Capital One Announces Third Airport Lounge And Two Mileage Transfer Bonuses

Capital One is building out a lounge network. The first lounge will be at Dallas – Fort Worth opening this year. Washington Dulles has been announced for 2022. And now they’ve announced plans for a Denver lounge, as well as two mileage transfer bonus promotions.

Denver Airport Location Added To Soon-To-Launch Capital One Lounge Network

Here are details of the newly announced Capital One Lounge at the Denver airport:

  • 11,200 square feet on the mezzanine level of concourse A
  • Operated by Plaza Premium Group (a Plaza Premium lounge at Denver has been in the works since 2018)
  • Food will include “delicious, health-conscious eating options that are served plated as small bites, a handcrafted beverage menu and an industry-leading, dedicated grab & go section…focus[ing] on locally sourced ingredients, uniquely and sustainably packaged premium grab-and-go selections, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.”
  • Beverages will include “bar with craft cocktails on tap, local beers and regional wines, a full-service coffee and espresso bar featuring La Colombe cold brew on tap at select locations, and a custom six-tap system featuring artisanal sodas and flavored waters.”
  • Relaxation rooms “with eye covers, blankets and other luxury amenities to help you recharge away from the crowds”
  • Shower suites “with complimentary towels and hotel-inspired custom toiletries”
  • Nursing room, kid-sized tables for families, private meeting rooms

These lounges are expected to be pay-in, at least unless and until Capital One offers a premium travel card. They will have an “original soundscape.. that provides travelers with an enriching, memorable and transformative experience as soon as they step foot into the space.”


Denver airport lounge entry rendering, credit: Capital One

Dallas – Fort Worth Lounge Opening Soon

The DFW lounge, near gate D22, will have 55 pieces of orignial local art, an “original soundscape” along with cycling and yoga room, relaxation rooms, shower suite, and “multi-faith rooms.” I can’t wait to see this first Capital One lounge when it opens soon.


Dallas – Fort Worth cafe area rendering, credit: Capital One

Aeromexico Transfer Bonus

Capital One miles from Spark Miles and Venture card products transfer to a variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs. And pre-pandemic they ran a number of transfer bonus promotions. Those are clearly back. However I’d point out that with Aeromexico, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. Even where there are a handful of reasonable award chart prices they are rarely the best airline to book through, and in my experience they’re one of the most frustrating.

Still, it’s worth noting that Capital One miles will transfer to Aeromexico with a 20% bonus from July 12 through August 8, 2021. Already a 1:1 transfer partner, this will mean 1000 Venture miles transfer into 1200 Aeromexico points.

British Airways Transfer Bonus

For the month of August Capital One Venture and Spark Miles products will transfer to British Airways with a 33% bonus. This will make transfers one-to-one rather than Capital One’s standard 2:1.5 with this program.

Remember that both of these Capital One cards earn 2 miles per dollar on all spend, so you’re really getting 2 British Airways Avios per dollar spent under this promotion (and 1.5 per dollar spent the rest of the time).

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  1. Capital One has to be creating a premium card with included lounge access. Otherwise I can’t imagine these lounges will be too popular as pay-in only. I don’t see them attaching themselves to Plaza Premium and/or Priority Pass (weird how both acronyms are PP) as that would allow Chase and/or Amex cards in for free while charging their own members.

  2. Anyone taking bets on whether this lounge opens before the UA Polaris lounge at Dulles?

  3. Capital One should share their access strategy sooner rather than later. Most people can’t have a wallet full of annual fee cards. With Amex raising to $695 now seems like the appropriate time to grab some AMEX customers,

  4. CapOne has always been more of a bottom feeder in terms of customer acquisition (maybe a step above synchrony) so the move to lounges and a premium card is hilarious.

    In any case these are airports with plenty of current options and the ability to access lounges post-security, so not really game changers.

  5. Plaza Premium lounge in Asia providing FULL SIZE buffet or even meals on demand.
    They only provide hot bites in Canada.
    Now they provide craps in US. Well done, Capital One!!!

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