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Be sure to redeem Arrival points to lower annual fee for card!

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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.

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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.

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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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Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

2 Comments

  1. My annual fee for this card will be coming up soon. I don’t see what the benefits are of having this card for another year. I have already used the 40,000 points from the signup bonus. I will never rack up that many points again because of spend on other cards. There is no anniversary bonus. Plus, can’t you reapply for Barclays cards and get the signup bonus again?

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