The Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® is one of the best travel cards for many reasons. One of those reasons is that you can get the card at the last minute and still get “free travel” with your miles. Unlike other cards, you don’t have to earn a signup bonus before you can book award travel.
With this card, you can book travel, pay off the expenses, and then once you earn the signup bonus you’ll redeem the miles to reimburse yourself for the travel you already took. The only catch is to make sure that you redeem the miles for those expenses within 120 days.
Why is this such a great perk? It’s because you can take a trip on a whim without the headache and extensive planning that travel rewards sometimes involves. You can also get this card expedited or sent overnight, which helps even more with the short-notice planning. More on that in a second.
Reasons to Love this Card
We love the flexibility of this card. It’s a key component of the Richmond Savers free Disney guide, and can be used for a variety of travel expenses. Everything from flights, to hotels, to train rides, to Disney tickets (purchased through Undercover Tourist) can be redeemed as “travel” with this card, as long as they cost $100 or more. The possibilities are almost endless.
Here are a few of the best perks:
- Earn 70,000 miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days
- You’ll earn a minimum of 10,000 extra miles, making this worth a minimum of $800 in travel credit!
- Use miles to redeem for travel credit for any travel purchase over $100 made in the last 120 days
- $89 annual fee waived the 1st year.
How to Expedite Your Card
When you’re applying for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus credit card, pay special attention on the application page. In the employment and financial information section, you’ll notice there is a question asking if you want express delivery of the card to your house. Simply click “Yes” and your credit card will be expedited to your mailbox.
Sadly, expedited shipping isn’t free. The cost is $15 per card. Usually, you’ll only ask to receive one card. That said, if you asked for authorized user cards, you’ll get charged an additional $15 per authorized user card.
Why Expedited Shipping May Make Sense
You may be wondering why anyone would pay $15 to get a credit card a couple days earlier. Believe it or not, paying for expedited shipping makes sense in certain situations.
The most common situation where expedited shipping makes sense is if you have a large purchase(s) that must be made on a certain day. In that case, getting the card expedited may give you the ability to get the large purchases applied toward your sign up bonus spending rather than having to put it on a different card, which wouldn’t provide as much value.
A similar reason to get the card expedited is to put travel expenses on your card. If you decide to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus just a few days prior to leaving for a vacation, expediting the card may mean you can use the card on your trip. Then, after the bonus miles post to your account, you can use your miles to get travel statement credits for the charges that count as travel.
When to Skip Expedited Shipping
Paying for expedited shipping doesn’t make sense for everyone. If you know hitting your $3,000 minimum spending requirement won’t be a problem and you don’t have any travel planned in the near future, it probably makes more sense to get regular shipping and avoid the $15 fee.
Is Free Expedited Shipping Possible? Our Experience
Some have reported the ability to get expedited shipping for free or having the expedited shipping fee waived. While it may be possible, here is my wife’s and my firsthand experience with expedited shipping on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus.
Both my wife and I applied for this card a few years ago. At the time, there was no expedited shipping option on the application, so we both called Barclaycard customer service and asked for expedited shipping. Both times, the representatives overnighted us our cards with no extra fees.
Earlier this year, my wife and I applied for this card again. We didn’t check the box for expedited shipping on the application, but called in to ask for expedited shipping after we were approved. The customer service representative stated there was nothing they could do since we didn’t check the box on the application.
It may be possible to check the box for expedited shipping on the application then call in and ask to get the fee waived. However, I don’t have firsthand experience making this work. If you do decide to try this, realize it is a gamble and may end up costing you $15. As long as you’re prepared to pay the fee, it never hurts to call in and ask to get the fee waived. The worst they can say is no.
This might be like many other things in the world of credit card rewards: the customer service rep you talk to on the phone can make a big difference. So definitely consider giving it a shot (maybe even a few times).
Richmond Savers has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Richmond Savers and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.