Posted by Chuck on September 16, 2016
Credit Cards

Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Chuck


Barclay Arrival+ Now with 50,000 Point Bonus [worth $525 in travel]

The Offer

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  • Signup for the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard and get 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within 90 days

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-24-09-amCard Details

  • $89 annual fee, waived the first year
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Points are worth $.01 per point when redeemed for travel (which makes the signup bonus worth $500)
  • Double points on all purchases (effective earning rate of 2.1% back on all purchases)
  • There’s also a 5% bonus after redeeming points (redeem 50,000 points and get 2500 points bonus, for example)

Our Verdict

The card wasn’t available for signup at all via ordinary channels until a couple weeks ago. Good to see them increase the bonus. I don’t think they’ve ever had anything more than the 40k offer as a public offer so this is a unique opportunity to get an extra $105 value out of the card.

If you just applied recently, try escalating to a supervisor and you might have success getting the new bonus matched.

Remember that Barclay doesn’t limit us to once bonus per life, and so long as you don’t currently have the card you can signup again. And Barclay typically pulls Transunion which is a lesser used bureau. Arrival+ wasn’t on my plate, but maybe I’m considering going for it with the 50k bonus.

It’s worth reading 26 Things You Should Know About Barclaycard Credit Cards before applying.

Hat tip to welltraveledmile

Follow-up Posts:

98 Responses to Barclay Arrival+ Now with 50,000 Point Bonus [worth $525 in travel]

  1. Nick says:

    Does Barclays code Plastiq as a cash advance? I may get this and pay my rent for a quich $500.

  2. Ravi says:

    Hi Chuck,
    Thanks for the post. I had cancelled by Arrival+, 7 months back. Reading your previous post tells me that I should be eligible again to get the bonus (i.e. passed 6 months limit). But here is the question, In T&C for this offer says: “This onetime 50,000 miles bonus offer is valid for first-time Cardmembers with new accounts only.” Does it mean that they have changed their churnable policy and I will not be able to get the bonus again?

  3. adam d says:

    I signed up 3 1/2 months ago for a second time (1st arrival+ : 2013) sadly I think ima few months too late to match 🙁

  4. Austin says:

    If I previously had the Arrival+ but downgraded it to the Arrival about 6 months ago, could I get this bonus on another Arrival+?

    • Roberto says:

      No, I would close the Arrival first, then apply.

      Last AOR, I tried applying for an Arrival+ while having an Arrival and was denied the bonus. It took several calls to CSRs to get them to post the bonus miles and I got different stories on if I was really eligible because I already had an Arrival. I’d suggest saving yourself the headache I went through and just close your Arrival completely.

      • Roberto says:

        Just to clarify my above comment, I eventually was approved for the Arrival+ and got the 40k bonus, but it took several calls and follow ups with various reps. Sounds like all the hassle could have been avoided had I just closed my Arrival before applying.

  5. captainsave says:

    I have a different problem. Signed up but missed the spending by one day so i didn’t get the bonus. Cancel the card in march. Will i be eligible for the bonus?

    • James B. says:

      With Barclay it is recommended to wait at least 6 months before applying again for a new Barclay credit card.

      You should be eligible for the new 50k bonus.

  6. Quinn says:

    I opened the Arrival+ a week ago with 40,000 bonus. I sent a SM asking to be matched to the 50,000 offer and was denied 🙁 I’m going to try again by phone.

    • mjaredc says:

      Damn I was just getting ready to send in a SM too, but you answered that for me. I also applied last week for both myself and wife and just received the cards yesterday.

      If you get any luck speaking to a human let me know.

    • DrRyan_L says:

      Can You Post If Asking For A Supervisor worked? I also signed up too early. 🙁

  7. captainsave says:

    Got pending message. Whats barclay reconsider number?

  8. Kris says:

    How many Barclay cards can I have? I have Priceline Reward visa since Oct 2014 and other CC apps have been declined for a few times in 2015. Haven’t applied for any Barclay card in 2016.

  9. Patrick says:

    Any idea when this increased bonus offer will end?

  10. Preacher says:

    Can you hold 2 of these at the same time?

  11. Elo says:

    Two questions:
    1. Can I get the arrival plus if I currently have the no fee arrival? Seems like they are two different cards, so I’m assuming yes…
    2. Is it possible to use arrival points for a Global Entry fee?


  12. fathiss says:

    Sent a secure message and they denied the match. But in their response they addressed me by the wrong name! Called to speak to a supervisor to complain I may have a security breach due to the wrong name thing and to ask for the match. Put on hold for 5 minutes and she assured me no security breach (clerical error) but they would match to the 50,000 offer, especially due to the perception of a breach.
    Long story to say calling a supervisor worked but not sure if the special circumstance helped.

  13. John K says:

    If my spouse is an authorized user on my barclay arrival +, is she eligible to apply for this card and earn the bonus?

  14. Matt says:

    What bureau does Barclaycard typically pull? (I’m in NY). TU right? Good opportunity to dust off my TU file, the HPs are looking pretty barren on that one. My EX on the other hand…. 😛

  15. jd says:

    Damn, I wasn’t auto approved and went straight to pending. I had cancelled this card 10 months ago and currently have one other Barclay card which is about a year old and put $30k+ spending on in the last year.

    I guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed and wait out the pending status before calling reconsideration.

    • katye says:

      You are fine…I applied for this card a few times (6+ months between apps). #2 and #3 went into pending but both were eventually approved without calling in. Didn’t put as much spend as you did beyond the minimum requirement.

  16. Ken says:

    How sensitive is Barclays to recent new cards or inquiries? They pull TU for me and I have 0 pulls form them but plenty of new cards in the past 12 months and plenty of current cards as well.

    • Steve says:

      I applied and got denied. When I called recon they mentioned my AU card for my wife’s account was the reason. They did the recon and pulled a credit report but was still denied anyway as I have 9 cards within the last 6 months. YMMV

  17. bayguy says:

    I was shutdown in June 2015, any chance of approval now? Does anyone know how long Barclay keeps one in blacklist?

  18. Sa says:

    Same question as above for the veterans here: how long after the last aporama to apply fo Barclays cards?
    I was denied because of four new cards last three months. Was told to reaply “later”, when they could see how i am managing these new accounts. But wasn’t told after how long. Should i wait another three months or more or less? Thanks for advice.

  19. shashi says:

    What all barclay cards have best offers currently the can I apply to have only one Hard pull?

  20. Kay says:

    My Aviator Red AA card AF is coming due and they would not waive the fee. Time to close it and consider applying for the Arrival card instead.

  21. Corridor says:

    I applied under the 40k offer about a month ago. I called today and was told no by the front line rep. I asked to speak to a supervisor (manager) and she was able to honor it for me.

  22. PG says:

    Intended to apply for this card today, anyway, so increased sign up bonus is awesome. Auto approved with 2 new cards in last 3 mo and 5 in last 6. After having been denied twice for this card, this time I waited more than 6 mo since last application and made sure to put monthly spend on another card of theirs before closing it in a few months ago.

  23. Anon says:

    No dice on 50K match with SM or with front-line rep or with supervisor. Congrats to anyone who pulled it off.

  24. doug says:

    definitely considering this. will a product change to the regular arrival still be possible to completely avoid any AF? i dont see the regular arrival on their product list anymore so just wondering if anyone has an idea

  25. Ss says:

    “Points are worth $.01 per point when redeemed for travel (which makes the signup bonus worth $500)”

    Can I redeem them for airline gift cards if I don’t have any recent travel coming up? Thanks.

  26. howard says:

    is there any definitive answer as to whether non-citizens and non permanent residents can apply? I searched and found a related post, but there wasn’t a final answer either. Thanks Doc!

  27. mangoceviche says:

    Datapoint- Already have two Aviator cards. Closed Miles & More in July. Applied for Jetblue Plus and Miles & More in August – Denied Jetblue Plus but approved for Miles & More. Today applied for Jetblue Plus and was denied. After that, applied for Arrivals Plus and was approved. Both August Miles & More and today’s Arrivals Plus were auto approvals.

    I can’t figure out why I am having such a hard time getting approved for the Jetblue Plus.

  28. Nancy says:

    I applied for Jetblue Plus and Arrival+ both on the same day (Arrival + first). Both went to pending but Arrival + went to approved today. Not sure how the Jetblue is going to do.

  29. Gil says:

    Any idea when this offer will go away?

  30. Curmudgeon says:

    Data point:

    Bought a Marriott gift card ( for exactly $100 earlier this week. One day after the charge posted it showed up in the list of travel charges eligible to be reimbursed with points, so I burned up 10,000 points today.

    I had read where this worked a year or two ago but wanted my own current DP.

  31. Bungy says:

    Many many Data points: Applied for Jetblue biz and Arrival +.within minutes of each other. Got pending message and then denied. 48 hours later called recon. Barclays did NOT merge the inquiries. Jet blue was a hard no, they said the Arrival app never went through and was simply ignored. Recon asked if they could pull once again, I said yes. I had armed myself with all the right answers (started a new business, planning to travel lots, expanding my credit, wanted to use A+ as my daily). Concerned with average age and # of accounts. I told them I carry a near zero balance on over $100,000. I spend and pay consistency. Still I was approved over the phone finally for $10,0000 CL. They could not split the CL between jet blue and A+.

    I have FIVE TU pulls from Barclays for essentially one card in 9 months.
    I made a mistake and tried to increase my CL on my Barclaycards reward. -1
    Applied in october, pending then denied -1
    Called recon too late in November.was unprepared for the questions.Pulled TU again. Hard no -1
    Jet blue -1
    Arrival + on recon, now prepared. Approved with another pull -1

    If Barclays didn’t just pull TU, I would have given up long ago.

    A LOT has to do with the mood of the rep. Some say they do better with women. however my guy was very cheery and wanted to push this through I could tell.Recon in November was very short with me, called lasted 4 minutes and more or less hung up on me.

    After I was rejected in November, I put some spend on my old Rewards and promptly paid it off. Roughly $1500 over three months, no MS, as a sometimes daily with gas and food..

    750 FICO, 740 TU, 8/24 but more like 8/6. AAoA is very low, 1 year, 5 mo.

    Hope this helps.

  32. Bo says:

    Just applied and approved instantly. Had the Arrival+ two years ago. Three inquiries on TransUnion prior to application.

  33. Darv says:

    Applied for Arrival+ 09/2016. Final Arrival+ redemption 01/17. Product changed to Rewards Mastercard 02/17. Did one 50 cent Amazon reload with new Rewards card to trigger $10 bonus offer. Cashed out final $40 02/17. Canceled card 02/17. Applied for new Arrival+ 03/17, instantly approved. 10 TU inquiries including this latest pull.

    As for the product change, they said Rewards MC was not available but I said if it comes down to it, will close account, transferred to somebody else who promptly changed it.

    TU is about 800, at least 40/24.

  34. rab says:

    How do you spend $3000 in 90 days? Serious question.

  35. garaged says:

    Is there an end date on this Arrival+ offer?

  36. caroline says:

    I received invitation in the mail twice, finally applied today and got approval in less than 10 seconds. CL 12K, income $35K, Vantage score 771, FICO score 751, 3 hardpull in last 2 yrs, and 5/24 new accounts.

  37. Mel says:

    Whats the best way to meet the $3000 spend for the bonus?
    It seems that funding PNC bank account is now considered a cash advance on this card

  38. Gadget says:

    Applied for one. Approved, 12.5K, 775-ish FICO. Had the Barclay Arrival (non +) mid-last year, for the $200, but closed it once I was done spending my rewards. Because I am a recent customer, got instant online access using my login info from last card. However, I can’t see the full CC and no CVC, so I can’t start my spend. Submitted a SM to get the card expedited, with a story about why… hopefully I get it early, and not at the full price ($15). Not the end of the world either way I suppose.

    • Gadget says:

      SM Response = “Regrettably, we are unable to expedite your new card”. And, a very long pre-canned response about the new card, that it will take 7-10 days, etc etc.

  39. bob says:

    Can I downgrade this card sometime after meeting and redeeming the bonus to avoid the annual fee?

  40. DTN says:

    Data point: I purchsed giftcards on and I was able to redeem the charge as a travel credit. And you can use your $500 as part of your $3000 spend – just make sure it falls within 120 days or it will roll off the travel statement webpage.

  41. Debt Hater says:

    I have a Sallie Mae card (called Commence now), and was denied when I applied for Barclay for too many inquiries/too many accounts. Credit score around 780, it’s strange as I actually have no recent inquiries on my TransUnion report. Have recently received a new Amex card, but that hard pull was not listed on TU. I’m thinking it has to be the Sallie Mae account based on some previous comments – but that’s only one?

  42. GM says:

    I used to have the Arrival Plus last year but don’t remember this.. It’s asking if I’m a US citizen (which I am not). Will that affect my application approval chances?

    • Dee says:

      I recently applied for the AAdvantage Aviator Red a week back and my application went into pending (“denied” on the application status page). Called Recon and was told I needed to submit addl documentation namely, social security card, driver’s license and address proof. I assumed it was due to my NOT being a citizen. They approved me after mailing the copies in so as long as you can provide those, your citizenship status shouldnt have any negatve impact.

  43. GM says:

    I actually went ahead and applied with the correct information, was approved instantly.

  44. Jake N says:

    Applied for Arrival+ last night and went to pending automatically because I had frozen my EXP and EQX. Called recon and was denied due to “too many new accounts opened” and that “we want to see you have more history with these new cards”.

    I’ve opened 5 accounts in 2017, 10 in the last 12 months.

    Have an Aviator with them since 12/2014, and closed my Arrival+ in 10/2016.

    TU score ~800 and no TU pulls since 9/2015.

  45. KND says:

    I think it worth mentioning that the $500 in travel statement credits can only be applied to expenses of $100 or more.

    Also note, the last redemption I tried to make was capped at $100, even though the transaction was for $156; because my point balance was less than 12,500. Somewhere deep in the terms, it says the redemptions start at $100, then can increase incrementally by $25. I didn’t have enough points for $125, so I only got $100.

    Oddly enough, my previous redemptions had all been for oddball amounts above $100. But when I called to ask about it, they said the system was behaving inline with the benefit terms.

    Overall I was still happy with the >$500 in cash that I walked away with on this card.


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