Unfortunately the 4x Arrival shopping portal bonus for buying gift cards is over again (for now) and if you did not have a Barclays Arrival card you could not enjoy the 4x anyway. But what if you were smart enough to get a card? You may not care for the $89 annual fee, but you can at least pay yourself back for it with points.
All you do is go to pay yourself back for travel (after the fee has billed) and choose redeem now. Then you can pick the drop down box and burn 8,900 points to cover the fee in full.
Now the best part of doing this is that you are going to get, just the same as all travel redemptions, 10% points back and as you can see from mine I got 890 points back worth almost $9 and thus lowering my fee to $80 for this year. Still more than I want to pay but worth it for all the perks this card gives! – René
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