The Best New Travel Rewards Cards on the Block: Barclaycard Arrival World / Plus World Elite MasterCard

By Mark Jackson. Last updated 11 September 2014. 0 comments

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Sometimes, you really need a good travel credit card. One that's on your side. One that has your back. The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® and Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® are both great credit cards for a number of reasons. Let's dig in and see if they're right for you and your family!

Card Benefits: Points

For the Arrival Plus World Elite card, there is currently a sign-up offer for 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. This is a great bonus, and at one cent per mile earned, that means it's a $400 bonus!

You'll earn two miles per dollar spent on the card. There is no wondering which categories to spend your money on like with other credit cards. This one takes out all the dirty work and makes it super simple, giving you 2% back on every dollar you spend.

For the Arrival World card, you’ll see similar, but lessened, benefits.  A sign up offer of 20,000 bonus miles for spending $1,000 in the first three months is up for grabs. You’ll be able to earn two miles per dollar spent on the card when it's used for travel and dining purchases, while all other purchases will net you one mile per dollar spent. 

For both cards, you have several options for how to redeem your points. You can simply take the "cash back" option, which allows you to receive just that — money back! Or, you can take the better option, in my opinion, which is the travel reimbursement. Simply make a travel purchase using your credit card. Then, when it appears on your statement, select "Pay Yourself Back." The eligible travel purchases will appear, and you can use your points to pay for all or part of your purchase in 2,500 point increments! As an added bonus, you'll receive 10% of your redeemed points back automatically, instantly, essentially earning 2.2 points per dollar!

Other Benefits

You'll receive a TripIt Pro subscription with both cards, which is a great service that I use often. It essentially culls through your e-mail, looking for travel reservations that are sent automatically when you book such things. It then automatically uploads that information to your TripIt account, and you have a nice tidy itinerary of all of your upcoming travels! TipIt Pro costs $49 annually, so it's a nice perk!

Both cards also have no foreign transaction fees on this card, which is great because often cards try to charge you three percent of every purchase when international, and it makes them very ideally suited for travel use.

Finally, you'll also receive your FICO score each month on your statement, so you can keep an eye out on your credit.

Costs

The Elite card has an annual fee of $89, which is waived for your first year. Considering the benefits, this card is well worth it.

The World card, despite having lessened benefits, comes with no annual fees along with a special introductory APR of 0% for your first year on purchases and balance transfers.

Pros

  • Easy miles redemption
  • Great sign-up bonuses
  • Generous points system
  • No foreign transaction fees

Cons

  • No transfer partners
  • Fixed redemption rate
  • $89 annual fee for the Elite card (but waived the first year)

Who These Cards Are Best For

I think both cards are absolutely great for frequent travelers. They offers rewards for those that travel often, and makes it fee-free when using the card abroad. Even more so, each one offers regular card users a lot of points for using them consistently, and reports your credit score to you twelve times per year.

Click here to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®.

Click here to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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