Well, the fourth quarter has come for me and I decided to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard®.  I have thousands of miles and points in various programs but this new card from Barclay got my attention with the 40,000 bonus point offer.  I was going to apply earlier in the year but was busy with other credit card offers.  I’m always looking to diversify my earnings so I have many options when planning a trip.  I can’t write enough about the value of diversification.  The more programs you have miles and points, the easier it makes it to plan your dream adventures.  It’s like going shopping for a new outfit with 20 gift cards and the toughest decision is what store to choose.  This is what you want when shopping for a flight, hotel, bed and breakfast, cruise, or special event.  Choices!  If you want to travel all over the world, diversification is the key to get you there, not loyalty to a certain brand or program.  No one airline, loyalty brand or rewards program can offer you all the best choices but several used together can.

The flexibility to use these points as a statement credit for any travel expense is what really sold me.  I also loved the fact that you only need to spend $3,000 to earn the 40,000 bonus points.  By using any of the many creative spending tools available, this minimum spend is easily completed in one day.  Learn more about the endless ways to meet minimum spends here.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me for assistance.

The fact that the Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard is not offered through Chase, Citibank, or American Express cards was a real plus for me as well because I have many cards through these lenders and I am always looking to expand my portfolio with other lenders. I like to spread myself around abit!  😉

This card also waives the annual fee for the first year ($89 value), earns 2x points per dollar, and has no foreign transactions.

Anyway, you should check out the details of this card.  I think it’s another great deal to help build your “travel bank” and earn you more “free travel” for your family.

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases

•Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 or more on purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next travel redemption!
•0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
•Earn 2X miles on all purchases
•No mileage caps or foreign transaction fees
•Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel statement credits (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
•Use your card to book through any airline, hotel or discount travel engine with no blackout dates or seat restrictions
•Easily redeem your miles for statement credits towards all or a portion of your travel purchases within the last 90 days
•Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Arrival cardmembers


NOTE:  Barclay is also still offering 40,000 bonus miles for their US Airways Premier World MasterCard®.  This is another great card offer from this lender which I did grab myself last year.


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