A budget-friendly option: Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card review
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Capital One VentureOne Credit Card Overview
The no-annual-fee Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card offers the same great redemption options as its sister card, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card — but with a lower rewards rate and fewer perks. The miles earned on the card can be transferred to airline and hotel partners or redeemed directly as a statement credit on eligible purchases. It also comes with a few benefits not usually seen with a no-annual-fee card. Card Rating*: ⭐⭐⭐
*Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
The $95 a year Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card has been on the radar of many award travelers since it added airline transfer partners and became a flexible mile currency. The no-annual-fee Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card offers the same great redemption options but with fewer perks. So does it make sense to add it to your wallet?
Continue reading to see if the budget-friendly VentureOne card is right for you.
Who is this card for?
It used to be that Venture cards were for those who wanted to keep things simple since there were no transfer partners or bonus spending categories. This isn’t the case anymore since Capital One added airline and hotel transfer partners, although the cards are still good for people who like a straightforward option for earning and redeeming travel rewards.
You should pick the VentureOne over the standard Venture card if you plan to spend less than $12,667 on everyday purchases per year. The biggest difference between the cards is the earning rates on everyday purchases — 2x miles for Venture versus 1.25x miles for VentureOne — and that number is the break-even point to earn back the Venture’s $95 annual fee.
The Capital One VentureOne comes with a sign-up bonus of 20,000 miles after you spend $500 in purchases within the first three months of account opening. Based on TPG valuations (not provided by the issuer), which peg Capital One Venture miles at 1.4 apiece, this sign-up bonus is worth $280. That’s a lot less than the Venture card’s bonus, but it’s still more valuable than what many other no-annual-fee cards are offering. Additionally, the spending requirement for this bonus is much easier to meet than the standard Venture card.
The VentureOne earning scheme is practically identical to the $95-a-year card, but with a slightly lower return on everyday spending. You’re getting a flat 1.25 miles per dollar on all other purchases, which equates to a solid 1.75% return. While this is decent, it isn’t the best return for everyday spending.
There’s an easy way to redeem Venture miles and a slightly more advanced (yet much more rewarding) way. The straightforward way is to use them to pay for eligible purchases as a statement credit. This allows you to sign in to your Venture Rewards online account and redeem them at a flat 1 cent apiece for a statement credit against eligible travel (and for a limited time, some non-travel) purchases you’ve made with the card in the last 90 days.
This includes many travel expenses that traditional miles won’t cover, such as Uber rides and Airbnb stays. There are no award charts or blackout dates and no minimum redemption amount is required. By taking this route, your 20,000-mile sign-up bonus would be worth $200 toward travel.
But to get even more value from your sign-up bonus, you should try the more advanced redemption option — maximizing Capital One’s transfer partners. Capital One has 13 airline and two hotel partners to which you could transfer your miles, including Avianca LifeMiles, Etihad Guest and JetBlue TrueBlue.
Transfers for most partners are at a 2:1.5 ratio, so you’re essentially earning 0.9375 airline miles per dollar on your spend. However, as is the case with American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards, Capital One routinely offers transfer bonuses — like a 25% bonus when transferring to Avianca LifeMiles and a 100% bonus when transferring to Emirates Skywards.
Now, I know I said that this redemption option is slightly more advanced — and it is — but it’s not as bad as it sounds. We have plenty of guides that will teach you how to best redeem your miles using transfer partners:
- Best Ways to redeem Capital One miles for domestic flights
- Best Ways to redeem Capital One miles on Star Alliance airlines
- Best Ways to redeem Capital One miles on Oneworld airlines
- Best Ways to redeem Capital One Miles on SkyTeam airlines
Main benefits and perks
The VentureOne card comes with the standard suite of Visa Signature travel and shopping benefits, including:
In addition to these Visa Signature perks, the VentureOne is among the few no-annual-fee cards that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, making it a great option to use outside of the U.S. Benefits only available to accounts approved for the Visa Signature card. Terms apply.
Which cards compete with the Capital One VentureOne Card?
There are several no-annual-fee cards that compete with the VentureOne. For instance, there’s the Citi® Double Cash Card, which earns 2% cash back on every purchase — 1% when you make the purchase, and then another 1% when you pay it off. Coupled with an eligible ThankYou points-earning card, you’re earning 2 ThankYou Points per dollar.
There’s also The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express, which earns up to 1.2 American Express Membership Rewards points per dollar on everyday purchases — 1x point per dollar plus a 20% points bonus when you use your card 20 or more times in a month — and 2x points on the first $6,000 you spend at U.S. supermarkets each year (then 1x). The information for the Amex EveryDay 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.
Venture vs. VentureOne Card
Depending on your spending habits, it might make more sense to apply for the Capital One Venture. Here’s a quick overview that compares these cards side-by-side:
|Benefit||Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card||Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card|
|Sign-up Bonus||Earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.||Earn 20,000 bonus miles once you spend $500 on purchases within the first three months from account opening|
|Earning rates||2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase||1.25 miles per dollar spent on every purchase|
|Redemption||Redeem your miles at a fixed rate of 1 cent apiece toward eligible purchases or transfer them to Capital One’s airline partners.||Redeem your miles at a fixed rate of 1 cent apiece toward eligible purchases or transfer them to Capital One’s airline partners.|
|Additional Perks||Up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck enrollment fees; Visa Signature benefits like purchase security and lost luggage reimbursement; no foreign transaction fees||Visa Signature benefits such as purchase security and lost luggage reimbursement; no foreign transaction fees|
Aside from the annual fee and sign-up bonus, the biggest difference between these cards is the earning rate on everyday spending and the $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit.
The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is a solid card. There aren’t many no-annual-fee cards with the ability to transfer points/miles directly to travel partners, so it’s nice that this card offers that. This card also beats other no-fee cards when it comes to perks such as purchase protection and no foreign transaction fees.
Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson.
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