For a limited time, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Mastercard is offering a $500 travel rebate after spending $3,000 in the first three months of having the card. The annual fee of $89 is waived for the first year.
This card is a bit different from some of the other ones I write about. It’s a travel rebate card, meaning that you’ll earn “credit” toward travel purchases. Once you’ve earned credit, nearly anything you charge on the card that relates to travel can be refunded. “Travel” is a big, all-encompassing category, including airfare, hotels, Airbnb, trains, car rentals—basically however you like to travel.
If it sounds complicated, it’s not: all you need to know is that you’ll get $500 to spend on travel however you’d like.
Then, when you redeem the $500 credit, you’ll get 5% back—another $25 bonus.
In addition, the card includes the following features:
- No foreign transaction fees anywhere
- Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases
This is a fantastic offer, especially with the increased signup bonus. You may want to get this card and then keep it in your wallet for all the times you don’t want to use other points and miles cards. Or you may simply want to get the card and then cancel after receiving the bonus (and before the second year’s annual fee comes due).
Either way, you win.