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Right now, you cannot apply for an Arrival Plus, the card that normally offers 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in three months, which is worth $456 in free travel, and 2.28% back on all purchases. See my full breakdown of the Arrival Plus.
When the Arrival Plus is re-released soon, it will have four negative changes according to Mommy Points:
- Current cardholders get a 10% rebate on miles redeemed to offset travel purchases (How to Redeem Arrival Miles). That will drop to 5% for new cardholders. This drops the value of an Arrival mile from 1.14 cents to 1.075 cents. I guarantee every other blogger gets this valuation wrong. See this post for the math.
- The minimum redemption will increase from 2,500 miles for $25 off of a travel purchase to 10,000 miles for $100 off a travel purchase. This will greatly increase breakage (the inability to redeem all your miles) or increase engagement with the card as people try to get to 10,000 miles.
- The definition of “travel” will lose “tourist attractions,” which means that what we can redeem our Arrival miles against will decrease slightly. I’ll have a full post when we know the new definition of travel purchases.
- The free TripIt Pro subscription for cardmembers will end.
For existing cardholders, these changes will begin in November 2015 if you got the card on September 30, 2014 or earlier, and in August 2016 if you got the card on October 1, 2014 or later.
All of these changes stink, but overall they’re not huge changes.
I have stopped using my Arrival Plus because I prefer my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card. The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Points can be redeemed for 1.25 cents toward any flight, or they can be transferred to 11 airlines. Plus the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers 3x points on travel purchases and 2x on dining out and entertainment.
Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.