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Capital One, Hopper team up on new travel portal — here's what you need to know

March 24, 2021
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Capital One, Hopper team up on new travel portal — here's what you need to know
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Most of the time, booking directly with an airline or hotel provides more benefits (and protections) than going through a third-party portal. But there are instances where using a portal — such as the Chase Travel Portal — can provide excellent value for using your credit card points.

Capital One just announced a new partnership with travel tech company Hopper to create an all-new booking experience for Capital One cardholders that will hopefully make using the issuer's travel portal a more attractive option.

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Hopper is a travel booking app that uses a prediction algorithm to make personalized travel recommendations. The site claims it can perform with 95% accuracy, helping travelers know when the best time to book will be and facilitating that booking process. Right now, you can book flights, hotels and car rentals. But you can also set notifications for price drops on specific trips, freeze prices (for a small fee) and even add on trip protection plans.

The app is free to download, and it recently added a feature where you can start your search on the app and finish your booking on the web if you're more comfortable using your desktop for travel bookings.

(Photo courtesy of Hopper)

Capital One Travel will relaunch in late 2021

So what does this new partnership mean for Capital One cardholders?

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The new Capital One Travel portal, powered by Hopper's tech, will launch later this year, although the specific date is yet to be released. According to Capital One, cardholders can expect the following benefits:

  • Integrated price prediction and alert technology for booking flights, hotels and rental cars
  • Unique services to help customers easily change or cancel reservations
  • The ability to earn and redeem Capital One rewards through this Hopper-powered platform

As a budget-focused traveler, I personally use Hopper as part of my research process. It helps me keep an eye out for price drops on trips when I know I'll likely use cash instead of points.

I've yet to use any of the features outside of price drop notifications, but this new integration with Capital One may change that. I've been seriously considering adding the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to my wallet for a while now, and the ability to set price notifications and book cheap flights with Capital One miles might be what finally pushes me to put in an application.

Related: 5 reasons to get the Capital One Venture card

Bottom line

There is still a lot left to learn about this new partnership and what will come next for Capital One Travel, but this is exciting news in my opinion. American Express and Chase have dominated the travel credit card space in recent years, but it's clear that Capital One is making moves to provide more value to cardholders.

For those who exclusively use transfer partners to book flights and hotels, a new travel portal may not add a ton of value to your card experience. But credit card rewards beginners and budget travelers could potentially get a lot out of Hopper's predictive technology, combined with the ability to use Capital One miles on flight and hotel deals found through the new portal.

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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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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards

2 - 5X points
5XEarn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
2XEarn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day.

Intro offer

75,000 miles
New Venture cardholders can earn 75,000 miles once they spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
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.

Why We Chose It

If you're looking for a credit card that provides simple ways to earn rewards and plenty of ways to redeem them, look no further than the Capital One Venture Rewards card. Cardholders can transfer points to 15+ transfer partners, and use miles to pay for travel purchases made within the last 90 days. Even though this is a fixed rate card, it is still one of the most valuable, based on the value of miles.

Pros

  • This flexible rewards card delivers a solid sign-up bonus of 75,000 miles, valued by TPG at $1,388.
  • You'll earn 2x on every purchase, which means you won't have to worry about memorizing bonus categories.
  • Rewards earned are versatile as they can be redeemed for any hotel or airline purchase for a statement credit or transferred to 15+ travel partners.

Cons

  • Transfer ratios to most partners are mediocre at less than 1:1 ratio.
  • Capital One airline partners do not include any large U.S. airlines.
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Enjoy two complimentary visits per year to Capital One Lounges or to 100+ Plaza Premium Lounges through our Partner Lounge Network
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase—or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
Best rewards card for non-bonus spending
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

5XEarn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
2XEarn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day.
  • Intro Offer
    New Venture cardholders can earn 75,000 miles once they spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening

    75,000 miles
  • 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.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

If you're looking for a credit card that provides simple ways to earn rewards and plenty of ways to redeem them, look no further than the Capital One Venture Rewards card. Cardholders can transfer points to 15+ transfer partners, and use miles to pay for travel purchases made within the last 90 days. Even though this is a fixed rate card, it is still one of the most valuable, based on the value of miles.

Pros

  • This flexible rewards card delivers a solid sign-up bonus of 75,000 miles, valued by TPG at $1,388.
  • You'll earn 2x on every purchase, which means you won't have to worry about memorizing bonus categories.
  • Rewards earned are versatile as they can be redeemed for any hotel or airline purchase for a statement credit or transferred to 15+ travel partners.

Cons

  • Transfer ratios to most partners are mediocre at less than 1:1 ratio.
  • Capital One airline partners do not include any large U.S. airlines.
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Enjoy two complimentary visits per year to Capital One Lounges or to 100+ Plaza Premium Lounges through our Partner Lounge Network
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase—or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs