The Best Barclays Credit Cards of 2014

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Looking for the best Barclays credit cards? While not as popular in the US as they are in Europe, Barclays does have a number of cards available to American consumers. Many of them are geared toward travelers and are tied to very specific destinations, but there are a few that will appeal to a wider client base. If you’re not satisfied with products from guys like Chase or Capital One (maybe they’re just too “mainstream”), this collection of cards is worth a look. Here we bring you the very best Barclays credit cards available this side of the Atlantic.

Barclaycard Arrival

Barclays Arrival Credit Card
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The Barclaycard Arrival MasterCard is rather like the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card: it earns 2 miles on every $1 spent, which can be used for any travel expense whatsoever. And in many respects, it can be even better than the vaunted Venture: it comes with a signup bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 or more on purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. You’ll also get 10% of your miles back if you redeem for travel. That’s quite a deal – redeem 25,000 miles and get 2,500 back. The only downside is the annual fee – $89, waived the first year. But if you’re looking for a solid travel card that’ll earn you consistently great rewards, the Arrival’s your guy.

Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature

Barclays Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card
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Here’s another hotel credit card, but this time with a little more panache. If you like sleeping in style, the Wyndham Visa Signature could prove an invaluable travel companion. The base rewards rate is a flat 2% on all purchases. That alone is enough to rake in some serious bonus cash. Purchases at participating Wyndham locations will be eligible for an accelerated 5% rate. The signing bonus is also pretty huge at 30,000 points (worth about $300). Every year, on the anniversary of your signing, you get a nice little thank-you gift–one free night stay. The Wyndham Visa even comes with a low balance transfer APR in case you have some debts to pay off. Remember, you’ll still have to pay a balance transfer fee, but it can be well worth putting a freeze on interest for 15 months. The annual fee is $69, but it’s waived the first year, and your rewards will easily make up the difference.

Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard – Excellent Credit

As the name states, you have to have pretty stellar credit to be approved for this offer. But if you qualify, the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard may be well worth your time. We’re sort of in love with this card, mostly because it offers great rewards for no annual fee. It earns 1% back on all purchases and double rewards on gas, groceries and utilities. By doubling up earnings on the essentials, you’re guaranteed to hit those bonus categories on a regular basis. Points can be redeemed for a number of options, including shopping, dining and flights without blackout dates. Rewards are not capped and will not expire for the life of your account. Additionally, the Barclaycard Rewards grants a full 18 months of 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers. If you have some big purchases to make in the near future, you have a long time to pay them off without incurring interest. All in all, not a bad fee-free card.

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