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Earning Participation Miles on the Barclaycard Travel Community

County Wise

I’ve posted a few of my travel stories on this website, and I’ve found the experience rewarding, and not just because I was going to earn Participation Miles (more on that in a minute). Posting a story was a pleasant walk down memory lane. It’s kind of like listening to a good song you haven’t heard in a long time. The music brings back memories from that time in your life (and hopefully in a pleasant way!). We designed the Barclaycard Travel Community with that experience in mind. At the end of telling your story you will have remembered things about your trip that you might otherwise have forgotten and you’ll also have a document of that trip that you can revisit. Plus, if it’s written well, other people can share that experience and learn more about the place you visited.

 

But enough of the warm and fuzzy, and back to earning miles for your participation in this community! The purpose of this blog is to dig in to how that works. So let’s get started. Registered members of the community can earn miles for 3 activities; completing a travel profile, posting a travel story (with at least 1 image) and having your story “kudoed” by other registered members.

 

***Updated September 7, 2017***

 

***Update October 28, 2015: We want to make sure that stories posted in the community are helpful to other members who are researching and reading these posts. In order to do that, we are asking for a minimum of 100 words to describe each story you post.***

Update December 23rd, 2013: We want to make sure that stories posted in the community are helpful to other members who are researching and reading these posts. In order to do that, we are asking for a minimum of 50 words to describe each story you post.

 

You will earn 500 miles for completing a profile and including the following information:

  1. - Creating a username
  2. - Giving us your email address (so we can tell you how many miles you’ve earned as well as update you on the latest community news; your email address will not be sold)
  3. - Entering your home town ('where you currently live')
  4. - Selecting at least one travel interest
  5. - Selecting at least one travel companion
  6. - Selecting at least one travel style
  7. -Telling us 5 places you’ve been to

Telling us where you’ve traveled will hopefully spur you on to share your stories about those trips. Selecting the travel interests, companions and styles will allow us to provide you content on our homepage that is tailored to you. Sound good? 

 

Update (4/11/2014):

You will earn 150 miles for telling a travel story.

Up to five (5) travel stories can be posted for an individual City, State, Country.

 

To earn your 150 miles, be sure to share your travel story with at least a 50 100 word description, select a few basic travel descriptions, upload at one at least unique and great pic from the trip, and provide more savory details about what you saw, where you ate and stayed. At the bottom of your story we will map out your trip so you can see the path you traveled. Give it a try and give us feedback about the experience in the discussion forums. Here is a blog with tips on how to write a great travel story.

 

Updage 4/11/2014:

Each detail added to a travel story using the map will earn 10 miles per detail.

 

You will earn 10 miles every time your story is kudoed:

 

We want to encourage great storytelling, and who better to assess great stories than your fellow travelers?! If someone likes your story and gives you a kudo for it we will add 10 miles to your account. We also encourage you to click on stories you like to reward the storytellers. Just click on the heart at the top of the detailed story or at the bottom of the story summary. Just note that, you will not earn 10 miles for kudos of story details or images.

 

Those are the three ways you can earn miles within this community. You can view your “Lifetime Participation Miles” total in your Travel Profile. Miles are updated every day on this page for the previous day’s activity.If you are a Barclaycard Arrival™ World or Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® cardholder, your Participation Miles will be displayed on your monthly statement and will be transferred over to your account on the first of every month for the previous month’s activity. Community members will also receive an email alert that summarizes personal Participation Miles activity. And, on a monthly basis, we will send all community members a Barclaycard Travel Community newsletter that highlights great stories, helpful blogs and popular discussion topics. To learn more about how Participation Miles are updated on the community site and in your Arrival account (if applicabl....

 

A couple of important things I’d like to point out. You don’t have to be a Barclaycard Arrival cardmember to join the community and earn miles. However, the rewards for those miles are only intended for members residing in the United States. Also, community members who are Barclaycard Arrival™ World or Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® cardmembers must link their account at the Barclaycard servicing site (BarclaycardUS.com) in the Account Settings area. This is how we will know you are a Barclaycard Arrival cardmember. Why is that important?  Because the value of miles are different for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers and members who are not cardmembers. For more information on How To Link Your Travel Community Profile, click here.

 

For those of you who are not Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers, the miles you earn will be automatically redeemed for an eGiftcard from a list of four major retailers. The $5 can only be utilized within the United States. Barclaycard Arrival™ World or Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® cardholders will have the miles added to their Barclaycard Arrival account once per month and the miles will be shown as “Participation Miles” on the monthly billing statement.

 

Phew, I think that’s it. I encourage you to check out the detailed disclosure for this program here.

 

I look forward to reading your stories on the Barclaycard Travel Community. I know I’ve enjoyed writing mine and the trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do. And I hope the miles you earn will jump start your next travel story.

218 Comments
Community Manager
@bengurevich - I have verified you posted six travel stories in March that should have transferred over on 4/1. We will verify if/when the miles transferred on the back end. I received your email and will respond to you with follow up. Thank you!
City Slicker
Hi Jared-
I created a profile and posted one story so far. I received miles for the story, but not the 500 miles for creating my profile. Both these were done on the same day. Any idea why? Thanks!
Stately Explorer
Can I like both my wifes BC card and my BC card to our shared account? I can't seem to figure it out.
County Wise
Thanks for this information. Do you know who I can contact if I did not receive my $5 Amazon e-certificate yet?
Stately Explorer
Hello, I posted a number of stories over the past few days and the points have yet to show in my account. I have previously shared a number of stories and have typically seen the points the next day, which is the reason I'm checking. Can someone check on this? Thanks so much..love Barclay!
City Slicker
Hi. I filled out a profile but never received any of the participation miles. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
County Wise
Any news on why participation miles are being delayed? Or how long we have to wait to see them? Thank you!
City Slicker
I completed the requirements for the 500 points but do not see any miles posted to my account...you say in your post that the points are updated everyday so not sure why they haven't showed up yet. Can you advise?
County Wise
I also did not receive the 500 points for filling out my profile. I did receive points for several stories. Did I omit something to complete the profile? Thanks.
City Slicker
I completed my profile several weeks ago and did not get any points, is this possible? Am I missing something?
City Slicker
This is helpful info.
City Slicker
I completed my profile 5 days ago (5/31) and still have not seen any points show up. I'm pretty sure I included everything that was required and don't understand why I'm not seeing anything.
Community Manager
Hi @Yadadh It appears you are correctly linked to your Arrival card. I have requested our team investigate your miles transfer status. Details to follow.

@worldambler: Please let me know if you are still experiencing issues with your Participation Miles total in your Travel Community Profile. Thank you!
County Wise
@JaredY I am having issues uploading pictures. I have tried uploading by dropping the picture, also by clicking the upload pictures. Although I do eventually upload the picture, it takes several tries.
City Slicker
Hi Jared, I recently joined and linked my account to my Barclay's card. I created a username, gave email address, checked multiple travel interests and companions, selected one travel style, and listed 5 places I have been to. I did those all in the last few days and still have not received an update to my miles. Any thoughts or missing actions?
City Slicker
Hi JaredY,
I just wrote this using your tips and wanted to make sure that it's ok, if not, please let me know:
http://barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Stories/500-MILES-WELL-EARNED-WHEN-POSTING-A-STORY-ON-BARCLAY-TRAVEL...
City Slicker
Thank you so much and many thanks!
County Wise
Is there a delay in points posting?
I updated my profile, posted a story, added a detail, and sent a few kudo's to a few stories. My point total is 0 still :(
City Slicker
I've filled out my profile and selected places I've been, and even written a story, yet the 500 miles haven't hit. Any ideas?
County Wise
Hi Jared,

I've earned 2770 miles so far. I do not have a Barclaycard so would have to opt for the Amazon credit in lieu. How do I go about getting this Amazon credit into my account?

Thanks!

Ed
Community Manager
@edwardwong You should receive the Amazon e-certificate automatically to the email address you used to regiater on the Travel Community.

If anyone else is still having issues with their miles not posting, please let us know in the Participation Miles discussion board. Currently, all miles should be up to date as of 7/23. Thank you!
Internationally Known
Hello Jennifer, I am unable to upload pictures. Appreciate, if you could please look into this issue. I get an error message 'an unexpected error occurred'.
City Slicker
I wrote a story and did all this and I NEVER received any miles!! WHy???????????????? why is the world so cruel??
County Wise
@JenniferH, Hello! I never did receive the Amazon E-Cert in my email inbox. Checked the spam folders and everything. Can you resend? Thanks!
County Wise
Hi I joined the community last week and have updated my profile and added 2 stories. My story miles are showing up but not those from updating my profile. When will I see the extra 500 miles?
Community Manager
@Vensham, Have you tried reducing the file size of your photos?

@digitallife I reviewed your Travel Profile and do not see any travel stories posted. Please let me know if you had any additional questions.

@edwardwong1 The Amazon e-certificates can take up to 8 weeks to get delivered. Please let us know if you haven't received them after the 8 week time period.

@countryman737 It appears that you haven't selected a "Hometown." Once you select this, you should see 500 Participation Miles added to your Lifetime total the next day. Thank you!
City Slicker
Thanks for the info. I'd like to earn the 500 but I cannot find the place on this website where you add a travel companion, travel style or travel interest. Can you help me out? I did my 5 places and a few places I'd like to go, my e-mail and a photo.
City Slicker
OK . . . did everything you said to do ----- when and how do my 500pts show up??????
City Slicker
Hi,
I followed the instructions (e.g., I added a few places (more than five!) I have been to and completed my profile), but I haven't got the 500 miles yet. I also posted a story with a photo, but didn't get the 150 miles. Can someone check and let me know if I forgot to do something?
Thanks!
Community Manager
@mistressmerry In your Travel Profile (you can click "Edit my profile" you will see an area for your current city, under this area are options to select your Travel Interests, Travel Companions, etc.

@idea2ink and @ltdtl100 Your Participation Miles update daily for the previous day's activity. So, if you completed your Travel Profile on Monday, your Lifetime Miles will reflect the 500 Participation Miles on Tuesday. Additional details can be found in our Participation Miles blog posts. http://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Blog/bg-p/blog/label-name/participation%20miles
City Slicker
Awesome post! Just updated my profile and will post a few stories that I have gathered over my recent travels. I can't wait to get some bonus kudos points to put towards some plane tickets to Paris with my beautiful girlfriend!
City Slicker
Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I figured it out.
Community Manager
@wpheiff Terrific! Welcome to the community!
City Slicker
Thanks!
City Slicker
love this !
City Slicker
Thank you so much!
City Slicker
I filled in all of the information in my profile (yesterday) and the points still aren't posted! Help!
City Slicker
Great story
Community Manager
@atausek The Participation Miles typically are update around 4:00 EST daily. Occasionally, the file is updated later in the evening. Rest assured, all activity is being tracked on the back end and your Participation Miles will be updated. Thank you!
City Slicker
I filled out my profile yesterday and my 500 miles are not showing up in my profile here in the Barclay Community
City Slicker
Hello again,
Even after 24+ hours of completing the required activity, I still do not see any miles posted. It's been roughly 28 hours since I completed my profile and added a story.
As per: "@ltdtl100 Your Participation Miles update daily for the previous day's activity. So, if you completed your Travel Profile on Monday, your Lifetime Miles will reflect the 500 Participation Miles on Tuesday. Additional details can be found in our Participation Miles blog posts. http://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Blog/bg-p/blog/label-name/participation%20miles"
Community Manager
Hi @dande361 and @ltdt100 Thank you for your feedback. IF the daily Participation Miles file runs later than 6pm EST, the Participation Miles updates will occur the next day (catching up 2 days worth of activity). This is a technical issue that we are quickly working on creating a solution. Rest assured all of your activity is being tracked in the back end and you will be awarded the appropriate totals in your Lifetime Participation Miles totals. We appreciate your patience while we work on this issue. Thank you!
City Slicker
I added my hometown, photo, and all the other requirements to my profile three days ago but still have not seen my profile updated. Please advise. Thank you!
Community Manager
@kransick, Yes, please see the Known Issues discussion thread that started on 8/7. http://barclaycardtravel.com/t5/The-Barclaycard-travel-community/Known-Tech-Issues-PLEASE-READ/m-p/4...
City Slicker
Hi I am new, just signed up. How do I link this with my Barclay card account? And where do I have to tell about my five trips to get my first 500 bonus miles? Kindly reply. Thank you
City Slicker
Thank you for the info Jared! So stoked to start earning points and TRAVEL THE WORLD!
Community Manager
@Zaratx - Welcome to the community! Here is a helpful blog to help you get started on linking your account: http://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Blog/How-to-Link-your-Travel-Community-Profile-to-your-Barclayca...

As for posting your stories, you can post from the homepage. Simply visit http://www.barclaycardtravel.com/ and click on "Post A Story" located on the home banner or "post your story" below the banner on the right, next to the green "search stories" button.

Hope this helps! Can't wait to hear about your travels!
City Slicker
I want my points!! this is my first post lol
<3 travel
City Slicker
Thank you man,
County Wise
Awesome! Thank for the info, excited.
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