6 unique ways to redeem Capital One Venture miles

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent more time at home than ever before in 2020.

You’ve likely postponed trips and are now looking for new ways to use your points and miles. Or maybe you’ve realized you need to shift the type of rewards you’re earning.

With travel prices across the spectrum lower than we’ve seen in years, now may be the perfect time to simplify your miles and reward travel strategy. That’s why the Capital One Venture Rewards program, with its uncapped earning potential and flexible redemption opportunities, makes more sense than ever.

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But what makes Venture miles so valuable is their flexibility. You can use them to purchase merchandise, buy gift cards or redeem them for a statement credit — but you’ll get even more value from travel redemptions.

Venture miles transfer to 15 travel partners and can be redeemed for travel expenses not usually covered by other frequent flyer, hotel and bank programs.

Luckily, Capital One has a broad definition of what purchases are considered travel expenses. In addition to obvious inclusions such as charges from airlines, hotels, trains and car rental agencies, you can also redeem your miles for vacation home rentals, rideshares, limousine services, bus tickets, cruises, taxis, trips booked through your travel agent, timeshares and more. Redemption availability depends on the merchant category code assigned to them by the credit card network (Visa or Mastercard, for example).

Through June 30, 2021, you can also redeem these miles for restaurant delivery and streaming services.

Given the array of possibilities, let’s a look at some of our favorite, unexpected ways to redeem Venture miles.

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Vacation rentals and alternate accommodations

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During the pandemic, short-term home rentals have become even more popular with travelers as an alternative to hotels. You don’t have to worry about sharing public spaces with other people, and you might even have a kitchen or private pool, which can limit the need to go out.

Vacation home rental sites rarely have loyalty programs of their own, but you can often redeem Venture miles as long as the charge codes as travel.

Related: Tips and tricks to get maximum value from your Capital One miles

Ride-hailing apps and public transportation

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Your rideshare or cab ride may not always be considered a travel purchase. But Capital One allows you to use your Venture miles on ride-hailing apps and taxis without a fuss.

If you ride the train, subway or bus, those tickets will qualify for redemptions as well — though eligibility depends on how the merchant category codes. If you live in a city and rely on these public transportation methods, your Capital One Venture miles can help you erase the stress (financial stress, at least) of getting from point A to point B.

Related: Earn, redeem, repeat: How to maximize Capital One Venture Rewards

Theme park tickets

If you’re planning a future trip to a theme park, you might want to use miles to cover the cost of your admission tickets.

When purchased by themselves, theme park tickets probably won’t code as a travel expense. Fortunately, there are a few ways to use Venture miles to offset the cost of a trip to some of the most fun and exciting places on Earth.

Whether you make your theme park booking through a travel agent or purchase a theme park travel package that includes park admission and a hotel stay, there are ways to book this sort of magical trip as a travel expense.

Related: How (and why) you should be earning lots of Capital One miles

Online travel agencies (OTA)

TPG usually recommends booking travel directly with the hotel or airline when possible to keep things simple if your plans change. But, if you find an unbeatable deal through a third-party travel booking site, you can use your Venture miles to book that exact flight or hotel room. Just be sure to redeem your miles within 90 days of the travel transaction.

You can also redeem Venture miles for car rentals and virtually anything else that can be purchased through an OTA, since they’re classified as travel merchants. This flexibility provides endless redemption opportunities with your Venture miles.

Booking tours and experiences

Whether you want a big city hop-on, hop-off bus tour, a helicopter flight over Hawaii or a horseback adventure, if you can book it via a travel site (or it codes as travel on its own), you can redeem Venture miles for the experience.

Related: Your ultimate guide to Capital One transfer partners

Food delivery and streaming services

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Capital One knows that, while travel will eventually return to normal, the pandemic has many of us staying close to home and waiting it out.

While you may be dreaming of flashy, high-value redemptions involving first-class flights and five-star hotels, Capital One allows cardholders to redeem Venture miles on restaurant delivery (DoorDash®, Uber Eats® and Postmates®) and streaming services, such as Netflix and Disney+, until June 30, 2021.

It might not be a lie-flat seat, but it will certainly help keep you and your family sane — and cash in your wallet.

Related: Here are 15 food delivery promos to help you save money on your next meal

New Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card members can earn 100,000-mile bonus points after spending $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening. They can still earn 50,000 miles by spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. On top of the welcome offer, the card earns a straightforward and unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase with no bonus categories to memorize and great ongoing benefits. It’s no wonder it’s considered one of the most popular fixed-value rewards credit cards on the market.

If you’re looking for a no-annual-fee travel card, the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card still earns an unlimited 1.25X miles on every purchase.

Bottom line

There’s no shortage of ways to get amazing value out of your Capital One Venture rewards miles in ways most other points and miles can’t reach. Beyond transferring Venture miles to travel partners, you can book travel with your Capital One Venture card and redeem your miles for everything from vacation rentals to rental cars and even your next takeout order.

What makes these sought-after miles so popular is the ability to redeem them for unique purchases not covered by other points and miles programs. And this kind of flexibility has never been more valuable.

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