By  Updated on Thu Jul 24, 2014

Barclaycard Relaunches Popular Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Barclaycard has relaunched its Arrival travel rewards credit cards with new designs, new features and improvements. Additionally, the card issuer made it easier to tell between the two Arrival cards that it offered — both of them had the same name.

The popular $89-annual-fee Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard gets a new name: Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. The annual fee is the same.

A major selling point for the card is the 2 miles earned per dollar spent on everything. The miles can be redeemed retroactively to negate the costs of past travel purchases. Furthermore, cardmembers receive 10 percent miles back if the miles are redeemed on travel.

In addition to a new card design, Barclaycard has upgraded the Arrival Plus card with chip-and-signature technology plus PIN capability. The introduction of this feature is just part of the industry push for safer card transactions.

The no-annual-fee version of the Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard will keep its name, but it will get a card redesign.

Now, all Arrival cardmembers can redeem miles for travel statement credits on travel purchases made in the past 120 days, up from 90 days previously. Also, the types of purchases that are categorized as “travel” has been expanded to include buses, timeshares and more.

Existing cardmembers with the fee-based version of the Arrival card can request the new Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard now (for new chip technology), or wait for it to be issued automatically when their current cards expire. Cardmembers with the no-annual-fee Arrival World MasterCard can continue using their cards, or request a card with the new design.

Beating the competition

The new enhancements with the Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard make it even better when compared to the Capital One® Venture® Rewards credit card, a very popular card for consumers who seek a general travel rewards credit card.

Both cards have similar features, including two miles per dollar spent on purchases and the ability to redeem miles for past travel expenditures.

Although the Venture® Rewards card has a lower annual fee of $59, the Arrival Plus card now touts secure chip technology, which is almost required if the card is to be used for purchases abroad. The Venture® Rewards card doesn’t have this chip technology.

And, the Arrival Plus card increased the window in which customers can redeem their miles for past travel purchases from 90 days to 120 days.

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