***NOTE*** Barclays has shut down SCRA annual fee waivers for all cards as of 28 Nov 2016, This waiver was then revoked in March 2017 to everyone who got the card after they joined the military. No word on Barclays other products (AAdvantage Aviator and Arrival+)
Barclay has become less useful in my travels ever since dropping TripIT pro from the benefits of the arrivals plus card. It has sat in the back of my vast card archive along with its AAdvantage Silver card which I rarely use since getting it in place of my US airways card. However this post on reddit made the company relevant again!
Barclay has revamped its failed Chachi oriented Visa Black Card to an even more outrageous Thirty Thousand Dollar Millionaire MasterCard Gold Luxury Card. It is 24k gold plate with carbon fiber back. The best part is it weighs a hefty 0.8 oz for a great plunk factor. However as the boarding area article says it has questionable value for a card asking for $995 a year and another $295 for an additional card. This obscene price tag for essentially a 2% cashback card with no categories.
The mere existence of the card is disgusting, I feel they even flaunt the $995 as a feature of the card, as you get the global entry and $200 travel fee with a cheaper card like the AmEx Platinum for a mere $450 (it makes me sick to even say that). However DOC says the initial offer of 50,000 points worth $1,000 statement credit would justify the $995 annual fee. What caught my eye was the article mentioned Barclay will waive the annual fee of $995 for Military, so naturally I called in and it was confirmed by Barclay that all annual fees on this Gold card, Arrival Plus, and Aviator silver would be waived for Military Members.
So with this arrangement you get a 24k gold/carbon fiber slab that gives you $200 a year to spend on airfare (which you were going to do anyways via gift cards). Essentially they pay AD members $1000 balance credit with 50k points and $200 for anything travel related.
I found myself in a quagmire, do I get this card just to have something so curious and ironic just because its free for me? Should I stand firmly against bad credit cards that are a waste of time and money? Was this soon becoming the Birkin bag of credit cards? Then I thought about how I’m freezing my ass off on this tiny Pacific Island today, and I went ahead and applied online as a personal thank you to myself. So on flyer talk the others before me have experienced that all applications go into manual review. I am checking here, and calling here in the near future to check on the application.
This card will be my dark secret, it will be buried deep in the collection, please punch me in the face if I ever use it to try to impress you, you have my permission.