Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Limited-Time Offer, Up to $1,000 Towards Travel

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New limited-time offer with added $250 Capital One Travel credit. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a premium travel rewards card with unlimited 2 Miles per dollar on all purchases. 75,000 miles can be redeemed as a $750 credit towards any travel purchase made with the card (any airline website, any hotel website, AirBNB stays, Uber rides, no blackout dates). Right now, there is a limited-time offer that includes another $250 Capital One Travel credit. Here are the highlights:

  • Limited-time offer: 75,000 Miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus receive a one-time $250 Capital One Travel credit in your first cardholder year – that’s equal to $1,000 in travel.
  • 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day.
  • 5 Miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel.
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy two complimentary visits per year to Capital One Lounges or to 100+ Plaza Premium Lounges through the Partner Lounge Network
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase-or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Miles won’t expire for the life of the account and there’s no limit to how many you can earn.
  • Enrich every hotel stay from the Lifestyle Collection with a suite of cardholder benefits, like a $50 experience credit, room upgrades, and more.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • $95 annual fee.

$250 Capital One Travel credit details. Capital One Travel is a travel portal similar to an Expedia or Travelocity. You can use this $250 Capital One Travel credit to offset any airline, hotel, or rental car booking done through their portal. You can use it all at once or split it up across multiple purchases. Here is the fine print directly from their Terms and Conditions:

How does my one-time travel credit work? Eligible Venture primary account holders will receive a $250 Capital One Travel credit (“Credit”) to use toward purchases made through Capital One Travel. Credits will expire one year after account opening. The Credit will be available within Capital One Travel and can be applied to purchases at checkout. The Credit may be used in whole for a single purchase or in part over multiple purchases. Rewards will not be earned on the Credit. If the purchase using the Credit is canceled before Credit expiry, the Credit will be restored. An expired Credit will not be restored upon cancellation of a purchase by the Customer. A Venture card account must be open and in good standing to receive or use the Credit.

Note the following about existing or previous cardholders:

You will earn 75,000 bonus miles if you spend at least $4,000 within 3 months of your rewards membership enrollment date. Once you qualify for this bonus, we will apply it to your rewards balance within two billing cycles. Existing or previous cardmembers are not eligible for this product if they have received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 48 months.

(Capital One’s “ultra-premium” card is the Venture X card, which has more perks including Priority Pass airport lounge access and a $300 annual travel credit through Capital One Travel, but also a higher $395 annual fee. This Venture card is more directly competitive with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, while the Venture X competes more directly with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.)

Redemption details. Capital One “miles” can be redeemed directly for a cash statement credit on a 1 mile = $0.01 basis when offsetting any travel purchase made on the card within the past 90 days. In other words, 50,000 miles = $500 toward travel. That means you can fly on any airline or stay at any hotel, pay with this card, and then “erase” that purchase using your miles balance later. This even includes AirBnB vacation rentals, car rentals, and Uber rides.

This means that earning 2 miles on on every $1 in purchases essentially makes this a 2% back card when applied towards travel. You also have the option of booking travel through their travel portal, similar to Chase Ultimate Rewards, but you are not required to do so. You have the flexibility of booking through them or making the purchase directly through the airline, hotel, car rental counter, etc.

Miles transfer options. Capital One now allows you to transfer your “miles” into select airline miles programs as well. Here are the airline transfer partners:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air France/KLM
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Avianca Lifemiles
  • British Airways Avios
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad
  • EVA
  • Finnair
  • Qantas
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Red

Hotel partners

  • Accor Live Limitless
  • Choice Hotels

If you know how to leverage one of these international airline miles programs, this can be a very valuable option. Otherwise, it’s nice to know you can always get a certain level of value by redeeming against any travel purchase.

Bottom line. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card earns 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, which you can either redeem against any travel purchase or transfer to one of their airline/hotel partners. Right now, there is a limited-time offer that combines 75,000 bonus miles, worth $750 towards travel, and a one-time $250 Capital One Travel credit.

Due to the $1,000+ potential first-year value, I will be adding this card to my list of Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers.

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Comments

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    Check out the NEW B of A Premium Rewards Travel Card. $95 fee per year, but rewards can be used for anything – statement credit, etc.

  2. Anyone new to Capital One credit card rewards should know that you can redeem your “miles” for gift cards, but other than a couple of exceptions the redemption rate is $.80 per 100 miles. In other words, your 100k mile bonus could be redeemed for $800 in gift cards should you choose that redemption offer. Still an excellent bonus, albeit for a big spending requirement.

    • How close to ‘cash’ are the gift cards? eg I consider Amazon gift cards to basically be ‘cash’ as I shop there so often, but on the other hand, if the giftcards are things like Macys, Red Lobster, etc, then they are far less useful.

  3. Do these points expire if you close the card? ($95 annual fee) – Do you know if you can switch it over to another non-fee based Capital One card to retain? With travel being unlikely in the next year not sure if it’s worth it to earn and hold if annual fee is involved.

    • I believe that you do need an active Capital One card to keep the points, but you can downgrade to a no annual fee version (VentureOne) and/or transfer the points to another Capital One card that you own or even another person’s Capital One miles-earning account. So you do have some options.

  4. Anybody know if I’m eligible for the welcome deal if I already had this card? I believe I closed the Venture card in 2020?

    • From their fine print:

      “Existing or previous cardmembers are not eligible for this product if they have received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 48 months.”

      Note that you can have both the Venture and the Venture X and get both bonuses, as they are considered separate products and you can have one of each at the same time.

  5. Well, shoot. I just did the Venture card in April.

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