As an avid traveler, I rely heavily on miles and points to fund my travels; that’s why I’m always looking for new ways to rack up as many points and miles as possible. One thing I’ve learned is that “every mile counts” – little bits of miles and points here and there always add up.
One way to earn miles that can be redeemed towards travel expenses is with the Barclaycard Travel Community. While the community has been around for years now, I never truly knew lucrative it could be during downtime until I recently joined and participated myself!Similar to TripAdvisor (but with an added-incentive), the Barclaycard Travel Community is a unique way that you can earn free miles just for sharing your travel stories and tips. The Barclaycard Travel Community is open to everyone, but it is especially useful if you have an Arrivals card. Allow me to explain more below.
Right now, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® now has a limited-time all-time high 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 or more within the first 90 days. Right off the bat, 50,000 Arrival Plus miles is worth ~$525 towards travel expenses.
After registering for free at the Barclaycard Travel Community, you can begin posting your travel stories, but before that – be sure to complete your basic travel profile to earn 500 miles to start!
Here’s what you earn with each story:
- You earn 150 miles for each story you share
- Additional 10 miles for adding details about your trip such as restaurants, hotels, etc.
- Additional 10 miles for every “kudo” other community members give you.
A “kudo” is the same thing as a “like” on Facebook. Your stories have to be at least 100 words in length and include one photo as a minimum requirement to earn the 150 miles. To add details such as restaurants you’ve eaten at or hotels you’ve stayed in, simply use the Google Maps feature and add up to 25 details in your story to earn an additional 10 miles for each.
You can add up to 100 stories a month and a maximum of 5 stories per city that you visit. From a time-commitment perspective, 100 words is super short and can be written in under 2 minutes. When including the pictures and the details, each story takes about 4-5 minutes of your time.
Putting it to the Test
Reflecting back on my recent trip to Romania, I decided to write a story detailing my 24-hour hop to Bucharest. Between writing the 100-word review, adding a photo, and adding 3 details, the total time spent was 5 minutes, earning me 180 miles. If I had kept a rhythm and dedicated an hour to writing stories (assuming each one took 5 minutes), I would have presumably earned a total of 2,160 miles for a total of 12 stories (each including 1 photo and 3 details). Since I am a Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® card member, that’s like earning $21.60 “an hour” towards travel expenses for one hour of “work”! That’s not even including the 500 miles I earned for setting up my profile or if my story gets any “kudos” from other users (hint hint). Not a bad way to spend some downtime if you have some!
Since you’re allowed to contribute 100 stories a month, you could essentially spend 20 minutes a day knocking out 3 or 4 stories (an idea if you’re on a boring conference call or procrastinating on YouTube) to earn a grand total of 20,000 or so monthly points (~$200 towards travel purchases)!
Keep in mind that Arrivals Plus cardmembers also receive 5% of the redeemed miles back when used towards travel purchases.
Redeeming Miles Earned From The Barclaycard Travel Community
If you are a Barclaycard Arrival™ MasterCard® cardholder, link your travel profile to your Arrivals account to see recent activity post monthly to your account, which will appear as “Participation Miles” on your statement.Once you hit a minimum of 10,000 miles (either from card spend or Travel Community participation), you can redeem your miles towards travel purchases. 10,000 Arrivals miles = $100 statement credit.
If you are not a cardmember, the miles you earn will be automatically redeemed for a $5 Amazon e-certificate once you reach 2,500 miles.
Overall, if you have a little extra time on your hands and a few travel photos you’re proud of, don’t be afraid to post them to the Barclaycard Travel Community and earn some miles to fund some more adventures.
Have you earned miles through the Barclaycard Travel Community before?