application Link: Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®.

Card Details:

  • Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days – that’s enough to redeem for a $200 travel statement credit
  • 0% intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on travel and dining and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Book the travel you want – airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®


Bonus: 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

Benefits:
-- 2X points per dollar spent on all purchases.
-- Get 5% of your miles back when you redeem your points, to use on your next redemption.
-- Chip+PIN technology, which can be useful for international travel.
-- Complimentary online FICO® Credit Score
-- No foreign transaction fees.

Annual fee: $89

Quick review: The Arrival Plus card is one of my favorite all-around 2X earning cards. The 50,000 mile sign-up bonus is worth $525 in free travel and easy to redeem!

About the author

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.