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Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® Review – My #1 Travel Card

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On August 23, 2014
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I have this card in my wallet. I have earned quite a few trips just by earning the bonus and using it regularly. It's great!

Update: Barclays just renamed their card earning 2x the miles to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which gives you awesome rewards and what I carry with me.

My Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard® is my go-to travel rewards card. Since I earn 2X the miles for every dollar I spend, it is a no brainer for me. I quickly earned my sign up bonus and now I have a trip fully paid for and working on another one as we speak. What is easier than that? You can now earn more miles with your Barclay Arrival™ MasterCard®. They offer a program called RewardsBoost that helps you earn more miles when you shop online. I took time to review the program and show you how to earn more Arrival™ World MasterCard® miles!

Since this Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® review is about my thoughts about the card, I hope you find the feedback helpful when applying for this card.  This is one of the most popular travel rewards credit cards and is so for a reason.

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – The Overview

The Arrival™ World MasterCard® comes in two flavors, one that earns 1x the miles and one that earns 2x the miles.  The Arrival World MasterCard that earns you 1x miles on every purchase comes with no annual fee. There is an annual fee of $89 with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.  Here is a brief chart that can help seeing the basic differences between the two versions of this credit card. You can scroll down more for a detailed review.

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – Earn 1x on All Purchases

With no annual fee, the Arrival World MasterCard offers you the ability to earn miles fast.  You can earn 2x the miles on travel and dining purchases.  You earn 1x miles for every other purchase.  This means that you earn some serious miles when you make a lot of travel and dining purchases. While 1x the miles on regular purchases might not excite you, just remember that the best rewards program credit card charge an annual fee in order to get the best rewards. This is just a card for those that loathe the annual fee!

The Arrival™ Card Bonus Offer

I know you are looking forward to a credit card signup bonus, right?  Who doesn’t love the sign up bonus?  Barclays is offering a generous 20,000 miles ($200) when you make $1,000 worth of purchases in the first 90 days with your Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®.  If you use this card for most of your purchases, then that is an easy rewards bonus to hit. The bonus offer for the arrival world card with an annual fee is below, but here is a teaser: it’s double!

The Arrival™ Card Rewards

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If you are looking for a travel rewards credit card, then the Arrival World MasterCard is one that is going to give you the right rewards when you want them.  There are quite a few credit cards that offer you generous rewards, but they have to be redeemed on their terms, on certain airlines, but that is not the case with the Barclay Arrival™ World MasterCard®.

You can book on any airline at any time.  You don’t have to keep your rewards just for airline travel.  If you are looking for a hotel, you can redeem your miles for hotel stays.  If you need a car rental, get one.  Here is a breakdown on what you can redeem your miles for:

  • Any airline with no blackout dates
  • Hotel Stays
  • Resorts
  • Cruises
  • Car Rentals
  • Train Travel

Since you can choose a wide variety of travel options, what about booking?  Do you have to book just with Barclaycard?  What are the restrictions?  Well, there really aren’t any.  When you are ready to book, you can book with any airline, any hotel chain, and any discount travel engine, such as Priceline.

The Arrival™ World MasterCard® is not done with rewards yet.  Since they make earning rewards super easy, why not add one more thing to make them stand out .  The Arrival Card offers a 10% rebate when you redeem all of you points for travel.  Yep, if you are using 20,000 miles for a trip, then you will get 2,000 miles back ($20).  It is that simple. This means that you can earn $220 when you redeem your rewards on travel. What is not to love.

Barclaycard recently announced that they are now including your FICO score for free with you account. When you sign up for the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®, you will now automatically get your FICO score for free. This will help you understand where you are with your credit score and can be really useful when needing to get a loan. They also provide awesome travel insurance when you make travel purchases.

Since I have the Upromise MasterCard, I really know and love the simple interface that Barclay’s has created. When you log in, you can easily see how many miles you have accrued, what your balance is and when your payment is due. There is nothing complicated about it. Simple to use and easy to redeem your miles.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

The Arrival card also comes with a little spicier version coupled with an annual fee.  This is the card that I have in my wallet and has just been renamed to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. The current fee is $89, but that fee is being waived for the first year.  With this card, you can earn 2x miles on every purchase you make.  It doesn’t matter the category.  You just get 2x the miles on each and every purchase. This is the reason why I enjoy the card. It is a MasterCard®, so acceptance is wide and vast.

The Rewards

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The reward structure is the same as the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®, but the bonus offer is nicer and you get 2X the points for every dollar spent.  Instead of 20,000 miles, the Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® gives you 40,000 bonus miles when you charge $3,000 in the first 90 days.  That is equivalent to $400 worth of travel rewards Actually, this equals close to $500 once you reach the threshold and get the rebate!.

My View on the Arrival World MasterCard®

If you are looking for a great travel rewards card, then I suggest you check out the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®.  You can choose either one with an annual fee that gets a 40,000 mile bonus or one that doesn’t have an annual fee, which comes with a 20,000 mile bonus offer.  That is all up to you.  I like how this card is there to work for you and will give you the travel rewards that you want.  There are so many good features with this card. Barclaycard also added some extra things to give you a piece of mind. There are no foreign transaction fees, no blackout dates, $200,000 worldwide travel accident insurance, and trip cancellation coverage. You also get your FICO score for free with your Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® account, no matter which card you choose.

Even though I review credit card offers, I do realize that some of you have issues with them. I used to be in credit card debt, but I learned how to use them properly, and to reap their rewards. If you don’t have control over your money, do not get credit cards for their rewards. Get control before you think of this.

What do you think of the Barclay Arrival™ World MasterCard®? Do you have it in your wallet or purse? Do travel rewards credit cards excite you?

This is an update of my original post

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I have this card in my wallet. I have earned quite a few trips just by earning the bonus and using it regularly. It's great!

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Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a Wordpress management company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy.


  1. September 10, 2013 at 5:58 am — Reply

    The sign-up bonus would be the only real reason for us to get a new credit card at this point. We have the Fidelity Amex that’s been offering 2% cash back on everything for years now, which is nice because I’m not too worried about that rate changing.

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

      That Fidelity Amex sounds pretty sweet. 2% cash back on everything doesn’t come around often. How long have you had it?

  2. September 10, 2013 at 7:32 am — Reply

    Nice review! I definitely need to look into this card and a few others. I’ve been staunchly in the Discover Card realm for years now 😉

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      The Discover it card is pretty good as well.

  3. September 10, 2013 at 7:36 am — Reply

    Redeem miles for flights, I’d love to have a card like that! If you buy most things with it the annual fee seems totally worth it.

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

      I do the same thing with my AMEX cash back card. Use it for everything and the annual fee is easily paid for.

  4. September 10, 2013 at 9:18 am — Reply

    Greg and I both churned this card this year and I have my own review coming out. Good job, Grayson!

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Did you go with the no annual fee or annual fee card?

  5. September 10, 2013 at 9:37 am — Reply

    Great review Grayson! We both have them as we could just not turn down the rewards. We’ll be using my rewards to pay for the FinCon hotel and my wife’s towards a trip in January – nothing like free trips. :)

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Nice on the FinCon hotel. It is only me at FinCon, so I used my wife’s Capital One Venture card. I didn’t have a travel card at the time.

  6. September 10, 2013 at 11:56 am — Reply

    My husband and I can’t get this as we both have a Barclay card currently open (and the company doesn’t allow you to have more than one open) but since my husband’s card is inactive, we want to cancel that card and sign up for this one as the benefits are HUGE. Outside of the Starwood Preferred Guest, this is by far the best card to sign up for.

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:13 am — Reply

      Well that stinks. I didn’t know this was a policy. I would cancel one of them and then have your husband sign up.

    • September 11, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply

      I have two Barclays cards…the NFL Extra Points ($400 credit) and Sallie Mae World MasterCard (5% on gas, supermarkets and amazon). Maybe it depends on the card. I’ll probably have to cancel my NFL card as much as I love my Giants Logo on the card. I probably won’t be churning cards as tempting as it may be as we won’t be traveling much with a little one and because we are hoping on buying a place.

      • September 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm — Reply

        I guess it probably does depend on the card. I don’t churn cards either. Just stick with the basics for me.

    • Bruce Lee
      October 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm — Reply

      That is not true – I have two of them – long story – PCed from US Airways MC – got the Arrival Platinum – and lost out on all of the sign-up bonuses – After 6 weeks of trying to get those – calling and calling – I finally just applied for the $89.00 outright and was approved this past weekend. So, I have both accounts. I am just waiting to pay off the first one – in a few months – to combine the limits, which I was told I can do.

      • October 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm — Reply

        Thanks for letting us know Bruce. I think that rule might apply to some borrowers, but not all.

  7. December 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm — Reply

    This is one of my favorite cards to use for rewards! And popular in the PF world judging by how many reviews I’ve seen of it! lol!

    • December 12, 2013 at 12:08 am — Reply

      It is an awesome card and it shows. It is the best travel card this year!

  8. December 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    I’m on the hunt for a new card after a recent CapOne fiasco–might have to look into this one!

    • December 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm — Reply

      Hopefully this one will work for you. It has great travel rewards!

  9. January 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm — Reply

    I’ve heard so much about this card recently, I’m pretty tempted to sign up. I think I’m going to go with the British Airways card first because I want to get the miles, but after that this might be the next on my list (I’m slowly “dipping my toes” into the pool to see how opening a new card will impact my credit).

    • January 27, 2014 at 12:43 am — Reply

      Hey KK,

      I opened this card not long ago and it didn’t do much to my score. I dropped only 3 points, but I am sure that will come back.

  10. February 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Wow! Pretty sweet card. 40k miles go a long, long way….

    • February 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm — Reply

      I am pretty close to getting the 40,000 bonus and I can’t wait to do some traveling!

  11. February 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    Travel hacking is my goal for this year, so thanks for sharing. It seems like a lot of people have some pretty good things to say about this card…

    • February 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm — Reply

      It is a great card. I have enjoyed it so far. Customer service is great and the interface is easy. I like it best because of the lack of restrictions.

  12. February 22, 2014 at 12:04 am — Reply

    I have been using Ultimate Rewards cards for a few years now and have really enjoyed the program but it’s hard to not convert over to the 2.2% (when redeemed for travel) one gets from the Barclaycard Arrival. When I applied I received the 40,000 point bonus which really kick started my point balance. I’m not quite ready to determine the winner between Chase UR and Barclaycard Arrival as I haven’t had enough redemption experience with the Arrival points yet, but they are both great cards for travelers. I’m happy enjoying them both for now.

    Thanks for the great site Grayson. Keep kicking debt’s butt!

    • February 23, 2014 at 1:55 am — Reply

      I think both cards are good, so I think you are good to have them. Enjoy earning your rewards and traveling!

  13. March 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    For those wanting to earn a few more Barclays Miles without increasing their credit card spend, they have something called the Barclay Travel Community. Basically you share stories about your travel and include a picture and you get 200 miles. You can also get badges which give you more miles and filling out your profile is another 500 miles.

    For those who don’t have the card, you can also redeem the miles from the travel community for Amazon gift cards (2,500 miles = $5 giftcard). The URL is: for those interested.

    • March 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm — Reply

      Thanks Will. I will add this to the post and my other post on how to earn more miles with the card.

  14. Bill Cupp
    May 21, 2014 at 3:49 am — Reply

    This Barclay’s card has been an unmitigated disaster. I was overseas when my bank switched from a Visa card to the Barclay’s Master Card and they have been completely unmanageable. They seem unable to cope with a card holder being overseas.

    My last card was voided on the day of the switch, and I have been overseas now for 23 days with no credit card at all. At this point I don’t know if I’ll ever get a valid Barclay’s card out here.

    They may have great rewards but heaven help you if you are overseas and need assistance — card lost, stolen, etc. As far as I have experienced, they are completely inept at handling situations like this.

    • June 17, 2014 at 10:40 am — Reply

      Sorry to hear you have problems with the card overseas. I have known quite a few people who had no issues with the card when they traveled overseas. You can blame them for making the switch, but you don’t have any control over it.

  15. November 21, 2014 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Barclay Arrival Master Card is the worst customer service I ever meet, the customer Rep is not knowledge about their point redemption program, they never appologize something they talk wrong, and keep telling customer is customer’s fault and misunderstood and don’t appologize even customer find truth about they are talking wrong, don’t apply credit card from this company if you can, worst than capital one.

    • November 21, 2014 at 10:55 am — Reply

      I’m sorry you had issues with their customer service. I have had to call them a few times and had nothing but praise for their service. They answered by questions and were extremely polite to me on the phone. I wouldn’t say people should steer clear of them just because you had a bad experience.

  16. Bryson Brown
    February 28, 2015 at 10:39 am — Reply

    I’ve had the same problem as Bill and Shen above – Barclay’s issued new cards to my wife and I while we were living abroad in Ghana, but did not notify us, and so one day our cards just stopped working. We had also provided travel notifications, so that wasn’t the issue. We had the new ones over-nighted to family for them to forward to us, but Barclay’s cancelled those accidentally, so we had a 3rd set of cards sent to us and got charged for the shipping after they said they’d waive the fee. Nice rewards, but really unreliable, which is a bad quality in a travel card. I have also had similar interactions with their customer service, unfortunately.

    • February 28, 2015 at 10:55 am — Reply

      Thanks for commenting Bryson. It’s apparent they have issues when people are living abroad and they release new cards. While I can’t comment on that as I don’t live abroad and my experiences with them have been fine, it seems they have messed up a few times when issuing new cards to those living abroad.

      • Bryson Brown
        February 28, 2015 at 11:31 am — Reply

        Hi Grayson – Cool blog! Thanks for inviting comments.

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