Every once in a while someone mentions the Barclaycard Travel Community and how you can earn points by posting your trip reports. What I’ve never seen anyone post is how ridiculously easy it is. I wanted to share with you today how using my archives as inspiration I’m earning an average of 20,000 points a month. Best of all, they’re risk-free “pajama points”- no MS or reselling required.
What is the Barclaycard Travel Community and who can use it?
The Barclaycard Travel Community is a forum where people can share their travel stories. What makes it good is that they’ll give you 100 miles for a story, 50 miles for a photo and 10 miles for a location pin. Anyone can join and if you’re an Arrival+ cardmember the miles go right to your Arrival account. If you’re not, they’ll cash out as Amazon gift cards- but a much lower rate: 2500 points gets you $25 towards travel spend on an arrival+ card or a $5 Amazon GC. You’ll even get 500 miles just for completing your profile.
You also earn 10 miles if someone gives your story a like. Mine are under “DealMommy”; leave your username below and I’ll try to throw you some love. To find a member just use the search icon on the top right corner.
Here’s what takes the “good” into “no-brainer” territory
There are two features about the Barclaycard Travel Community I’ve found useful and can share with you. They have both cut the time needed to post and have greatly increased how many points I earn with the program.
- You only need 100 words per post. Obviously if you’re a blogger coming up 100 words takes no time at all. However, even if you’re not a blogger you probably have more ready-made content than you realize. How many reviews have you posted on TripAdvisor and Yelp? What about your Facebook and Instagram streams? You’d be amazed how easy it is to get to the 100 mark. I make sure the words are my own, but I’ve pulled ideas from all sorts of places. Note: I recommend editing what you’ve written so it’s not exactly cut and paste. Use your reviews as inspiration and to jog your memory.
- You can add 25 pins per story! That’s up to an extra 250 miles for 10 word snippets about restaurants, hotels, stores, transport tips, whatever. Theoretically you could earn 400 points per story, but I think 25 pins each might be stretching it. I try for 5. You can even cross post your material from one post into snippets for another post.
The biggest limit I’ve hit is that you can only post five stories per city, ever. One workaround for this is to make sure you’re posting about a very specific location: IE, instead of “New York City” post to “Manhattan” or even “Times Square”. Their mapping system doesn’t lump them together if Google doesn’t.
Other than that you can post up to 100 stories a month, every single month. Now that I have practice, I can post up to 20 posts with 20 photos and 100 pins per hour: 4000 no-brainer miles earned while watching TV or catching up on the Saverocity podcast.
Are you a Barclaycard Travel Community fan? How many miles have you earned? Please share any tips you’ve learned in the comments.
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