How to Redeem Barclays Arrival Bonus Miles
Previously, I discussed how you can get 44,000 miles for free (worth ~$440) by opening the Barclays Arrival credit card. But how do you actually go about redeeming the 44,000 Barclays Arrival bonus miles. After all, the Barclays Arrival bonus miles are not standard airline miles but more like points, which lets you redeem for ANY travel with NO blackout dates. It’s actually very easy.
Redeeming Barclays Arrival Bonus Miles
When redeeming Barclays Arrival bonus miles, you always make the purchase first so go ahead and charge your airplane ticket, your hotel room, or other travel expense directly to your Barclays Arrival credit card like you normally would for any purchase. In the example below, I booked two identical airline tickets for my parents via Singapore Airlines and paid the taxes twice with my Barclays Arrival credit card. Rather than show the same example twice, I only showed the screenshots for redeeming one of the two tickets.
Step 1: Assuming you’ve already set up online banking to manage your credit card, simply click on the “Rewards” tab on the right hand side then click on “Redeem now” under “Pay yourself back for travel.” You will see options to redeem for cash, gift cards, or merchandise, but those are terrible value, and your bonus miles won’t be worth as much if you redeem for those options.
Step 2: On the next page, you’ll see all your current travel charges that are eligible for Barclays Arrival bonus miles redemption. You can redeem in increments of 2,500 miles i.e. $25 up to the full amount. Rather than redeem 5,900 miles for the full $58.18 charge, I chose to redeem 5,000 miles for $50, because 5,900 miles is worth $59, and I didn’t want to lose out on 82 cents when redeeming for the full amount! Yes I know, I’m a nutjob.
Step 3: When you click “Redeem,” you’ll be taken to the order confirmation page, which shows how many miles you started with, how many you are redeeming, and how many you will have left. Once everything looks good, click “Place your order.”
Step 4: You’ll see from Step 3 that I should have 33,994 miles remaining after redeeming my 5,000 Barclays Arrival bonus miles, but my account shows 34,994 miles instead – 1,000 miles more than expected That’s because one of the features of the Barclays Arrival credit card is a 10% rebate on the miles you spend. Since I redeemed 5,000 Barclays Arrival bonus miles twice (remember, I booked two identical tickets for my parents even though I only showed one of the tickets in this example), that’s a total of 10,000 miles, so a 10% rebate on that is 1,000 miles.
Step 5: On the email confirmation, it says that the 10% miles rebate should be posted to your account within one business day but as you can see from above, it seems to post to your account instantly. Therefore, if you redeem the 40,000 miles you get from signing up for the Barclays Arrival credit card, you should instantly get 4,000 miles back into your account, which you can redeem again.
The Main Point
I recommend the Barclays Arrival credit card, especially for beginners to the airline miles and points game, because it’s a fantastic credit card that’s easy to use with a large 44,000 miles signup bonus that’s easy to redeem. Normal airline miles may be more useful if you are knowledgeable and know how to find available seats on complicated routes. With Barclays Arrival bonus miles, however, you can redeem for various travel expenses (not restricted to just airplane tickets) with no blackout dates. That flexibility is great for couples bogged down by wedding planning but still want to have an amazing honeymoon. And as you can see from above, it’s very easy to redeem the bonus miles and get the 10% miles rebate back.
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