I have to say, for Delta medallion flyers, after the Delta Reserve “Airline Travel” card to hold, having and using the Barclays Arrival+ card has become my go-to card. Why? Well as a medallion we have a shot an a free upgrade. As a Diamond I am at about 90% (helps to have the Reserve card too).
As I have shown here earning a nice chunk of Arrival+ points is not all that hard and when buying Delta tickets with either this card OR the other Arrival card (the NON-Plus one) you earn 2x points that are really worth 2.2x points since you get 10% back when you redeem them. As a side point, few go for this other Arrival card as the sign-up bonus is ½ of the Arrival+ card. However, if you buy say $4000 in AMEX gift cards at the 4x bonus you are net after spend, getting 40,000 points 🙂 !
But I digress. Back to TripIt Pro that comes free with the Arrival+. I have to say I am really impressed. Is it the perfect travel tool? No, but just about. Throughout this current trip TripIt Pro has alerted me to gate changes, flight times and so much more much faster than the Delta app alerts. Not just that, having my hotel (and car if I had one) all in one place to pull up is just great.
Since Delta has been persnickety about allowing other companies to access your own personal flight details you have to do a workaround that is very simple. You simple forward a copy of your reservation from the same e-mail that you used to sign up with TripIt pro. Did you delete it or book via a 3rd party? Just go to Delta.com and re-send it to yourself and then forward it to TripIt. Then it is loaded in and tracked. Now if you do have schedule changes you need to update but otherwise there is not much else to do. You will be notified about delays, gate changes and the like. It even warns you to be aware when connection times are getting tight and there could be a risk of misconnecting. Real value when on the go!
I have noticed some hotels do not import properly into the TripIt Pro system but you can still manually add the information to your travel plan you have in place. As already mentioned having all this in one simple place digitally is so sweet.
If you are not taking advantage of this free part of your Arrival+ card I encourage you to sigh up and try. Don’t have an Arrival+ card, then this is just one more perk in an already outstanding travel card. – René
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