Barclays Waives Annual Fee for first year on Arrival Plus Credit Card

Arrival Plus Credit Card

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Back in July, Barclays re-launched the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® with a 60,000 point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days of card membership. This is the highest introductory offer ever on this card, however, they were no longer waiving the annual fee for the first year.

As of today (9/24/18) Barclays is once again waiving the $89 annual fee for the first year of card membership, greatly increasing the value proposition of the welcome bonus offer. This is an excellent offer that provides a no-frills way to get $700 off of your travels.

  • Enjoy 60,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase
  • Book travel your way—no airline, seat or hotel restrictions—and redeem your miles for travel statement credits
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • International Chip and PIN for use at self-service chip terminals around the world
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Annual Fee: $89 (waived the first year)
  • See Rates & Fees


Our Analysis

When Barclays launched the new Barclays Arrival Premier card, this card had been removed for new applications. Much like the Capital One Venture card, the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® is extremely popular due to its ease of use when redeeming the miles for travel-related statement credits.

It is important to note that the minimum redemption is 10,000 miles ($100 towards travel). Because of this, you will need to be strategic when you use them.

The welcome bonus on this card is extremely attractive and can be used to greatly reduce the cost of your travels. If you were to apply for this card and meet the $5,000 spending requirement to earn the welcome bonus, you would end up with 70,000 Arrival miles ($5,000 earning 2x on all purchases plus the 60,000-mile welcome offer).

Arrival miles are great for travel expenses that can’t be covered by traditional points and miles programs such as Airbnb stays, train tickets, flight deals you find here at Thrifty Traveler, cruises, booking rental cars, and much more.


Bottom Line

It’s great to see Barclays once again waiving the annual fee on the Arrival Plus card for the first year of card membership. I think it makes the card more approachable to new cardmembers.

Additionally, it is a fantastic product that can provide serious value for many travelers. Being that it is chip & pin capable, it is also a great option for your spending while traveling overseas where the chip & pin technology is prevalent.


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