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It wasn't too shocking when Barclaycard closed the 5% Sallie Mae to new apps. The rewards program is costing them a lot, and there's presumably just no way they can make money with a savvy customer base on an obscure card (that the general public wouldn't often get).
Arrival, Arrival+, and Ring have been closed to new apps for a while now...at least through their homepage. I checked and did find a backdoor app to Arrival+ that appeared to still work. I didn't test it out by applying.
I'm not sure why they were pulled. After this much time, it probably isn't just due to IT updates. Arrival and Arrival+ bonuses cost Barclaycard real cash, but I think a fair number of people used the cards after they got their bonuses. When the Arrival reward structure changed, applications for the card were only unavailable for a short time, and existing customers received notices about the changes. As an Arrival customer, I've heard nothing recently - they just keep sending me BT offers.
I think there was a Travelocity card that they force-PCed to Arrival.
They added the JetBlue card, and there's an Aviator revival on the horizon. They still have the Rewards and CashForward cards.
They seem to be putting a lot of hope into the future of their JetBlue and Aviator cards...I guess they want great margins (by paying less for rewards) more than market share.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt
Plan to PC: Prestige to DC
SD with activity alerts, might close: Arrival and Brooks Bros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech, BofA Travel PH