Ready for a total makeover? Barclaycard is changing their name, adding to their business in the states, and releasing a new card.
Barclays Arrival Premier
Until recently, the Barclaycard Arrival came in two flavors, with the Plus offering a few more benefits in exchange for an annual fee. Go take a look at their application page, and you’ll notice no more links for Arrival Plus cards!
Folks have reported the following Arrival Premier benefits after speaking with customer service representatives:
- An annual fee of $150
- Global entry credit (
I have a few extra if you need one…all taken guys, sorry!)
- Annual bonuses of 15,000 points after $15,000 in spend, an additional 10,000 points after $25,000 total annual spend
Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about a sign-up bonus at this point, but I’m confident we’ll see one come through. Looking over Barclays’ past card bonuses, they seem to be a fan of the 40,000 to 50,000 range. I’m going to bet on a 50,000 sign-up for the first few months, and then 40,000 thereafter on the Arrival Premier. The Arrival Plus had the same exact bonus structure.
Will Arrival Premier Points be Transferable?
We’ve also heard from Frequent Miler that the Arrival Premier card will have transferable points. There will be at least a handful of partners to transfer to. Looking at Barclays’ current cobrand offerings, some logical partners would be American Airlines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Lufthansa. If you’ll let me include hotel partners, Barclays already has cards for Choice and Wyndham hotels. If Barclays does offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, that’s 3 nights in any Wyndham, plenty of short JetBllue trips, or a roundtrip on American Airlines.
(Hopefully, the card gives us one more way to rack up TrueBlue points!)
Barclays has a large stable of cobrand cards, though not necessarily best in class offerings. Cruises anyone? How about transferring these new Arrival Premier points to Princess, Carnival, or Holland America? Although it’s probably not where we’d move points, I think this could be a useful option for the average consumer.
The credit card game continues to heat up. Chase continues to release new cards. American Express captured the Hilton portfolio. With the new JetBlue account, the recent introduction of the cobranded Uber card, Barclays is definitely becoming more competitive. If you don’t have a Barclays card in your wallet yet, you may soon!
H/T to Doctor of Credit and Frequent Miler
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I just received this card with. No sign up fee and 40000 miles
Hi Ricci, I think you might be referring to the Arrival Plus. The Arrival Premier is an all-new card that hasn’t been released quite yet.
I noticed on your post above that you have some extra global entry credits. I’m interested in one of you are willing to spare. Please let me know. Thank you in advance for your kind gesture.
You may need to update this post. Doc is reporting (update #4) this a.m. that, “There will be NO sign up bonus on this card.”
Barclay’s apparently is banking on the assumption that there’s lots of suckers out there, and if Doc is right, waiting to see how many will sign up for a no bonus non-offer.
Happens I have 2 legacy Barclay’s cards…. (hanging onto the Wyndham one, much superior to the current watered down WR varieties)
Yet you breathlessly claim Barclay’s is “definitely” becoming more competitive. Well, in the scheme of things, hope you’re right, but not as yet convinced.
Thanks escot! Bank and credit card competition is always welcome in my book. As with all new cards, more info to come 😉
If you still have some global entry credits to spare, I would like one also. Thanks.
If you are serious that you have global entry credits, I would for sure be interested in that.