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According to a post by Gary Leff of View from the Wing, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® will be closed to new applications starting today. Although there has been no official word from Barclays, the information seems credible. At this point, it's unclear whether the change is a temporary pause on new applications or if the card will be discontinued entirely.

Current Offer

The current offer is the largest ever for the  Arrival Plus—70,000 after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. The bonus alone is worth $700, plus you receive an additional 10,000 miles for meeting the minimum spend requirement, worth another $100.

That's a total of $800 in free travel charged to your card.

If you want a more detailed breakdown of the card, check out our full review.  Here's the short version:

The card is especially valuable for travelers that like simplicity: Unlike other types of points that require knowledge of various frequent flyer and hotel programs to maximize value, the Arrival Plus earns miles that have a fixed cash value of one cent per point. Although this structure means there aren't opportunities to get oversized value, the beauty of this rewards program is the ability to erase any travel purchase greater than $100.

To use your miles, you simply pay for travel with the card and redeem your rewards online as a credit that on your next statement. There are two big advantages to this system:

  1. Since you're paying for travel with a credit card, bookings will earn credit towards elite status with loyalty programs.
  2. You don't have to worry about blackout dates or award availability. If a flight or hotel night is for sale, you can use your Arrival Miles to save.

In general, this card is ideal for folks who meet any of the following criteria:

  • You generally book inexpensive economy flights
  • You do more domestic travel than international
  • You care about earning elite status with one or more loyalty programs
  • You don't have the time or interest in learning redemption strategy for airline and hotel programs
  • You would like to use rewards for travel expenses that are hard to book with other types of points (for example, rail travel, Airbnb, cruises or group tours)

There are tons of other great reasons to check out this card which we cover in more detail in this post. We also cover who is eligible to get this card. In short, you won't be eligible if you currently have the card, you opened another personal card with Barclays in the last six months, or you have opened six or more personal cards in the past 24 months.

Our Take

The Arrival Plus has been near the top of our list since the bonus increased to 70,000 points in late 2018. When cards are discontinued, it can end up being good news for those who are able to apply before the deadline, since it's likely the bank who issued the discontinued card will replace it with something else you may be able to get in the future.

For clarity, there has been no official announcement from Barclay about this change, although the post cited below does quote a high-level source on the record. If you do choose to apply, using our links for the Arrival Plus, will help support the blog and future development of AwardWallet. Thanks!

Source: View from the Wing

Barclay Arrival Plus is Closing to New Applications Today
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