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I’ve written several times about earning points via the Barclaycard Travel Community as it is a pretty cool, unique, and (best of all) free way to earn points you can use as cash toward travel. You write up very short stories about your travels, including a picture, and then earn easy points. Simple as that. 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…and frankly that wouldn’t be worth the time.
You can earn 150 points for telling a travel story of 50 words or more, and you can write up to five stories per city. 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.
You also get 10 points for each Kudo (like) that your story receives. My experience shows that the normal number of kudos you receive is pretty low, but this community is doing a good job sharing kudos with each other so don’t be shy about sharing your screen name in the Travel Community in the comments section here. I have more to hand out soon based on the comments in this post.
So far there is no limit on the number of stories you can write per day or in total, so I wanted to maximize this a bit. For a while now I’ve been meaning to see how many stories I could write in an hour. Well, the day still hasn’t come when I’ve had an hour straight to work on writing stories for the Travel Community, but I did spend 30 minutes yesterday, and I was able to write a total of 7 short stories in that time. Finding and uploading the photos was the slowest part for me. Each story earns 150 points + 10 points for each “detail” I mapped on their database. All in all this came to about 1,200 points I earned in 30 minutes of work. Any kudos the stories might earn will be on top of that. Recently my (well technically my husband’s) stories have been getting about 10 kudos each (thanks guys!), so that might come to a total of around 100 extra points per post if that happens again. His screen name is lypht1223.
Even at just 1,200 points without kudos, that comes to $13.20 (including the 10% bonus you get back when you redeem toward travel) to use toward travel expenses charged on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. If I held that pace, it would be over $26 an hour toward travel, which is pretty good if you had nothing else to do that hour, and needed the points. It isn’t life altering, but it was pretty fun to see how many I could do. Obviously you might be a bit faster or a bit slower than my pace. I was writing about 100 words instead of the required 50, and as I mentioned slowed down a bit each time I had to upload a photo.
Have you done a similar experiment to see how many stories you could write in an hour or so? Are you still using this as a way to earn points?
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