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Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card — Full Review [2023]

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75,000 miles

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Great Card If

  • You are not loyal to a specific hotel chain
  • You want a card with multiple redemption options, including transfer partners
  • You want a card that makes earning miles easy with 2x per $1 spent on all purchases
  • You want a card that keeps you covered with purchase protections and rental car insurance

Don’t Get If

  • You prefer cash-back over travel rewards
  • You are loyal to a specific hotel chain or airline
  • You prefer a card with luxury travel benefits like airport lounge access or hotel elite status
  • You prefer a card with no annual fee

Capital One Venture Card — Is It Worth It?

The Capital One Venture card can be a great option for those who are looking for a solid all-around travel card with a low annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and excellent points-earning rates. Further, since it earns an uncapped 2x miles per $1 spent, it is one of the best cards for monthly bills.

The card also features other perks like purchase protection, rental car insurance, and a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application credit.

To sweeten the deal even further, Capital One now allows all miles earned with your Venture card to be transferred to several different airline partners. Cardholders can get outsized value from their Capital One miles by transferring to airlines to redeem for business and first-class flights.

Capital One Venture Card Top Benefits

Capital One Lounge or Plaza Premium Lounges Visits

Capital One offers its own network of high-end airport lounges — Capital One Lounges. With your Capital One Venture card, you’ll be able to visit 2 times each year free of charge. You’ll also be able to access Plaza Premium Lounges.

Card Protections

Your Capital One Venture Card gives you the following protections:

  • Travel & Emergency Assistance Services – Available 24/7 to help connect you with local emergency and assistance resources when you’re away from home
  • Auto Rental Insurance* – Use your card to rent an eligible vehicle and you may be covered for physical damage and theft of the vehicle
  • Extended Warranty Coverage: When purchasing an item with your Capital One Venture card, and the manufactures warranty is 3 years or less, Capital One will double the length of the warranty.

Best Ways To Earn and Redeem Your Capital One Miles

As a transferable rewards currency, Capital One Miles is quite valuable for rewards travelers looking to book top-notch travel experiences. Given that, it’s only natural that you’ll want to learn all of the ways to earn as many Capital One miles as possible. Our guide shows you how to do just that.

Once you’ve earned those miles, next up is making strategic use of them so you can book first and business class flights, along with 5-star hotel stays, for a fraction of what the cash cost would normally be. To learn some of the top strategies, read through our guide on the best ways to redeem Capital One miles.

Alternative Cards to the Capital One Venture Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is one of the most popular travel rewards cards on the market, and with benefits like 5x points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3x points on dining, 2x points on all other travel purchases, no foreign transaction fees, and flexible redemption options (including transfer partners), it’s easy to see why the card is so popular.

You’ll be able to start earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points, one of the most valuable loyalty currencies available. Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be redeemed for incredible value through its various transfer partners.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Card

The Bank of America Premium Rewards card can be a great option for travelers, especially for those who already have a relationship with the bank.

Bank of America Premium Rewards cardholders earn 2x points per dollar on travel and dining purchases, plus 1.5x points per dollar on all other purchases. Customers can also earn even higher point multipliers on these categories, depending on the balance of their checking, savings, or investment accounts with Bank of America.

The Bank of America Premium Rewards card does not feature transfer partners, and all points are worth a fixed 1 cent per point toward travel purchases. So if you already have a banking relationship with Bank of America and prefer a fixed-point redemption, this card could be a good option for you.

Check out our comparisons of the Capital One Venture card and a number of popular cards:

For Capital One products listed on this page, some of the above benefits are provided by Visa® or Mastercard® and may vary by product. See the respective Guide to Benefits for details, as terms and exclusions apply.

The information regarding the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re looking for a card that earns transferable points, allows you to earn an uncapped 2x miles per $1 on all purchases, and has a low annual fee, then, yes, the Capital One Venture card would be worth it for you.

The annual fee of the Capital One Venture card is .

There is no set credit score that will guarantee approval for the Capital One Venture card. Credit issuers take many factors into account other than just your credit score including your income, years of credit history, the amount of credit already extended to you, and other factors.

That said, if your credit score is higher than 700, you should have a good shot at getting approved for the card.

Yes, the Capital One Venture card has access to 15+ travel transfer partners.

No, the Capital One Venture card does not charge any foreign transaction fees, making it a great way to earn 2x miles per $1 on all of your overseas purchases.

About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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Tommy Lionelli

June 06, 2021

Hi! Thanks for all this great info. How compatible are the Venture card points with Chase points? I got my wife the Chase card for the new signup bonus since I’m not currently eligible. I’m wondering if I’m better off just trying to get us more Chase points or to aggregate more points in general and get the Capital One.

Can the two types of points be combined in any way? Or would they be considered totally separate?

Thank you!

Christine Krzyszton

June 08, 2021

Hi Tommy. Excellent choice on securing a Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning card for your wife. The two types of points cannot be combined. This article on the valuation of points might be helpful: /travel/points-and-miles-valuations/ Plus, how to use transfer partners for each rewards currency: /credit-cards/chase-ultimate-rewards-transfer-partners/ and /credit-cards/capital-one-transfer-partners/

Tommy Lionelli

June 10, 2021

Thanks, Christine!!!!

Tommy Lionelli

June 14, 2021

Christine, Are there any recommendations about how to best use points accrued from multiple CCs? I’m trying to accumulate points across Chase, Amex, and potentially Capital One but am wondering if there are ways to optimize using those points. Or not!

Christine Krzyszton

June 16, 2021

You might start with establishing your travel goals and then attempt to utilize each type of rewards currency for its best value. For example, if you want to fly business class to Europe, you may look at the transfer partners of each currency (Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards) and see which airline works best to accomplish this. Or perhaps you want to fly a family of 4 to Florida in economy class. Ultimate Rewards may work best to accomplish this travel goal or if fares are good, you could use your Capital One card to purchase and then redeem your miles for a statement credit with Purchase Eraser. If you have a lot of miles and want to hire a professional to find the best value for you, I believe we have someone on staff that does that and I can get you his name and contact info. Also, here’s a recent article on booking vacations and vacation packages with various rewards currencies:/credit-cards/best-credit-cards-for-vacations/?preview_id=155453&preview_nonce=ae3f200a22&_thumbnail_id=100475&preview=true


February 08, 2023

2x miles per $1 on all other purchases

Is for overseas purchases as well or only in the US?

Jarrod West

February 08, 2023

Hi Eric,

Yes, it applies to oversea purchases as well.

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