Barclaycard Video: How to Redeem Arrival Miles

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Arrival miles can be redeemed for any travel expense like any flight (no blackouts), taxes and fees on award tickets, hotels, airbnb, car rentals, cruises, and more. After the 10% rebate on all travel redemptions and the fact that you earn 2 miles per dollar on the purchase before you remove it from your account with a redemption, this card offer 2.28% back toward travel on all purchases.

Barclaycard has put out a video about how to redeem Arrival miles, which I think is a smart move. The incredibly simple process is still widely misunderstood, and this 1 minute video should clear that up. (Of course, I don’t think any blog readers here are confused because I’ve published How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles with step-by-step screen shots.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDeSpqEoye4

A couple things to note about the video:

  • It mentions you earns 2x miles on travel purchases. On the no-annual-fee Arrival card, you earn 2x on travel and 1x on everything else. On the Arrival Plus, you earn 2x miles on everything.
  • They mention that 2,500 miles = $25 statement credit. True, but with the Arrival Plus, you also get a 10% rebate on miles redeemed for statement credits to offset travel. So the net is 2,250 miles = $25 statement credit.
  • There is a tiny, tiny error in the simulated redemption that $1,122.22 = 112,222 miles. They actually round up to the nearest 100 miles: 112,300 miles. As I said, tiny.

Right now the Arrival Plus is offering 40,000 bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. Because it also earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, just meeting the minimum spending requirement gives you 46,000 Arrival miles. Because of the 10% rebate on travel redemptions, having 46,000 Arrival miles is worth more than $500 in free flights, hotels, car rentals, or other travel expenses. The Arrival Plus is the card I put all my spending on that can’t earn a category or sign up bonus. I always carry it–even abroad because there are no foreign transaction fees.


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  1. Just a note about Barclays rounding-up process. That may have changed. Recently, I used points to pay for an $80.65 travel expense, and Barclays required 8065 points, not 8100 points. But as you say, it’s a tiny issue.

  2. This has been a great card for me.

    I travel a lot for work and put it all on this card. I then apply my points for travel credits.

    Even wine stores are listed as travel! 😉

    In addition to the bonus, I”ve redeemed hundreds of dollars in statement credits on top of it.

    No points are more flexible than cash!

  3. I booked a vacation rental home on homeaway.com and Barclay would not reimiburse me for it. They said rental homes don’t count as travel. This article stated that airbnb was redeemable with points. Is there something I need to do differently?

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