Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Review: A Great Rewards Card

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

The Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard® is a great rewards credit card. Why you ask? Well, by signing up for the Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® and spending $3,000 in the first 90 days you qualify for $400 in travel rewards.

Not only that, but when you redeem miles for travel with the Barclaycard Arrival you also get 10% back in points bringing the total value to at least $440! Before I get on with my Barclaycard Arrival™ review, I’d like to share my personal experience with using the Barclay Arrival™ World Mastercard® and redeeming the points for travel.


If you would like to read about Barclays new card, make sure to check out my Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® review.


The Barclaycard Arrival™ was recently named the best travel reward card by Money Magazine because of the great deal it offers for those looking for a solid rewards card. With that in mind, if you’re looking for a way to earn points to fund free travel, this could be the right card for you.

From personal experience, using the Arrival World Mastercard was as easy as could be. My wife and I needed to cover our expenses for a business trip which we knew would require around $400 in hotel costs. We knew that we wanted to find a way to not have to pay for our hotel costs ourselves and that is when the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard® came into play.

Our trip came and went and we needed to redeem the points on my card. Calling Barclays to redeem was extremely simple. After a few minutes, my points were redeemed and were applied to my account within a couple of days. We did the same thing with my wife’s card when we went Vegas recently for my birthday and used her Barclay Arrival™ World Mastercard® while there to cover part of our lodging along with another card we had churned.

Related: If you’re looking for more travel rewards, then check out my Lufthansa Premier Miles & More® World Masercard® review.

Awesome Features of the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®

  • You can earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days -that’s enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit! There is one caveat to this though. There are two card options (which I will get into later) that allow you to earn either 20,000 (the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard®) or 40,000 bonus miles (the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®).
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country using the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard®.
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing.
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home.
  • You can earn 2X miles on all purchases using your Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®. On the other version you receive 2X miles on all travel and dining purchases and 1X miles on all other purchases.
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates.
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits. So, the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® gives you 1,000 miles back if you redeem 10,000 miles.
  • Book the travel you want – airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase.
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival™ cardmembers .
  • Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer, a $49 value.
  • If you travel regularly, it’s easy to manage with the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard® in terms of notating your account. They’ve added a new feature to the site that allows you to notify them when and where you’ll be traveling so you can handle it at your convenience as opposed to calling in to notify them.

Features are only as good as the benefit you can see them giving you, so I am going to share some of the biggest benefits I see with the features of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®. The one that jumps off the page to me is the ability to get at least $440 in reward points towards my next trip by spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

The other benefit is that I can take this trip whenever I want to without having to clear it with Barclays first. This was perfect for our business trip and with Mrs. Frugal Rules signing up for the credit card as well, it meant we had enough rewards points on her Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard® to afford the hotel stay for our business trip and also had over $400 to go towards our Vegas trip for my birthday.

Drawbacks of the Barclay Arrival™ World MasterCard®

  • The main drawback to the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard® is the two card option. The first one has no annual fee and earns you 20,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. The second card doubles that bonus mileage, but comes with an $89 annual fee. For those choking after reading that last sentence, the annual fee is waived for the first year.

My Take on the Barclaycard Arrival™

Beyond the annual fee issue, the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® has virtually no fees associated with it. They offer a very nice rewards system that has no blackout dates or restrictions to boot and was thus a no brainer for me to sign up for. I know the argument behind not using credit cards to get rewards points is that you may end up spending more. I will say that if that is a temptation of yours, then getting the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®  is likely not something you should do.

That said, we’re disciplined enough in our spending that I’m not concerned about us falling into the temptation of overspending.

The spending requirement is a very competitive one in light of the rewards points you’re able to earn and even better since you have the 2x points option with the Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® option. If you do apply for the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®, you will be given the option at sign up as to which card you want to choose – the annual fee or no annual fee card.

Like I said at the beginning, we used the Barclaycard Arrival™ to cover our hotel expenses for our business trip last year as well as our trip to Vegas earlier this year. For those that don’t like rewards cards, but prefer a cash back card instead, you can check out my Discover it® card review to see how that card could fit your needs as it’s similar to the Chase Freedom card. I know that earning credit card rewards is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a nice way to get someone else to pay towards that next vacation, then the Arrival World Mastercard could be a great option for you.

Do you like to take advantage of credit card rewards points like those available through the Barclaycard Arrival™ World Mastercard®? If so, what’s your favorite new one, I want to know!

* Revised from original review on June 5, 2013

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