From Peloton to premium eats: What you can expect inside Capital One’s soon-to-open airport lounges

Jul 12, 2021

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At TPG, a new airport lounge is the type of thing that gets us excited. And an announcement of a whole new network of lounges? Well, that’s our idea of frequent flyer heaven.

In April, Capital One announced it was the latest entrant into the airport lounge world. Now, we know more details about its first location at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Originally set to open this summer, Capital One says the lounge will be unveiled to the public this fall. In addition, lounges will open in both Denver (DEN) and Washington Dulles (IAD) in 2022.

The lounges will provide a variety of premium amenities, from restaurant-quality dining to shower suites, wellness rooms and yes, even Peloton bikes.

Based on initial renderings, these lounges look to be modern, light and airy. Here’s a first look at everything that we know about Capital One’s upcoming lounge plans.

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More details about the Dallas (DFW) lounge

A rendering of the DFW lounge reception. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

Location

Capital One will go head-to-head with American Express’s Centurion Lounge when it opens an approximately 10,000-square-foot DFW location this fall in Terminal D near Gate 22.

In fact, it will be in the very same terminal, just steps from the Amex lounge. Capital One appears to be occupying the space that formerly was a Priority Pass-accessible lounge, The Club at DFW.

Related: The amenity king: A review of the Amex Centurion Lounge at DFW

Design

A rendering of the DFW bar area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

While we only have initial artist renderings, Capital One promises a design and guest experience that celebrate the Dallas-Fort Worth region, including partnerships with area artists, breweries, coffee roasters and cocktail bars.

That includes more than 55 pieces of original artwork by local artists curated by the Tappan Collective. A wide array of original works will be on display that features diverse perspectives and mediums. Capital One says the lounge will “give travelers an opportunity to experience the region through its art.”

Capital One is highlighting an original soundscape for the lounge in what it calls “an enriching, memorable and transformative experience” as soon as you enter.

Related: These are all of the airline lounges in the US that are currently open

A network of lounges is coming

A rendering of the DEN bar area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

Dallas isn’t the only lounge Capital One is planning to open.

Even before opening its first lounge space, Capital One has already said that two other lounges will open in 2022: Denver (DEN) and Washington Dulles (IAD).

Denver lounge (2022)

The Denver (DEN) lounge will be approximately 11,200 square feet and will be located in Concourse A on the mezzanine level.

Washington Dulles lounge (2022)

The Washington Dulles (IAD) lounge location will be in the main terminal directly after the TSA PreCheck security line. A spokesperson with Dulles Airport told TPG that construction has yet to begin and is still in the design phase.

Food and beverage will be top-notch

A rendering of the DFW library area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

All the Capital One lounges, including the Dallas location, will offer a premium “in-lounge dining experience.”

A ready-to-eat food station will feature grab-and-go snacks including nut mixes, fresh fruits, juice shots and rotating warm selections like breakfast sandwiches in the mornings or fresh-from-the-oven cookies in the afternoons.

Food will be curated by local chefs with regionally sourced ingredients, cold brew on tap and sustainable packaging that Capital One says “will make sad salads a thing of the past.”

This will particularly be a welcome addition for travelers who are short on time.

A rendering of the DFW grab-and-go area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

For those who can have the opportunity to take a seat, other catering highlights include craft cocktails on tap, local beers and regional wines, dining stations (with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) and a full-service coffee and espresso bar from La Colombe.

We don’t yet know if that means a la carte waiter-style, a buffet similar to Amex lounges or perhaps a blend of both options.

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access in 2021

Wellness is part of the experience (including Peloton bikes)

A rendering of the DEN relaxation area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

Wellness is a key part of Capital One’s lounge strategy and differentiation.

In fact, you’ll even be able to get a full workout in before your flight with Peloton bikes and a yoga room. Shower suites with luxury bath amenities will also be available.

If something Zen is more up your alley, there will also be relaxation rooms  — and these won’t simply be comfy chairs to sit in. Capital One says they’ll be stocked with blankets, eye masks and earplugs, too.

Mothers will appreciate the private nursing rooms, outfitted with lounge chairs and footrests, bottle warmers and minifridges with beverages and extra counter space for diaper changes.

Related: First look at the flagship Amex Centurion Lounge at JFK with an Equinox Body Lab studio

It will cater to both families and business travelers

A rendering of the DFW cafe and family area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

In addition to the nursing rooms, the lounge will feature a dedicated children’s area and lower tables and chairs for kids.

On the business traveler front or for those who always need to stay plugged in, you’ll appreciate ample working space with individual power outlets at every seat and high-speed Wi-Fi.

There will likely be a fee to enter

A rendering of the DEN reception area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

Although Capital One has yet to announce lounge access and eligibility, there is evidence that access will come at a cost. According to its press release, cardholders will be “eligible for special entry rates depending on their card.”

Capital One offers a variety of products, from the $95-per-year Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to the no-annual-fee Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card. A lounge entrance fee isn’t particularly surprising, since Capital One’s flagship product is the Venture card — and the annual fee is pretty modest.

The timing of Capital One’s lounge announcement is especially interesting with Amex’s new plan to charge $50 for most Centurion Lounge guests who enter with a cardholder starting in 2023.

Related: Solo travelers rejoice: Why I’m in favor of new Amex Centurion Lounge guest rules

Bottom line

Capital One says that its lounge will offer “premium amenities that provide visitors with a best-in-class travel experience.”

In recent years, American Express transformed the lounge landscape with the launch of its own Centurion Lounges. Now, Capital One is looking to play in this space too. And from what we know so far, it seems like Amex will have stiff competition.

This is great news for all cardholders, especially those who value travel perks.

While Amex’s Centurion Lounges are exclusively accessible to select cardholders, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, we don’t yet know who exactly will have access to Capital One’s new lounges and at what rates.

As soon as we know more, we’ll share it here along with a review of the lounges once they open.

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Featured image of a rendering of the Denver lounge courtesy of Capital One. 

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