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Applying for Barclay Arrival

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I think I'll be applying for the Barclaycard Arrival MasterCard imminently.

 

Trying to downgrade to the no-fee version or get an annual fee waiver after a year sounds like a good plan...

 

Anyone have any experience, tips, or suggestions? I have not personally dealt with Barclay before...

 

Thank you!

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I applied for the World Arrival last month, got denied and called for a recon. It was my 3rd card w/Barclay and I have a good history with them. They approved me for the Platinum Arrival instead w/a 3K limit. I've ran the necessary 1K through it and got the 40K mile bonus. Love Barclay, love this card.

 

BTW, they pull TU and I have a BK from 2011 and my TU FICO was 720.

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I like Barclay too so far. I have the US Airways card for the miles to use on AA. I was thinking of the Arrival card too but I want to get rid of an old repo before trying. I think there was a link for a better sign up bonus. I'll try to find it but it may be out of date.

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$440 (40,000 "miles") off of travel expenses for only $1000 spend is really the best I can find for what I want.

 

Looked at US Airways, but they seem to be the ONLY airline card that does NOT waive baggage fees (and the AA cards expressly note in fine print that their waiver perk doesn't work on US Airways flights)...and their flight abilitiy for mile redemption is awful too. So, yeah, not really worth burning an inquiry and reducing my AAOA for their card.

 

The flyertalk forums give me lots of hope for a downgrade or fee waiver for this card though.

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Hi, Shigeru,

Did you apply for this card? Were you successful? I'm considering apping as well and just wanted to hear some positive feedback before I take the plunge!

 

I did, and I was. Approved instantly, but the amount was not satisfactory to me. Calling their front-line CSRs was a waste of time. I called their credit/underwriting department the next day through a magic number and was able to get the CL tripled without another hard pull.

 

Before getting this card, I did not have a MasterCard network card, nor did I have a 0% foreign transaction fee card. The free TU FICO is also great, as US Bank's free Experian product is worthless (it has never, ever updated for me - EVER).

 

I doubt I will use any of the World benefits, as I don't really use the Visa Signature ones (I usually rely on Amex for warranty extensions and the like), but they're nice to have. Same with the TripIt Pro if I ever choose to activate it. This should be nice to have as a "travel" card.

 

Not sure if I am going to utilize the 0% APR for 12 months, or just keep PIF to build a nice relationship with Barclays. Or some combination thereof.

 

I am definitely going to try and get the annual fee waived or downgrade it come next February though.

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Hi, Shigeru,

Did you apply for this card? Were you successful? I'm considering apping as well and just wanted to hear some positive feedback before I take the plunge!

 

I did, and I was. Approved instantly, but the amount was not satisfactory to me. Calling their front-line CSRs was a waste of time. I called their credit/underwriting department the next day through a magic number and was able to get the CL tripled without another hard pull.

 

Before getting this card, I did not have a MasterCard network card, nor did I have a 0% foreign transaction fee card. The free TU FICO is also great, as US Bank's free Experian product is worthless (it has never, ever updated for me - EVER).

 

I doubt I will use any of the World benefits, as I don't really use the Visa Signature ones (I usually rely on Amex for warranty extensions and the like), but they're nice to have. Same with the TripIt Pro if I ever choose to activate it. This should be nice to have as a "travel" card.

 

Not sure if I am going to utilize the 0% APR for 12 months, or just keep PIF to build a nice relationship with Barclays. Or some combination thereof.

 

I am definitely going to try and get the annual fee waived or downgrade it come next February though.

 

Good going on the CLI. I don't think I'm quite ready to app Barclays just yet; gonna wait for a while. Thanks!

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$440 (40,000 "miles") off of travel expenses for only $1000 spend is really the best I can find for what I want.

 

Looked at US Airways, but they seem to be the ONLY airline card that does NOT waive baggage fees (and the AA cards expressly note in fine print that their waiver perk doesn't work on US Airways flights)...and their flight abilitiy for mile redemption is awful too. So, yeah, not really worth burning an inquiry and reducing my AAOA for their card.

 

The flyertalk forums give me lots of hope for a downgrade or fee waiver for this card though.

 

FYI, the US Airways card added the free bag benefit recently.

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