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Is the Navy Federal 40k deal better than the Barclaycard Arrival Plus?

by on Mon October 27, 2014 • No Comment

Navy FederalA few years ago there was only one reliable double points travel card on the market, the Capital One Venture.

Now there are two others that can offer double points on everything, but with better value: the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and the Navy Federal Credit Union Flagship Rewards.

In fact, all three right now have the exact same introductory bonus: 40,000 points, worth $400 in travel expenses, when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.

> See the Navy Federal deal here

So is the Navy Federal Flagship Rewards or Barclaycard Arrival Plus a better deal?

The difference is in the annual fees…

  • The Barclaycard Arrival Plus’ fee is $89, but waived the first year
  • The Navy Federal Flagship Rewards fee is $49, but not waived the first year

There’s also a slight difference in earning…

  • The Arrival Plus gives you a 10% rebate on all points you use, so it really earns about 2.1% on all spending
  • The Flagship Rewards card just gives you a straight 2%

So on the surface the Arrival Plus wins in the first year with its lack of a fee.

But if you consider the second year, the Navy Federal becomes a better deal for smaller spending thanks to a $40 lower annual fee.

To make up the $40 difference in annual fees you’d need to earn 4,000 extra points a year with the Arrival Plus’ 10% rebate versus the Flagship Rewards.

In order to do that you need to spend $20,000 a year on the Arrival Plus, or $1,667 a month.

Anything above that, you’re ahead, anything below that and you’re better off with the Flagship Rewards card.

Now of course if you are able to keep getting a fee waived on the Arrival Plus that would win hands-down, but not everyone can do that.

And for some, the Navy Federal bonus could be as high as 60,000 points thanks to targeted offers, and if that’s you, it’s a no-brainer.

How can you qualify for Navy Federal?

You can qualify to join and apply or the card if…

  • You’re active duty or a reservist for the Department of Defense or Coast Card
  • You are a contractor working at a U.S. Department of Defense installation
  • You are a civilian employee of the Department of Defense
  • You are a family member of any of the above (as high as grandparent, low as grandchild, and as wide as a sibling)




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