Is Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard better than Sapphire?

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C.K.
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Is Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard better than Sapphire?

Postby C.K. » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:02 pm

Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I've been reading the forums and the blog reviews for the last few weeks because I was interested in getting a travel rewards card for myself in the near future.

After reading all the reviews, it seemed like Sapphire Preferred would be the way to go. Then I saw online that Barclays started offering a new Mastercard that seems to have the same or similar benefits as CSP, but without the $95 annual fee. To compare, here's what you get with Barclays:

  • 2x points on travel and dining
  • 1x points on everything else
  • 10% miles back when you redeem miles for travel (ex. redeem 25,000 miles, get 2,500 miles back)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee
And here's what CSP has:

  • 2x points on travel and dining
  • 1x points on everything else
  • 20% off travel services through Ultimate rewards
  • 7% annual points dividend
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee waived for the first year
So both cards seem to have similar benefits with the exception of the annual fee and the signup offers. What do you guys think? Is CSP still better or has Barclays come up with something that's almost equal and worth a shot?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!


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Postby agp » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:02 pm

CSP is better. You'll be able to do more with Ultimate Reward points than whatever point system Barclays uses.

Main Card: Amex Platinum
For gas: Penfed Platinum Cash Rewards
For travel & dining: Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Postby silver6054 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:38 pm

agp wrote:CSP is better. You'll be able to do more with Ultimate Reward points than whatever point system Barclays uses.


You may well be right, but it sort of lacks conviction when you don't know what Barclays's point system is!


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Postby MaxPunishment » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:59 pm

UR points are the most valuable points you can have IMO given their versatility, ease of transfer and how quickly you can rack up a whole bunch by signing up for new cards and shopping through the UR mall.

Not to mention that Chase has by far the best customer service in the industry and with the Chase Sapphire Preferred you have a dedicated line that goes directly to a customer service rep (you don't even need to input last 4 digits of SSN or acct #), I think Chase is the easy winner here.



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