Capital One to open its first airport lounge next year

Feb 20, 2020

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information from Capital One about the availability of Capital One Cafes. 

American Express’ Centurion Lounges have made a name for themselves over the years as being premium retreats for cardholders to relax in before flights at certain airports around the country and even the world.

Soon, however, Amex won’t be the only card issuer operating airport lounges. Capital One is poised to open its first-ever foray into the airport lounge arena at Washington’s Dulles Airport (IAD) in 2021. It makes sense that Capital One would choose D.C. as the location of its first airport lounge, given its headquarters are located just a few miles down the road from IAD.

According to the issuer, the lounge “highlights Capital One’s ongoing growth and commitment to the local D.C. area and its residents…” and “will be another way Capital One provides [its] customers unique travel benefits, along with exclusive access and experiences, in areas they are passionate about.”

While official details are light, it’s been reported by the Washington Business Journal that the lounge will measure 9,100 square feet and will be located just after security. It’s reportedly going to be operated by TAV America Operations Services Inc., the same group that operates the Turkish Airlines lounge at Dulles. Rumored amenities include dining, premium alcoholic beverages, a gym, work areas, showers and spa services. Families will be thrilled to hear that a kids’ room may be in the works, too.

At this time, it’s unclear exactly who will have access to this lounge — and how they’ll gain it. We reached out to the issuer for clarification, but a spokesperson told us that specifics on access are not yet available.

It wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Capital One offered access to anyone who is willing to pay to enter, but the issuer does operate Capital One Cafes, which are spaces available to anyone, regardless of if they have a checking, savings or credit card account with the bank. Capital One’s travel rewards cards such as the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One Spark Miles for Business carry $95 annual fees (waived the first year for the Spark Miles card) — nowhere near the $695 annual fee (see rates and fees) that The Platinum Card® from American Express charges, but through which you also get access to its Centurion Lounges.

Be sure to stay tuned to TPG for more details on Capital One’s airport lounge as more details emerge.

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