What exactly can you redeem those Barclay Arrival World Mastercard points for?

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  1. AeroHeart

    AeroHeart Active Member

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    Having recently applied for the Arrival World Mastercard, I’m wondering if anyone has had experience using the card to redeem for incidental travel charges such as museums, city visitor cards, (e.g. IAmsterdam), hotel meals, commuter train tickets in Europe? We are working towards taking our family of four to Europe next summer and need to stretccccccccchhhhhh the cash.
     
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    I've had charges from airlines, rental cars, hotels (and booking agencies) qualify as travel expenses. However, any charges below a certain threshold ($25 I think) would not qualify. Train tickets should be considered a travel expense, as long as they're over $25.
     
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    Just signed up for one of these myself. Does anyone know whether you can get reimbursed for travel purchases that are part of the min. spend to get the bonus? Or do I need to spend $1k and then start making travel plans...
     
  4. Ed Chandler
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    You can be reimbursed for charges that are part of the minimum spend. Confirmed.
     
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    Correct: $25 is the threshold. So if you're staying at a hotel and having a drink or two at the bar, be sure to have it charged to your room so it all gets consolidated into one big charge when you check out. Otherwise, $6 here and $12 there won't work.
     
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    Oh, ... and for what it's worth, timeshare maintenance fees ARE eligible, but timeshare exchange fees are NOT. (At least IME.)

    Their Twitter team is very responsive, and I had an interesting conversation with one of them wherein I asked: "Can you give me a situation where a timeshare fee would NOT be travel related?" She admitted it was odd, and that they're constantly updating what does and doesn't count. Ultimately it comes down to the MCC, but wanted to share my experience.
     
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    Yes! I like the idea of charging drinks and food to a hotel room and paying the larger bill later. This could be a good way to get restaurant charges covered.
     
  8. DJP_707
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    And a good way to increase your loyalty points from the hotel for incidentals. Always charge everything during a hotel stay to the room.
     

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