Barclaycard Arrival Plus review: Is it an over rated card?



  • 40,000 mile bonus after you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days is worth $400 in travel
  • Use your miles for a travel statement credit – any airline, hotel, car rental, cruise and more that you purchase with the card is eligible for it
  • There are no blackout dates or award seats to worry about
  • The card has a Chip with PIN capability for easy overseas travel
  • There are no foreign transaction fees
  • There’s an $89 annual fee after the first year
  • You can’t combine these miles with the miles you already have in your airline mile or hotel point accounts
Overall Rating
4/5 Stars   
Key Features


  • Enjoy 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days – that’s enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit toward an eligible travel purchase
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made while traveling abroad
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months on Balance Transfers made within 45 daysof account opening. After that, a variable APR will apply, 17.24%, 21.24% or 24.24%, based on your creditworthiness.
  • There is a fee for balance transfers.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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4 thoughts on Barclaycard Arrival Plus review: Is it an over rated card?


      @Bill – Just buy any airline ticket with the card, and you can use your points to get statement credit against the charge.

  1. Tim Cash

    Why are you stating above that I would need 60,000 miles to go to Europe? I’m pretty sure its only about half that amount of miles or less, round trip!


      @Tim – Well if you find a $300 fare you could get it for 30,000 miles with the Arrival.

      With regular airline miles like United MileagePlus, a flight to Europe runs about 60,000 miles roundtrip, or 30,000 miles one way.


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