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The stricter redemption rules are definitely bad. $25 against a train ride or taxi is good, but a $100+ purchase is more likely to be a hotel room or flight, for which I have better cards (and the option to use UR/MR points).
I take it Barclaycard is still refusing to let people PC from Arrival+ to the no-AF version? I think they'll have a lot of accounts that close. Of course, that's probably simpler for them than having a lot of customers with no-AF Arrivals that hardly get used.
I'll keep my no-AF version for the shopping portal and general history. It's definitely at the bottom of my list of "special use" cards.
*If I were designing a new card for them, it would be one with no AF, a useful 3% or 4% rewards category, and a smaller signup bonus. Apart from the Aviator line, they really have nothing that stands out for customers as a good long-term option. They need a new flagship card, and to realize that their cards' only appeal is an easy-to-use signup bonus.
Keeping indefinitely: IHG, SchwabPlat, CSP, Discover, Freedom, ED, BCE, Hyatt
May close or PC: Prestige, Arrival, BrooksBros
AA Platinum converting into Costco
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech
Letting new accounts cool off since May