(EXPIRED) Barclays once again sending out spending offers


Barclays is once again sending out big spending offers to current cardholders. While the offers aren’t quite as high as those they sent a few months ago, you can once again get nearly a new cardmember-type bonus on an existing card, which will certainly make your Barclays card(s) worth using if you’ve been targeted.

The Deal

  • Barclays is sending out targeted spending offers to existing cardholders. These offers appear to be going out on select Aviator Red, JetBlue Plus, Wyndham, Arrival, and Choice Privileges cards (though I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of similar offers on other Barclays cards as well). Reports so far indicate that most people are seeing one of two different offers:
    1. 5X miles / points for every $1 spent on grocery store, drug store and restaurant purchases, up to 20,000 miles, from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021 plus an additional 20,000 miles if you spend at least $3,000 on purchases from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021. (total of up to 40,000 bonus miles)
    2. 5X miles for every $1 spent on grocery store, drug store and restaurant purchases, up to 10,000 miles each month from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021.
  • No direct link, keep your eye out for an email with a subject line like, “Earn bonus miles this summer!” for a link to enroll

Key Details

  • Must enroll by 5/25/21
  • This offer is targeted and you must enroll via the link in your email
  • All miles earned from this promotion will appear on your statement 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. (and note that it did take about that long for the miles to post for the previous promotion, so I wouldn’t expect the bonus here to post until the end of September

Quick Thoughts

These offers are terrific if you get one since it is almost like getting a new cardmember bonus but on an existing account. We sometimes see targeted spending offers from other issuers, but nothing as generous as what Barclays has done recently. Some cardholders who were targeted for 60K bonuses just a few months ago report being targeted again here. Note the very short enrollment window: you must enroll by 5/25/21, so you’ll want to take care of this right away.

Obviously offer #1 above is superior since it also has the second bonus miles component — it would be possible to earn a total of 40K miles with just $4K in grocery store, drug store, and restaurant purchases during the offer window. The second bonus offers up to 10K miles/points each month, so you’ll need to spend $6K total ($2K/month x 3 months) to get a total of 30,000 points. That’s still a fantastic deal even if inferior.

It doesn’t appear that the offers vary by card but rather by cardholder, so it’s worth combing through your email to see if you can find the offer. We first received reports in Frequent Miler Insiders last night, so I’d start by looking through your email from Friday, May 21st.

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Checking in to see if anyone has received points from this promo yet? Still nothing for me…

David zhang

Hey Nick.

I received the 5x /40k AA card promo and I think I signed up before 5/25. I’ve put some spend on it and was just talking to my Barclays AA card rep and she didn’t see any promo applied to my account or any record that I ever receiving this promo. She asked that I fax a copy or print out an email and send to their PO Box for investigation. Did I screw up or is this normal to not ‘see’ promos applied? Thx

Last edited 2 years ago by David zhang

Hi David – Same thing happened to me. I called today to confirm that I was enrolled, and the customer service rep had no idea what I was talking about and didn’t see anything in my account. If you check out the comments on this site, this has been happening to other people too: https://www.doctorofcredit.com/targeted-barclays-spending-bonus-earning-5x-on-grocery-drugstore-restaurants-up-to-20k-bonus-miles/

Eventually, the customer service rep opened a case for me, but I’m not sure what will come of it. Hoping we’ll still get our points at the end of the promotion.


Thank you for posting this, Sarah. The promotion doesn’t appear on my account either, but I did do a screen shot which begins “Thank you for enrolling. You’ve successfully enrolled. All Aadvantage miles earned will be awarded to your account 6-8 weeks after the promotion ends.” There is then a long paragraph with terms of the offer. I’m going to assume that the promotion is real and the customer service reps just aren’t aware of it. Otherwise, I’ll fight it if I don’t see the additional miles by the end of September.


This happened to me also. I took screenshots. I called Customer service
and they opened up a case. I have heard zilch since then. They could
not even see I received the offer. Again I sent them original email AND
i took screen shot of when i enrolled. I better see my points in September! I never would put 4k on this card in 10 weeks!


Sarah/DSK/Kacie – Any updates yet?

I met the spending requirements a couple months ago but still not seeing any miles…I haven’t called Barclays yet but I have a bad feeling I may be in the same boat as you guys


Not yet but I looked at the offer and it says 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. My promotion ended July 31. So not unexpected (at least for my offer)


Yeah I saw the same thing, but my concern is that a lot of T&C contain similar language but most of the time the points post much quicker (for example T&C might state 6-8 weeks…but in reality the points post as soon as the statement closes or something along those lines).

This is particularly worrisome since Barclays seemed to be having issues properly tracking who signed up for the offer in the first place.


No points posted for me yet. Hoping they show up by the end of September. If they don’t show up, I’m tempted to file a complaint with the CFPB and elsewhere as Barclays seems to be no help since Customer Service has no idea what we’re talking about when we call, and filing a service ticket has yielded nothing.


Here we are towards the end of Sep and still no sign of the points. sigh


Thanks for posting. Was wondering about others. None for me yet either.


Points are showing in my Barclays account (similar DP’s from DoC too)! Woohooooo


— Do you think you can just complete the second portion of Offer#1 and skip the first portion? So, just earn an additional 20,000 miles if you spend at least $3,000 on purchases from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021?


You will still earn bonus points on “portion 1” if you spend in the specified categories. No need to max it out. But if you just want to spend $3k on, say, taxes, that should work as well for the second part without earning you any 5X bonus.


Thanks, Nick! I used to know these things (way back in the Redbird/Vanilla reload days), but can I just buy Amazon and Uber gift cards at my local Kroger to help obtain the maximum bonus? I prefer those gift card types since they can easily and quickly be loaded to your Amazon or Uber account. I’m not sure if Kroger allows these purchases with a credit card, and I’m not sure if Barclays monitors these type or purchases (like the AMEX RATS). Anything you can share on these topics would be appreciated.


I guess I should have said “thanks, TravelGeek”?? Ned more coffee…


No experience with Barclays and gift cards, but I, too, prefer gift cards that can be loaded into accounts. So I buy Uber, Doordash, Amazon, Starbucks, Netflix, Google Play and Apple credits (but only small amounts for anything but Amazon since they are often available at greater discount elsewhere). I don’t expect any problems with this as I buy them together with regular groceries.

Fred Meyer (a Kroger company) happily takes credit cards for gift cards. Just have to remember to bring the physical card as I have found that their terminals don’t like my Google Pay phone (plus there is the concern about mobile payments in general discussed above).




I am guessing this is only for personal cards as I have 4 business cards and no offers.


Curious how the monthly cap works per month for 3 months when the promo only runs 2 months and a bit?


What monthly cap?


I was targeted for offer 2, which is capped at 10000 bonus points a month for 3 months but the offer only lasts 2.5 months.


Ah, got it. I didn’t look closely at the offers not available to me.

My guess would be that you can earn up to 10,000 points/miles in May even though you have only half a month to do it.


I have this offer on my Avaitor RED card. The offer says additional 5x miles. Does that you get total of 6 miles per $ spent ?






My wife got 5x & 20,000 on $3K spending on her arrival.


Got the 5X / 40K point offer on my Barclays Rewards Mastercard


Have any Barclays business card holders been targeted?

Captain Greg

P2 and I have 1 personal barclays card and 3 business barclays cards between us. Only the personal card was targeted.

Rob B

“plus an additional 20,000 miles if you spend at least $3,000 on purchases from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021. (total of up to 40,000 bonus miles)”.

Can this $3,000 be any category purchase, or just grocery, drug store and restaurant purchases???


I received the “5x on groceries, restaurants, drugstores up to 10,000 points per month til July31” offer on my Choice Privileges card. I only use this card to autopay my Apple storage fee of 99cents each month and Since Barclays doesn’t make you pay any monthly statement less than $1, I get my storage for “free”
And I’m leery to use both my Barclays cards since I recently had fraud on BOTH my Wyndham AND my Choice cards! Since I have rarely used either card in the past 2 years, it was easy for their fraud department to catch these, but I wonder how this happened? So, be sure to check your statements carefully before each month !


How is Barclays with us buying gift cards at CVS? Do they have a RAT team as well? Or do they not care?


What does Barclays mean when they say in the T&C:

Additional miles may not be earned if the merchant submits the purchase using a mobile or wireless card.”


Maybe ApplePay doesn’t count?


Yeah, I was wondering if Google Pay will count. Don’t have my Arrival card with me (traveling).

Any experience from previous promos?

Jerry Love

I received the following offer on my Red Aviator. 6x up to 10,000 miles per month for May, June and July, for Grocery, Restaurant and Drug Stores. If my math is correct that’s 6x on up to $1,666 spending per month in these categories.


I received the 5x up to 20k plus add’l 20k offer on my JetBlue plus card. I did note that the terms state “an additional 5 TrueBlue points per $1” so I read that to mean on top of the 2 points per dollar I already earn on restaurants and grocery stores.


Yet another version on Aviator Silver: 5 Aadvantage miles on gas, utilities and home improvement stores up to 10,000 Aadvantage miles total. That makes six cards with current gas promotions and three with current home improvement promotions, but the utilities part of it could prove useful. First Barclays promotion in several years.


I got this offer but on my arrival card:
Use your Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ Mastercard® to earn an additional 5X miles for every $1 spent on gas, utility and home improvement store purchases, up to 10,000 miles each month from 5/15/2021 to 7/31/2021.
Love how “This offer is in addition to the miles you already earn with your Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ Mastercard®”


Got mine on my new JetBlue that I opened in February for the 100K bonus. Have spent a few bucks over the $6k minimum. I got the 5x at grocery/pharmacy/restaurant on up to $4k and the 20k points for $3k spend.

I’m guessing that this is in addition to the 1x base and the 2x on grocery/restaurant the card already has. If I can do $3k grocery spending, I imagine it should be 7x total? So 41,000 points for that (13.67 points per dollar)? And 48K points if I do the full $4k (12 points per dollar)? Or does the 5x additional take place of the 1x additional?


My Arrival offer clearly says:

This offer is in addition to the miles you already earn with your Barclaycard Arrival™ Mastercard®“


My wife opened the Jetblue personal in Jan but is only about half thru the $6k spend. It would be nice to have an offer like this while finishing up the SUB, but so far no love.

Captain Greg

Darn! I have less than $200 left on the $6k signup, but I’ve been putting it off since I still have half a year. Looks like I shouldn’t have waited.

Captain Greg

Actually, even though I wasn’t emailed, I got the 3x bonus at grocery, restaurants and pharmacies when I logged in and checked out my offers. Not nearly as good as the 5x bonus PLUS the 20k on $3k spend, but I’ll take what I can get!


There’s another version for 3x miles at grocery stores. Not as good, but better than nothing. By the way, if you log in to your barclay card account first, and then register for the promo, you can see what offer you’re targeted for even if you didn’t receive the targeted email.


I do not see how to get the offer details without having an email. When I login, I checked “Offers” but there was nothing there. Does that mean i am not targeted? Or is there a different way to check?

Ed C

Now for the age old question – will Walmart Neighborhood Markets code as grocery for this promo? I’m assuming so, since they do for Chase and AmEx. But they never have for me for Citi, so I guess it’s trial and error time.

I got the promo for my Barclay Aviator Silver card (5X and 10,000 per month) and my wife got it on her Barclay Hawaiian Airlines card (5X and 20,000 additional). So, 30,000 is possible for me and 40,000 for her.

Last edited 2 years ago by Ed C
Captain Greg

I never seem to be targeted for these barclays spending offers. I’d be curious to hear from people who are. How long have you had your card for? How often do you use it?

Ed C

I use my Aviator Silver card every month. Had it 7+ years. P2 never uses her Hawaiian Airlines card (only have it for the luggage benefit) and has had it 5+ years.

This is the first Barclay’s promo we have received.

Sneha Rohini

Thank you so much for this very useful article

Last edited 2 years ago by Sneha Rohini
David Power

Yes Thank you I would have missed two offers.