[News] Barclays Has Launched New Credit Card: Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard

The Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard has finally launched this morning. It’s a fast-earning card and points transfer to airline frequent flyer miles. This card has a $150 USD annual fee, which isn’t waived for the first year. But what’s unique about this card is the earning rate:

  • 2 points per USD dollar on all spending.
  • Spend $15,000 USD on purchases in a cardmember year, earn 15,000 bonus points.
  • Spend an additional $10,000 USD on purchases in a cardmember year, earn 10,000 bonus points.

In other words, spending $25,000 on the card in a year, you could earn 25,000 bonus points, for a total of 75,000 points, or 3x points per dollar spent.

Who are the transfer partners for the Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard? Here are the partners this card has right now:

(Photo Credit: One Mile At A Time)

In my view Air France, Etihad, and Japan Airlines (JAL) are the most useful partners here. This card also offers a few perks, such as:

  • A $100 Global Entry fee credit every five years
  • A LoungeKey membership, though you’ll have to pay $27 per person per visit (can’t be counted as the benefit)
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • International Chip & PIN
  • Mastercard World Elite benefits, including a concierge, extended warranty, price protection, and travel coverage

It’s a good earning card whose points transfer to miles and has some unique partners. Unfortunately points don’t transfer to airline programs in 1 : 1 ratio. I think this is a great card to get if you can spend at least $25,000 on per year and then view it as a 3% rebate or as transferable points. Although there is no opening bonus, which could possibly make lots of people disappointed. Ultimately it’s great to have another player in the transferable miles and points system. More competition means good for consumers!

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