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A new World Elite
I’d already decided last month to keep the Barclaycard Arrival for another year. This weekend, I logged in to see if some points had posted for the gifts cards I purchased on a recent spree of manufactured spend.
I was asked to verify my address and contact info – no biggie, didn’t think too much of it. And then, I noticed the logo of the Arrival card looked a little different. It was now a Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard.
Surely enough, the entire blogosphere exploded with this news. I’m not one to parrot news, so I’d recommend reading this post by Million Mile Secrets that outlines all the new changes. I already have a World Elite Mastercard (the Ink Plus from Chase), but having two of a nice product never hurts.
So I thought I’d revisit the original most about Mastercard World Elite benefits. From almost exactly one year ago.
A few things have changed, mostly the air benefits. They have different promos now, different partners, and the program seems a little more rounded out.
With Barclays giving out a ton of World Elite Mastercards now, they may have to start making good on the claims made on the website.
New air benefits
The benefits that really interest me are the upgrades on Lufthansa and LAN. The one from Swiss could be interesting, too.
Lufthansa does specify that the upgrade-eligible fare is a “full economy price ticket.” LAN is more vague, and just says “eligible Economy Class Fare” which I assume is a full-fare ticket.
Notably missing now is Aer Lingus upgrade and Etihad upgrade. Aer Lingus is gone altogether, and Etihad is “down” to a percentage off. Aeromexico is a new benefit, as is Cathay Pacific.
There’s a lot to explore to the official Mastercard World Elite page. Including:
- MASTERCARD LUXURY HOTEL & RESORTS PORTFOLIO
- WORLD ELITE AIR PROGRAM
- WORLD ELITE CAR RENTAL PROGRAM
- WORLD ELITE CRUISE PROGRAM
- WORLD ELITE CHAUFFEURED CAR SERVICE
- WORLD ELITE PRIVATE JET PROGRAM
- PERSONAL TRAVEL ADVISOR
- TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE
Definitely check out their Luxury Hotel & Resorts page. It offers Amex Plat/Virtuoso-type benefits including late checkout, welcome amenity, free breakfast and internet, etc., subject to availability. This is definitely set up to rival the Visa Signature Hotels program. As they say, when banks compete, you win.
The Arrival Plus is now more robust, more widely usable, and they’ve increased the award redemption period from 90 days to 120 days. And Mastercard has been changing their World Elite program to boot.
I will have to do a post in the future comparing the different insurance coverages for trip delay and cancellation, and for car rental coverage. Also for warranty and purchase protection, with regard to the different banks and types of cards offered.
I’m curious to hear about any type of interaction anyone has had with using their World Elite benefits, especially for air travel.
Has anyone had an experience with this so far?
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