Posted by Chuck on September 6, 2016
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Published on September 6th, 2016 | by Chuck

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Barclay Arrival Plus is Back, No-Fee Arrival Gone Completely

The Barclay Arrival Plus Mastercard with an $89 annual fee is back up for signup via public channels. Conversely, the no-fee Arrival version is gone even from affiliate channels and downgrading options.

Arrival Plus

The Arrival+ was gone from standard signup channels since May, although it’s always been available via affiliate channels (creditcards.com and similar affiliates).

It’s now available through a public link as well, as well as direct phone signup.

Direct Link for online applications

[This comes up as the second search result from Google. Oddly, the first result still shows the Check Back Later to Apply message.]

I called up Barclay’s application center (800-307-0341), and the rep there confirmed that it wasn’t available for phone signup for some time, but it came back a few days ago.

No-Fee Arrival

The No-Fee Arrival was in the same boat as the Arrival+ for the past few months, and was only available for signup via affiliate channels. Within the past few days, it’s been removed from all signup channels completely.

Moreover, my friend Leanna from Milesforfamily tells me that reader Lisa tried product changing her Arrival+ to the no-fee version, and was told the option isn’t available currently. Instead, they recommended she change the card to the Barclay Rewards card.

We don’t know that the no-fee Arrival is being discontinued completely (rep I spoke to at Barclay’s application line didn’t seem to think so). I do think it’s possible they’ll discontinue the card completely given the release of the Cash Forward card in December.

Update: In the comments of this post, many confirm that the no-fee Arrival is still available for downgrade. They might not give that option to everyone, but the card is certainly still around somewhat.

Thanks again to Leanna from Milesforfamily for some of this info



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Jonathan Khoo
Jonathan Khoo

fwiw i downgraded my aviator red to the no-fee arrival about a week or two ago.

Ariel
Ariel

DP: I called in 8/25/16 to downgrade my Arrival+. At least as of that day, normal Arrival was available as a downgrade option. Though after the person offered me that, I asked if there was anything else, and he offered me the Barclay Rewards card. I ended up doing that so I can re-apply for the A+ in the future.

Andy F.
Andy F.

Do you downgrade after card anniversary and annual fee posted? Thanks!

Ariel
Ariel

My account was about 9 months old, so before the fee.

Jason d
Jason d

They devalued thr arrival + completely and not worth an $89 fee for 5% points back and no ft fees. Sounds like they are willing to keep it there for anyone that wants to lay down thr annual fee. I’ll be converting to the rewards card if they wont let. Me do the arrival in Feb.

Ric
Ric

My annual fee is due now and I’ll be downgrading, when can I reapply for it to get the sign up bonus again?

William Charles

There is no official rule, most people wait at least three months though.

sam
sam

Just got off the phone with Barclay , was offered the option to downgrade to no fee Arrival card.

J T
J T

Arrival was offered to me as a downgrade option on 9/2, when I called about spending bonus and/or AF refund on my Arrival+. I had to ask for a supervisor to get an offer: $50 statement credit for $1k spend/mo x 3 consecutive months.

This must be very recent or perhaps at the discretion of each CSR?

Gloobnib
Gloobnib

DP – I was able to downgrade arrival+ to arrival on Sunday 9/4. At first they told me no option to downgrade to a no AF card, so I came back with “Ok then, I guess I’ll just need to close the account”. A transfer to retention dept and (Surprise!) the no AF arrival was an option. I also was offered a 10K bonus ($100 travel rebate) after first spend.

John K
John K

How long have you had the card? Have you paid an annual fee?

Gloobnib
Gloobnib

I had it for either 2 or 3 years. I definitely paid at least one AF.

Stvr
Stvr

The no annual fee Arrival card is a hidden gem. It’s the only card of my 25 credit cards that works at train machines and McDonald’s kiosks in France. And it earns 2% on all those purchases! And it earns it at the more favorable MasterCard rate.

Jeff
Jeff

Agree. I can also still redeem travel purchases at the $25 level as well unlike Arrival+ which is now $100 minimum.

James
James

I just use the old Priceline card which is better than the A+ let alone regular Arrival. It’s hilarious how they upgraded the Priceline card to no forex fee and 10% bonus on redemptions a while back then gutted the A+. Makes no sense.

Patrick
Patrick

Yup, this is why I still carry the A+. Spend 50k+ on foreign transactions a year, so $89 is nothing for a favorable FX rate and 2.1% back.

Bo
Bo

Is the 40,000 mile good enough to take a credit inquiry hit? what can the miles be redeemed for?

Mark
Mark

I have closed the Barclay arrival 4-5 months ago, am I eligible to receive bonus again if approved?

LiteHedded
LiteHedded

why would anyone want to downgrade to the no annual fee arrival anyway as it precludes you from getting the arrival + bonus a second time?

the rewards mastercard is the better play

farsighted99
farsighted99

I don’t understand something here. I got the Arrival Plus for the bonus last year. What’s the difference between the Arrival no fee and the Arrival plus? (except for not paying the fee)…

do you still get 2X off? I find it a little disconcerting to have to fiddle with the account online to get the credits, but do like the idea of using it without having to sign everywhere in Europe…

Though downgrading it at no cost sounds ok if you still get the 2X rewards. What about forex charges?

Ben
Ben

I have it on good authority that the no-fee Arrival will be back next week, at least for affiliates.

William Charles

Thanks, Ben.

Lisa M.
Lisa M.

I was the Lisa that Leanna had referenced in her note. I think that I may have not explained my situation thoroughly. When I tried to downgrade two weeks ago from the Arrival+ to the no-fee Arrival, the CSR said that I could do it, but he also suggested the Barclay Rewards card. I find the Rewards card to be a better option because it allows you to redeem at 1,000 points ($10) versus Arrival at 2,500 points ($25). Also, you can get 2x points on gas, utility and grocery versus 2x points on travel and dining (Arrival). Plus, it frees you up to still apply to the Arrival+ again.

Jan B
Jan B

My Arrival Plus has been closed for about two years now. I got it back in the day when the application bonus was generous. I thought I had read that if you had the card once with bonus, you were no longer eligible for the bonus in the future….ever, not just two years.

Has this changed or was never the case? My relationship with Barclays is pretty good and I would love to have the Arrival Plus again. I can offer to close another card with them on the reconsideration call.

Any info on this? Don’t want to waste a perfectly good inquiry for nada (bonus).

Suzy
Suzy

Same as I was thinking. Under Important Information it says:
This offer is available to new cardmembers only.

Might mean you can get the card again BUT without the bonus.

Anyone RECENTLY receive new bonus again?

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