How to Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles

It’s really a no-brainer because 40,000 bonus miles equals $400 off your next trip!BarclayCard

This card has been consistently ranked at the top of the best travel credit cards list for the last several months by all the experts—including TIME Magazine! Why? Because the Barclaycard Arrival Plus (TM) World Elite MasterCard® (formerly the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchasesgives cardholders 40,000 bonus miles (after the first $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days).

It’s really a no-brainer because 40,000 bonus miles equals $400 off your next trip! On top of that, you earn 2x miles on all purchases, you can book any airline, any time with no blackout dates, and it comes with no foreign transaction fees. Plus, whenever you redeem for travel you earn 10% of your miles back with their exclusive Carry-on Miles. There are other perks too, like the fact that they waive the $89 annual fee for the first year.

Below is more info on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus (TM) World Elite MasterCard®.

Note: If you can pay off your credit card bill each month, then you could be signing up to a number of credit cards (here’s a link to my other favorite credit cards) that offer larger sign-up bonuses. Don’t do it all at once—wait at least four months between cards. Then, charge all of your everyday purchases so you earn miles/points. But it’s NOT worth it in the long run if you can’t pay your credit cards off in full each month.

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  1. Ugh I used that site, but instead ordered an American Express instead. Maybe I’ll sign up for that next year when I cancel my AmEx.

  2. I get 25,000 points after I spend $2,000 in the first three months of my Card membership. I currently have three open credit cards and I don’t think I’m going to apply for anything more in the future.

  3. Johnny: When they say “Miles” are these miles directly transferrable to an airline, or are they more like “points” that can be transferred ( and if so, are they 1:1 or a different ratio)?

    40,000 miles is 2/3 of a round trip to quite a few places and worth considerably more than $400.

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      They call them “miles” but they really are points since they can be redeemed for actual tickets where you will earn more miles (that’s what I love about them). Where as airline miles are subject to capacity controls and do not earn mileage when flown.

      • krazymunky says:

        So when you use the points for actual tickets. You still get the miles (for frequent flyer program) from the flight + the 10% miles/pts back for the credit card?

        • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

          You sure do! That’s one of the reasons why I love this card and others like it.

          • I just signed up and got approved, but can’t see where to link it to my airline mileage accounts?

          • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

            They don’t link your accounts. These are different miles — these are really points but they are better since you can use them anytime and you earn miles!

          • Thanks, Guru.

          • But the card does not link directly to your frequent flier accounts, then, right?

          • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

            No. It’s separate. These aren’t airline miles but rather points. These are more valuable because there’s no blackout dates and you earn miles when you use them.

  4. Are these perks similar to what you get with the Capital One Venture card?

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Very similar. They will give you 40,000 miles which = $400 worth of travel. So you can spend them any way you like. For example:
      $217 flight = 21,700 miles
      $109 hotel room = 10,900 miles
      $57 car rental = 5,700 miles

  5. Redemptions are a pain because you can only redeem in $25 increments. So when you have a $217 ticket you can only apply points for $200 of the charge. I liked Capital One so much better because if I had a $5 charge I could use my “Capital One” miles for that.

    If you have 2000 miles they are useless until you earn 500 more to redeem them. Once my annual fee comes due I am cancelling this card.

  6. Judy A Jones says:

    I applied last year and they only gave me 10,000 points and a $250 limit!! Now BOA is changing my Virgin America card to another Arrival card!!

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  8. angelika knight says:

    what if i purchase an airline ticket now before i have any points/miles…once i get my 40.000 bonus miles in a couple months can i put it towards my airline purchase from 2 months ago?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Johnny, is there a credit card that you can earn miles, and does not have an annual fee, ever.

  10. Johnny, I’m sorry for my basic questions but I don’t understand how this points work. I undestand when you have for example an American Airlines credit card and you spen with it and you travel with them all the points are going to the same pot…I mean, account.

    I like the idea of the 2X points per dollar and the 40K initial points. But how that it work when you have enough point to redeem for a international flight ?

    a) Do you call them and say “I want to use 60K of my points on a XXX Airline ?
    b) Made a transfer to your account in the desired airline ?
    c) Do you have to buy/redeem the ticket in a Barclay online store ?

    Thank you for your time!


    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hi Juan,

      That’s a good question. So how it works is that you would pay for your travel with your credit card (i.e. buy flights on whatever airline, or nights at any hotel, train, bus…) and then when you check your statement online or call them you can use your points to pay for all or part of your travel (depending how many points you have). So I spent the $1,000 within three months and I had $440 worth of credit which I put towards a hotel I stayed in Hawaii and a dinner. I hope this makes sense.

  11. I like what you are saying about the Barclay card but could I use my Barclay card to purchase a flight on a site such as travelocity where I know I can get a much better price than directly from an airline? Then pay Barclay with my accumulated points or miles? Thanks for all your guidance!

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hi Linda,

      As the card states on their site “Use your card to book through any airline, hotel or discount travel engine with no blackout dates or seat restrictions”

  12. I think the explanation of these points is somewhat ambiguous and after three months and 45000 miles I still don’t understand it. I assume if I take a trip and charge $400 in airline cost on my Barclays card they will reimburse me, via a credit on my statement in like amount and
    charge me 36000 miles (40000 minus .10 x 40000). Is this correct? How long do you have to use the ticket? Do points expire? Why is this process so hard to understand?

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hey Mike,

      If you have 45,000 miles that’s $450. So all you have to do is charge plane, hotel, car anything to do with travel. You can then use your miles (really points) to pay for any or all of it (up to $450). I just used it the other day to pay some of my Hawaii trip. It was really easy

  13. This should probably get updated. I heard in a few months the spend for the 40K bonus is going up to 3K. I think ThePointsGuy updated on it. Anyway nice to know I need to wait though as Barclay hates me still.

  14. I have a delta skymile ax card – if I get the barclay card, can the miles accrued be transferred to my delta skymile acct ?
    I tried to use points from another ax card I have with a bank but they would/could not add them to my delta skymiles – I would have to buy an airline tkt through their agent and last time I checked the “agent” does not pick the cheapest fare with the least miles required ! I am truly confused and hesitate to add one more card with same restrictions – What say you Johnny ?

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hi Anne, You can’t. What you can do is buy any airline ticket, hotel, cruise, car rental using this card and then use your miles (they are really points not sure why they call them miles) to pay for them. 40,000 miles with Barclaycard is $400.

  15. Hey John, cardholders should also check out the barclay travel community. You get paid in Arrival Miles to post travel reviews (aka tripadvisor) and get 200 miles per review. If somebody likes one of your reviews, you get another 10 miles.

  16. So here’s my dilemma Johnny.

    I have an existing AAdvantage Platinum Level Card. I’d like it to earn a 2X reward for all of my purchases instead of simply the ones on the airline’s website. However, the one thing I like about this if they offer a return ticket cross-country for $30,000 miles, I can use my miles toward that and I’m good to go. No “transfer” fees since it’s part of the same airline.

    I’ve also used Amex Points. With that, you’re “transfering” those points from Amex to the airlines’ website and hence are subject to a “transfer tax”, which results in the devaluation of the points. Will that also happen with this card or not so much? Will this be like the airlines points?

    Or essentially is this crediting points that I can use on any website…period? If so, how would I get credit for it? If I make the $500 cross-country ticket purchase on Orbitz, how do I make sure I get the card to use my miles/points on the Card toward that transaction?

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hi Hasan,

      These a more like points. So you after you make your purchase and it shows up in your account you can go in and apply your points to it. So when I got the card and I used the 40,000 points towards a couple of dinners and part of a hotel stay. 40,000 points is really $400 off anything you want to put towards your travel expenses.

  17. Johnny, Is the Barclaycard available in Canada.Thanks Russ

  18. I have the Arrival card. I keep hearing about the 90 day rule, in which you have to redeem your travel rewards points within 90 days of earning them. My question is this: What about the 40,000 points you get after you spend the 3000. Do you have to book travel with them within 90 days, or any other allotted time for that matter? Thank you-

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      Hi Rob,

      No you don’t have to spend within 90 days after you get the points. It’s just if you want to use your points on something travel related you have 90 days once it shows up on your bill

  19. I have over 80,000 mile credits but the Barclay card is only valuing the miles at what would appear to be half the value in $’s. This does not appear to be consistent which how you have described how the points work.

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      80,000 miles would be $800 off travel that you charged to your Barclaycard. That’s awesome

      • I just got a free round trip business class flight from Boston to Bangkok for 110,000 miles using my Starwoods card (with a 25% premium so really only 88,000 points/miles). To me that is a lot better than $1100 (or really $880) off the multi thousand dollar ticket price. What am I missing here?

        • Thank you — we took over $800 on our credit card for our travel expenses to Asia. I was a little confused at first because I didn’t understand that the points were doubled for travel but if I chose to use the points for non-travel related charges it would be half of the $800. Thanks to your great site we learned about the Barclay card.


  20. Here is a credit card issue that is rarely discussed. If you insist on mailing your payment to the company’s processing center instead of doing it electronically, you better factor in the mail systems delays on both ends. eg. if you live in a small town where the mail has to be sent to a large city before it gets on an airplane and the processing plant is also in a non large city those factors can add 4-5 days or more to the payment due time. When you apply for a credit card does anyone tell you where the payment center is? My Amex is in Los Angeles where I live and posts in 3 days. Another card I have goes to a city 20 miles NW of Ft. Lauderdale in Florida. With weekends and holidays posting can take a very long time so payment has to be made immediately. The billing sometimes takes 8 days of the grace cycle to get to me.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Is this card betterthantheChase Sapphire card? Thank you.

    • Johnny Jet Johnny Jet says:

      It all depends what your needs are. I don’t use my Chase Sapphire card anymore. In fact, I canceled mine over a year ago and I mostly use this card.

  22. Inner City Travelin' Man says:

    How long does it take for the 40,000 bonus miles to become available?

  23. Just signed up and you now have to spend $3,000 in 90 days-boo….


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