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Barclays Makes Changes to Arrival Credit Cards

The Barclays Arrival credit cards have already been offering great benefits to card holders, and they have recently announced a few changes that are sure to impress current customers and lure plenty more people to the Barclays camp. Here are the changes that have been made to both versions of the Barclaycard Arrival.

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Arrival Plus

New Name!

The first change that will be noticed is the name of the card. Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard will now be known as Barclaycard Arrival Plus. There will be a new card introduced soon, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite, available to those cardholders with the highest level of creditworthiness. The Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard—No Annual Fee will now simply be called the Barclaycard World Arrival MasterCard. Also, the cards will feature an updated, slick looking design!

New Technology

While the name change will not affect most people in any significant way, the added security features are very important and desirable. Chip technology will be added as a layer of security to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. This will be a chip-plus-pin technology, but can be used as pin-only if that is the available technology. This helps protect cardholders from unauthorized use of their card and will also help to prevent fraud and identity theft.

Longer Redemption Period

Currently, you have 90 days to submit any travel expenses for redemption against your mileage account. The new policies will allow you to redeem your miles for up to 120 days, extending the time frame by a full month. This allows you a little more time to get organized and take care of the necessary submissions. The process is still very simple and seamless, you just have more time to get the job done!

Enjoy a Wider Range of Travel Redemption Options

Why limit yourself to only airline and hotel exchanges for points? The Barclaycard now includes bus, taxi, timeshare, limo, campgrounds, and many tourist attractions in their category of “travel expenses,” which allows you greater flexibility when redeeming your miles!

Many Great Features Remain the Same!

These new features are just that—new features. Cardholders will still be enjoying the many great benefits of the Barclays cards, including huge sign on bonuses of 40,000 or 20,000 miles, depending on which version of the card you have (the Plus version or regular version). You will have easy access to your FICO score at any time when you access your online account. There are no foreign transaction fees.

And, you will get your annual 10% bonus of mileage points added to your account each year based on your yearly travel mileage accruals. Enjoy anytime access to an online shopping portal which offers you great deals and discounts, as well as even more bonus points.


The new additions to the Barclays card are great ones, particularly the security features like the chip and pin technology. With the easy access to self checkouts, credit card fraud is on the rise. No signature is verified at these kiosk stations, so requiring the use of a pin will help protect card holders on another level. Also, Barclays used to offer an introductory 0% APR, but this is not currently available.

The added features help to offset this little drawback. All in all, this card offers huge opportunities to accumulate and use mileage points, with a redemption rate of 2.22% after you figure in all of the bonuses you will receive for travel redemption. That is certainly one of the highest in the industry, currently. Even if you keep this card for the short term and pay no annual fee for the first year, the bonuses that you get can make it worth your while!