Capital One to open its first airport lounge next year
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
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.
Featured image by Skyhobo via Getty Images.
For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees