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Las Vegas is next: A complete guide to Capital One’s airport lounges

Nov. 16, 2022
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information, including lounge access requirements.


We knew there would be more Capital One Lounges, but locations remained a secret. Now we know that the fourth lounge will be located at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS), as reported by Thrifty Traveler.

The first Capital One lounge opened at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in November 2021. TPG got a full first look at the stunning 10,000-square foot space.

Other upcoming lounge locations promise a variety of premium amenities, from restaurant-quality dining to shower suites, wellness rooms and, yes, even Peloton bikes. Unfortunately, opening dates for other Capital One Lounge locations have been pushed back, and it looks like we won’t see the next lounge open its doors until early 2023.

For nearly a decade, the Amex-owned and operated Centurion Lounges have dominated the cobranded card airport lounge space. That’s now changing in a hurry. So here's everything that we know about Capital One’s lounge plans, including who has access and what to expect inside.

Capital One Lounge coming to Las Vegas

The Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) will get a Capital One Lounge, though the opening date is not yet known. This information comes from public documents for the lease approval in early November 2022, and details were confirmed by a spokesperson for Capital One.

The lounge will be 7,857 square feet in size and located in the D Concourse near the rotunda. This will be the fourth lounge location for Capital One and is the second attempt at securing a lounge in Las Vegas. Capital One's previous attempt for a space at the LAS airport didn't work out, as the space was awarded to the Chase Sapphire Lounge.

This lounge location will "offer premium amenities that provide visitors with an elevated travel experience from the moment they step through the door," according to the same spokesperson. "We will release more details on our new Capital One Lounge at LAS as the opening approaches."

Who has access to Capital One Lounges?

The, $395-per-year Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is the primary way most travelers can gain access to a Capital One Lounge. However, this card is not the only way you can get access.

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Access

Venture X cardholders get unlimited access to Capital One Lounges for primary cardholders and their authorized users, along with complimentary entry for up to two guests per visit (children two and under are free). Additional guests are $45 each. These guest policies are fairly generous, especially in light of Amex starting to charge $50 for most Centurion Lounge guests who enter with a cardholder beginning in 2023.

Related: 6 things to do when you get the Capital One Venture X

You can also gain unlimited access to Capital One Lounges with the Spark Travel Elite card, which is a business card from Capital One. It has a $395 annual fee and provides the same access privileges as the Venture X above.

The information for the Spark Travel Elite card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Don’t plan on getting the Venture X or Spark Travel Elite cards? Cardholders with either a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Spark Miles for Business – cards that have a $95 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year with the Spark Miles card) – receive two complimentary visits annually and will have access to a special entry rate of $45 per visit after that. Pricing for guests of Venture and Spark Miles cardholders is also $45 per visit.

Finally, the Capital One Lounge will also be open to any travelers outside those groups who want to pay a steeper entry rate of $65 per person.

Other rules

All Capital One Lounge visitors must present a boarding pass for a departing flight. This includes access up to three hours before departing flights or a connecting same-day flight. Guests can’t enter with boarding passes for arriving flights that don't have an onward connection.

Capital One Lounge Dallas (DFW)

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Location

Capital One is going head-to-head with American Express’s Centurion Lounge with its approximately 10,000-square-foot DFW location in Terminal D, near Gate 22. In fact, it’s in the very same terminal, just steps from the Amex lounge.

Related: A full first look at the first-ever Capital One Lounge in Dallas (DFW)

Design

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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.

In creating its first-ever lounge, the focus was on eco-friendly materials, unique textures and eye-catching effects like curved surfaces. That includes more than 55 pieces of original artwork by local artists curated by the Tappan Collective. A wide array of original works are on display, featuring diverse perspectives and mediums. Capital One says the lounge will “give travelers an opportunity to experience the region through its art.”

Where are Capital One Lounges located?

While Dallas-Fort Worth is the only spot currently open, there are three other Capital One Lounge locations in the pipeline.

Originally, Capital One had slated lounges to open in 2022 in Denver (DEN) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). However, this page on the issuer’s website indicates that these two Capital One Lounge locations are now pushed back to 2023.

Related: It lives up to the hype: Our review of the world's first Capital One Lounge at DFW

More announcements are expected for the future, as Capital One is serious about its lounge ambitions. As more lounge locations become known, we will update the list and expected opening dates.

A rendering of the DEN bar area. COURTESY OF CAPITAL ONE.

Denver lounge (early 2023)

The Denver (DEN) Capital One Lounge will be approximately 11,200 square feet and will be located in Concourse A on the mezzanine level. This location should open in the first half of 2023.

Washington-Dulles lounge (early 2023)

The Washington Dulles (IAD) Capital One Lounge will be directly after the TSA PreCheck security line in the main terminal. The Dulles lounge should open in the first half of 2023.

Las Vegas lounge (date unknown)

The Las Vegas (LAS) Capital One Lounge will be located in the D concourse. It will wrap around the rotunda and occupy 7,857 square feet. As of yet, there's no estimated opening date for this location.

What is the food and beverage like at Capital One Lounges?

All the Capital One lounges will offer a premium in-lounge dining experience with seasonal menus and regionally sourced ingredients.

At a lounge preview event at DFW, all the dishes we sampled were top-notch. The standout was a beef bibimbap bowl that was the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Speaking of sweet, the cannolis were deliciously crisp on the outside and sweet and decadent on the inside.

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

For those who have the opportunity to take a seat and relax before their flight, 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.

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access

What wellness features are in Capital One Lounges?

Wellness is a vital part of Capital One’s lounge strategy and differentiation. In fact, you can even 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 at each lounge.

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If something Zen is more up your alley, there will be relaxation rooms, and these won’t simply be comfy chairs to sit in. There are state-of-the-art nap pods that have built-in audio for meditation and other amenities such as blankets, eye masks, and earplugs.

Parents 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.

Capital One Landings: A different take on lounges

While they're not actually Capital One Lounges, it's worth mentioning the new concept of Capital One Landings. These will focus largely on delivering an elevated dining experience.

The Capital One Landings will partner with the highly-acclaimed José Andrés Group in order to curate the food and beverage options at each location. Remaining true to its culinary heritage, the Landings locations will serve Spanish-style tapas.

Related: Capital One debuts brand-new airport lounge concept coming to NYC, DC

The first two Landings will be located in two of the busiest airports in the northeastern U.S.: New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia.

Bottom line

In recent years, American Express transformed the lounge landscape with the launch of its own Centurion Lounges. Now, Capital One is playing in this space too, and Chase Sapphire lounges are working to join the conversation. From what we’ve seen so far, it seems like Amex will have stiff competition.

This is excellent 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 — Capital One will provide travelers with increased options to access its lounges, including the general public.

The primary vehicle for entering Capital One Lounges is the Venture X, a card with a $395 annual fee. A business card with the same annual fee also provides access: the Spark Travel Elite. In addition, cardholders with either a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Spark Miles for Business – cards that have a $95 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year with the Spark Miles card) – receive two complimentary visits annually. Walk-in guests can also enter, based on availability, at $65 per visit.

Official application link: Capital One Venture X.
Official application link: Capital One Venture.
Official application link: Capital One Spark Miles for Business.

Additional reporting by Ryan Smith.

Featured image by WYATT SMITH/THE POINTS GUY
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
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