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Big family? No problem! Get unlimited lounge guests with this credit card

Dec. 14, 2022
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Editor's Note

Some readers, including TPG staffers, received an email from Priority Pass on Dec. 15, 2022 stating that only two guests could accompany Venture X cardholders to Priority Pass lounges. We have reached out to Capital One and they have for the second time confirmed that the unlimited guest policy stands.

It doesn't matter how many friends, relatives or random strangers you talk to at the airport. If you have the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, they could all join you on your next trip to the airport lounge.

And when we say "all," we don't mean "bring lots of guests and pay for them." You can bring unlimited complimentary guests.

Here's a closer look at the guest privileges on the Venture X card.

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is a network of airline experiences and lounges available at airports worldwide. While its more than 1,300 lounges are likely the most well-known aspect of Priority Pass, other elements also exist. These include sleep pods, minute suites, spa visits and even restaurants at some airports.

A Priority Pass membership gets you into Fiji Airways' flagship lounge at Nadi, Fiji. FIJI AIRWAYS

Many credit cards offer Priority Pass memberships. Whether that benefit is for a handful of visits each year with no complimentary guest privileges or unlimited visits with free guests will vary greatly. It depends on which credit card you use to gain a Priority Pass membership.

Venture X guest privileges at Priority Pass lounges

Typically, credit cards that provide Priority Pass memberships and include guest privileges will allow for up to two complimentary guests. After that, you may be permitted to bring additional guests for a fee. The specifics vary by credit card.

Related: A guide to guest policies for airport lounges

However, the lounge access terms for the Venture X card state that the card provides "complimentary lounge access for all guests traveling with the Priority Pass member." There is no maximum number of guests stated in these terms. A spokesperson for Capital One confirmed to TPG that there is no limit to the number of complimentary guests that a Venture X cardholder can bring into Priority Pass lounges, once they've activated their Priority Pass membership.

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Even more incredible is the ability to add up to four complimentary authorized users to your Venture X card. Each cardholder can activate their own Priority Pass membership and take advantage of the same (unlimited) guest policy. That's quite generous.

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The Venture X has annual fee of $395, and you can read more in our full review of the Venture X card.

It's worth noting, however, that lounges are independently operated and may have capacity limits. Thus, it's possible to bring unlimited complimentary guests with your Priority Pass benefits from the Venture X card, but availability is not guaranteed.

Related: Overcrowding at lounges is not a new problem — but what can be done about it?

Bottom line

If you happen to be traveling with a sports team or a school field trip that's passing through an airport, you could conceivably bring everyone into the lounge with you, thanks to the Venture X card's unlimited guests policy with Priority Pass.

This guest policy only applies at Priority Pass lounges, to be clear. Venture X cardholders are still limited to two complimentary guests at Capital One lounges and Plaza Premium lounges.

Do note that Venture X cardholders will lose access to non-lounge visits from Priority Pass, such as spas and restaurants, starting on Jan. 1, 2023. Even still, it's easy to get your money's worth in free food and drinks at the lounge, thanks to the ability to bring as many guests as you please.

Official application link: Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

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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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  • Earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in the first 90 days and redeem for a $100 statement credit, gift cards, or travel
  • Earn 10x points on eligible hotels and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel site
  • Earn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Redeem your reward points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, flights, hotels, and more
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
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10XEarn 10x points on eligible hotels and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel partner site
5XEarn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in the first 90 days and redeem for a $100 statement credit, gift cards, or travel

    Earn 10,000 Bonus Points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    Fair/Good

Why We Chose It

The revamped Wander Card from Credit One Bank earns cardmembers up to 10 points per dollar spent on eligible travel purchases. With no foreign transaction fees, the card is also great for international travel. However, points earned from this card can only be used at a fixed value, so it may not be the best option for those striving to get maximum value from their rewards.

Pros

  • This card has no foreign transaction fees and earns up to 10 points per dollar on travel purchases through the Credit One Bank travel partner site.

Cons

  • While cardholders can earn a significant amount of points on travel purchases, there isn't any way to redeem points from the Wander Card for maximum value (beyond 1 cent per point).
  • Earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in the first 90 days and redeem for a $100 statement credit, gift cards, or travel
  • Earn 10x points on eligible hotels and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel site
  • Earn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Redeem your reward points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, flights, hotels, and more
  • With $0 Fraud Liability, you won’t be responsible for unauthorized charges
  • Free Online Credit Score and Credit Report summary, terms apply
  • If you are a Covered Borrower under the Military Lending Act, you may get a different offer
  • See Rates & Fees