A reader writes that he used 8,010 Arrival miles to avoid paying the annual fee on his Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days.
- worth a fixed amount toward any travel redemption (1.11 to 1.14 cents) unlike regular miles which are redeemed according to a region-based award chart
- equally good for hotel, car, flight, and cruise (and more) redemptions unlike regular miles which are only good for flights
- able to be redeemed retroactively for up to 120 days unlike regular miles which you need to have in your account before booking your flight
In my last post about redeeming Arrival miles to buy American Airlines miles for zero cash, a ton of people were confused, so I suggest everyone read How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles.
Beside the obvious flights and hotels, I’ve shown that Arrival miles can be redeemed for:
- Airbnb rentals (by the way, three ways to save money on Airbnb rentals)
- the taxes on award tickets booked with regular airline miles
- LifeMiles or AAdvantage miles
A longtime reader just emailed me about a new use for Arrival miles that I didn’t know. His annual fee showed up on the page where travel purchases are listed.
He selected to remove his $89 annual fee for 8,900 miles. Like all other travel redemptions, he was immediately credited his 10% rebate on redeemed miles, which was 890 miles. That meant the net cost for not paying his annual fee was 8,010 Arrival miles.
Is this a good use of his Arrival miles?
Arrival miles are worth a fixed value, so all uses are good uses of Arrival miles as long as the thing for which you are redeeming is a good deal with cash.
The ability to redeem Arrival miles for the annual fee is good news for people with the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®.
I can basically count my Arrival miles as cash as long as I have enough purchases counted as “travel purchases” to redeem all my miles for them. Adding to the list of things that count helps. Of course, the definition of travel purchases is already so broad, and I travel so much that this is not a problem for me. Just the other day, I made two redemptions to knock $75 off my statement balance and reduce my mileage balance to 300 Arrival miles.
The Arrival Plus is one of three cards I travel abroad.
Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days
- Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases
- No mileage caps or foreign transaction fees
- Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
- Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates
- Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
- Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer – a $49 annual value!
- Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active cardmembers. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account.
Application Link: Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®