What Counts As “Travel” For The Barclays Arrival

This page will list items that count as travel and can be redeemed for 1 mile = 1¢ and which don’t count as travel and can only be redeemed for 1 mile = 0.5¢ for the Barclay Arrival credit card.

 

 

 

 

 

Not counting as travel and you believe it should?

Contact Barclays, in most cases they will be willing to make a one time exception if you could’ve legitimately thought it should be counted.

Counts As Travel

  • Booking.com: 1
  • Delta gift cards: 1, 2
  • Hotwire: 1
  • Lfyt rides: 1
  • MBTA Commuter Rail: 1
  • NYC Metrocard: 1, 2
  • Orbitz: 1
  • Priceline.com: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Southwest gift cards: 1
  • Undercover tourist: 1
  • Viator (although they had some problems redeeming and had to call): 1, 2
  • WMATA (Washington DC Metro): 1

Doesn’t Count As Travel

Most of the trains in Europe will be coded as rail-freight instead of rail-passenger and as such won’t count as travel. This is because the businesses pay a lower credit card processing fee on rail-freight when compared to rail-passenger purchases.

Conflicting Reports

 

  • Amtrak tickets:
    • Doesn’t count: 1
    • Does count: 1, 2
  • Priceline bidding:
    • Doesn’t count: 1
    • Does count: 1

 


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Andrey
Andrey

Actually, Barclay refused to redeem a hotel reservation I made via booking.com arguing that it had a merchant code of ‘Sporting and Recreational Camps.’
It was a 4* Spa Residence in a resort town in French Alps mind you.
I made it very clear to them but they just didn’t seem to care.

Jody
Jody

Disney Vacation Account coded as travel for me — possible implications: dining & souvenirs (via gift card after waiting period), annual passes

Amanda
Amanda

Nice. Great idea.

Pizza
Pizza

Adding Chicago Ventra “transit value” (at least made through the app) counts as travel. This is for greater Chicago’s Metra commuter trains, the ‘L’, and Chicago and Pace buses.

John
John

United Mileage Plus X app Uber purchase of $100+ supposedly works. But did not work for me.

HML
HML

Worked for me in December 2018

Anony Mouse
Anony Mouse

Another DP of Southwest gift cards purchased from southwest.com coding as travel and redeemable for statement credit on Barclays Arrival Plus 9/6/2017. Worked like a charm! I did need to wait a few days after the purchase posted before I could redeem in Arrival+ Rewards Center.

Kevin
Kevin

Alaska Air does not count.

Kevin
Kevin

Nevermind. Forgot that travel purchases must be $100+. Alaska may work.

John
John

Trenitalia codes as travel, both for online ticket purchases and for automated kiosk/machine sales. Italian ferries do not code as travel for me; they apparently use some other merchant code. (information as of summer 2017)

Paul
Paul

Polrail coded as travel for us.

Nick
Nick

Does anyone know if Delta gift cards purchased at Delta.com code as travel for the Barclays Arrival+ card?

beat2def
beat2def

DP: I redeemed $500 worth of points with National Car Rental.

R J
R J

I have 5K points on the Arrival (not plus) that I want to burn off and close the card (as a new 60K bonus will be available for the Arrival Plus).

Will Parks Canada count for the travel credit? I have a proposed CAD $78.40 national parks entry fee

Monica Kim
Monica Kim

Booked Homeaway and it didn’t qualify. Called to argue but they said no.

Ash
Ash

does booking an activity on expedia counts as travel?
Also, buying a uber/lyft giftcard directly or via mpx works?

Chris
Chris

Curious, if you buy refundable airline travel and receive travel credit, what happens if you cancel travel?

Noah
Noah

DP: I made a one time payment to my prepaid New York State EZ-Pass for $105 with my Barclays Arrival Plus. While the charge has cleared, Barclays says I have no redemption-eligible travel purchases, so I guess EZpass is out.

Chuck

Same here

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