Barclaycard Arrival – The Only Travel Rewards Card That Lets You Fly Any Airline, Any Time and Gives You 10% Miles Back When You Redeem for Travel
Barclaycard Travel Community to Grant Non-Cardmembers Ability to Earn and Redeem Miles
Consumer Survey Finds Easy Redemption and No Earnings Restrictions among Top Criteria for Choosing a Travel Rewards Credit Card
WILMINGTON, DEL. (June 25, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — Following a successful initial launch, Barclaycard US, the payments business of Barclays in the United States, is making the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® available to all U.S. consumers.
Barclaycard Arrival is the only consumer travel rewards card that allows cardmembers to redeem their miles to fly on any airline, at any time – with no blackout dates or seat restrictions – and get 10% of their miles back when they redeem for travel. The card also offers significant miles earning power, a complimentary subscription to TripIt® Pro mobile travel organizer and access to the Barclaycard Travel Community.
The product was initially made available in December of last year. After launch, the program received positive media attention and ‘best in class’ travel reward accolades from industry watchers including “Best Travel Reward Card 2013” (CardHub), “Best Frequent Flyer Card for Last Minute Travel” (creditnet.com), and for having the highest value per $100 spent (nextadvisor.com).
“Barclaycard Arrival was created with the traveler in mind – even those who don’t get on the road as much as they’d like,” said Paul Wilmore, Managing Director-Consumer Markets, Barclaycard US. “We spoke at length with people who love to travel about what they wanted in a new rewards card and found that consumers are frustrated when they can’t redeem rewards for the travel they want. Barclaycard responded with a program that offers the ultimate in rewards flexibility and gives them miles back to encourage future travel.”
Barclaycard Arrival offers the following set of product features:
- Redeem miles for travel on any airline with no blackout dates or seat restrictions
- Get 10% of your miles back when you redeem for travel
- Earn two miles for every dollar spent on travel and dining, and one mile per dollar spent on all other purchases — with no annual fee; or
- Earn two miles for every dollar spent on all purchases — with an $89 annual fee, which is waived for the first year
- Opportunity to earn up to 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of opening your account ($89 Annual Fee Version)
- Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer ($49 annual value, limited to one year for the no annual fee card)
- No foreign transaction fees
- No mileage caps
The 10% travel redemption bonus is among the industry’s first ‘miles back’ programs. The simple, easy-to-use redemption process allows cardmembers to get 10% of their miles back when redeeming for travel, giving them a head start on their next trip. For example, if the cardmember redeems 20,000 miles, they will receive 2,000 miles back into their account.
In addition, Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers can download a complimentary mobile application, TripIt Pro. The app enables users to organize and share their itineraries, track mileage and rewards programs, receive instant flight alerts, find out when they are eligible for flight refunds and more. The app is free for the first year. Active Arrival cardmembers with an annual fee card will continue to receive the service at no additional charge, while no-fee cardmembers can choose to continue the service for $49 a year.
Taking a page from Barclaycard Ring®, the nation’s first crowd-sourced credit card, Barclaycard Arrival also features a virtual travel community where travelers can share inspiring travel stories and photos of their adventures, exchange real-deal advice, review travel experiences and provide ideas on how to enhance the program to Barclaycard. In the near future, travel community members will be able to:
- Earn miles for completing their travel profile, posting travel stories, and receiving kudos from other community members
- Non-cardmembers will also be able to redeem miles accrued through an online portal
To apply for the card or learn more, visit online at www.BarclaycardArrival.com.
Learn about consumer views on travel reward programs in a recent Barclaycard survey here.
About Barclaycard US
Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Barclaycard US creates customized, co-branded credit card programs for some of the country’s most successful travel, entertainment, retail, affinity and financial institutions. The business also offers payment products featuring the Barclaycard brand. The company employs 1,500 associates and was named a Top Workplace in Delaware in 2012. For more information please visit www.barclaycardus.com.
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