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Moneycone December 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

I don’t have this card, but I’ve heard good things about it! Good review!


eddie December 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

yes it is one of the best deals out there right now. really ez to redeem points for cash back


Financial Samurai December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

I like the blatancy and guts Joe! Let us know if this attempt actually works to make you more money. I’m afraid of pushing credit cards so much.


eddie December 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

? about the travel hacking tip on amzn,, when u use your credit card to send money is that not filed as a cash advance???


retirebyforty December 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

You can choose for it to be a purchase OR cash advance. From what I read, it’s perfectly fine to set it as a purchase. I think Amazon eats the transaction fee. I’m sure they will eventually charge a small percentage like PayPal.


Laura @ December 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

This card is great. We’ve referred it to a few folks and they’ve been really happy with it. Hope you get some referrals from your link, Joe!


Gen December 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Signed up – good luck with it. Can’t wait for card to arrive.


Nate December 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

This is definitely a good card. Another favorite of mine is > Issuer -> Chase -> Chase Sapphire Preferred: a $400 (CASH) signing bonus(!) — or more like a $500 bonus if you use it for travel.

My wife and I each signed up for the card. We are almost done reaching the spending requirements ($2,000 in 90 days) — I had some certification work I was going to purchase regardless.

Who can turn down $800 in free cash?!?! Thanks for sharing RB40!!!


retirebyforty December 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

I like the Chase Sapphire too. That’s the next card I’m going to sign up for.


Green Money Stream December 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

Yeah, I’m definitely going to sign up for this card. I’ve been reading a lot recently about the travel hacking and I need to do this. I like that you don’t have to pay the annual fee after the first year (just get fewer points). I would probably go that way as I don’t like paying fees for credit cards. Nice to have that option.


retirebyforty December 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Enjoy! It’s nice because if you don’t plan to travel then you can just step down to the 1x card with no annual fee.


Simple math March 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

If you spend at least $8,090.91 per year on the card, keep the annual fee and 2.2% reward. That’s where the additional benefit and the fee breaks even.


jam83 January 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I have the Barclay World Arrival card. If my husband gets one, can we combine the points in one account?


retirebyforty January 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I don’t think you can do that, but you can just use the points by charging the different cards, right?


Will March 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

This comment is from [email protected]
You can also earn additional miles without using your credit card by
participating in the Barclaycard Travel Community
( You get 500 miles for filling out your
profile, 200 miles for adding a travel story (picture + 50 words) and
another 10 miles for every kudos you receive (basically a facebook like).
It’s an incredibly easy way to earn mile and great way to earn them if
your short on miles for the next redemption (as you can only redeem them
in batches of 2,500).


William Charles April 13, 2014 at 4:09 am

You now only get 150 miles per story and can only submit 5 stories per city.


FI Fighter March 27, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Great card, I just got one for my latest app party. I missed out and have to clear $3000 for the minimum spend though.


Ryan March 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

I never really thought about this before, but can my wife and I each get a separate card, so we are essentially doubling the rewards? Obviously we would each have to spend $1000 on the card to get the reward. I guess there’s also the issue when booking travel, we’d have to split it up between the cards to get the rewards. For example, I’d buy airline tickets with my card and she’d buy the hotel with hers, then we’d redeem the points on our respective cards.


retirebyforty March 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

You should be able to do it if your credits are both good.


davidmichael March 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

Great article Joe. Now…which is better: Capital One Venture (which seems to pay same rewards as the Barclay card with a $59 year fee waved for first year) or the Barclay World Travel Master Card? (By the way, I realize that the Barclay card pays 40,000 miles upfront vs. 20,000 miles for Venture…maybe that’s the big difference.) OK. I just looked it up.
1) Best deal now for first year is Barclay Master card because of the bonus (40,000 mi vs 20,000 mi.) But…these change over time. Cap One Venture used to be 50,000 miles.
2) By second year, better to have the Cap One card because the annual fee is $59 vs. $89.
3) Otherwise, rewards are similar (after first year).

Note: I recently upgraded my old Cap One Signature Card with 80,000 mi on it to the Venture One (no annual fee) for a bonus of 20,000 miles. I transferred my miles from the original card over to the Venture One…now over 100,000 miles. I like Cap One for its outstanding service. Of course, our full balance payments are automatically paid off each month.

When Cap One Venture 2 (their upper end card that I call Venture 2 with an annual fee of $59) adds a 50,000 miles bonus to it for sign-up, I plan to sign-up for that one as well and then transfer my mileage. That would bring it up to over 150,000 miles. At the moment it is a 20,000 mile bonus, not competitive with the Barclay Card for the first year.

We are saving up for our 25th wedding anniversary and plan to travel First Class to Europe traveling for little cost on a month long trip. We have a year and half to make it happen.


retirebyforty March 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

It sounds like both are good deals. You can probably sign up with both of them to get the mileage if your credit is good. Barclay has a pretty strict approval process as I understand. The Barclay card also has the 10% extra when you redeem. Does the Venture card have that? Good luck with your travel plan. It sounds like a great time.


Kathylisbeth May 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I didn’t quite understand one thing you said:
You do have to redeem your travel purchases in 90 days so don’t put it off for too long
Does that mean I have to USE the 40,000 miles within 90 days?


retirebyforty June 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

No, don’t wait too long after your trip to redeem. If you waited more than 90 days after the trip, then you can’t redeem the money you spent on that trip. You still have the points.


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