Capital One Launches New Airport Lounge Concept With José Andrés

Capital One has been rapidly building out a slate of travel, dining and entertainment services to position itself as a premium brand for high end consumers. There are airport lounges, special restaurant tables set aside for cardmembers, a new dining, sports and music entertainment platform, and travel portal and now also a premium hotel collection with added rewards and benefits.

While they have only one of their own airport lounges, at Dallas – Fort Worth so far, the premium Venture X card comes with Priority Pass and they’ve also added over 100 partner lounges thanks largely to working with Plaza Premium Group.

We’re still waiting on the Denver and Washington Dulles Capital One lounges, now expected to open next year, and for more to be announced. But Capital One is also announcing a new lounge concept and its first two airports: New York LaGuardia and Washington National.

These will be called Capital One Landings, and will be culinary-focused. José Andrés Group is designing a food and beverage menu focused on Spanish-style tapas.

  • Washington National Airport (DCA) will be 5,483 square feet, located immediately post-security at the entrance to Concourse D. All of terminal 2’s concourses are now connected post-security (only the old ‘banjo’ terminal is not).

  • New York LaGuardia (LGA) will be 10,700 square feet, on a terminal B sky bridge, featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces with views of airport operations and of Manhattan.

According to José Andrés, with whom Capital One is also partnering on its dining portal,

Travel is a huge part of my life, and food is deeply linked to the travel experience. It’s the best way to learn about a place and its people. But as someone who spends a lot of time in airports, many times I find myself wanting more.

When Capital One came to us with the idea of creating a new kind of dining experience, our team immediately started to think of the Spanish tapas way of eating with the bounty of American farms and traditions – the very best of both countries. We cannot wait to share these new Capital One Landings with the people of the world!

These ‘Capital One Landings’ will have seating for guests with outlets, but not workspaces. They will have restrooms (unlike, say, United’s ‘Club Lite’ concept). And they’ll be designed both for sit-down dining and for grab and go.

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Comments

  1. Two solid announcements from capital one before the Venture X’s first anniversary. This new concept sounds like a restaurant with a feel of the DFW plaza premium lounge on a bigger scale. I wonder why DEN and IAD are delayed in their 2022 openings.

  2. Great. A step in the right direction.
    Now, if only one of these lounge companies would open an airport lounge in Palm Springs.

  3. Another head fake by CapOne. Expect these ‘new concepts’ to be open in 2026, if ever.

    Despite announcing the Wash Dulles Lounge in Feb 2020, it won’t actually be open for 3 years. its not like they needed to do any construction beside refitting the interior of existing space. Even United delivered the Polaris lounge quicker and they had to build an extension of the terminal.

  4. The problem is that if the food is good, free, and accessible to tons of cardholders, there will never be enough of it. People will plan on it, and grab as much as possible before their flight.

    These perks get such high utilization with the way information travels quickly around blogs and social media. Everyone in DC and their brother will have this card within a year.

  5. I tried his restaurant in NYC for breakfast at the new Ritz Carlton in NYC and nobody was dining there.Was the only one dining.Dinner does far better
    The interior is beautiful the server @ breakfast completely inexperienced clueless but nice and the food quality and execution simply terrible.My only other experience was in Las Vegas with Bazzar Meats in the former W hotel easily one of the worst steakhouses I’ve ever been in with outstanding service and fun unique sides but the steak was poor and expensive.
    20 dollar sides for one for mashed potatoes etc
    Companies partner with this guy because of his celebrity status and humanitarian charity work
    But IMO like Wolfgang puck he is overstretched in to many projects venues and concepts to even manage one thing very well.Someone obviously likes what he does.Just not I! Lounges? What? Huh? Makes 0 sense to me

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