Big Changes to Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard

Big Changes to Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard?

Barclays may be in the works of making big changes with it’s hugely popular Barclaycard Arrival Plus MasterCard. Until now the Barclays Arrival Plus card has been a credit card that I planned to keep in my wallet, but these pending changes may change that.

To start, the card offers a lucrative 40,000 mile sign-up bonus which is worth $444 in free travel when redeemed. It earns 2X miles on every purchase, this means that the card earns 2.2% back when the miles are redeemed for travel.

The Chip-and Pin and no foreign transaction fees also comes into handy when traveling abroad, especially in Europe.

Big Changes to Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard

However, currently the application for both the Barclays Arrival Plus card and Arrival card are not available on Barclays’ website. On the landing page there is no ‘Apply Now’ button, but rather a ‘Check back soon to apply’.

This could mean some major restructuring to the Arrival Plus card—travel and card benefits, annual fee, changes from MasterCard vs. Visa, introduction of new redemption options such as travel partners, etc.

I stumbled upon the news over at /r/churning. A user reported back after talking to a Barclays representative that the following changes will be coming to the Arrival Plus card:

  • The current 10% mile rebate when you redeem Arrival miles to cover travel redemptions will be decreased to 5%. If this happens this means that the Arrival Plus card will no longer earn 2.22%.
  • Redemptions on travel-related purchases will now have a minimum amount of $100 or 10,000 Arrival miles.
  • Redemptions for cash back will now have a minimum amount of $25 or 5,000 Arrival miles.
  • Complimentary TripIt Pro will no longer be offered.
  • MCC Tourist Attractions such as Disneyland, etc. will no longer be eligible to qualify as a travel-related purchase.

For existing cardmembers the changes are reportedly going into effect starting the next billing cycle after the annual fee is charge. The application for the Barclays Arrival Plus card is currently not being offered, but when it is live again all new applicants will receive the new card benefits.

Have you heard any news of the upcoming changes? Let us know!

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