Fun Ways to Spend Barclaycard’s $500 in Travel Cash

Barclay Arrival Miles are one of my favorite rewards currencies. They’re awesome for those times when redeeming points isn’t a great value. Or those times when you can’t find award space. When I still had a Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, I had a lot of fun earning and redeeming tons of miles for awesome experiences. Got a stash of Arrival Miles? Here are 5 fun ways to spend the Barclay Arrival Plus Card’s $500 sign-up bonus:

  1. Treat Yo’Self…to a suite upgrade. One of my favorite uses of Barclay Arrival Miles was for a pool suite at the Conrad Bali. At $550 per night with taxes and fees, it may sound outrageous to some (even though a similar room would cost $1,000+ stateside). However, I justified it to myself as “25,000 worth of credit card spending after the 10% travel credit” which is now 5%. It was a really cool room – totally unique from anything you’d find at your typical beach resort and a really fun way to spend 50,000 Arrival Miles (which I had an abundance of at the time).
  1. Upgrade your seat. Stuck in a horrible economy class seat for a 4+ hour flight? There’s no need to slum it in coach if you can get a decent upgrade offer from the airline. I’m not even talking about domestic flights. Emirates offers one-way business class upgrades on flights from SFO to Dubai for $1,000. Not cheap, right? If you got a good deal on a coach fare and 95,000 Arrival Miles to spare, why not splurge a little? And before you pass out at the thought of spending 95,000 Arrival Miles on a seat upgrade, think of it more like 47,500 regular miles since that’s how many miles you’d earn from $47,500 on a regular airline credit card.

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  1. Buy business class tickets. Award travel may be hard to come by these days, but premium fares are cheaper than ever. You can sometimes get ~$1,800 business class fares to Europe and Asia. These make terrific Arrival Miles redemptions, especially since you can earn miles on these fares. Sure, they’re often minimal, but it’s an added bonus.
  1. Pay for lounge access. Stuck at a busy terminal during a long-layover with no good food options except for overpriced fast food? Normally, I wouldn’t pay ~$50 for a club lounge visit, but if you have Arrival Miles to spare it can make sense. It’s a splurge, but sometimes you have to treat yourself to those. Keep in mind that Arrival Miles travel redemptions must be a minimum of $100, so this is an ideal redemption if you’re traveling with a companion or two.
  1. Mistake fares. You gotta love a good mistake fare! Or a fare war, for that matter. My advice about mistake fares is always to book first and decide later. After all, many airlines have 24 hour cancellation policies, so if you change your mind you can always cancel. The best part? You don’t have to pay out of pocket for these fares. Simply put it on your Barclay Arrival Plus card and you can redeem Arrival Miles for your purchase – assuming it’s at least $100 (and with mistake fares, you never know!).

Barclay Arrival Miles are incredibly flexible and easy to earn. So regardless of whether you’re a new cardholder looking for ways to spend the sign-up bonus or an existing cardholder looking for ways to burn those points, there are tons of options out there. I want to hear from you: What are some fun ways you plan to redeem Barclay Arrival Miles?

Ariana Arghandewal
Ariana Arghandewal is a travel hacker and travel rewards expert who earns over 1.5 million miles every year. When she’s not contributing to Frugal Travel Guy, she publishes her own points and miles blog, PointChaser.com. You can connect…
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions – as long as there’s a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Breakdown

Earn (pt.)

Spend


First 3 months

50,000

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Travel Purchases

2.00

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Restaurants Purchases

2.00

$1


Coffee Shops Purchases

2.00

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Fast Food Purchases

2.00

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Alcohol & Bars Purchases

2.00

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