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A easy and free (and maybe even sort of fun) way to earn some points is via the Barclaycard Travel Community. You write up very short stories about your travels (including a picture), and earn easy points. If you also have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® then those points you earn could be used essentially as cash toward travel just like the points earned via that card. If you don’t have the card, you are earning at a much lower rate toward Amazon certificates.
Previously you earned 200 miles for telling a travel story of 50 words or more (including at least one photo), and there were no written limits on the number of stories you could tell about any particular trip or city. Effective April 11th, you earn 150 miles for telling a travel story, and can tell a limit of five travel stories for an individual city. However, you can earn 10 bonus points per “detail” shared in the story. A detail requires locating and rating a place such as attraction, restaurant, or hotel thanks to their google maps database. Thanks to this additional way to earn points, you can still earn 200 points per story (if not more), but it will take a little extra time to do so.
You can still get 10 points for each kudo (aka like) the story is given, but I still don’t see many folks taking the time to hand those out. I’ve received and given a few kudos, but not anywhere near enough to mount up to a substantial number. This is probably because it is simply more time efficient to write more stories than hand out kudos at 10 points a pop.
I’m not surprised they needed to reign in earning a bit as I’m sure a smallish number of dedicated folks with a little free time were cranking out stories about their home town or any given city in large numbers. I always wanted to devote a whole afternoon to just writing stories to see how many points I could rack up, but life has never allowed that to happen. I do hope they revisit their lifetime limit of 5 stories on one city as folks do visit the same cities on multiple trips, and might have new tips to share. Perhaps a certain number of stories per city per year might make more sense if they are in this for the long-haul with the Travel Community.
For now there are still some pretty easy points to be made here, but not quite as easily as there were before. Thanks to Mommy Points reader Dave for alerting me to these changes!
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