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By: Julie Szpira
Credit cards that offer transferable points such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Platinum Card by American Express are the card of choice for many travel enthusiasts.
Transferrable currency offers flexibility in the use of rewards, and some amazing deals can be redeemed using transfer partners.
Transferrable currency offers flexibility in the use of rewards, and some amazing deals can be redeemed using transfer partners
When it comes to utilizing transfer partners, the redemptions can be spectacular, but can also be confusing.
If you’re looking for a simple way to reduce the cost of travel, credit cards that offer the ability to redeem points for any travel purchase can be very attractive. The Capital One Venture card is one of the most popular of this type, but the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card is the Venture card’s brother from another mother.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus Quick Stats
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus offers a welcome bonus of 60,000 miles after spending at least $3,000 within three months of account opening. Since each mile is worth 1 cent, the bonus is worth $600.
Since each Barclays mile is worth 1 cent, the bonus is worth $600.
The card also offers:
- Earn 2X miles per $1 on all purchases
- 5% miles back on redemptions
- Chip and PIN Technology
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
As is standard with most credit cards offering a large sign-up bonus, this card does have an annual fee. That fee isn’t ideal, however, the sign-up bonus more than makes up for having to pay an annual fee.
What is an Arrival Mile Worth?
As stated above, each mile is worth 1 cent toward travel purchases. The miles can be redeemed for other purchases, or as a statement credit, but the highest value will be from redeeming toward travel.
Using Arrival Miles
Arrival Plus miles are redeemable for 1 cent per point toward travel purchases. Obvious travel purchases such as flights, hotels, cruises, taxis, trains and rental cars qualify. Less obvious travel purchases, such as campgrounds, tolls, and public transit also qualify. You can even use Arrival Miles to cover tickets to Disney!
Arrival Plus miles are redeemable for 1 cent per point toward travel purchases
Barclaycard even allows you to use miles to erase the cost of your credit card annual fee!
The redemption process is easy:
- Make a travel purchase of $100 or more on your card.
- Log into your online account within 120 days of the purchase and redeem your miles as “payment” for the travel purchase.
Arrival miles can only be redeemed toward travel purchases greater than $100 so you will need to have at least 10,000 miles in your account to erase travel purchases.
Since a purchase of at least $100 is required to be able to use miles, it’s unlikely that you’ll use the Arrival Plus to cover a bus ticket. However, you can use the Arrival Plus to load funds onto a transit pass, and then use miles to erase that purchase.
Arrival miles are a type of “purchase eraser”, wherein you can use your miles to “erase” cost of your travel purchases.