[News] Annual Fee Waived For First Year On Barclays Arrival Premier Card

The new Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard was introduced in April. The card introduced airline transfer partners and features a zero sign-up bonus but a total 25,000-mile bonus after spending $25,000 in a calendar year. This card earns 2 points per dollar for every spending category, which means it offers 3 points return per dollar spending only if you can hit the spending bonuses each year.

It looks like they’re already making an improvement to the card. Starting on this Friday (7/6/2018), Barclays is waiving the $150 annual fee for the first year of cardmembership. This doesn’t appear to be a limited-time offer, but something that Barclays intends to offer long-term. Considering there’s a Global Entry reimbursement for this card, that’s something to consider.

Again, here are the basic details of the card as a reminder:

  • No welcome bonus.
  • Annual fee: $150, waived for the first 12 months.
  • Points earning structure: 2x miles (points) on all purchases, in addition to two spend thresholds: (1) spend $15,000 on purchases in a cardmember year, earn 15,000 bonus miles, and (2) spend an additional $10,000 on purchases in a cardmember year, earn 10,000 bonus miles.
  • Points redemption structure: Each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase, or can be transferred to one of the Barclays airline mileage transfer partners.

Here are the current points transfer partners and their ratios:

(Photo Credit: One Mile At A Time)

According to View From The Wing, it reports that Barclays will soon be adding two transfer partners to its current list: Italian carrier and SkyTeam member Alitalia and Oneworld member Finnair will be added by “the end of July.” The waived annual fee on the Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard is an improvement over the old offer, and for some this card might be worthwhile.

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