First off, congrats to all who last month took a look at my post about earning your own Delta mistake fare with the Barclay’s Arrival card. You are about to be rewarded for that choice. First the steps with this and at the bottom there are some WARNINGS to keep those in mind please.
Step one is to go to your Barclay’s account as you normally would to see the balance etc. Once there go to your Arrival card page. You should see on the right side the box for the “Earn miles with Reward Boost Shop Now” box. Just click it.
Step two is just about as simple all you do is click on the “gift cards” link you see above.
Then look around as you may not see the box in the same place as I have it on the screen but you should see the AMEX Gift card and you should see “Earn 4/$” under it.
When you click that it will take you to the AMEX shopping page and you should be set to go to get 4 Arrival points for each dollar you spend on AMEX gift cards. Keep in mind you are getting not just the 4 points but when you redeem them 10% back so NET you are get 4.4 points. That is sweet. Plus, if you shop with your Arrival card you are ALSO getting 2 points per dollar spent thus full boat all in your are talking a 6.6% reward for this transaction. WOW!
Next you land at the AMEX gift card shopping page. You can buy their stock ones but a better choice is the larger cards but again be sure to read my WARNINGS below also. Clear?
Lastly you can order a custom card with your name on it and at a value up to $3000! Those are the simple steps. What are all the WARNINGS to consider. First, don’t go crazy. Yes, this is an amazing deal but there is also the TopCashBack that is normally going on (i.e. you earn cash rather than extra Arrival points, now 3% but often 1-2%). (EDIT: BeFrugal is paying 3% many times too). I have ordered the larger gift cards from TopCashBack and have been paid even though there are warnings that only up to a $500 card will count. I would not see why the Arrival site will not work the same way and with a HT to Frequent Milers Quick deal site he expects the same.
What to do with the AMEX gift cards? Well you can just spend them rather than use your Arrival card. Pay for normal stuff. Another thing you can test (this works for me local but may not work for you), is buy Vanilla Reload cards at C.V.S. If you buy 2 of them at $496 each i.e. with fee you end up at $999.90 you are under the $1000 level when they ask for your ID and you can just pick “credit” on the machine and then just read the last 4 numbers to the clerk on the card when they need that. If you got a custom card with your name on it even better and do sign the back of the card. All helps if you go this route. Again TEST SMALL first or you may be stuck just using your gift cards for normal spending.
Other bits. Again, if you go nuts or hog wild with this things could go bad. You could get order canceled with AMEX or worse. Also there is an unlimited 1 year free shipping for $99 that I use. You can test it free for 90 days (they will bill you if you don’t cancel in time). Can you use your Delta AMEX to help meet MQD exempt spend and earn Arrival (4x) and then Delta (1x)? I would not see why not (and I will be testing) but I know the TopCashBack does work confirmed! Lastly there is a code to remove the card fee: FPVALAF Will using this code result in no bonus points? Most are saying it has no effect but I personally pay the fee as the perks I am getting offset this tiny fee and I feel like I am giving a bit back – all just a personal choice on my part. – René