15 Reasons I’m Loving Capital One Venture And It’s New 100,000 Mile Offer

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There’s no question that Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is the most improved rewards card of the last couple of years. And right now it’s offering up to earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases in the first 3 months

Capital One has added additional premium features to the card too. It’s gone from a celebrity endorsed card I didn’t used to think about daily, to becoming one that I absolutely love. I mean, the changes they’ve made to the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card have even made me like spokesperson Jennifer Garner more.

Here are the 15 things I’m loving about the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card:

  1. Initial bonus offer. earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases in the first 3 months

  2. 2x on everything. That means 2% towards paid travel, or when converting to most of their airline partners it’s equivalent to 1.5 airline miles per dollar spent, which is the best you’ll do with a single personal card on unbonused spend, period.

  3. 2% rebate towards travel. Capital One’s miles let you buy any flight without worrying about restricted award availability. This is most useful for people who use their rewards for domestic economy flights, and can be especially valuable over peak travel dates. You pick the flight you want and don’t inconvenience yourself based on what’s available at the saver level.

  4. Double threat. It’s a single card that works great as a travel rebate product, and great transferring to airline frequent flyer programs.

  5. Transfers to Air Canada Aeroplan They’re a great Star Alliance partner with most awards bookable on their website and great pricing for business class to Europe. I just wish they’d finally open up their Signature Suite lounge in Toronto to award passengers!

  6. Transfers to LifeMiles This is the only Star Alliance frequent flyer program with an award chart and no carrier-imposed surcharge. You can redeem United domestic flights starting at just 3500 miles.

    When you are flying a ‘mixed cabin’ itinerary (say, for instance, Los Angeles to Tokyo in first class and then connecting in business class to Beijing) the program will charge you proportionately for each flight segment.

    A first class award between the US and North Asia is listed at 90,000 LifeMiles on the award chart. If you flew Los Angeles – Tokyo Haneda non-stop in first class it would cost you 90,000 LifeMiles. However if you added a connection in coach beyond Tokyo Haneda then the price of the award drops — add Tokyo – Beijing in economy and you can get the price down to just over 66,000 miles. That’s a generous perk no other program offers.

  7. Transfers to Air France KLM Flying Blue. Air France offers better award availability when you’re using Flying Blue miles than when you’re using partner miles. I often transfer to Flying Blue because I find they have business class award seats to Europe when other airlines don’t.

    What’s more flights to Europe – especially connections to Central and Eastern Europe – are reasonably priced. For instance flying between the U.S. and some European cities will price under 60,000 miles each way in business.

  8. Transfers to EVA Air Infinity MileageLands. EVA Air is a totally underappreciated mileage transfer partner.

    Flying business class between the US and Asia on EVA Air costs a reasonable 75,000 or 80,000 miles each way depending on the US gateway used. One real hidden gem is that they charge just 25,000 miles each way for business class intra-Asia awards. They also offer Star Alliance round-the-the world awards

    US-Europe Star Alliance awards in business class is 65,000 miles each way, 85,000 miles in first class. US-Mideast Star Alliance awards in business class is 67,000 miles each way. And two stopovers permitted on a roundtrip award (one in each direction). Changes to date and flight up to three days in advance of travel are free while additional changes and also cancel/mileage redeposit cost $50.

    While many people skip over the program because they add fuel surcharges to partner award tickets you don’t need to get excised about fuel surcharges for awards on EVA’s own flights e.g. $43 Los Angeles – Taipei and $56 Los Angeles – Taipei – Bangkok.

  9. Transfers to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Since everyone transfers to Singapore it’s easy to build up their miles. And Singapore Airlines offers much better award availability to travel on Singapore’s own flights when you’re using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles than if you’re trying to use miles from a partner frequent flyer program.

  10. Transfers to Emirates I’ve found upgrades to be easier to get with Emirates than on most other airlines, but you need their own Skywards miles to upgrade a paid ticket.

  11. Transfers to Etihad Guest. That lets you book award travel on Etihad (one of my favorites) but most importantly they have many great partner awards – for instance if you can find premium cabin international saver award space on American, they still charge you the mileage prices that American used to charge before their March 2016 devaluation.

  12. TSA PreCheck or Global Entry credit This was an add-on benefit in 2018 and I love new benefits without taking anything away. And even if you have Global Entry already yourself you can use the credit for someone else’s application.

  13. James Beard Foundation event access Capital One has launched a new exclusive partnership with the James Beard Foundation that gives all cardholders special access to events and experiences. This means being able to buy tickets for events before others have a chance to force a sell-out. That’s great for any foodie.

  14. Exclusive Taylor Swift partnership gives cardmembers access to a Taylor Swift bundle no one else can buy. And who doesn’t like Taylor Swift (except maybe Marsha Blackburn).

  15. Jennifer Garner says you should get one.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. too bad can’t ever get approved despite 800+ credit score….even got B of A premium card but Capital One is tough…

  2. So it’s basically it is…

    Get 56,000 points for $3,000 in spend, a standard welcome offer

    Then get 84,000 points for the next $17,000 in spend – about a 5% cash return on spend if you redeem for travel, or 63,000 miles for that spend

    Decent offer, especially if you can spend in no bonuses categories

  3. Capital One seems to only cater to two demographics, subprime and superprime. In the superprime space, they seem to target those with limited numbers of cards who don’t regularly shop around. If you’re reading travel/churning blogs, you probably aren’t in this demographic.

  4. LifeMiles? Really? I suppose if you’re flying tomorrow it’s fine, but I don’t expect that I’ll get to fly the tickets I booked on Turkish through them next year.

  5. Thank you and got one.
    Congratulations! You’re approved for a Venture® card.
    Your new card will arrive in 7-10 business days
    $ 20,000
    Credit Line
    Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day

  6. I always considered Venture to be equal with the Barclay Arrival +. However, Barclay stopped issuing the Arrival and here is Cap 1 going all out to push the Venture. One of the two banks has messed up.

  7. What is the deal with their approvals? Without saying too much, I have an 800ish credit rating and a very high income (I don’t think I’ve every been rejected for a card except for 5/24 type reasons). They offered me an alternative garbage card with a $1000 limit. Bonkers.

  8. 50k points for $3k spend within 3 months.
    50k additional points for Total Spend of $20k within 12 months.
    2x points on that $20k spend means 40k more points.

    Grand total of 140k points for $20k spend (approx $1650/month) in 12 months.

    Makes this a 7x card for those first 12 months; a no-brainer home-run if you use it for all (normally) non-bonused 1x categories.

  9. Bloggers need to be honest about CapOne. Every time I read one of these articles, I never see any reference to the fact that they do not approve responsible credit consumers. I am not a gamer, I’ve only opened 3 cards in the last two years, have a credit score above above 800 and an existing relationship with CapOne (1 card that I opened over 10 years ago and is still active), but they will not approve people like me who don’t carry balances. Stop peddling this or at least warn your readers that if they’re using credit responsibly, they’re not likely to be approved and will get nothing but a hard pull on their credit report.

  10. @Darren

    I don’t carry a balance. I have 800+ FICO.
    I am a very responsible user of credit. They approved me.

  11. “It’s” means “it is”. Not the possessive of it. Your title makes no sense. If you want to be taken seriously, up your grammar game before you post

  12. @mojo, congrats, you seem to have slipped through. Regardless, one DP does not disprove the overwhelming number of people who comment every time one of these CapOne offers are made. It’s abundantly clear that they lean towards declining credit apps that every other card issuer approves. I’ve never been declined for any other card and my experience seems to be widely shared.

    I’m not one of those people who get up in arms about bloggers pushing cards. I understand they need to make a living and Gary is among those who usually do it responsibly. But given the now widespread knowledge that CapOne routinely rejects creditworthy applicants and pulls all three credit unions, this should be a disclaimer when pushing people to their cards.

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